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Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Blog: Democrats Vote on Keystone Boondoggle as PR Boost
By Kevin McCauley
 
pipelineThe Keystone XL Pipeline boondoggle has devolved from an energy/economic priority to a cheap political tool one to diminish Obama and boost the chances of doomed Democrat.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Ihrig Slides into Southern Co. PR Post
By Kevin McCauley
 

christy ihrigChristy Ihrig will take the VP-corporate communications post at Southern Co., the $17B electrical utility, on Jan. 1.

 
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Charley Levine Dies at 62
By Kevin McCauley
 
charlie levineTexas-born Charley Levine, whom the Jerusalem Post hailed as a titan in the Anglo-Israel PR world, died Nov. 16 after a brief illness.  He was 62.
Category: Government
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Mercurio Sees Purple
By Kevin McCauley
 
john mercurioJohn Mercurio, who was a member of Burson-Marsteller's PA and crisis group, is joining Purple Strategies as managing director.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Careers Five things I learned in five years (D. Armano) 
Coexist 5 ways for PR and marketing to play nice (J. Dougherty) 
Food Helmann's tweaks site in 'mayonnaise' spat (AP) 
Digital The coming integration of PR and SEO (S. Scott) 
Measurement Three signs you should invest in measurement tools (T. Sabourin) 
Media Pseudoscience promoter Dr. Oz's Twitter Q&A was a magnificent train wreck (Salon) 
Careers 10 things that don't translate from college to your career(WaggEd) 
Visuals What the heck is a 'word visual'? (L. Hoffman) 
Trust The currency of resilient business (D. Tisch) 
Communication Is the phone call completely dead in PR? (A. Hanson) 
Travel Why Virgin America is by far the best US airline (A. Singer)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Honick: Same Old Mitch
By Joe Honick
 
joe honickIn trashing President Obama's emissions control agreement with China, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shows same old partisan ways.
Category: Government
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Naylor Programs Comms for Software Makers in DC
By Greg Hazley
 

nathan naylorDirector of communications for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolls to BSA | The Software Alliance, the Washington trade group for large software makers like Apple, Microsoft and Autodesk.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Institute for PR, Looking for Staff Head, Has Golden Opportunity
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

IPRThe Institute for PR, shopping for a new staff head, has a chance to fill two vacuums—lack of anyone who can do "PR for PR," and lack of a place for New York PR people and the press to meet.

Category: PR Groups
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
Kotcher Sees Disruption as Opportunity for PR
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

IPRPR has the opportunity to provide value in a “marketplace turned on its head by channel disruption,” Ray Kotcher, senior partner and chairman of Ketchum, told 300 last night at the Institute for PR dinner at the Yale Club, New York.

Category: Public Relations
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
21st Century Crises to Challenge PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
bob moranEmerging 21st Century corporate crises are game-changers for PR people, Institute for Public Relations told at its trustees research symposium yesterday at NYC's Yale Club.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Gaffes World Health Org PR staffer includes Buzzfeed on internal blacklist email (Wash Post) 
Legal Startup vet is getting sued again, this time by longtime PR advisor (Geekwire) 
Marketing 3 ways to market to children without becoming a bad person (N. Fischer) 
Corporate Goldman Sachs recasts reputation to woo tech talent(NY Times) 
Crisis The downfall of coal king Don Blankenship (ABC News)
Viral Science and WTF moments lead this week's top 5 viral TV clips (LR) 
Viral #alexfromtarget and the roller coaster of Twitter fame (B. Shea)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
Ruder Finn Sues GCI Over Healthcare Staff, Clients
By Greg Hazley
 
suitRuder Finn sued GCI Health and five former RF staffers on Oct. 28, alleging GCI is trying to build up its healthcare PR business by "raiding" Ruder Finn employees and using those staffers to solicit RF clients.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
Blog: Media Bash Solyndra, Ignore Loan Program Success
By Kevin McCauley
 
solyndraThe embattled federal renewable energy loan program blasted in the wake of Solyndra's collapse is on target to earn taxpayers $5B.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
Seitel: Embracing the Blog
By Fraser Seitel
 
seitelWhile most blogs go unread, creating a successful blog can provide an excellent way for a PR pro to engage with an organization's key publics.
Category: PR School
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
Child Health Push Seeks Comms Plan Update
By Greg Hazley
 
first 5County arm of California's ambitious 16-year-old program to direct tobacco tax revenues to support childhood development is searching for an outside firm to update its communications plan.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014
FH Helps St Louis Mount PR Defense to Keep Rams
By Greg Hazley
 
ramsFleishmanHillard is drawing up PR plays for a state-backed effort to keep the NFL's Rams in St. Louis.
Category: Sports
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014
Nelson Takes PBS News/PA Post
By Kevin McCauley
 
Marie Nelson moved to PBS as VP-news & public affairs effective Nov. 10, reporting to Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming.
Category: Media News
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014
Graves: PR's Core Remains Earned Influence
By Christopher Graves
 
christopher gravesWhile aspects of public relations are morphing, adapting, and evolving with new technologies and new modes of communication, the core competence of PR remains strong and unwavering.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014
Book Review: What Did Jesus Drive?
By Byron Reimus
 
wdjdNo book, conference agenda, white paper or serious discussion about the future of corporate communications in any forum going forward will be complete without a reading of auto PR vet Jason Vines' new tome, What Did Jesus Drive?
Category: Book Review
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014
FTI Aids Big Oil Refinery Re-Start
By Greg Hazley
 
hovensaFTI Consulting is representing Atlantic Basin Refining, a company formed by energy sector veterans to buy and re-start the one-time largest oil refinery in the western hemisphere amid the US shale boom.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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