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Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
M&C Saatchi PR Gets In Trouble With IT'SUGAR
By Editorial Staff
Donald Trump Hair Giant LollipopThe irreverent candy retailer offers one-of-a-kind exclusives such as a lollipop shaped like Donald Trump's hair.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Gerantabee Heads Digital at Lippe Taylor
By Editorial Staff
Fred GerantabeeThe former Grey Advertising digital leader will help the firm drive its new "Public Relevance" service model.
Category: Technology PR
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
“Communications Week” Inaugural New York Event Is Next Week
By Jack O'Dwyer

Tiffany GuarnacciaCommunications Week, whose “media partners” include AdWeek, Commpro, O’Dwyer’s and other ad/PR media, is an event in New York starting Oct. 19 on the theme of “Reinventing the Industry.” (1 reader comment)

Category: PR Events
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
China Bans Full-body X-ray Scanners at Airports, Rail Stations
By Jack O'Dwyer

Airport X-Ray scannerCiting “radiation risks,” China has ordered the removal of full-body X-ray scanners at airports and railway stations.

Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
PR People Must Show How Items benefit Consumers, Reporters Tell G&S Business Communications Guests
By Jack O'Dwyer
NYWICI Breakfast Meeting logoPR people pitching media should do this in terms of what will benefit consumers and should “eliminate jargon,” reporters told a “Meet the Media” event Oct. 12 at G&S Business Communications.
Category: Media News
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Communicating Healthcare in a Mobile-First World
By Johnathon Briggs
Johnathon BriggsThe art of communication has changed and continues to change dramatically as new technologies become available and more widely used.
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Compton Calls for Communications
By Jon Gingerich

City of ComptonThe city of Compton is seeking a firm or consultant with experience in internal and external communications, brand management and strategic partnerships.

Category: RFPs
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Trump vs. a Free Press; How Unilever Lost the Battle of Marmite; America May Be Too Risky for Many Entreprenuers
By Editorial Staff
NY Times story: Donald Trump vs. a Free PressMedia Donald Trump vs. a free press (NY Times)

PR Gaffe How Unilever lost the battle of Marmite - and Tesco won the PR war (Forbes)

Economy America may be too risky for many entrepreneurs (Politico)

Digital Social media policy can prevent online #Fails (Huffington Post)

Reputation How Wells Fargo could've saved its hard-earned reputation (Fortune)

Prof. Dev. Stockholm Syndrome: alive and well in the PR industry (BizCommunity)

(1 reader comment)

Category: PR Links
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Bellwether Pitches for Panama
By Jon Gingerich
PanamaPanama has hired Bellwether Strategies for outreach and media relations work as that government mounts a global communications response to the “Panama Papers” scandal that made global headlines earlier this year.
Category: International
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
McBee Evolves Into Signal Group
By Editorial Staff
Signal Group logoRebrand reflects focus on integrating legal and regulatory expertise with strategic communications, public affiars and digital media.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Why the VP Debate Could be a Four-Year Story
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonDespite pundits' declarations, the October 4 vice presidential debate won't fade from relevance anytime soon. (1 reader comment)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Words Mean Things
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickDonald Trump's response to years-old references he made to women is an indication of the candidate's overall communications strategy. (12 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Major & Trade Media Are Best for Tech PR Says Survey
By Jack O'Dwyer

Curtis SparrerTech companies that want to drive prospects to their websites are finding the best results come from hits in general circulation and trade media, says research by Bospar, San Francisco tech PR firm.

Category: Technology PR
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Pharma Must Lead with Facts, Focus on Patients
By Al Jackson

Al Jackson Biopharmaceutical innovation companies are facing a hostile media environment in which negative news stories about drug prices are written every day. (1 reader comment)

Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
NYWICI Honors Seven “Rising Stars”
By Jane Landers

NY WICINew York Women in Communications honored seven “rising stars” in communications at ceremonies Oct. 11 in the Bloomberg building, 120 Park ave., with opening remarks by Jackie Kelly, COO of Bloomberg Media.

Category: Associations
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Pharoah Molds Corporate Affairs for Mars
By Editorial Staff
Pharoah & KamenetzkyAndy Pharoah, who has led corporate affairs for Wrigley for the past seven years, has moved up to parent company Mars as VP of corporate affairs and strategic initiatives.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Why I Finally Cancelled My NY Times Subscription; Trump Campaign Exposes Crisis Facing American Journalism; Surprising Genius of the 'I Voted' Sticker
By Editorial Staff
NY Post article by John CrudeleMedia Why I finally cancelled my New York Times subscription (NY Post)

Journalism Trump campaign exposes crisis facing American journalism (AlterNet)

Voting The surprising genius of the "I Voted" sticker (Fast Company)

Media Trump's lawyers call for NY Times to retract sexual assault story (Vox)

Tesla Is Elon Musk facing a PR crisis? (Bloomberg)

Creepy Clowns Ronald McDonald benched in light of creepy clown panic (The Guardian)

Reputation How can a company repair a damaged reputation? (BBC)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016
Stumpf Steps Down at Wells Fargo
By Jon Gingerich
John StumpfFacing a firestorm of criticism amid a massive fraud scandal, embattled Wells Fargo chairman and CEO John Stumpf has retired from the company and its board, effectively immediately. (7 reader comments)
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016
Hemsworth Launches Atlanta Office
By Jon Gingerich
Hemsworth CommunicationsTravel, hospitality and lifestyle agency Hemsworth Communications has opened a second office in Atlanta.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016
Greenough Grabs Two Senior VPs
By Jon Gingerich
Mchugh & PufferGreenough Brand Storytellers has promoted Amy McHugh and Brad Puffer to the role of senior vice president.
Category: Personnel Appointments

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Wed., Oct. 19
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
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PR Lessons From the Political Campaign
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Wed., Oct. 19
Keeping Pace in an Evolving Marketplace
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Tue., Oct. 18
PR’s Role in Patient Engagement
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Tue., Oct. 18
Year-End Tax Planning and Developments
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Mon., Oct. 17
HP Job Cuts May Hurt Brand
By Ronn Torossian
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Mon., Oct. 17
Marketing Medical Cannabis, Like it’s Medicine
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Fri., Oct. 14
Communicating Healthcare in a Mobile-First World
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Thu., Oct. 13
Why the VP Debate Could be a Four-Year Story
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Trump is Running Out of Time to Sell His Story
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Mon., Oct. 17
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Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
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Tue., Oct. 11
FL Airport Seeks PR Pitches
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Thu., Oct. 6
Nassau Health Care Seeks Ad Agency

Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
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Tue., Oct. 4
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