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Credit Reporting Giant TransUnion Taps CGCN Group

Mon., Oct. 9, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

CGCN GroupTransUnion, the Big Three credit reporting service, hired Republican advocacy shop CGCN Group for issues related to data security, privacy and cybersecurity that may come before Congress in the aftermath of the massive Equifax hacking scandal.

PRSA Flops on Ethics Code’s Info Promise Says Ex-Director

Mon., Oct. 9, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

PRSA ICON 2017Removal of PRSA board minutes from the Society’s website “flies in the face of multiple Code provisions” calling for the “free flow of information,” former board member Mary Beth West said in an email to the board.

Wages of Willful Ignorance

Mon., Oct. 9, 2017

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyDonald Trump relies on shills like Mike Huckabee to feed meat to his political base because he can’t do real interviews because he’ll be forced to defend and justify his administration, just like past presidents had to do. (1 reader comment)

News of Firms

Mon., Oct. 9, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Ryan CroyFifteen Minutes' Croy launches PublicHaus digital outfit… Press agents tend to Grapevine… Crosby Marketing's day of service yields $15K cash, 560 hours of work for charities.

Comstock Out at GE

Sun., Oct. 8, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Beth ComstockBeth Comstock, former corporate communications chief who rose to become the first female vice chairman slot under Jeff Immelt, is leaving the firm at the end of the year as new CEO John Flannery puts his own stamp on the company.

PRSA Board Power Grab Stopped by Ex-Board Member

Sun., Oct. 8, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Mary Beth WestMember opposition yesterday stopped PRSA bylaw proposals that would have greatly increased board power to amend bylaws and which would have eliminated district representation on the board.

SKDKnick Denies Weinstein Work

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Harvey WeinsteinDemocrat-leaning SKDKnickerbocker denies media reports that managing director Anita Dunn, former White House communications director and special advisor to President Obama's presidential campaigns, counseled embattled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Verizon's Media Chief Walden to Exit

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Marni WaldenMarni Walden, who heads Verizon's sprawling media and digital operation and the telecom's highest-ranking woman executive, is leaving the firm in February. 

Trump Topples Pope. Francis Gets Revenge.

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Trump and PopeDonald Trump has surpassed his nemesis, Pope Francis, as ruler of the Twittersphere among world leaders, but the Pontiff may soon enjoy a measure of revenge on the 'fake news' front.

NPC Wrestles With Challenges to Free Press

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Steve Barnes

nobody speakThe National Press Club is hosting a screening of Netflix's "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press" on Oct. 19 to examine whether powerful monied interests present threat to press freedom.

Print Positioned as Trusted Alternative Amid Fake News Furor

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

MPAMagazine industry trade group The Association of Magazine Media has launched an industry-wide advertising campaign in a bid to combat the fake news phenomenon and bring attention to print media's credibility. (1 reader comment)

Ex-Kellogg PA Exec Runs for Congress

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

George FranklinGeorge Franklin, who spent 25 years at Kellogg Co. before exiting as VP-government relations in 2005, is running for Congress.

People on the Move

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Mike DeVillingFinn Partners brings on Mike DeVilling... Version 2.0 Communications appoints Mahoney, Holbrook senior VPs... PR Talent relies on DesRosiers to expand upper Midwest, Asia-Pacific push... BAM Communications taps Lewis veterans Pierini, Grassetti.

Westhampton Board Pleads Radiation Ignorance

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Westhampton BeachWesthampton Beach trustees pleaded ignorance last night when asked if they recognized any danger to citizens from cell towers, cellphones, cordless phones, tablets, etc. (1 reader comment)

Radiation Perils Should Be Told to PRSA Conference

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

WiFiThe dangers of microwave radiation from cellphones, cell towers, and routers in offices should be on the program of the PRSA national conference starting tomorrow. But it isn’t.

Wastewater Agency Wants PR Services

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

JMEUC Elizabeth, NJ-based wastewater treatment facility Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties has issued a request for qualification for public relations services.

Weber Shandwick Unveils VoiceUp

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Gail HeimannWeber Shandwick is launching VoiceUp video interview series with SellersEaston Media content shop to tell the stories of women executives in a bid to accelerate gender parity in the ranks of top management.