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Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Maine Eyes Diagnosis for Public Health Comms
By Greg Hazley

maineMaine has called for proposals for its public health communications account, encompassing social marketing, social media and partnerships that tackle issues like tobacco, obesity and substance abuse. 

Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Edelman Fired Top Exec Over Climate Change Response
By Greg Hazley
climateEdelman fired US president and CEO Mark Hass in July partly over his "stupid" response to a climate change organization's survey of PR firms, CEO Richard Edelman told's Motherboard channel.
Category: Environmental PR
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-13-2014
By Greg Hazley

Crisis Sea World financials hurt by ‘Blackfish’ backlash (NY Post)
Tech Edward Snowden: The most wanted man in the world (Wired)
Social IceBucketChallenge shows No. 1 rule for creating viral campaigns? Don’t overthink it (A. Gray)
Career PR and taking out the garbage (K. Hazlett)
Corporate Starbucks doesn’t support Israel (or PR strategy)
PR 101 What a surprise. Journalist prefers interviews minus PR (L. Hoffman)
Congloms Sizing up potential bidders for Interpublic (Adweek)
Tech Amazon unveils card reader, targeting Square, PayPal (Computerworld)
Crisis Land Rover recalls 40K luxury SUVs (Consumerist) 

Category: PR Links
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
ICR, Kekst Work Deal
By Greg Hazley
answers.comICR and Kekst and Company were PR advisors to Apax Partners' acquisition of Answers Corp., the parent to social Q&A site
Category: M&A
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Memphis Int'l to Review PR
By Greg Hazley
memphisThe governing body for Memphis International Airport is preparing to review its PR and marketing with an RFQ process through September.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Solomon: Trouble With 'Oops' Journalism
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonWith a media deadline every second,  sloppy and often inaccurate or biased journalism results, especially when covering "fast breaking" news, like the Gaza war coverage.
Category: Media News
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
MDC Takes Bite of Hunter PR
By Kevin McCauley
hunterMDC Partners has acquired a majority stake in Hunter PR, the New York-based firm noted for its food and nutrition capabilities.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Karv Catches Andrus
By Kevin McCauley
eric andrusEric Andrus, a partner and RLM Finsbury staffer since 1998, has joined KARV Communications as executive VP.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
Weber Hauls in Big Tech Fish
By Kevin McCauley
penati, noonanWeber Shandwick has named Luca Penati, tech veteran of Ogilvy and Edelman, general manager of San Francisco/Silicon Valley and western lead of the Mediaco content unit.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
Blog: Is Rush Ready?
By Kevin McCauley
rush limbaughJust as Hillary Clinton moves from the long shadow of President Obama by throwing his foreign policy -- which she helped implement -- under the bus and then driving over it, compliments of The Atlantic, comes worrisome news (for her) that the DraftRush2016 political action committee has filed required paperwork in Washington's bureaucracy.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-12-2014
By Greg Hazley

Careers How to get ahead for the young PR account executive (F. Strong)

Jargon Media and marketing buzzwords that must die (Ad Age)

Quotes Life is like a box of trite and world-weary expressions (D. Stevenson)

Gender Now The Atlantic should ask: Where are the women leaders in PR? (G. Becker)

Careers Are PR agencies setting new parents up to fail? (A. Hanson)

Tech Uber: So cool, but so uncool (P. Himler)

Crisis 5 lessons from ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial (M. Mulvihill)

Food/Bev Colgate ingredient linked to hormones, cancer spotlights FDA process (Bloomberg) 

Sports NCAA is on its K Street A-game (OpenSecrets) 

Entertainment Polanski drops out of film festival amid pressure (Variety) 

PR 101 How to maximize readability of earnings press releases (BW) 

Category: PR Links
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
FPA Raps Press Policy of Hamas, Israel
By Kevin McCauley

fpaThe Foreign Press Association in Israel, a group of 480 journalists from 32 nations, raps press policy of Hamas, Israel.

Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
Libya Prexy Hopeful Gets US Support
By Kevin McCauley

bashir musaLibya businessman Bashir Musa, a presidential hopeful in the chaotic country, is using AUX Initiatives of Baton Rouge for campaign management duties.

Category: International
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
UNESCO Puts Comms on Menu for World's Fair
By Greg Hazley
expoUNESCO is seeking English-language communications support for its presence at EXPO 2015, the 184-day world's fair focused on food and nutrition that is slated to kick off in Milan in May 2015.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
PR 'Rock Star' to Perform at MWW
By Kevin McCauley
seilheimerJess Seilheimer, formerly senior VP/innovation & strategic planning at France's Havas, is now chief strategy officer at MWW in its New York outpost.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
APCO Fills Key Chicago Post
By Greg Hazley
tina-marie adamsAPCO Worldwide has recruited agency vet Tina-Marie Adams from Ketchum to lead its Chicago office as managing director.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
PRSA Seeks Ethics Sheen from 'Mr. Ethics'
By Jack ODwyer

randy cohenPRSA/New York, in a bid to tie itself and national to "ethics" (although national spent $1,057 on ethics in 2013), features ex-New York Times ethics columnist Randy Cohen in a program Sept. 8 that charges "PR professionals practice deception."

Category: PRSA
Mon., Aug. 11, 2014
Huntsworth's Gummer to Go
By Kevin McCauley
chadlingtonPeter Gummer, who turns 72 on Aug. 24, is stepping down from the helm of UK's Huntsworth, the PR firm dependent on Britain and the Continent for nearly 70 percent of its revenues.
Category: International
Mon., Aug. 11, 2014
Kekst, Joele Frank Split Big Banana PR Bids
By Greg Hazley
chiquitaKekst and Company is promoting a $1B unsolicited bid for Chiquita Brands as an alternative to the banana giant's "inversion" plan to merge with Ireland's Fyffes and establish a domicile in that country.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Aug. 11, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-11-2014
By Greg Hazley
Clients Fooled again! (S. Cody) 
Food/Bev Bottled water comes from drought-ridden America (MJ) 
Social When and why to pay for tweets (R. Holmes) 
Corporate Is Amazon in a PR war with no winners? (J. Horton) 
Clients PR firm sues the family of a paralyzed man awarded $10.75M (The Ledger) 
Media A fine line between opinion, analysis and perspective (P. Gillott) 
Measurement Why images impact your media measurement (E. Friedman) 
Infographic Nurturing the gap between marketing and sales (F. Strong) 
RFP Communications support for Common Core campaign (PDF)
Category: PR Links
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