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Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
FTI Aids Amira as Rice Exporter Boils Over 'Fraud' Report
By Greg Hazley
amiraAmira Nature Foods, the 100-year-old, Dubai-based packaged rice exporter, is relying on FTI Consulting as it reels from a damaging report by Prescience Point Research Group alleging phony revenue and export figures.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-12-2015
By Greg Hazley
Social You can't own a conversation (S. Monty) 
Crisis 5 lessons learned: Anthem data breach (K. Lesak-Greenberg) 
IR Why are activist investors more likely to target women CEOs?(Fast Company) 
Healthcare Drug makers have what kind of reputation among patient groups? (WSJ) 
TV USA Network promotes 'Dig' series with augmented reality campaign (LR) 
Ethics Brian Williams - 'Good night and good luck' (E. Tchividjian)
Media Paris votes to sue Fox News for reputation damage (AP) 
RFP Evaluation of tobacco marketing and PR campaigns (AZ) 
RFP Communications and PR for Australian resort (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Time Inc. Posts 7% Drop in Q4 Revenues
By Kevin McCauley
timeTime Inc. today reported a seven percent decline in Q4 sales to $895M as circulation and advertising revenues slide.
Category: Media News
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Westhampton Library Mulls O'Dwyer Eruv Materials
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eruvThe Westhampton Beach Library board yesterday took copies of legal filings and other papers on the eruv dispute from but may or may not make them available to library users.

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Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Salzman Takes Teachers' Advocacy Post
By Kevin McCauley
marian salzmanMarian Salzman, CEO of Havas PR North America, has been elected executive chair of Tucson Values Teachers, a group that works to recruit, retain and reward educators.
Category: Associations
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
F5 Plugs in Waggener Edstrom
By Greg Hazley
f5Application delivery networking company F5 Networks has plugged in Waggener Edstrom as communications AOR after a review.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
Maron Tapped for Twist's Tech Push
By Kevin McCauley
john maronW2O Group's Twist Mktg. unit has hired Jon Maron, a more than 20-year PR veteran, as managing director to open a Seattle office and build out its technology practice.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
Blicksilver Handles $2B Envision Sale
By Kevin McCauley
rite aidFinancial specialist Owen Blicksilver PR represents Envision Pharmaceutical, which today announced its $2B acquisition by Rite Aid.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
Bravo Taps Sunoco PR Alum for Texas Push
By Greg Hazley
david websterPennsylvania-based energy sector PR shop Bravo Group has expanded to Texas with the addition of former Sunoco communications chief David Webster.
Category: Energy PR
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
APCO Flies Etihad Airways
By Kevin McCauley
eithadAPCO Worldwide is repping Etihad Airways, which US carriers claim practices unfair competition due to subsidies received from its government.
Category: Foreign government
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 2-11-2015
By Greg Hazley

PR What is PR? A definition for 2015 (S. Bruce) 
PR Is PR really dead? (M. Heffernan) 
B Williams A solution for NBC to the Williams crisis: Ditch the evening news (M. Wolff) 
B. Williams A day late and a dollar short (S. Cody) 
B. Williams Gannett says only VP/comms., president should speak on B. Williams (Romanesko) 
Internal The long tail of brand building (K. Speak) 
Social Pew's 2014 Social Media Study: What you need to know(M. Bhandarkar) 
Careers 5 reasons you're still at the intern table (R. Meis) 
Media #AdviceForYoungJournalists: Career advice from the Twitterverse (N. Blair) 
Media 'Daily Show' to carry on after Stewart (Variety)

Category: PR Links
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
Media: Stewart Leaves Millennial News Hole; Pascal to Produce 'Spider Man' After Exit, more...
By Kevin McCauley
stewartStewart's departure from the 'Daily Show' will be big news gap for young; Newseum/Council on American-Islamic Relations host town hall on free speech limits and press protection; Harper's Bazaar targets stylish and social millennials; Pascal will help produce Spiderman movie when she steps down....
Category: Media News
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
Dirty Harry Meets American Sniper
By Kevin Foley

sniperThe controversial 'American Sniper,' which is directed by Clinton Eastwood, is a modern day version of his 1971 classic 'Dirty Harry.'

Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Feb. 11, 2015
Massachusetts EconDev Entity Seeks Agency
By Greg Hazley
massdevThe economic development agency for the state of Massachusetts has cast a net for a full-service communications agency to polish its image.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Feb. 10, 2015
San Fran Int'l Airport to Create PR, Marketing Pool
By Greg Hazley
sfoSan Francisco International Airport, which saw 47M people pass through its gates last year, is reviewing its marketing and PR accounts currently worth more than $7M with the intent to create a pool of firms.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Feb. 10, 2015
Levick Serves PR to Hungary
By Kevin McCauley
viktor orbanLevick is providing PR and strategic consulting services to Hungary under a subcontract with SLI Group, which is the firm of former Florida Republican Congressman Connie Mack.
Category: Foreign government
Tue., Feb. 10, 2015
New York PR Interns Cope with High Living Costs
By Jack O'Dwyer
ny skylinePR students who landed internships in New York last summer coped with high housing costs. One intern paid $1,750 monthly for a 9x11-foot "box" on the upper East Side that didn't include a bathroom.
Category: PR Jobs
Tue., Feb. 10, 2015
Blog: Is Brian Williams Headed to PR?
By Greg Hazley
brian williamsWhen Brian Williams emerges from his career dead spin and is left staring up at 30 Rock from the 50th Street sidewalk, where will he go? PR, of course.
Category: Media News
Tue., Feb. 10, 2015
Marketwired Splits from Sysomos, Names CEO in Shakeup
By Greg Hazley
ahmedMarketwired has split from its Sysomos social, analytics and monitoring platform and named new leadership in a revamp under private equity owner OMERS.
Category: PR Services
Tue., Feb. 10, 2015
Omnicom PR Revenues Soar in Q4
By Greg Hazley
omnicomOmnicom's PR operations soared eight percent to $368.1M in the fourth quarter of 2014, an 8.5% organic climb across units like Ketchum, FleishmanHillard, Porter Novelli and Brodeur.
Category: Marketing Communications
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