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Mon., Jan. 19, 2015
MLK Day - A Day On, Not A Day Off
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MLK DayGo to nationalservice.gov/mlkday2015 and learn about the events happening today, #MLKDay.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Alaska Reviews Tourism Account
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alaskaAlaska has created a new tourism marketing board and kicked off an open competition for its $15M-a-year travel account.
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Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Weber Shandwick Wraps Up Sealed Air Business
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sealed airWeber Shandwick edges MSLGroup and Gyro in pitch for global marketing agency for $7.7B packaging giant Sealed Air Corp.
Category: News of Accounts
Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Westhampton Trustees Met Privately on Eruv
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whbMayor of Westhampton Beach and four trustees met privately last night to discuss lawsuits against the village, which is part of Southampton. Plaintiffs charge the towns with "targeting Jewish citizens" and seek damages and legal fees. No action was taken, source said.
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Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Time Inc. Names Long Time Pub
By Kevin McCauley
 
meredith longMeredith Long, 38, is the new publisher of Time, taking over for Jed Hartman, who exited the group publisher slot last year for the chief revenue officer job at the Washington Post.
Category: Media News
Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Fixmer Spins for Universal Music
By Greg Hazley
 
andy fixmerVeteran media and entertainment reporter for Bloomberg News moves to the PR realm as VP of global communications for Universal Music Group.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
UAE Re-Ups for $10M at Harbour
By Kevin McCauley
 
UAE emblemUnited Arab Emirates has extended its relationship with The Harbour Group through 2017 for 'no more than $5M per year.'
Category: Foreign government
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Slim Fattens NYT Holdings
By Kevin McCauley
 
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim doubled his investment stake in the New York Times Co. to about 17 percent, making him the biggest owner of the parent of the New York Times.
Category: Media News
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Blog: PR Dominates in Putin's Russian World of Illusions
By Kevin McCauley
 
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible cover"Everything is PR" is the favorite phrase of Russia's elite, writes Peter Pomerantsev in his wonderful new book, "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible," about Vladimir Putin's wonderland of illusions, where former gangsters are now members of the ruling elite and Russia Today state media spews lies.
Category: Foreign government
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Crisis Preparation in the Digital Age
By John McInerney
 
John McInerneyIn the age of digital communications, crises incubate, hatch and unfold before an audience of millions of consumers, investors and businesses at near-blinding speed. But what happens when the company crisis is your own?
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Ketchum's Scibetta Enrolls at Stony Brook
By Kevin McCauley
 
Nicholas ScibettaNicholas Scibetta, director of Ketchum's global media network, will take the VP-communications job at Stony Brook University on Jan. 26.
Category: Professional Services PR
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Caesars Rolls Chapter XI Dice with Joele Frank
By Kevin McCauley
 
CaesarsCaesars Entertainment Operating Co. is using Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher to handle media related to its financial restructuring announced today to shed $10B in debt.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Discovery Founder Eyes Streaming Service
By Kevin McCauley
 
John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Channel, is launching Curiosity-Stream, a subscription video-on demand service that will offer reports about nature.
Category: Media News
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
APCO Vet Schooling Sets Up Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
Robert SchoolingRobert Schooling, former APCO Worldwide Americas president, has established Reservoir Communications Group in Washington to counsel clients on how to integrate brand, reputation and advocacy communications.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Scandal-Rocked Secret Service Slaps PA Staffer
By Kevin McCauley
 
Secret Service badgeJane Murphy, who heads governmental & PA at the Secret Service, is among four officials demoted in wake of a series of embarrassing and troubling security lapses.
Category: Government
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Europe Pushes for American Gas
By Kevin McCauley
 
LNG AlliesEuropeans work through coalition to approve the export of American liquefied natural gas to offset dependence on Russia and enhance energy security.
Category: Foreign government
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Dynamic Media Environment Blurs Crisis Lines
By Alex Stanton
 
Alex StantonWhere does one news cycle end and the next begin? What’s the difference between “traditional” and “digital” media?  Where’s the line between reporting and advocacy? Does credibility still matter?
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Gaynor Takes B-M/Asia Helm
By Kevin McCauley
 
Terri-Helen GaynorTerri-Helen Gaynor, founding partner of Reputation Ply in Australia, is taking over Burson-Martin's Asia-Pacific duties from Pat Ford, who helmed the region since Oct. 2012.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
New PR Network Debuts
By Kevin McCauley
 
The Global Communications Alliance network of firms has launched with 10 members with market coverage in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Lahey Latches on at Podesta
By Kevin McCauley
 
Josh LaheyJosh Lahey, a PR and advertising pro, has joined Washington's Podesta Group as it broadens its PA/lobbying base.
Category: Lobbying
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