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Fri., May 8, 2015
BlackBerry Comms Head to Exit
By Greg Hazley
heidi davidsonHeidi Davidson, senior VP of corporate communications for BlackBerry, is leaving the tech company after four years as it continues to mount a comeback.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., May 8, 2015
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
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Fri., May 8, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 5-08-2015
By Greg Hazley
Profile When the PR CEO and her son work, play and fire-walk together (Upstart) 
Pay Change the equation for PR compensation (D. Spong) 
Crisis Cavaliers: Domestic violence video was huge mistake(TMZ)
Int'l In propaganda war against ISIS, US tried to play by enemy's rules (Wash Post) 
Names More Start-ups choose names that explain what they do(S. Cody) 
Infographic 5 cases of PR done right (Entrepreneur) 
Stats Teens, older demos driving gains in smartphone penetration (comScore) 
Crisis Case study: After a crisis, who should take the fall?(HBR) 
Media Reporter goes undercover as Uber driver, debunks wage claims (Phil. City Paper) 
UK The City PR salutes fellow spinners (Evening Std) 
RFP PR counsel for Atlanta Housing Authority (link)
Category: PR Links
Fri., May 8, 2015
Dating App for Affluent Offers Millions for City Name
By Greg Hazley

luxyLuxy, a dating app geared toward "rich men and beautiful women," has offered Hidden Hills, Calif., $3.45M to change its name to Luxy USA for 10 years. 

Category: Technology PR
Fri., May 8, 2015
PR Vets Unveil Crisis Portal, Software
By Greg Hazley
crpCrisis PR veterans Jim Haggerty and Thom Weidlich have unveiled CrisisResponsePro, a subscription software platform and content hub meant to provide information on and serve companies enmeshed in crisis or litigation communications.
Category: PR Services
Fri., May 8, 2015
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, PR Pro/Journalist, Dies at 68
By Kevin McCauley
mary ann walshSister Mary Ann Walsh, first woman media relations person at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and reporter for Catholic News Service and America, died April 28 from recurring cancer at a hospice in Albany. She was 68.
Category: Media News
Fri., May 8, 2015
McNeely Pigott & Fox Takes 'Best in Show' for Nashville PR
By Greg Hazley
mpfMcNeely Pigott & Fox won Best in Show honors at PRSA Nashville's annual Parthenon Awards April 23 in the Music City, earning kudos for its "Red, White and Food" campaign supporting a voter referendum to allow wine sales in Tennessee retail food stores.
Category: PR Awards
Fri., May 8, 2015
Media Tidbits
By Kevin McCauley
News Corp. quarterly net tumbles as Wall Street, New York PostThe Sun newspaper group lags…WSJ events pro Dorothea Herrey shifts to New York Times…Zynga cuts more staffers, boosts Tiger Williams… Republican operative Gonzales takes spokesperson job at AMPTP.
Category: Media News
Fri., May 8, 2015
LAT Buys U-T San Diego
By Kevin McCauley

union-tribuneThe parent of the Los Angeles Times is buying the San Diego Union-Tribune and nine community papers from a San Diego real estate investor for cash and stock worth $85M.

Category: Media News
Fri., May 8, 2015
'Wearable' Pioneer Fitbit Eyes $100M IPO
By Greg Hazley
fitbitFitbit, the fitness tracking device maker that filed for a $100M initial public offering on May 7, relies on Olson for PR support.
Category: Technology PR
Fri., May 8, 2015
Victim's Daughter Seeks Documents in 1982 Tylenol Murders
By Jack O'Dwyer

rosenMichelle Rosen, who watched her mother die of a poisoned Tylenol pill in 1982 after returning from the hospital after giving birth, is seeking to reopen investigation of the murders. She challenges the "madman going from store-to-store" theory. 

Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., May 7, 2015
Sorkin Ranks As Most Influential Journalist
By Kevin McCauley
andrew ross sorkinAndrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times and CNBC, tops Gorkana's survey of the most influential journalists.
Category: Media News
Thu., May 7, 2015
Roger Goodell's Next PR Opportunity
By Fraser Seitel

seitelLet's see if in the aftermath of the embarrassing Deflategate report if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the, uh, guts, to levy a record fine of the New England Patriots and suspend golden boy quarterback Tom Brady.

Category: PR Commentary
Thu., May 7, 2015
NFL's 'Deflategate' Report Won't Penalize Tom Brady's PR Brand
By Ronn Torossian
ronn torossianThe NFL's vague 'Deflategate' report will not penalize New England quarterback Tom Brady's very marketable brand.
Category: PR Commentary
Thu., May 7, 2015
J&J Creates Third-Party 'Compassion' Panel for Unapproved Drugs
By Greg Hazley
arthur caplanJohnson & Johnson, responding to an unsettled ethical, medical and PR issue, has tapped a prominent bioethicist to lead a third-party advisory committee to decide access for seriously ill patients to drugs that haven't yet been approved.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., May 7, 2015
Al Jazeera America Ousts CEO
By Kevin McCauley
ehab alshihabiAl Jazeera America on May 6 fired Ehab Alshihabi, who launched the US version of Arab satellite TV network in 2013, following staff upheaval, executive departures and filing of an anti-Semitism/sexual discrimination lawsuit.
Category: Media News
Thu., May 7, 2015
Dowling Splits from Fleishman
By Kevin McCauley
Robert Dowling, president of FleishmanHillard’s US East Region, has departed to pursue other opportunities.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., May 7, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 5-07-2015
By Greg Hazley
Campaigns Top 5 reasons most PR efforts fail (G. Draper) 
PR Beware of PRedators! (N. Yang)
PA Will media coverage matter in Baltimore trials? (E. Dezenhall)
Comment PR can't save a business the public no longer needs (J. Horton) 
Retail Whole Foods' new chain is admission of its pricey reputation (MW)
Crisis Lumber Liquidators pulls Chinese-made laminate from shelves (Times-Dispatch) 
Entertainment Power publicist slipped up on Cannes criticism email (NY Post) 
UK Media Ads attack Sun and Mail 'fear and smear' (Guardian) 
Sports The NFL's response to domestic violence is only making things worse (B. Petchesky) 
Ads 22 most out-of-the-box outdoor ads this year (BI)
Category: PR Links
Thu., May 7, 2015
Blog: Support for Gay President Signals US Cultural Shift
By Kevin McCauley
whNothing signifies the massive cultural shift this country is undergoing, as the latest WSJ/NBC poll showing Americans would be more comfortable with a gay or lesbian President than with an evangelical Christian in the Oval Office.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., May 7, 2015
PR Firms Work Global Data Merger Drama
By Greg Hazley
telecityA $4.5B merger of data center operators has clouded as one of the firms, UK-based Telecity, said today it is has been approached by US-based Equinix in a $3.5B takeover bid.
Category: M&A
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