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Fri., Dec. 27, 2013
The Nation Seeks $100K by Dec. 31
By Jack ODwyer
 
The NationThe Nation, facing a $120,272 postal hike in the New Year, is asking its readers and others to make special donations to offset that and other costs.
Category: Media News
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Empire State Names Tech PR Maven
By Kevin McCauley
 
jerry gretzingerNew York State’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has named a veteran TV journalist as VP-strategic communications & PR to promote its development of emerging technologies and economics.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Carnival, NFL, Washington Top PR Fails of 2013
By Jon Gingerich
 

crisisWhittling down every public relations disaster that occurred during 2013 into a top-ten list took a lot of work. There was a lot of competition. After careful consideration, however, we managed to compile O’Dwyer’s top ten PR gaffes of 2013.

Category: Public Relations
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
QG&A Reps Mumbai Terror Victims
By Kevin McCauley
 
Families of the American victims of the 2008 Mumbai, India, terror attacks get DC PR counsel under an arrangement with law firm Kreindler & Kreindler.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Tabloids Ablaze as Spitzer Dates PR Aide
By Greg Hazley
 

tabloidsLis Smith, the Democratic PR advisor who is spokeswoman for New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio, is at the center of a media frenzy after reports that she is dating disgraced former governor Eliot Spitzer.

Category: Media News
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Abernathy, Joele Frank Work $786M Cable Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
Southwire Company and Coleman Cable engaged outside PR support in Southwire's $786M Dec. 20 acquisition of fellow wire and cable maker Coleman Cable.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Dec. 25, 2013
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Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Ad Make-Good for South Sudan
By Kevin McCauley
 
south sudanThousands of civilians have been murdered in South Sudan since the launch of this month's ethnic bloodletting in the Africa's newest state that hopes to celebrate its second anniversary in July.
Category: International
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Liberty Lures House and Ways Alum
By Kevin McCauley
 

rangaswamiA 12-year veteran of the House Ways and Means Committee's panel on trade will join Liberty Mutual as VP-federal affairs at yearend.

Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Libyan Federalist Group Seeks U.S. Nod
By Kevin McCauley
 

The Cyrenaica Transitional Council, a self-proclaimed government in Libya's oil-rich eastern region, is using lobbying help to gain recognition by the U.S. and Russian governments.

Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Lanny Davis' Must-Read Crisis PR Book
By Ronn Torossian
 
davisI've always felt that people who work in the top echelons of political communications are aggressive, bright and great at what they do. It is pressure cooked, intense all the time, and work which is high-profile and cut-throat - so much so that if you do a bad job you’ll find yourself out of a job pretty damn quickly. 
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Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
PR Review of 2013 Part II - Content Is Big
By Jack ODwyer
 

One of biggest PR trends of 2013 was the move towards “sponsored” editorial content, also known as “branded” content or "native advertising."

Category: Public Relations
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
IAC Corporate Comms Exec Fired After Tweet
By Greg Hazley
 
justine saccoIAC fired a senior corporate communications exec on Dec. 21 after she posted a racially tinged Twitter remark about AIDS and Africa.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Joele Frank Dresses PR for Jones Group Sale
By Greg Hazley
 
jonesJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is dressing PR for both sides of Sycamore Partners' $1.2B acquisition of The Jones Group, the publicly traded apparel company that includes Ann Klein and Nine West, among other brands.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Why Sponsored Content' is Here to Stay in PR
By Fraser Seitel
 
Even as the dust refused to settle on the "Death of PR" debate, few in this now-burgeoning field could deny that the Public Relations times they were-a changin’ and that communications vehicles that once were considered anathema by earned media zealots were now the way of the world.
Category: PR School
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
NY Times Goes 'Native'
By Kevin McCauley
 
New York Times publisher Pinch Sulzberger told employees Dec. 19 that he’s launching a native advertising program early next year because advertisers want  “new, more immersive ways of engaging consumers.”
Category: Content
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
'Hard Right' APRs Control PRSA DC Chapter
By Jack ODwyer
 
The 31 leaders of the National Capital Chapter of PR Society of America include 25 who are Accredited, although only about 20% of the 1,190 members of the chapter are APR.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Polk Adds Broadway PR Business, Staff from Shuttering Hartman
By Greg Hazley
 
wickedPolk & Co., a Broadway PR firm, has picked up four publicists and a handful of marquee clients from the shuttering Hartman Group.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Somaliland Seeks US Nod
By Kevin McCauley
 
Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, is using Omnicom’s Mercury PA to gain U.S. recognition of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Somalia views it as a illegitimate state.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
JCIR Works Auction of Defunct Gaming Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
copernicusNew York-based financial communications shop JCIR worked with Heritage Global Partners on the Dec. 11 auction of assets from 38 Studios, the bankrupt video game developer led by former pro baseball player Curt Schilling.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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