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Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Ketchum Wins LA Marathon
By Kevin McCauley
marathonKetchum Sports & Entertainment has won the competitive pitch for the LA Marathon and US track & field championship.
Category: Sports
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Blog: Social Media = Shameless Self-Promotion
By Kevin McCauley
Maura FitzGerald has developed one of the best definitions of social media, simply calling it "shameless self-promotion."
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 3-04-2015
By Greg Hazley

PR McKinsey's advice for the PR industry (J. Bean)
Trends What is slow PR? (E. Fedlman)
Retort PR's death has been greatly exaggerated (S. Cody)
Infographic 10 traits of talented PR pros (TPC)
Dark Arts The Merchants of Doubt: The PR firms giving you cancer (Daily Beast)
Case Study A tiny college offers PR crisis lesson businesses should study (S. Willyerd)
Sports A-Rod's PR comeback (L. Hoffman)
PA Digital public affairs in a nutshell (J. Landfried)
Astroturf NRA-backed group aims to save elephants, kill them later (Deadspin)
Astroturf Dr. Evil is defending Big Oil (Grist)
Int'l Why it's so hard to stop ISIS propaganda (Atlantic)
Sports A lesson in athlete media relations (Globe & Mail)
Damage Control Clinton spokesman circulates pro-Foundation talking points (Capital NY)
Crisis How Hillary can end the email and foreign donor scandals (R. Fournier)
Politics Gibbs: Clinton's use of private emails 'highly unusual' (Politico)
Cuba US publicist wins Havana Cigar Festival (Cuba News)

Category: PR Links
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Grayling's Gay to Levick
By Greg Hazley
gayTim Gay, a senior VP at Grayling, author and former Capitol Hill press secretary, has moved to Levick in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Registered Dietitian Joins MWW
By Kevin McCauley
sarah lewisSarah Lewis, a registered dietitian, has joined MWW's consumer practice as manager of nutritional communications.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Nelson Dials Up PR for Syfy, Chiller Networks
By Greg Hazley
nelsonKatherine Nelson, senior VP of communications for NBCUniversal's Esquire Network, has dialed up the media conglomerate's Syfy and Chiller networks in that same title.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Obama Wants to Revamp Radio and TV Marti
By Kevin McCauley
martiThe Obama Administration wants to turn Radio and TV Marti, the US-controlled broadcaster of news/information to Cuba, into a 'private, non-profit' organization.
Category: Public Diplomacy
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Tonka Toys Roll with JMPR
By Greg Hazley
tonkaFunrise, the Van Nuys, Calif., toy maker and distributor, has rolled its Tonka brand to JMPR Public Relations.
Category: News of Accounts
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Lumber Liquidators Pushes Back on '60 Minutes' Report
By Greg Hazley
llLumber Liquidators, which saw its share price plummet after a critical "60 Minutes" report about alleged health and safety failures in its flooring materials, has responded by questioning the news program’s methodology and blaming its financial woes on short-sellers.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Was Netanyahu's PR Play Worth It?
By Kevin McCauley
netanyahuIsrael's Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu speaks before Congress and then goes home to Israel. Damage done. Was it worth it?
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Gioia Takes H+K Latin America Helm
By Kevin McCauley
claudia gioiaClaudia Gioia, executive VP and head of Burson-Marsteller's Hispanic practice, will become president/CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies' Latin American group on April 1.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
'Conscious Consumers' Call for Thoughtful Food PR Approach
By Greg Hazley
conscious consumerFood consumers concerned about source as much as price, brand and nutrition represent $200 billion, or about one-quarter, of the annual food sales market, according to a study by a joint venture of G&S Business Communications and rbb PR.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
O'Neill Heads IR, Comms for Health Net
By Greg Hazley
peter o'neillHealth Net, the publicly traded, Los Angeles-based HMO and healthcare services provider, has brought in Peter O'Neill in the new post of VP for IR and corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Ex-Arkansas Senator Joins Venable
By Kevin McCauley
mark pryorMark Pryor, the Democrat who lost his seat to Tom Cotton in the 2014 election, has joined the government affairs practice of Venable.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Icahn Retreats from Gannett
By Kevin McCauley
gannettCorporate raider Carl Icahn cuts deal with Gannett in move that reduces takeover threat at $6B publisher of USA Today and 80 dailies.
Category: Media News
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Author to Lobby for National Anthem Day
By Marc Ferris
Star-Spangled Banner bookThough Americans may revere the The Star-Spangled Banner for its official status, most don't praise the tune and say they prefer America, the Beautiful.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Mesquite Seeks Travel PR Recipe
By Greg Hazley
mesquiteMesquite, the Dallas suburb that boasts "Real. Texas. Flavor." and a professional rodeo, is looking for a tourism PR recipe.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Mar. 3, 2015
Confronting ISIS: The Ultimate PR Challenge
By Richard Nicolazzo
nicolazzoWhile the U.S. and its allies grapple with what to do militarily against ISIS, an equally important challenge is countering the terror organization'svpropaganda machine.
Category: Government
Mon., Mar. 2, 2015
Piston Pumps Up Lewis PR
By Kevin McCauley
lewisLondon-based Lewis PR has acquired Piston, a San Diego digital shop with 50 staffers, to bolster its analytics/creative offers and build scale in US.
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Mar. 2, 2015
Blog: Poor John Boehner
By Kevin McCauley
boehnerThe Wall Street Journal put the Speaker of the House John Boehner on notice today via a hard-nosed editorial railing about the GOP squandering its biggest majority since the 1920s.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
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