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Mon., Feb. 1, 2016
Brunswick Remains M&A PR King
By Editorial Staff
 
Merger MarketBrunswick Group retained its grip as the top global M&A PR advisor in 2015 by number of deals and deal value, representing 209 transactions worth nearly $1T in a year dubbed the biggest for M&A ever.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016
Trump Rewriting Political PR
By Ronn Torossian
 
Ronn TorossianOne longstanding, unwritten rule in political public relations has always been “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016
New York City Wi-Fi Kiosks Said to Violate Civil Rights
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

LinkNYCThe 7,500 high-powered Wi-Fi kiosks proposed for New York City are a violation of civil rights, say critics. The kiosks are to be discussed Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at an NYU facility in Brooklyn. The event should be shifted to New York.

 
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016
Nichols Cast in Nat Geo, Fox Tie-Up
By Editorial Staff
 
Laura NicholsLaura Nichols, who led global communications for the Motion Picture Association of America, has been cast as chief communications officer of National Geographic Partners, the film venture between the 21st Century Fox and National Geographic Society.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016
PR Links: Communications in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Koch Tries to Shed Secretive Image
By Editorial Staff
 

PR CouncilBig Picture Communications in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (B. Rafferty) 

Politics Growing Koch network tries to shed secretive image (KC Star) 

Ethics Spin and democracy (E. Tchividjian) 

PR 101 How to break lazy writing habits (J. Rush) 

Tech Apple relaunches 'Shot on iPhone' campaign (MacRumors) 

Tools Why brands need to embrace Snapchat (J. Barrett) 

Int'l FIFA presidency candidate: Trust me to fix image (Sky News) 

Category: PR Links
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
PRSA Responds to New York PR Reclassification
By Jon Gingerich
 
PRSAThe Public Relations Society of America has issued a statement in response to a controversial measure passed this week by New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics advising that PR firms disclose their media outreach with the state.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
How the NFL Ignored Twitter Audiences
By Sue Zoldak
 
Sue ZoldakThe NFL’s recent decision to approve the St. Louis Rams’ relocation back to Los Angeles offers lessons regarding how brands can use social media for reputation enhancement and protection.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
Wi-Fi Watchers Seek Help of American Library Assn.
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Sari FeldmanA group concerned with the dangers of radiation from cellphones, computers and other sources has asked Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Assn., to spread the word on “an emerging public health crisis, a five-alarm fire.”

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
Leadership Exodus Shakes Politico
By Jon Gingerich
 
Politico Friday CoverPolitico co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei, along with four other key editorial and executive staff, announced they are leaving the political news site.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
Florida's Natural Pours Account to Exponent
By Editorial Staff
 
florida's naturalMinneapolis-based Exponent PR has picked up AOR duties for Florida's Natural fruit juices, following a competitive search.
Category: News of Accounts
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
Zeno Group Makes Big UK Play
By Editorial Staff
 
Richard, Edelman, SiegelZeno Group has acquired 12-year-old, UK-based 3 Monkeys Communications, scaling up its European reach to 75 staffers with the independent, mid-sized firm.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
DCI Handles Hangzhou Tourism
By Jon Gingerich
 

DCIDevelopment Counsellors International will promote the Chinese city of Hangzhou as a tourism destination for North American travelers.

Category: Travel PR
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
PR Links: Paying for the Destruction of PR; Tactics, PR Trumps Advertising for New Brands
By Editorial Staff
 

Destruction of PREssay Paying for the destruction of PR (H. Yaxley) 

Theme For new brands, tactics and PR trump advertising (A. Ries) 

Law Turning free press into propaganda (P. Roff) 

Healthcare Walgreens gives Theranos another drop of bad news (Fortune) 

PR 101 Boring press release bingo is back (Shift) 

Confession I was a Donald Trump ghostwriter (Vox) 

Food Judge bans Chobani ads critical of Yoplait, Dannon (Star Trib) 

Tech Facebook gets most of its users - and revenue - from mobile (C. Thilk) 

PR Corporate buzzwords from Pepsi's announcement of its artisal cocktail space (Consumerist) 

Category: PR Links
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
Vox Dishes Media Coverage for B&BHG
By Jon Gingerich
 
Vox Solid CommunicationsVox Solid Communications has been named agency of record for all Las Vegas-area restaurants belonging to Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group.
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
Jackson Joins Spectrum to Head Public Affairs
By Jon Gingerich
 
Al JacksonSpectrum has appointed Al Jackson to lead the agency's public affairs practice.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
Adidas Pulls Back Support from IAAF
By Ronn Torossian
 
Ronn TorossianAdidas in 2008 signed an 11-year sponsorship deal with the IAAF for upwards of $33 million. In the wake of the biggest doping scandal to hit the IAAF, however, Adidas is now looking for a way out.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
Freuds Acquires Brew PR
By Editorial Staff
 
brooke hammerlingUK-based Freuds has acquired tech PR maven Brooke Hammerling's Brew Media Relations in a deal worth $15M.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
US, Digital Propel Next 15
By Editorial Staff
 
next 15PR and marketing group Next 15 said US growth propelled an eight percent gain in organic revenue for the eleven months ended Dec. 31, 2015.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
McGrath/Power Fires Up PR for Medicinal Cannabis Company
By Jon Gingerich
 
McGrath PowerMcGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications has become AOR for Constance Therapeutics, a manufacturer of medicinal cannabis oil.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016
PR Software Start-Up Locks Up Funding
By Editorial Staff
 
ProwlyPR software platform Prowly said it has locked up $1.1M in early stage funding.
Category: PR Services

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