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Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
JPMorgan Chase Pro Checks Out NBCU
By Kevin McCauley
 
mark kornblauMark Kornblau, most recently managing director, corporate communications, at JPMorgan Chase, will join NBCUniversal News Group as senior VP-communications on Feb. 17.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
Jacksonville Chamber Ramps Up PA
By Greg Hazley
 
matt galnorMatt Galnor, a journalist-turned-PR pro, has been named VP of public affairs for the JAX Chamber, the chamber of commerce for Florida's largest city.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Web Links
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Adv One quarter of all Super Bowl ads were made by one company (Wash Post) 
Canada A PR guru's tough love for Canada's timid business leaders (Financial Post) 
SEO Social media gurus and the foolhardy trend to bash SEO (F. Strong) 
Content The march toward brand journalism continues (C. Wolverton) 
Social Lessons from Coke and the Super Bowl: Have thick skin and clear plan (J. Licko) 
Content Google authorship: Why you need it and why it keeps changing (B. Lucey) 
Crisis New Christie questions: Why a last-minute revision to press release? (Salon) 
Crisis Mercury Public Affairs hires lawyer amid Christie probes (Politico) 
Tips 5 ways confidence will make your presentation more successful (LewisPR)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Geithner, Kelly Exit Time Inc. in Revamp
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time MagazineTime Inc. CEO Joe Ripp announced today via a “moving forward” staff memo that executive VP David Geithner and American Express Publishing CEO Ed Kelly will depart in the revamp that will cut 500 people from the payroll ahead of the TI spin-off from Time Warner.
Category: Media News
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
FCC Loses Net Neutrality Case, But Debate Isn't Over
By Jon Gingerich
 
O'Dwyer's Feb. '14 MagazineAfter a highly publicized legal spat with Verizon, a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in January ruled that the FCC doesn’t have the authority to force service providers to abide by its Net Neutrality rules.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Corporate, Agency Healthcare Vet DeSalva to DuPont
By Greg Hazley
 
desalvaAnnaMaria DeSalva, the agency and corporate healthcare PR veteran, has moved to DuPont as VP of corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Florida Railway Seeks PR Steam
By Greg Hazley
 
fecThe private equity-owned Florida East Coast Railway is dangling a $200K/year PR account through an RFP process this month.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Salazar Exits Mercury's Orbit
By Kevin McCauley
 
roger salazarRoger Salazar has exited his managing director post at Mercury Public Affairs in Sacramento to open Alza Strategies to focus on media relations, crisis management in the Hispanic market.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Ad Age Crowns Weber Shandwick 'One of Adland's Best'
By Kevin McCauley
 
Advertising Age has selected Weber Shandwick No. 7 on its annual “Agency A-List,” making WS the sole PR firm to crack the magazine’s Top Ten ranking of ad agencies.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
PR Super Bowl Winners & Losers
By Ronn Torossian
 
The Jersey Super Bowl has come and gone, this one being the most boring in the last several years. The commercials were decent – not terrible, not amazing –  and the entertainment around the game provided plenty of fodder due to their proximity to New York City.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Zeno Prescribes Tylenol PR
By Greg Hazley
 
tylenolJohnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit has awarded consumer PR duties for some of its Tylenol product lines to Zeno Group, following an RFP process.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Finn Partners Sells NFL Player's IPO
By Greg Hazley
 
vernon davisFantex, the San Francisco company planning to sell shares of professional athletes, has kicked off its first IPO road show to back an offering for the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
ICR Builds $135M IBP IPO
By Greg Hazley
 
Installed Building Products, the residential insulation installation giant, is leaning on ICR for financial communications support as it slates a $135M initial public offering.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
Web Links
By Greg Hazley
 
Advocacy Since when did lobbying and PR become extortion? (K. Hinton) 
Content How to build a brand using compelling content (T. Robbins) 
Career Deep dive into corporate comms. work and culture in a cross-border PR adventure (J. Gombita) 
Super Bowl Seahawks and two advertisers dominate the competition (B. Dalbec) 
Social The next Facebook killer is … Facebook? (C. Penn) 
Social Hillary Clinton wins Super Bowl newsjacking derby (D.M. Scott) 
PA Gerrymandering the mind (R. Gillott)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
Dylan's Perfect Pitch For American Authenticity
By Kevin McCauley
 
dylanNodding off during the third-quarter during last night’s Super Bowl blowout, I awoke from my sleep upon hearing creaky Bob Dylan ask, "Is there anything more American than America?"
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
Solomon: Nice Try Seattle, New York Wins Super Bowl
By Arthur Solomon
 
The NFL super-hype machine gave it its best shot, but it never really had a chance.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
IMPR Handles Actor Hoffman's Death
By Greg Hazley
 
hoffmanBeverly Hills-based Image Management PR represents the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead of a suspected drug overdose in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 46.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
J Group Is Tight with Panel Coverage, Attendee Info
By Jack ODwyer
 
Investigative Reporters & Editors has posted on its website materials for six of the 26 panels at its session Jan. 24. We're hopeful of a lot more. No contact info is available for attendees, a giant info hole.

Category: Media News
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
Poo-Pourri Flushes Out PR Firms
By Kevin McCauley
 
poo pourriPoo-Pourri Co., marketer of a spray that promises to “leave the toilet smelling better that you found it” is looking for a PR firm to bolster its marketing push this year and beyond.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
Lake Heads to DDCA
By Greg Hazley
 
jim lakePublic affairs vet Jim Lake has landed at DDC Advocacy, the 18-year-old Maryland-based firm.
Category: Public Affairs
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