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Tue., Jul. 15, 2014
H+K Defends Miami Beach PR
By Greg Hazley
miamiMiami Beach will stick with Hill+Knowlton Strategies after a spring review of its tourism PR account, as the city heads into its centennial in 2015.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jul. 15, 2014
Report: Uber Eyes Politicos to Fill PR Post
By Greg Hazley
uberCar service app Uber is looking for a tough-minded communications operative likely with political experience for its top PR post, according to Recode's Kara Swisher.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jul. 15, 2014
Dow's Schnepf Rolls to Goodyear
By Greg Hazley
kristina schnepfDow Chemical's Kristina Schnepf has rolled to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company as VP of communication for its North American business.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014 Seeks PR Aid
By Greg Hazley
aidsThe federal Dept. of Health and Human Services is soliciting proposals for healthcare-savvy communications counsel to support, the key portal for HIV/AIDS policy across the government.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Real-Time 5 pitfalls to avoid in real-time marketing (J. Anisfeld)
Real-Time How real-time marketing won the 2014 World Cup (D. Blank) 
Social Does social media influence purchasing decisions? (C. Penn)
Content The devil is in these 3 content marketing details (J. Bell) 
Case Study Combining paid, earned, shared and owned media (J. Poulos) 
Healthcare Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment (W. Potter) 
Tech Google embraces the predictable (P. Oestreicher) 
PA US propaganda sons becomes unexpected hit in Central America (Breitbart)
RFP PR services for Denver Urban Renewal Authority (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014
Trevelino/Keller Serves PR to 'Soup Nazi'
By Kevin McCauley
soupmanTrevelino/Keller is serving PR to the Soupman Inc., which became a cultural icon following the "Soup Nazi" episode on "Seinfeld" a quarter century ago.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014
Ex-LA Times Editor to GFBunting
By Greg Hazley
russ stantonFormer Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Russ Stanton has jumped the PR line with a post at G.F.Bunting+Co.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014
Weber Vet Moves to Nielsen
By Kevin McCauley
drew mccaskillDrew McCaskill, who was senior VP at Weber Shandwick, has taken the senior VP-corporate communications post at Nielsen, the information management and measurement giant.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014
More Journalists Jailed (Myanmar); PRSA Is Silent
By Jack O'Dwyer

fiske, cohenFive Myanmar journalists, aged 22-28, have been hit with ten years in prison at hard labor for covering charges the government is producing chemical weapons.  PRSA, whose "PR for PR" includes commenting on current topics, is silent.

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Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Brooklyn Firm Hits $6.4M PR Jackpot with Ecuador
By Kevin McCauley
nathalie suarezEcuador, which has been waging an epic legal struggle with Chevron over a $9B-plus pollution lawsuit, inked a $6.4M contract with Brooklyn's MCSquared to bolster its image in the US and Europe.
Category: International
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-11-2014
By Greg Hazley
Gender Why women thrive in PR (and should they?) (M. Gielkens)
Activism LEGO rebuffs Greenpeace campaign video to ditch Shell(J. Wheeler) 
Trial Ventura publicist said bar fight story helped book sales(Pioneer Press) 
History Presenting the shadow of PR (H. Yaxley) 
Deals The stakeholders you need to close a big deal (P. Weinstein)
Entertainment 5 PR lessons we can learn from Lady Gaga (L. Wade)
PA Why Congress keeps ignoring its own budget law (S. Collender)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Myanmar Court Sentences Journalists to Hard Labor, Prison
By Greg Hazley
unityA Myanmar court on July 10 sentenced five journalists to 10 years in prison and hard labor after reports that a government factory was planned to manufacture chemical weapons.
Category: Media News
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Hammond Adds Duo, Names CEO
By Greg Hazley
hammondNew York-based travel and luxury PR specialist Lou Hammond & Associates has added two VPs amid a handful of client wins and the elevation of a trio of longtime execs to upper management.
Category: Travel PR
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Tobacco Giants Confirm Merger Talks
By Greg Hazley
tobaccoReynolds American and Lorillard, the No. 2 and 3 tobacco companies, confirmed in separate news releases today that they are in merger talks.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
UNH Seeks Agency to Grow Sustainability PR
By Greg Hazley
unhThe University of New Hampshire is dangling a communications and media services account to support the Sustainability Institute at UNH, one of the nation's oldest higher education programs in the field.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
PR World Awaits Vatican Communications Revamp
By Toni Muzi Falconi and Giovanni Eugenio Tomassetti

popeAs Pope Francis revamps the Vatican's PR strategy, PR pro Toni Muzi Falconi outlined the communications strategies of the pope and his two predecessors at a UK university this month. Here is an excerpt.

Category: Public Relations
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
Corp for Public Broadcasting Dials PR Search
By Greg Hazley
gradThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on the hunt for PR agency support of its initiative to produce content about and raise awareness of the high school dropout crisis in the US.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
Blog: Thank you, Sarah Palin, USA's Great Uniter
By Kevin McCauley
palinAmericans are divided on a raft of issues but one core truth unites the country from east to west and north and south -- Sarah Palin should just go away.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-10-2014
By Greg Hazley
Healthcare The other FDA guidance you should be paying attention to (J. Keller) 
Crime Former Tulsa CEO accused of molesting 8-year-old at Grand Lake restaurant (Grove Sun) 
Food Candymaker Mars names chief health officer (Ad Age) 
Corporate Wal-Mart calls for US-made products (Chicago Trib) 
Critics How to change the conversation about your brand through disruptive storytelling (T. Robbins) 
Media Lessons from journalists with the most Twitter followers(Muckrack) 
Media ABC News apologizes after making big Israel-Palestine error(HuffPost) 
Entertainment Kelly Cutrone shutters LA office (Racked) 
Politics (G. Mayers) Obama's 'walkabouts' — PR stunt or gamble?
Comeback Todd Akin returns to national stage (Politico)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
American Apparel Rescuer Tries On Weber Shandwick
By Greg Hazley
american apparelStandard General, the New York hedge fund that inked a deal to bail out American Apparel on July 9, has engaged Weber Shandwick for PR.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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