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Mon., Jun. 2, 2014
PR Tackles Wikipedia (or tries to)
By Jack O'Dwyer

wikipediaWikipedia, whose 21 billion hits a month makes it the fifth most popular website, drew 300 to a conference in New York this weekend. PR people are grappling with WP’s huge, autocratic and anonymous panel of editors.

Category: Wikipedia
Fri., May 30, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Activism Chobani, Whole Foods and GMO - stopping the bullying(G. Baron) 
Image State Farm gets brand boost after ditching Donald Sterling(WSJ) 
Crisis Are you recall ready? (J. Stemm)
Fail Redskins social media campaign fails miserably (CBS Sports) 
Advertising Chilean miners star in soul-stirring spot (Fast Co) 
RFP PR, outreach for Calif. association of gov'ts (PDF) 
PA The real reason Keystone XL might fail (BBW) 
Healthcare Why can't we raise the volume on pancreatic cancer?(D. Weiser) 
Activism PETA's worst campaign ever (BoingBoing)
Category: PR Links
Fri., May 30, 2014
Earnest to Take White House Press Podium After Carney
By Greg Hazley

josh earnestPresident Barack Obama said today that White House press secretary Jay Carney is stepping down next month after three years in PR's most visible position. Deputy Josh Earnest will take over. 

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., May 30, 2014
Media Notes: Fox, Forbes, Nat'l Post
By Kevin McCauley
kevin reillyFox Entertainment chief steps down; SIM cuts staff; WSJ's Hillsenrath reports to Fox; Merkel tops Forbes' Powerful Women; Nat'l Post gets first female lead...
Category: Media News
Fri., May 30, 2014
Anti-Chevron Activists Rapped for Phony Protest
By Kevin McCauley
protestProtesters at Chevron's May 28 annual meeting in Midland, Tex., were paid $85 a piece to express frustration over the oil company’s victory in its long-running legal battle concerning pollution in Ecuador, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report today.
Category: Environmental PR
Fri., May 30, 2014
VA Secretary Resigns
By Greg Hazley
eric shinsekiSecretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigned today amid the ongoing scandal at the federal agency.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., May 30, 2014
Successful PR Engagement in India
By Ruth Streder

ruth strederConsidering doing business in India, or planning an upcoming PR campaign in that country? Here are some communications insights that may help you navigate this multifaceted nation and its vibrant consumer landscape.

Category: International
Fri., May 30, 2014
DLA Piper Reps Human Rights-Challenged Bahrain
By Kevin McCauley
bahrainDLA Piper represents Bahrain, which is in the midst of a bloody three-year old crackdown of its majority Shiite population, before Congress as it seeks support for what it says are its anti-terrorism efforts.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., May 30, 2014
Ketchum Smokes Legacy Review
By Greg Hazley
truthKetchum has won a competitive bid to guide PR for the Legacy anti-smoking drive.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 29, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Corporate The Koch brothers' 'pugilistic' PR operation (MMFA) 
Measurement 5 measurements for PR ROI (@Forbes) 
Stunts PR stunt ends with bomb squad called to news office(Kotaku) 
Crisis VA secretary pens USA Today op-ed (USAT) 
Careers A recent grad's guide to landing a PR job (CHT) 
Tech Meeker's Internet trends report: Notes for PR pros | 10 PR insights (PRN/BW)
Content Six steps to building brands with great PR stories, memorable content (T. Gable) 
RFP Comms. & PR for Maricopa County (Ariz) Community College(PDF) 
RFP Social media for Nebraska economic development (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Thu., May 29, 2014
Patton Boggs Defections Begin
By Kevin McCauley
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld announced today leaders of Patton Bogg’s healthcare practice have joined the firm, making its group "one of the nation's very largest" health law and policy practices in the country.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 29, 2014
H+K Launches Global Do-Good Campaign
By Kevin McCauley

peacejamHill+Knowlton Strategies today launched the "One Billion Acts of Peace" drive during the social innovation summit at the United Nations to participate in programs designed to tackle global development issues, such as climate change, sustainability, human rights, access to water and extreme poverty.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 29, 2014
Prometheus Acquires Mediabistro for $8M
By Kevin McCauley
mediabistroPrometheus Global Media is acquiring Mediabistro for $8M in cash. The deal joins MB’s TVNewser, PRNewser, FishbowlDC, FishbowlNY sites to PGM’s Adweek, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter properties.
Category: Media News
Thu., May 29, 2014
Sitrick Spins PR for Monster in Beastie Boys Suit
By Greg Hazley
beastie boysMonster Beverage Corp. is relying on Sitrick and Company for communications regarding a lawsuit filed by the Beastie Boys over the energy beverage giant's use of the recording artists' music in a promotional video.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., May 29, 2014
Elite (or so they think) PR Seminarians Meet June 1-4
By Jack O'Dwyer

leon panettaPR Seminar, which says it is "not about the practice of communications" (and we agree), holds its annual $1 million off-the-record meeting June 1-4. Ex-CIA head and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been added to program.

Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., May 29, 2014
Hunter PR, McNeil Top Big Apples
By Greg Hazley
big apple awardsHunter PR and client McNeil Consumer Healthcare took home top honors at PRSA-New York's annual Big Apple Awards on May 22, winning "best of the best" for a campaign in support of over-the-counter allergy drug Zyrtec.
Category: PR Awards
Thu., May 29, 2014
What Journalists Want from PR Pros and IROs
By Mike Piispanen
mike piispanenNo matter what your business card says -- investor relations, public relations, corporate communications -- the principles of good storytelling and relationship building are the same.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., May 29, 2014
Pope, Dalai Lama are Only Leaders Seen Favorably by Majority of US - Harris
By Greg Hazley
pope francisPope Francis and the Dalai Lama are the only leaders among 16 global figures seen favorably by a majority of Americans, according to a recent Harris Poll.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 28, 2014
Piketty Faces Predictable PR Attack by One-Percenters
By Kevin McCauley

pikettyThere’s a growing PR counter-attack on French professor Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which says the chasm between the one-percent and the rest of all is approaching the “glory days” of the French autocracy before the country’s Revolution.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 28, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Corporate The 45-day planning process that goes into creating a single corporate tweet (@businessinsider) 
Social How to analyze social media and tech vendors (C. Wolverton) 
Sports Luntz blasts Senate criticism of Redskins, doesn't reveal his ties to team (ThinkProgress) 
Media It's not just Abramson: Women everywhere are getting pushed out of journalism (Wash Post) 
Visual How the #YesAllWomen hashtag spread worldwide (Vanity Fair) 
RFPs Writing a winning RFP response (S. Singer) 
Healthcare Is 'Gray's Anatomy' turning people against organ donation? (Vox) h
UK Q&A with Alastair Campbell (British GQ) 
Disgrace Opponents barred from speaking as GA county approves $400M for MLB stadium (Deadspin) 
AdvertisingPR Arby's debuts 13-hour commercial (Minn BJ)
Category: PR Links
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