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Thu., Apr. 14, 2016
PR: Why Your Agency Wants to Fire You; Sharapova, PR and Media
By Greg Hazley
 

Clients Why your PR agency wants to fire you (A. Saxe) 

Digital UC Davis paid PR consultants to remove pepper spray images from Google (Time) 

Sports What Sharapova’s PR reveals about media (A. Harsh) 

Media Top media publishers form ad company to take on Times, WSJ (BI) 

Corporate Monsanto tackles ‘evil’ reputation (WFP) 

TV USA Network revamps brand image (Variety) 

Healthcare Regulators propose ban of Theranos founder (WSJ) 

Category: PR Links
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
TransMedia Wins Warner
By Jon Gingerich
 
Sonja WarnerTransMedia Group has appointed Sonja Warner to the role of vice president of global corporate communications.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Politico's French Flies to McBee
By Editorial Staff
 
lauren frenchLauren French, a Congressional reporter for Politico, has moved to McBee Strategic Consulting as senior manager to lead a new policy communications offering.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Salon Suffers Staff Shakeup
By Jon Gingerich
 
Salon.com website logoPolitical and current affairs site Salon on Tuesday initiated a series of layoffs that included key senior editorial staff.
Category: Media News
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Panama Papers Fiasco Reveals Operational Security Failures
By Ian Christopher McCaleb
 
Ian McCalebv Eric Lebson
The recently exposed 40-year trove of internal materials belonging to the Panama City-based law firm Mossack Fonseca offers plenty of security takeaways in today’s ever-evolving digital landscape.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
PR Seeks Social Media: a Match for the Digital Age
By Seth Grugle
 
Seth GrugleAs PR professionals, we can’t so much as “swipe right” nowadays without considering the impact social media makes on every story we tell, every connection we make and every result we report.
Category: Social Media
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Finn Partners Appoints Martins to Health Practice Role
By Jon Gingerich
 
Lisa MartinsFinn Partners has appointed Lisa Martins vice president in the agency's health practice.
Category: Healthcare PR
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
“Wired Health Now 2016” Battles “Wi-Fi Now 2016”
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Wi-Fi Now 2016Advocates for healthy practices for cellphones, computers and other devices have organized “Wired Health Now 2016” April 19-21 to offset “Wi-Fi Now 2016” in Tysons Corner, Va., on the same dates. (3 reader comments)

Category: Healthcare PR
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Pacific Explores Restructuring with Sitrick
By Editorial Staff
 
Pacific Exploration & ProductionSitrick and Company is handling communications for Pacific Exploration & Production Corp., the Canadian-Columbian oil company facing a significant debt burden and low energy prices.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Gould to Publish PR M&A Guide
By Jon Gingerich
 

Doing It The Right WayGould+Partners managing partner Rick Gould has penned a new how-to book on PR agency mergers and acquisitions.

Category: M&A
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Cea Takes Communications Reins at Girl Scouts
By Editorial Staff
 
Christine CeaChristine Cea, a senior PR exec of Unilever and Porter Novelli, has joined the Girl Scouts of the USA as chief communications executive.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
PR Links: How Not to Handle a Crisis Like Mossack Fonseca; Teneo's Deep Roots in Clinton Land
By Editorial Staff
 

Crisis How not to deal with a PR crisis like Mossack Fonseca (Financial Times) 

PA Inside a consulting giant's deep roots in Clinton land (Politico) 

BizDev Beware of agencies pushing back on 'elaborate' RFPs (R. Udowitz) 

Scandal Aid agencies fear damage to reputation as Red Cross appears in Panama Papers (Reuters) 

Sports Lakers hosting crush of media for Bryant finale (ESPN)

PA What to lead the UN? First face the public (Politico)

Int'l Here are the key trends that will shape a country's reputation (Yahoo Finance) 

Careers Tips for future PR pros with no previous PR exeperience (E. Marcus) 

Clients Seven signs it's time to fire your client (A. Saxe) 

Category: PR Links
Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Al Jazeera America Bids Adieu
By Editorial Staff
 
Al Jazeera AmericaAl Jazeera America will pull the plug on its live news broadcasting tonight after a three-year run. (2 reader comments)
Category: Media News
Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Texas Ag. Dept. Comms. Director Resigns
By Jon Gingerich
 
Lucy NashedLucy Nashed, a former communications director for Rick Perry's President run, unexpectedly resigned from her post as Texas Department of Agriculture communications director, citing a "tremendous lack of communication" at the state agency.
Category: Government
Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Science News, Courtesy of Hollywood’s A-List
By Sarah Jane Baker
 
Sara Jane BakerBroadcast news excels at telling patients’ stories. By borrowing some tricks from the movies, however, these programs could also bring science stories to life.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Long Listed as Time, Fortune and Money Group Publisher
By Jon Gingerich
 

Meredith LongTime magazine publisher Meredith Long has been appointed group publisher of properties Time, Fortune and Money.

Category: Media News
Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Marshall Guides PR for Ohio Medical Marijuana Push
By Editorial Staff
 
Aaron MarshallAaron Marshall, a former reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been tapped to lead PR for the push for medical marijuana in Ohio.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Children’s Hospital Fails to Live Up to Mission
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Children's of AlabamaChildren’s of Alabama, a major pediatric center, is not living up to its promise to educate about children’s health because there is nothing about the dangers of Wi-Fi and other radiation on its website but plenty about lightning, bike safety and poison snakes. (1 reader comment)

Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Brown Becomes HRC Comms. Director
By Jon Gingerich
 

Jay BrownJay Brown has been appointed communications director of The Human Rights Campaign.

Category: Personnel Appointments

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Tue., Nov. 22
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