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Wed., Aug. 6, 2014
Time Inc. Begins Life in Financial Ditch
By Kevin McCauley
Time MagazineTime Inc. reported a $32M net loss on $820M revenues in its debut quarter following the spin-off from Time Warner.
Category: Media News
Wed., Aug. 6, 2014
FBI Hunts for Media Sleuth
By Kevin McCauley
FBI logoThe Federal Bureau of Investigations' PA office is looking for a daily news briefing service to "summarize, interpret and electronically disseminate print and broadcast news related to FBI interests."
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Blog: What PR Firms Dodged Guardian's Climate Denier Survey
By Kevin McCauley
Smoke StacksWhat PR firms dodged The Guardian's poll about working for climate deniers? Why did they run for cover? What are they hiding?
Category: Environmental PR
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-5-2014
By Greg Hazley
Mideast Latest poll shows young Americans overwhelmingly support Palestine (PressTV)
Health Ebola: An Opportunity for Public Diplomacy (
Category: PR Links
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Alpine Talks LNG Regs for Shell
By Kevin McCauley

Shell OilAlpine Group is representing Shell Oil in its effort to work the regulatory issues surrounding liquid natural gas fueling stations for trucks.

Category: Lobbying
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Riccards Becomes Wilson's PR Chief
By Kevin McCauley
Patrick RiccardsPatrick Riccards is now in charge of communications and strategy at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, NJ.
Category: Trade Associations
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Gannett Halves
By Kevin McCauley
GannettGannett Co. is splitting into two publicly traded companies, one with a focus on broadcasting and digital businesses with the other on newspapers.
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
IABC Fires No. 2 Staffer Claire Watson
By Jack O'Dwyer

Claire WatsonClaire Watson, No. 2 staffer at the Int’l Assn. of Business Communicators where she was external relations team lead, was fired on Friday, July 25 although she reportedly had a three-year contract.

Category: IABC
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Strategic Communications & NSA: Perfect Together
By John Berard

NSA logoThe National Security Agency's posting of strategic communications director job drew much skepticism, but the intelligence deserves praise for its commitment to best practices.

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Uganda Lands on Mercury
By Kevin McCauley

Uganda flagUganda, which faced intense human rights pressure over its tough anti-gay law, has inked a one-year $600K contract with Mercury Public Affairs to promote trade and investment.

Category: Economic Development
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Gould Re-Launches
By Kevin McCauley
Rick GouldCPA Rick Gould has re-launched GouldPartners in what he calls an amicable spinoff from SGP Worldwide, the former StevensGouldPincus
Category: Financial Management
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Edelman's Thompson Decamps to REI
By Kevin McCauley

Alex Thompson, a more than 10-year veteran of Edelman, has moved to REI, $2B retailer of camping, clothes and recreational gear.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014
Ecuador Admits Its PR Firms Target Chevron
By Kevin McCauley
Flag of EcuadorThe leftist president of Ecuador admits the South American nation is using PR as a weapon targeted at its long-time legal combatant, Chevron, over pollution in its Amazon region.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014
Former WH Press Sec. Brady Dies at 73
By Kevin McCauley

Jim BradyJames Brady, former White House press secretary and survivor of an assassination attack on President Reagan, died today at his home in Alexandria, VA. He was 73.

Category: Media News
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-4-2014
By Greg Hazley
Mideast Hamas Snatches Disaster from the Jaws of Victory (New Yorker)
Environment World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers (The Guardian)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014
Brunswick Pro Checks in at Citi
By Kevin McCauley
Jennifer LowneyJennifer Lowney, partner at financial firm Brunswick Group, is moving to Citigroup's corporate communications shop next month.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014
Boston Globe Seeks Buyout Candidates
By Kevin McCauley
Boston GlobeBoston Globe is looking for employee buyout candidates in the paper's first entrenchment move under new ownership by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry
Category: Media News
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014
Profs, Media Try to Sort MidEast Battlefront Messages
By Jack O'Dwyer

Richard FalkAcademics and media figures are trying to sift the truth from a barrage of facts and images emerging from the Israel/Palestine battlefront. “PR” is working hard for both sides.

Category: International
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014
FH Vet Enlists at Direct Impact
By Kevin McCauley

Ralph PosnerRalph Posner, senior VP at FleishmanHillard/Washington, has departed to Direct Impact, which is part of Burson-Marsteller.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Aug. 1, 2014
Freud Puts Heat on Huntsworth's Chadlington
By Kevin McCauley

freudFreud Communications founder Matthew Freud has acquired a three percent stake in UK-based Huntsworth for $6M.

Category: Corporate Communications
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