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Tue., Jan. 26, 2016
Bob Gold Bids for AWM SoCal
By Jon Gingerich
 
Bob Gold & AssociatesBob Gold & Associates has been named agency of record for the Southern California chapter of non-profit organization Alliance for Women in Media.
Category: Associations
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016
Uganda Taps PR Agencies for US, UK, Germany
By Editorial Staff
 
UgandaThe Uganda Tourism Board has hired a trio of PR firms for the first time to target its main travel markets of the US, UK and Germany.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016
PR Links: Controlling the M&A Story; Some Elements of Media Relations Just Don't Change
By Editorial Staff
 

M&A Controlling the M&A story (Bloomberg) 

PR 101 Some elements of media relations just don't change (B. Ellis) 

Optics Microsoft Windows designer explains why it doesn't matter he uses an iPhone (BI) 

Tech Microsoft addresses NFL tablet shutdown (BI) 

Politics PR and Politics: Why candidates are doing it wrong (MW) 

Entertainment Why the Oscars had to change (The Atlantic) 

Politics NJ gov attacked for campaigning in NH after storm (Cleveland.com) 

Category: PR Links
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Twitter Global Media Chief Exits Among Others
By Editorial Staff
 
katie stantonKatie Stanton, global head of media for Twitter, has left the social messenging service amid a handful of top departures.
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Parents Mobilize vs. Wi-Fi Radiation in Schools
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Cellphone danger to childrenParents in Fullerton, Calif., Ashland, Mass., and other cities are demanding relief from Wi-Fi in schools. Fox 5 did a segment on cellphone dangers Jan. 21. Topic is a key one for PR people who are heavy cellphone and computer users.

Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Weber Shandwick Announces Major Healthcare Appointments
By Jon Gingerich
 
Peter GayOn the heels of its acquisition of healthcare agency ReviveHealth, Weber Shandwick has announced a series of key appointments across the agency’s global healthcare practice.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Lending Club Borrows Netflix, Kabam Alum for PR
By Editorial Staff
 
steve swaseySteve Swasey, who handled corporate communications for Netflix and Kabam, has moved to publicly traded Lending Club as senior VP of corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
PepsiCo's Wyse Shifts to Kimberly-Clark
By Editorial Staff
 
christopher wyseChristopher Wyse, senior VP of communications for PepsiCo in North America, has shifted to Kimberly-Clark, as VP of global communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Protective PR
By Ronald N. Levy
 
Ronald N. LevyA major function of PR in a jumpy economy is to protect management and aid the public by communicating important realities.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Lovell Opens in Baton Rouge
By Editorial Staff
 
nicole kleinpeterNashville-based Lovell Communications has opened an outpost in Baton Rouge, La., under the direction of seasoned healthcare PR pro Nicole Kleinpeter.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Cruzin' to Become a Master Debater
By Fraser Seitel
 
Fraser SeitelSenator Ted Cruz has proven to be Donald Trump’s biggest stumbling block in securing the Republican nomination.
Category: Professional Development
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Coca-Cola Bottling Toasts Kuo for Communications
By Editorial Staff
 
kimberly kuoKimberly Kuo, a veteran communicator of AOL, CTIA and Baker & Taylor, has moved to top Coca-Cola bottler Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Charlotte as senior VP of public affairs, communications and communities.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Mfa Moves Homeless Advocacy Group
By Jon Gingerich
 
Back On My FeetMfa, Ltd. has signed non-profit organization Back on My Feet as agency of record.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
PR Links: Content That Freaks Out the FTC; Is Bitcoin tech's Next Revolution?
By Editorial Staff
 

Content This type of sponsored content freaks out the FTC (L. Hoffman)

Davos Reclaiming the service profit chain (R. Guirguis) 

Tech The next tech revolution? (W. Browne) 

Crisis Bial confronts drug trial gone bad (WSJ) 

Int'l New brand strategy tells all to discovery Turkey's 'potential' (HDN) 

Category: PR Links
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Michigan Gov Gets PR Help in Flint Water Crisis
By Editorial Staff
 
City of Flint, MichiganMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder has brought in crisis PR support as his administration tackles fallout from a contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Keeping Calm in 2016
By Tom Rovine
 
Tom RovineHas someone encouraged you to “keep calm” recently?  Evidence suggests the answer is yes.
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Restaurant PR Firm Rebrands
By Jon Gingerich
 
Kristin DaherMorgan Marketing & Public Relations has rebranded as Powerhouse Public Relations. The agency specializes in franchised restaurant brands.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Why Crisis Management is 70% Internal, 30% External
By Brian Ellis
 

Brian EllisHaving internal protocols in place that effectively handle the flow of information and address the issues at hand are key to success in crisis management.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Publicis Is 90; PRSA’s McClennan Hurts Image
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Publicis 90th anniversaryPublicis, third largest ad/PR conglomerate, is pulling out all stops for its 90th birthday. A smudge on its image is the fact that Mark McClennan of its MSL unit chairs press-boycotting PR Society of America.

Category: Public Relations Society
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Why Cyberattacks Put More Than Data at Risk
By Thomas Graham
 
Thomas Graham Reg Harnish
The potential impact caused by a cyberattack should be considered in every organization’s communications program.
Category: Crisis Communications

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