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Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
AK-47 Maker Re-Brands
By Greg Hazley
ak-47Moscow PR firm Apostol is guiding the corporate re-branding of Kalashnikov, the Russian firearms maker that is burnishing its image and expanding into consumer markets.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
ASGK Gets Devine
By Kevin McCauley
maura devineMaura Devine has sold DevinePR to Chicago-based ASGK Public Strategies, which was co-founded by former White House advisor David Axelrod.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
Bingol Drives into Duke Energy as Comms Chief
By Greg Hazley
selim bingolSelim Bingol, who rolled out of General Motors earlier this year amid the ongoing recall crisis, has landed at $50B electric power giant Duke Energy, where he will take the chief communications officer slot early next year.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Native Ads Native advertising disclosure and transparency: Who's responsible? (R. Lieb) 
Corporate Can a company succeed with a toxic reputation?(CNN) 
Media ProJo executive editor snaps page one accident photo(Romenesko) 
Crisis Amidst another PR gaffe, Malaysia Airlines' financial bleeding continues (TP) 
Crisis What Bill Cosby resigning means for Temple's image (PBJ) 
Sports Transparency clause deleted from PR email touting Boston Olympic bid (BH) 
Sports Baylor hires a PR firm for help, not influence (Fox Sports) 
Space NASA PA officer shares experiences of being a voice for space travel (NSF) 
PA Ex-Pentagon No. 2 emerges as Obama favorite for Defense Sec (WSJ)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
Want To Tell Stories? Offer a Strategic Narrative
By Guy Murrel
Guy MurrelThe challenge with traditional positioning and messaging approaches for tech companies is simple: it’s often too inward and self-centered.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
CooperKatz Prescribes PR for Sloan Kettering
By Greg Hazley
sloanCooperKatz & Company has won a competitive review to guide strategic communications for New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the world’s largest private cancer institution.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
Politico, Covering Politics & Media, Comes to New York
By Jack O'Dwyer
allbrittonRobert Allbritton, whose family sold TV interests for $985 million to concentrate on journalism (Politico), purchased Capital New York, focusing on politics and media. Subscribers pay $3,000 a year but some content is free.
Category: Media News
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
Kenya Looks for Tourism Boost
By Kevin McCauley
kenyaKenya plans to hire a PR firm to bolster its position as a top African tourism destination and counter fear of Ebola and terrorism.
Category: Foreign government
Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
Longtime Red Sox PR Hand Dies at 76
By Greg Hazley
brecianiDick Bresciani, a longtime PR executive and VP for the Boston Red Sox, died Nov. 29 after complications from leukemia. He was 76.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
FTC, Deutsch Settle Twitter Case
By Kevin McCauley
ftcThe Federal Trade Commission ironed out an agreement with advertising agency Deutsch LA concerning charges that employees of the Interpublic unit used their personal Twitter accounts to plug client Sony Computer Entertainment's Playstation Vita product without disclosing their connection to either party.
Category: Social Media
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Norris Leads Exit at NY Times
By Kevin McCauley
floyd norrisFloyd Norris, business columnist and 26-year veteran of the New York Times, is the most prominent staffer to accept the buyout package designed to trim 100 from the ranks of the revamping paper.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
PA FAA to educate public on drone risks (ExecutiveGov) 
Politics GOP comms director resigns after criticizing Obama daughters (LA Times) 
Finance Get the SEC out of the PR business (WSJ) 
RFP Padre Dam PR (Calif.) 
Sports Orioles donate playoff $$ to honor late PR director (USAT)
Social Twitter essays: Are they for you? (MW) 
Entertainment In conversation with Chris Rock (NY Mag) 
Tips 25 time management tools for PR pros (J. Dougherty) 
Media Pop music reporter at the LA Times (LCI)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Hinton Lands at Airlines Trade Group
By Kevin McCauley
melanie hintonSenior PR manager at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International trade group to join Airlines for America on Jan. 5 as managing director for airline industry PR & communications. 
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Dropping the PR Hammer on Daddy Huxtable
By Fraser Seitel

cosbyBill Cosby is finished. No matter what he does or says from here on in, PR-wise, his professional reputation -- like Lance Armstrong's or Tiger Woods' or Bill Clinton's -- will forever be tarnished by his personal failings.

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Vion-Lanctuit Rolls to Bombardier
By Greg Hazley

vion-lanctuitVice president of corporate communications for Airbus Helicopters moves to train maker Bombardier Transportation as VP-communications.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Malaysian Banking Entity Eyes PR Help
By Greg Hazley
faaThe quality assurance and accreditation body set up to boost Malaysia's financial sector is looking for a PR agency to position the sector globally and burnish its image. 
Category: RFPs
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Russian TV Host Naouai, CNN's Amanpour 'Duke it Out'
By Jack O'Dwyer

naoualRussian TV host Anissa Naouai, responded to charges of bias by CNN's Christiane Amanpour by noting Amanpour's husband is former U.S. State Dept. spokesperson James Rubin and accusing Amanpour of following the "line" of the State Dept. 15 years.

Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
New York Times Copes with 'Furor' of MidEast Critics
By Jack O'Dwyer

margaret sullivanNew York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, responding to the "furor" of reader email comments on Israel/Palestine "that has practically burned through the screen," devoted a full page Nov. 23 to answering such critics.

Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
One Journalist Group Thrives; Another is Near Death
By Jack O'Dwyer

extraThe Committee to Protect Journalists last week boosted its $15 million kitty by $2.7M while Fairness & Accuracy in Media Reporting said it faces extinction in 2015.

Category: Media News
Fri., Nov. 28, 2014
Rasky Reps Venezuela Oil Interests
By Kevin McCauley
pdvsaRasky Baerlein Strategic Communications is representing Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the national oil company of the South American country and parent of Citgo Petroluem here.
Category: Foreign government
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