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Tue., Dec. 8, 2015
Michigan Writer, PR Pro Heller to Vanguard
By Greg Hazley
 
andrew hellerAndrew Heller, a columnist and senior director for Lambert, Edwards & Assocs., has moved to Vanguard Public Affairs in Lansing as a VP.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Dec. 8, 2015
PRSA's Murray Got $127K in Bonuses in 2013-14
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Bill MurrayBill Murray, who resigned as CEO of PR Society of America May 31, 2014, collected $127,188 in bonus/incentive pays in 2013/14 although revenues of $11.1 million in 2014 were lower than 2006 revenues of $11.4M, the year before he joined.

Category: PRSA
Tue., Dec. 8, 2015
Visioneer scans Feintuch
By Jon Gingerich
 

Feintuch CommunicationsFeintuch Communications has been named agency of record for Visioneer, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of optical scanners.

Category: Technology PR
Tue., Dec. 8, 2015
Sitrick Aids Millennium in Chapter 11
By Greg Hazley
 
Sitrich And CompanyDrug testing lab Millennium Health, which overbilled the federal government by more than $250M, is working with Sitrick and Company on its pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Dec. 8, 2015
PR Links: Chipotle in Flames; Tech Trends for 2016
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Reputation How Chipotle went from industry darling to restaurant to avoid (Time) 

Crisis Chipotle's PR problem is worse than its E. coli problem (Bloomberg) 

Crisis What's your crisis IQ? (B. Ellis) 

2016 8 tech trends to watch in 2016 (HBR) 

Writing Contrast, a poor man's failure in PR storytelling (L. Hoffman) 

Culture Living in the cult of likability (NY Times) 

Int'l Why we're losing the brand war against ISIS (D. Blumenthal) 

Tech Twitter tests displaying tweets out of order (Bloomberg) 

PA Major electric utility dumps ALEC over clean power plan (PRW)

Category: PR Links
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Fox Suspends Contributors Over Profane Obama Comments
By Jon Gingerich
 
dash, petersFox News has suspended two of its contributors for "completely inappropriate and unacceptable" comments they made regarding President Obama today, in two vulgar, unrelated outbursts that occurred during separate programs.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Sports Sponsors are Wearing Blinders
By Arthur Solomon
 
Arthur SolomonHistory has proven that if you’re a sponsor of sports and you see something wrong, you usually keep it to yourself.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Lipman Listed as Gannett Chief Content Officer
By Jon Gingerich
 
Joanne LipmanJoanne Lipman, former editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and Portfolio.com, has been appointed chief content officer at Gannett Co.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Joele Frank, AbMac Brew PR for $13.9B Coffee Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
keurigJoele Frank and Abernathy MacGregor are brewing PR for Keurig Green Mountain's $13.9B go-private sale to Germany's JAB Holding Company.
Category: M&A
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
TransMedia Rides for Bike America
By Jon Gingerich
 
TransMediaBoca Raton-based TransMedia Group has become agency of record for Florida bicycle chain Bike America.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
SPJ Repudiates Press in Wake of San Bernardino Apartment Siege
By Jon Gingerich
 
SPJThe Society of Professional Journalists has issued a statement in response to the media’s on-air treatment of private property belonging to husband and wife shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Bitcoin Company Invests PR in White House Alum
By Greg Hazley
 
jamie smithJamie Smith, an Edelman alum and former deputy White House press secretary for President Barack Obama, had been named chief communications officer for Bitcoin technology provider BitFury Group.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Civilians Are Targets of Terrorism
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

cpostCivilians, both here and abroad, are targets of terrorism whose goal is to influence political leaders. The San Bernadino attack brought renewed cries for gun control but the killers also had 12 pipe bombs ready for use.

Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
Florida's Citrus County Seeks PR Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
citrusVisit Citrus, the convention and visitors bureau for Florida's Citrus County, has cast a net for an agency to guide integrated marketing, PR and communications.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015
PR Links: PR Dark Arts After A-List Divorces; Can Chipotle Recover?
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Entertainment When A-listers divorce, PR reps resort to darkest arts (NY Post) 

Corporate Can Chipotle recover from E. coli oubreak? (CNN) 

Media Why was President Obama standing during his Oval Office address? (Wash Post) 

Measurement How to operationalize the Barcelona Principles 2.0 (R. Bagnali) 

Digital 3 growing digital trends for 2016: automation, personalization, gamification (J. Poulos) 

PR 101 Outtakes from After the Interview (Access) 

PR 101 What C3PO can teach you about PR (M. Purdue) 

PR 101 5 pet peeves of working in PR (N. Halliwell) 

Media A grim news playbook in repeated mass killings (NY Times) 

Category: PR Links
Fri., Dec. 4, 2015
Digital Shopping Preferences Vary Among Age Groups
By Jon Gingerich
 

IABConsumers between the ages of 18-34 are more likely to use smartphones for making purchases, while those ages 35-54 typically opt for tablets, according to a report released this week by the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Category: Consumer
Fri., Dec. 4, 2015
MPAA Casts Ortman as VP of Comms
By Greg Hazley
 
chris ortmanChris Ortman, former VP of communications and corporate affairs for CreativeFuture, has moved to the Motion Picture Association of America as VP of corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications

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