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Thu., Jul. 31, 2014
End of an Era at EW Scripps Co
By Kevin McCauley
commercial appealVenerable newspaper company E.W. Scripps Co. is exiting the print business after 135 years to focus on TV, radio, digital properties.
Category: Media News
Thu., Jul. 31, 2014
Islamic Relief Reaches for Keller McIntyre
By Kevin McCauley

islamic reliefIslamic Relief USA of Alexandria has reached for Keller McIntyre for DC guidance regarding disaster aid, humanitarian crises and foreign assistance in Gaza, Syria.

Category: Lobbying
Thu., Jul. 31, 2014
Geraldo Blasts Hannity's Support of Israel
By Jack O'Dwyer
geraldoFox News host Sean Hannity couldn’t hide his surprise on Wednesday night when his response to comedian Russell Brand's criticism met resistance from one of his own guests in Fox contributor Geraldo Rivera.
Category: Media News
Thu., Jul. 31, 2014
FTI Sees Q2 Gains in Strategic Communications
By Greg Hazley
ftiFTI Consulting strategic communications revenues rose 5.4% to $53.3M in the second quarter 2014 on the strength of retainer clients in the EMEA region.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Redskins Hire Burson-Marsteller
By Greg Hazley
skinsThe Washington Redskins have brought in Burson-Marsteller as the NFL franchise tackles pressure to change its name.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Allison Acquires Frause
By Kevin McCauley
bob frauseAllison + Partners is acquiring Frause to bolster the San Francisco-based firm's presence in Seattle and expand to Portland.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-30-2014
By Greg Hazley
Social Navigating the hashtag minefield (Inc) 
Storytelling How to tell a great story (Harvard Biz) 
Social Lessons in the power of lists to build authority online (D. Hopkins) 
Corporate The world is less global than you think (H. Calthrop-Owen) 
Healthcare Should you Google your symptoms? (R. Newcomer) 
IR How IR became invested in public affairs (A. Crawford) 
Mideast The truth behind Israeli and Palestinian talking points(Salon)
RFP PR & marketing for NY water authority (link)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Aruba Banks on CLS
By Kevin McCauley
arubaCLS Strategies is handling Aruba's international communications push to manage the financial reputation of the Dutch-ruled Caribbean island and position it as a "serious partner in business," according to the DC firm's engagement letter.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Global Property Giants Close on Top Comms, Marketing Execs
By Greg Hazley
estes, kouriGlobal real estate service rivals DTZ and JLL closed on top marketing and communications executives this week.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Buehler Analyzes Porter Novelli
By Kevin McCauley
phil buehlerPorter Novelli has tapped Phil Buehler, former chief strategy officer at Hudson Rouge, to spearhead its analytics push.
Category: PR Measurement & Analytics
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Daily Newspaper Journos Declined by 1,300, Minorities Show Gains
By Greg Hazley
asneThere were about 36,700 full-time daily newspaper journalists at 1,400 US newspapers in 2013, a decline of 1,300 over a year earlier, according to an annual survey by the American Society of News Editors and the Center for Advanced Social Research.
Category: Media News
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Seitel: Bill & Hillary - Turning PR Lemonade to Lemons
By Fraser Seitel
ackman, clintonThis month's public relations losers, My Turn-to be-President Hillary Clinton and Don't Ever Doubt Me Bill Ackman, stand as object lessons as to what happens when you don't know when to shut up.
Category: PR School
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Retailer That 'Sues Soldiers' Over Debts Hits ProPublica Piece
By Greg Hazley
usa discountersUSA Discounters, the Virginia-based retailer that ProPublica reported offers "easy" credit to military members but files thousands of suits when its loans aren't repaid, is criticizing the non-profit news organization's portrayal.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Hamas Rockets Are Mostly Duds, Says Media Prof
By Jack O'Dwyer
rocketsThe threat to Israelis by Hamas rockets has been greatly exaggerated, says George Washington Univ. Prof. William Youmans. About 2,500 rockets have killed two people -- a Thai guest worker and a Palestinian Bedouin citizen of Israel.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Miami Opens Review of Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
miamiMiami has kicked off a review of its North American tourism PR account with an open pitch process through August. Details...
Category: RFPs
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-29-2014
By Greg Hazley
Crisis Paramount sparks outrage over poster for Ninja Turtles film set for 9/11 release (@MailOnline) 
PR Senate candidate's PR strategy leaks (AJC) 
Correspondence Yes, you can write business letters from the heart (L. Hoffman) 
Int'l Chinese authorities investigate Edelman unit (NY Times) 
Crisis Malaysia Airlines in brand overhaul after disasters(Telegraph) 
Media Cellphone sets fire to pillow, story sets fire to TV station website (Poynter) 
Content When journalism and brand management collide (L. Llewellyn) 
Content New survey shows readers don't trust 'sponsored Content' (L. Siegel) 
Mideast Israel's other war (New Yorker) 
RFP Marketing and public affairs; $150K, upstate NY (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
H+K Credits Cradit With Corp Advisory Duties
By Kevin McCauley
lisa craditHill+Knowlton Strategies has recruited Lisa Cradit to helm its corporate advisory practice in New York.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
New York Times Co Net Tumbles 55%
By Kevin McCauley
mark thompsonThe New York Times Co. suffered a 55 percent plunge in Q2 2014 net to $9.1M on flat revenues of $388.7M.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
FTI Scoops Up Crumbs Bankruptcy PR
By Greg Hazley
crumbsCrumbs, the cupcake bake shop chain that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, is relying on FTI Consulting for strategic communications support.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Rudy Roots for Greenies in GMO Fight
By Kevin McCauley
labelsFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Bracewell and Giuliani represents the Environmental Working Group, a DC non-profit mostly bankrolled by philanthropic groups, for food labeling and cosmetic/sunscreen issues.
Category: Environmental PR
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