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Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Al Jazeera Retrenches
By Kevin McCauley
Al JazeeraAl Jazeera America has cut staff and pared programming as the Qatar-based satellite TV service seeks to expand its footprint here.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Edelman's Smith Dives into Diversity Post
By Kevin McCauley
Trisch SmithTrisch Smith, executive VP at Edelman/DC, has been named managing director for diversity and inclusion
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Communications Tips on Navigating Title IX
By Ashley McCown
Ashley McCownEven before the recent Rolling Stone article on a UVA student who alleged she was sexually assaulted by fraternity brothers imploded, frequent and hard-hitting media coverage had put an increasingly sharper focus on a challenging reality facing colleges and universities across this country.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Ex-CIA/Pentagon PA Hand Taps into Brunswick
By Kevin McCauley
George LittleGeorge Little, former CIA and Pentagon spokesperson, will join Brunswick Group next month to head its corporate data and privacy practice.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Blog: Obama's PR Team Shoots Itself in Foot--Once Again
By Kevin McCauley
Daily News cover Jan. 12, 2015Obama's PR handlers screwed once again as America's commander-in-chief and Vice President skip anti-terror solidarity march in Paris.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
The Best Crisis Defense: The Truth
By Fraser Seitel
Fraser SeitelThere’s a reason that Chris Christie won’t win the Republican nomination for President and Bill Cosby may never perform stand up again.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Levick Looks After Qatar's DC Interests
By Kevin McCauley
State of QatarLevick is supporting the Embassy of Qatar bolster its relationship with the US and non-profit organizations.
Category: Foreign government
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Lerner To Head Glover Park NYC
By Kevin McCauley
Glover Park GroupWinnie Lerner, who ran global communications for New York Stock Exchange-listed Ralph Lauren Corp., has joined Glover Park Group to head its New York outpost.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Disney's Kaltman Dies at 41
By Kevin McCauley
Elizabeth KaltmanElizabeth Kaltman, who was director of global communications Walt Disney Studios has died. She was 41.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
When Crisis Hits, Look for Nuance Over Formulas
By Jessica Tiller Trzyna
Jessica TrzynaThere’s no paint-by-number approach to a crisis. Every disaster takes on a life of its own, and off-the-shelf approaches may not be only ineffective — they can also backfire.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
UCLA Law Prof Says Eruvim Are Unconstitutional
By Jack ODwyer

Alexandra SusmanConstruction of boundaries by Orthodox Jews called eruvim that allow certain activities on the Sabbath are unconstitutional, says UCLA Law Professor Alexandra Susman.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
Edelman Adds Ad Vet Heath
By Kevin McCauley
catherine heathEdelman has recruited Catherine Heath as executive VP and planning chief for its western region
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
H+K Launches Indian Airline
By Kevin McCauley
vistaraIPAN Hill+Knowlton today launched the maiden flight of New Delhi-based Vistara airlines to become the first the first carrier to offer premium economy seating on the Subcontinent.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-09-2015
By Greg Hazley
Social 4 social media commandments for 2015 (A. Grinavich) 
2015 15 resolutions for marketers in 2015 (M. Nichols) 
Conflicts Global news anchor suspended over links to PR firm(HS) 
CES Journo: Burner app saved me from PR hell at CES this year(B. Popper)
CES Intel rules CES 2015 social media conversation analysis (L. Noonan) 
CES The fun, unique and entertaining (N. Dye) 
CES Wired's top picks from CES 2015 (Wired) 
Autos $70M hit to reputation (J. Horton)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
Liberals on the March
By Kevin McCauley
The percentage of liberals is at an all-time high, according to Gallup. The future is very bright for progressives as Republicans settle in to control Congress
Category: Government
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
The Forgotten Art of Pausing in Times of Crisis
By Rhonda Barnat
Rhonda BarnatThe sense of urgency for companies facing a crisis often creates an impulse to act immediately, which can complicate the disaster at hand.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
Economist's Clyne Moves to Weber Shandwick
By Kevin McCauley

Adam Clyne has signed on at Weber Shandwick's London office to head its digital offering in the Interpublic unit's 33 offices in the EMEA region.

Category: PR Firms
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
Hill Holiday, Northwind Guided PR for Boston's Winning Olympic Bid
By Greg Hazley
bostonAd agency Hill Holiday and PR firm Northwind Strategies led the promotional campaign supporting Boston's successful bid to be the US nominee for the 2024 Olympic Games.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
New Yorker Honors Slain French Journos
By Kevin McCauley
new yorkerThe Jan. 19 cover of the New Yorker pays tribute to the Charlie Hebdo journalists who were murdered by Islamic terrorists in France and upholds the concept of freedom of the press.

Category: Media News
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
St Petersburg Combs for Travel PR
By Greg Hazley
st petersburgThe "Sunshine City" of St. Petersburg, Fla., is combing for an agency to guide a six-figure branding campaign to attract tourists, new residents and businesses.
Category: RFPs
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