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Wed., Mar. 19, 2014
Honick: Does Anyone Remember Syria?
By Joe Honick
 
I recall a convention long ago when someone was wearing a badge that read: “You Mistook Me For Someone Who Gives a Damn.” That’s pretty much what we have today, despite all the chatter.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
Ketchum Dodges Gazprom Bullet - For Now
By Kevin McCauley
 

crimeaGazprom, Russia’s national oil company and one of Ketchum’s major clients, escaped President Obama’s “unserious sanctions” (in the world of the Wall Street Journal) that he put into place yesterday as part of his “consequences” threat triggered by Vladimir Putin’s land grab of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Category: International
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
Whitman Delivers PR for Postal Service
By Greg Hazley
 
bill whitmanBill Whitman, Jr., an agency pro and former communications chief at McDonald's, has landed the top PR slot at the U.S. Postal Service in Washington.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
Ogilvy Promotes Colombia Trade
By Greg Hazley
 
colombiaOgilvy PR has registered Proexport Colombia, the government’s foreign investment, tourism and export promotion arm, as a client.
Category: International
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Food Too-perfect vegetables get a PR makeover (Vancouver Sun) 
Social Facebook enters news game with Paper (A. Nagele)
Image Does Uber have a PR problem? (R. Iliff) 
Media FiveThirtyEight.com launches (FiveThirtyEight)
Social Why brands are starting to hate Facebook (G. Snell) 
Jargon Hello pot, meet kettle (A. Moynihan) 
PR 101 5 things to stop doing to your press releases in 2014 (L. O'Neill) 
Celebrity Bill O'Reilly is wrong: Jay-Z is worthy of respect (R. Torossian) 
Content Amtrak writers residency campaign goes viral (C. Cube) 
Confabs Davos World Communication Forum highlights (S. Bruce)
Education The for-profit PR problem (N. Urwitz)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
San Diego Puts Airport PR on Radar
By Greg Hazley
 
san diegoThe governing body for San Diego International Airport released an RFP to PR firms Monday covering public outreach and on a mid-six-figure annual budget.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
Joele Frank Feasts on Quiznos Bankruptcy
By Greg Hazley
 
quiznosJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is serving up PR for sandwich chain Quiznos' March 14 bankruptcy filing.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
Viacom's $1B YouTube Suit Ends with Whimper
By Kevin McCauley
 
youtubeViacom, which lodged a high-profile $1B copyright infringement suit against YouTube in 2007, today announced an out-of-court settlement.
Category: Media News
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
Chandler Chicco Chief to Retire in June
By Greg Hazley
 

bob chandlerBob Chandler, the Chandler Chicco Companies founder and CEO who leads parent inVentiv Health's communications operations, said he will retire in June.

 
Category: Healthcare PR
Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
Podesta Speaks for South Sudan
By Kevin McCauley
 
Podesta Group is representing South Sudan, the world's newest country, one rocked by civil war led by factions loyal to either its president or vice president.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
Editorial: PRSA Must Not Repeat the Mistake of Murray
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
Bill MurrayBill Murray, the resigned CEO of PRSA, was the worst Society staff head we have experienced since 1968--temperamentally and physically unsuited for the job. This mistake must not be repeated.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
Ireland Gets No PR Respect from Obama, Parade Organizers
By Kevin McCauley
 
Ireland Taoiseach Enda Kenny probably wishes he could celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at home.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
O'Dwyer's Ranking of Healthcare PR Firms Published
By Greg Hazley
 
O'Dwyer's today published its annual ranking of healthcare PR firms. Edelman, W2O Group, Ruder Finn, APCO Worldwide and Cooney/Waters Group lead the 67 ranked firms.
Category: Healthcare PR
Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
The Media of Public Relations: Paid v. Owned v. Earned
By Fraser Seitel
 
In the “old days” – before social media – public relations was aimed, essentially, at one thing; convincing a third party – usually a journalist – to report favorably on your client.
Category: PR Commentary
Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
Republican Heavyweight Joins PSCA
By Kevin McCauley
 
Frank Donatelli, who succeeded Michael Steele as chairman of GOPAC when Michael Steele left in 2009 to head the Republican National Committee, is leaving his McGuireWoods executive VP & director of federal affairs slot for Plan Sponsor Council of America at the end of the month.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Fri., Mar. 14, 2014
PR Accounts on the Move
By Greg Hazley
 
mimedxPR account wins at Clearpath, jacobstahl, GolinHarris, Shift, 5W, M&C Saatchi, Havas, Kelly Fletcher PR, TransMedia, Landmark, Balsera...
Category: News of Accounts
Fri., Mar. 14, 2014
Sard Verbinnen Streams Beats Music
By Greg Hazley
 
beatsBeats Music is working with Sard Verbinnen on corporate PR as the privately held company looks to parlay the success of Beats by Dre headphones into the streaming music business.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Mar. 14, 2014
Davis Campaign Aligns PR After Stumbles
By Greg Hazley
 
petkanasZac Petkanas, communications director of the Nevada Democratic Party, has been named to that title for the high-profile Texas gubernatorial campaign of state senator Wendy Davis.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Mar. 14, 2014
Air India PR Review Takes Off
By Greg Hazley
 
air indiaAir India has cleared for takeoff a tender process for PR as the government-owned national flagship carrier looks to burnish its image in India and abroad.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Mar. 13, 2014
National Security Agency Misreads PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
prThere is nothing wrong with the National Security Agency stealing or subverting encrypted material or stockpiling the data of American citizens, according to Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, who is Obama’s choice to lead the spy agency. Big Brother knows best.
Category: Public Affairs
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