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Wed., Apr. 9, 2014
Gov't Tech Contractor Calls for Pitches
By Greg Hazley
civergyCivergy, the government technology contractor that acquired New West Technologies and BION Enterprises this year, has kicked off an open RFP to tap firms for PR, marketing and advertising.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Apr. 9, 2014
Groups Can Bar People Legally But Not Ethically
By Jack O'Dwyer

augustaPRSA, in barring reporters as members, opens itself to legal action as well as trial in the Court of Public Opinion. It allows employees of BusinessWire as members, so why not reporters?

Category: PRSA
Wed., Apr. 9, 2014
Iraq Renews Podesta's $1M PR Job
By Kevin McCauley
iraqThe Government of Iraq has renewed its one-year $960K PR contract with Podesta Group to "promote a better understanding with the US of its priorities and concerns," according to the contract between the two parties.
Category: International
Wed., Apr. 9, 2014
Rubenstein Arms Brady Center with PR
By Greg Hazley
bradyThe Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has engaged Rubenstein Associates as the Washington-based gun violence prevention group ramps up its campaign focused on youth.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Apr. 9, 2014
Stanton Serves PR in Bain Unit's Manischewitz Buy
By Greg Hazley
manischewtizBain Capital is relying on longtime firm Stanton PR & Marketing in its Sankaty Advisors unit's acquisition of kosher food titan Manischewitz.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
PR Publicity is free with no PRs (Financial Times) 
PR Content marketing *is* PR (F. Strong) 
Food A crop with an image to uphold (NY Times) 
Viral Which messages go viral and which don't (HBR) 
RFP PR consultant, CT Academy of Nutrition (PDF) 
RFP PR firm for Tallahassee Housing Authority (PDF) 
City Brooklyn Park (MN) hires PR firm to improve reputation(Star Trib) 
Tactics Public speaking tips for PR pros (T. Sabourin) 
Careers 4 mistakes young business professionals do not have to make (R. Torossian) 
Sports ESPN thinks it can get Americans to watch cricket (Atlantic Wire) 
Trends EDM festivals, big new money makers (KWE)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
CNN Rapped for Misleading Global Warming Coverage
By Kevin McCauley
The Union of Concerned Scientists is rapping CNN for inaccurate coverage of global warming, claiming one-third of its reports are misleading.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
Scotland Moves to Break Ties with UK
By Kevin McCauley

scotlandAn independent Scotland would be the one of the world’s most prosperous countries, one blessed with substantial energy resources and a young well-educated population, Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, told a Wall Street Journal panel this morning.

Category: International
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
Retale App Taps Gray for US PR
By Greg Hazley
retaleRetale, the Germany-founded app that aggregates retail circulars for shoppers, has brought in a US head of corporate communications after launching here last year.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
PRSA Rejects O'Dwyer Membership, Battle Starts
By Jack O'Dwyer

master'sPR Society of America, after welcoming Jack O'Dwyer as a new member April 3, accepting a $440 credit card payment via its website, then cancelled the membership.

Category: PRSA
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
Northrop Flies to FTI
By Kevin McCauley
northropNorthrop Grumman Corp. has enlisted FTI Government Affairs for Washington work on defense and aerospace matters.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
Stratacomm Execs Buy Firm Back from FleishmanHillard
By Greg Hazley
Partners at Washington-based Stratacomm have bought the firm back from FleishmanHillard, which acquired the transportation PR specialist in 2004.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
Apple Considered Firing TBWA--Court Papers
By Jack O'Dwyer

appleApple SVP-marketing Phil Schiller told agency TBWAMedia Arts Lab in 2013 that it was not performing well and might be fired, according to court papers.

Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
Powell Tate VP to Super PAC
By Greg Hazley
paul lindsayPaul Lindsay, VP for Weber Shandwick's Powell Tate Washington operation, has moved to conservative super PAC American Crossroads as communications director.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
US PR Units Boost Next Fifteen Revenues
By Greg Hazley
next fifteenNext Fifteen Communications Group reported today first half revenue rose six percent to £49.3m (about $82.4M) on the strength of its US operations like Outcast, M Booth, Text 100 and Blueshirt, which saw 13% organic revenue growth for the period ended Jan. 31.
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Apr. 7, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Narratives How bad storytelling ruined online grocery shopping (G. Matusky) 
Backlash Did Samsung kill the presidential selfie? (Time) 
Reputation 4 practical ideas to making a difference to your reputation (D. Stocks)
Infographic Social media short hand for the un-social CMO (F. Strong) 
Measurements Two NCAA basketball teams claim $1B multiplier/equivalency AVE metrics (R. French) 
Case Study Chipotle: Building content marketing on a story platform (J. Bell) 
Resumes Avoid 'to whom it may concern' (Culpwrit)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Apr. 7, 2014
Run, Jeb, Run
By Kevin McCauley
jeb bushFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush will decide by yearend whether he'll run for the Republican nomination for president.  He should go for it.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Apr. 7, 2014
Jewish Heritage Drives Ethics, Growth of Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
richard edelmanRichard Edelman, in Atlanta last week, talked about how his Jewish heritage helps drive ethical development and growth at the world’s largest PR firm.
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Apr. 7, 2014
Singer Guides San Bruno's Battle vs PG&E
By Kevin McCauley
Singer Associates handles media for California’s city of San Bruno, which is seeking compensation from utility giant PG&E over the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight of its citizens, injured 66 others and destroyed almost 40 homes.
Category: Environmental PR
Mon., Apr. 7, 2014
GTCR Takes Vocus Private
By Kevin McCauley
vocusGTCR LLC, the Chicago-based private equity firm that made a run at Cision, is taking Vocus private in a cash transaction pegged at $447M.
Category: PR Services
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