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Wed., Jun. 18, 2014
Gov't Communicators Honor Richardson for KY Obamacare Rollout
By Greg Hazley
 
nagcThe National Association of Government Communicators named Kerri Richardson, director of communications for Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, Communicator of the Year on June 12 for her PR work in rolling out the Affordable Care Act in the Republican-leaning state.
Category: PR Awards
Wed., Jun. 18, 2014
MP Works Silicon Valley for Ireland
By Kevin McCauley
 
irelandMcGrath/Power PR, the San Jose high-tech PR powerhouse, has scooped up the IDA Ireland business in a competitive pitch.
Category: International
Wed., Jun. 18, 2014
Reporting a Death
By Fraser Seitel
 
seitelA friend of mine's recent experience in reporting the death of a member of a high profile family yielded a number of surprises, not the least of which was the extent to which the media -- online media -- went in avoiding mistakes in their coverage.
Category: PR School
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
DC Trade Group for Internet Companies Plugs In Theran
By Greg Hazley
 
noah theranNoah Theran, who directed communications for the Private Equity Growth Capital Council, has plugged into The Internet Association in Washington, D.C., to speak for top tech companies like Amazon, Uber, Google, Airbnb and Facebook.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
PR Links of the Day
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Corporatespeak Plain English becoming lost art in corporate America (@freep) 
Tech Transformative movie marketing (P. Himler) 
Digital Content creation vs. curation (T. Sabourin) 
Services It's time for PR agencies to second-guess freebie news wires (S. Wood) 
Journalism The source may be anonymous, but the shame is all yours (J. Shafer) 
Social Delta apologizes for Ghana giraffe gaffe on Twitter(Consumerist) 
China Better legal environment to help boost gov't relations (ECNS) 
World Cup Soccer TV ratings beat average NFL game (The Wire) 
Sports Former Steelers publicist: Chuck Noll turned down even easiest endorsements (CBS Pitt) 
Entertainment 'Hercules' actor Sorbo sued by publicist (WST)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
Fired IAC PR Staffer Lands at Hot or Not
By Greg Hazley
 
hot or notJustine Sacco, the former IAC/Interactive Corp communications director who was fired after an offensive tweet last year, has landed at Hot or Not, the website being re-made into a dating app.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
Ogilvy Snags Social Standout
By Kevin McCauley
 
tony silvaOgilvy's Washington office has added Tony Silva as executive VP/group director for its social marketing practice.
Category: Social Media
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
Renegotiating Paid PR Editing on Wikipedia
By Gregory Kohs
 
gregory kohsIt has been a momentous June 2014 on Wikipedia for those who follow the endless battle over encyclopedia content that is generated by public relations professionals.
Category: Wikipedia
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
Winnipeg Reviews PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
winnipegWinnipeg is reviewing its PR management, budget and outreach for the Canadian city of 650K people.
Category: International
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
AP Probes FH-Illinois Obamacare Pact
By Greg Hazley
 
get covered illinoisThe Associated Press has put FleishmanHillard's multimillion-dollar Obamacare pact with Illinois under the microscope, questioning PR spending rates that it says were among the highest in the nation.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
Kekst, Joele Frank, FTI in Chilean Bank Showdown
By Greg Hazley
 
chileChilean bank Corpbanca and a Washington-based minority shareholder trying to block its merger with Brazil's largest bank, Itau Unibanco, have bolstered their PR operations amid a legal showdown.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Edelman, CAA Take Top PR Lion in Cannes
By Greg Hazley
 
cannesEdelman and Creative Artists Agency took home the PR Grand Prix award at the Cannes Lions award festival in France today, the first PR firm to win the top PR prize since its inception in 2009.
Category: International
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Labor Re-Builds Buzz
By Kevin McCauley
 
deepwateroneDespite woeful membership numbers, organized labor is far from dead. The so-called Blue-Green alliance of organized labor and environmental organizations is its chance to thrive.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Sports Formula 1 PR guy says he was fired for 'supporting gay athletes' (Jalopnik) 
Big Picture PR's digital opportunity will come at the expense of SEO consultancies (L. Hoffman) 
Essay PR pros learned to drink coffee from a goat (F. Strong) 
PR 101 How to DIY social media graphics that aren't lame (M. Wright) 
Sports New challenges for World Cup sponsors (Jez) 
Food/Bev Ben & Jerry's takes the heath out in GMO shakeup(BBW) 
RFP Gasden County (FL) tourism marketing (PDF) 
RFP Press familiarization trip to Maldives from France (link)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Media: Buzzfeed's Steinberg to MailOnline; Baquet Treated for Cancer
By Kevin McCauley
 
dean baquetNY Times' Baquet treated for cancer; Buzzfeed's Steinberg collects MailOnline CEO post for North America...
Category: Media News
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
NY Mayor DeBlasio Names PR Chief
By Kevin McCauley
 
andrea hagelgansNew York City Mayor Bill deBlasio has named Andrea Hagelgans director of agency communications to handle his ties with various municipal units and his cabinet.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Wilber Takes Media Post at Qorvis
By Kevin McCauley
 
colleen wilburColleen Wilber, a former member of the American Cancer Society's advocacy team, is now at Qorvis MSLGroup as VP of media relations.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Shameful Bluster Over Rescued Soldier
By Joe Honick
 
joe honickFew things have been spoken more shamefully of political leadership by the Republicans than the combination of responses to the release of Sgt. Bergdahl and the rampant terrorism in Iraq by the ISIS.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
MasterCard Charges FTI with Lobbying Duties
By Kevin McCauley
 
mastercardMasterCard International has signed on as client at FTI Consulting for foreign policy and business support.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Retailer Express Dons ICR, Sard for Comms
By Greg Hazley
 
expressFashion retailer Express Inc. has donned IR and PR support as private equity firm Sycamore Partners pursues its acquisition
Category: M&A
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