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Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
NJ Reviews Public Health PR
By Greg Hazley
 
New Jersey has launched a review of its public health PR and advertising account with an RFP process through December.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Gilson Takes Over FCC Media Relations
By Greg Hazley
 
fccDirector of cabinet communications at the White House moves to the Federal Communications Commission to head media relations after Tammy Sun decamps for app developer Evernote.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Will Time Mag Do the Right Thing?
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time magazine may be a shadow of its former self these days, but its annual person of the year still gets a lot of play.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Brand USA Names Firm for Latin America
By Greg Hazley
 
brand usaBrand USA, the tourism promotion entity backed by the federal government and private sector, has booked agency support to tout U.S. travel in Mexico and Central America, following a search.
Category: International
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
NAB Tunes in Gephardt
By Kevin McCauley
 
The National Assn. of Broadcasters has signed Gephardt Government Affairs to defend the current retransmission consent system, where cable and satellite companies must negotiate a deal to carry network TV fare.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Foley: My PR Company is Saving $60K Under Obamcare
By Kevin Foley
 
foleyDespite their "I told you so" proclamations, what Republicans fear most is happening at my broadcast and Internet public relations firm in Georgia.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Parents Revolt vs. Pearson, McGraw-Hill Tests
By Jack ODwyer
 

new york magParents across the U.S. are revolting against tests prepared by Pearson, McGraw-Hill and others that many of their children are flunking and may result in their being held back.

 
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Drug Maker Confirms $2.4B Bayer Bid
By Greg Hazley
 
algetaNorwegian cancer drug maker Algeta today confirmed media reports that partner Bayer has pitched a $2.4B acquisition deal.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Media News: NBC, Conde Nast, Glam, Time Inc
By Kevin McCauley
 
ITV'S Neely to NBC; Conde Nast names int'l dealmaker; Lagani takes Glam prexy post; Time Inc. Irons Out Pay Packages
Category: Media News
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
23andMe Mounts PR Defense
By Greg Hazley
 
23andmePersonal DNA testing kit marketer 23andMe is mounting a defense after the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 22 ordered the company to stop selling its kits without marketing clearance.
Category: Healthcare PR
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Yahoo Hires Couric
By Kevin McCauley
 

katie couricYahoo today officially named broadcast TV veteran Katie Couric as global anchor in charge of covering news and coordinating interviews with newsmakers and thought leaders at the online company.

Category: Media News
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Nigeria Awards $3M DC Pact
By Kevin McCauley
 
Nigeria signed a one-year, $3M contract for counsel on defense and security issues with the U.S.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Book Review: The PR Masterclass
By Fraser Seitel
 
pr masterclassBritish daily journalist-turned PR professional Alex Singleton has authored a new book, “The PR Masterclass,” which provides all you need to know about securing press coverage.
Category: Book Review
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
NYFWA's 'Financial Follies' Entertains 1,000+
By Jack ODwyer
 
folliesAmazon’s Jeff Bezos, who bought the Washington Post, Senator Ted Cruz, who battled Obamacare, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who introduced Citibikes and tried to ban 20-oz. sodas, were raked over the coals at the 71st annual “Financial Follies” of the New York Financial Writers Assn. Nov. 22 at the Marriott Marquis.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Education Specialist Heads Edelman PA
By Greg Hazley
 

ellnerAttorney, marriage equality operative and former senior education aide in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has moved to Edelman as group head of the firm's New York public affairs operation.

Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Insurer Universal Brings on Joele Frank
By Greg Hazley
 
Universal Insurance Holdings, the publicly traded underwriter of health, life and homeowners insurance, has brought in Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher for PR and IR counsel.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Remembering JFK
By Kevin McCauley
 
kennedyThousands of words have been written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Irish Food Board Winds Down Pitch
By Kevin McCauley
 

bord biaBord Bia, or Irish Food Board, expects to wrap up the pitch for its consumer PR account by Christmas.

Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Attacking Poverty Is Good Business, James Tells IPR
By Jack ODwyer
 
iprThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives away $4 billion a year to battle disease and poverty worldwide “but it’s a drop in the ocean in terms of what needs to be invested to solve these big, complex problems,” Gates Foundation communications head Kate James told the Institute for PR last night at the Yale Club, New York.
Category: PR Services
Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
VA Reviews Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
 
vaThe Old Dominion today kicked off a review of its tourism PR account to tout the commonwealth as a travel destination.
Category: RFPs
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