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Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Bloomberg Takes Holloway with Him
By Kevin McCauley
 
hollowayCas Holloway, New York City’s deputy mayor of operations, will join Bloomberg LP with the end of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s term in office.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
CT Dishes Out $1M Education PR Pact
By Kevin McCauley
 
Connecticut is dangling a $1M contract to promote the “common core” educational standards blueprint that allegedly helps children become “critical thinkers.”
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Huey: A&E Standards and Judgment Fall Through the Quacks
By Bill Huey
 
After an “indefinite hiatus” that amounted to little more than a coffee break, A&E has reinstated Phil Robertson to its top-rated “Duck Dynasty” series and will begin filming this spring.
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
ICR Crafts Michaels' Second Stab at IPO
By Greg Hazley
 
michaelsICR is counseling retailer Michaels Stores as the arts and crafts specialist slates an initial public offering worth up to $500M.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Miller Returns to NYPD
By Kevin McCauley
 
john millerCBS News correspondent John Miller, who covers the national security/ terrorism beat, is returning to the New York Police Dept. with the return of Bill Bratton as commissioner.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Seitel: Forecasting PR Headlines of 2014
By Fraser Seitel
 
What we really need to know is what happens next. And so, by popular demand, here is what we can look forward to with the leading “Public Relations Headlines of 2014.”
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Duck Dynasty Crisis Shows Power of Social Media
By David Johnson
 
Duck DynastyThe A&E Network announced last week that they were lifting their suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and bringing him back less than a week after suspending him for remarks he made in GQ in regards to homosexuals and African-Americans.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Harper's Tells PR Pros, Students How to Please Rich
By Jack ODwyer
 
Harper's magazineA behind-the-scenes expose of what it’s like to work for the rich has been written for the January Harper’s by John P. Davidson, novelist who has written for Fortune, Rolling Stone, Elle, Gentleman’s Quarterly and other media.
Category: PR Commentary
Fri., Dec. 27, 2013
The Nation Seeks $100K by Dec. 31
By Jack ODwyer
 
The NationThe Nation, facing a $120,272 postal hike in the New Year, is asking its readers and others to make special donations to offset that and other costs.
Category: Media News
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Empire State Names Tech PR Maven
By Kevin McCauley
 
jerry gretzingerNew York State’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has named a veteran TV journalist as VP-strategic communications & PR to promote its development of emerging technologies and economics.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Carnival, NFL, Washington Top PR Fails of 2013
By Jon Gingerich
 

crisisWhittling down every public relations disaster that occurred during 2013 into a top-ten list took a lot of work. There was a lot of competition. After careful consideration, however, we managed to compile O’Dwyer’s top ten PR gaffes of 2013.

Category: Public Relations
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
QG&A Reps Mumbai Terror Victims
By Kevin McCauley
 
Families of the American victims of the 2008 Mumbai, India, terror attacks get DC PR counsel under an arrangement with law firm Kreindler & Kreindler.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Tabloids Ablaze as Spitzer Dates PR Aide
By Greg Hazley
 

tabloidsLis Smith, the Democratic PR advisor who is spokeswoman for New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio, is at the center of a media frenzy after reports that she is dating disgraced former governor Eliot Spitzer.

Category: Media News
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
Abernathy, Joele Frank Work $786M Cable Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
Southwire Company and Coleman Cable engaged outside PR support in Southwire's $786M Dec. 20 acquisition of fellow wire and cable maker Coleman Cable.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Dec. 25, 2013
Merry Christmas
By John ODwyer
 
Merry Christmas
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Ad Make-Good for South Sudan
By Kevin McCauley
 
south sudanThousands of civilians have been murdered in South Sudan since the launch of this month's ethnic bloodletting in the Africa's newest state that hopes to celebrate its second anniversary in July.
Category: International
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Liberty Lures House and Ways Alum
By Kevin McCauley
 

rangaswamiA 12-year veteran of the House Ways and Means Committee's panel on trade will join Liberty Mutual as VP-federal affairs at yearend.

Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Libyan Federalist Group Seeks U.S. Nod
By Kevin McCauley
 

The Cyrenaica Transitional Council, a self-proclaimed government in Libya's oil-rich eastern region, is using lobbying help to gain recognition by the U.S. and Russian governments.

Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Lanny Davis' Must-Read Crisis PR Book
By Ronn Torossian
 
davisI've always felt that people who work in the top echelons of political communications are aggressive, bright and great at what they do. It is pressure cooked, intense all the time, and work which is high-profile and cut-throat - so much so that if you do a bad job you’ll find yourself out of a job pretty damn quickly. 
Category: Book Review
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
PR Review of 2013 Part II - Content Is Big
By Jack ODwyer
 

One of biggest PR trends of 2013 was the move towards “sponsored” editorial content, also known as “branded” content or "native advertising."

Category: Public Relations
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