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Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Changing Florida Health Exchange Moves PR Account After Conflict
By Greg Hazley
 
healthchoicesFlorida's state-run health insurance exchange, first launched as an alternative to the federal exchange, has moved its PR account to Tallahassee-based On 3 PR after four years with Salter Mitchell.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
MA Seeks Firm for Boston Bombing Victim, Witness Outreach
By Greg Hazley
 
massMassachusetts is on the hunt for a digitally savvy agency to guide an education and outreach campaign aimed at victims and witnesses of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
5W Handles $72M High School Senior Fraudster
By Kevin McCauley
 
5W Public Relations handles Manhattan high school senior who deceived press about earning $72M through stock trades made at lunch breaks.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
China's BlueFocus Acquires Citizen Relations
By Kevin McCauley
 
China's BlueFocus Communications has acquired Citizen Relations, which has more than 200 staffers in the US, Canada and UK.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Blog: Sony's Boneheaded Move to Muzzle Press
By Kevin McCauley
 
sonySony Corp. has bigger issues than picking fight with media over disclosures of embarrassing emails and gossipy Hollywood tidbits.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-15-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Future Will PR automation put you out of a job? (K. Duggan) 
Measurement A press hit is worth what? The truth behind media relations ROI (J. Kail) 
Corporate What Uber's Sydney surge pricing debacle says out its image (I. Lapowsky) 
Environment Greenpeace stunt may have damaged Peru's Heritage site (i09) 
Finance Eight things I wish for Wall St. (M Lewis) 
Data A wave of PR data (J. Harris) 
Entertainment Movie marketing comes to LinkedIn (N. Hobson) 
Media The Sony hack and the Yellow Press (A. Sorkin) 
Media Why did the NY Times pile on The New Republic? (L. Hoffman) 
Social 'Game of Thrones' was most talked about show on Facebook in 2014 (LR)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Steinreich Joins Steinreich
By Kevin McCauley
 
Ariella Steinreich has joined Steinreich Communications of Fort Lee (NJ) as media relations director.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
MSLGroup vs. Abernathy McGregor in Fight for Recall
By Kevin McCauley
 
recallMSLGroup is handling US media for Recall Holdings, which today rejected as inadequate a $1.8B takeover bid by document management rival Iron Mountain, which uses Abernathy MacGregor.
Category: Financial Management
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Wasden Flies to BuzzFeed as VP-Comms
By Greg Hazley
 
buzzfeedLiz Wasden,  a seasoned media PR exec most recently in Facebook's New York communications unit,  is moving to BuzzFeed as VP of communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Sard, Teneo Feed $8.7B PetSmart Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
petsmartSard Verbinnen & Co and Teneo Strategy are feeding communications for the $8.7B takeover of retailer PetSmart by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Hamptons, New York Party Scene Called 'Dead'
By Jack ODwyer
 

kardashianSkyrocketing prices, police crackdowns on groupie houses, and the arrival of the Kardashians spelled doom for the "little folk" in the Hamptons.

Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Sharpton Is Fixture at White House PR Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
al sharptonRev. Al Sharpton has visited the White House 61 times since 2009, a good chunk of those trips huddling with President Obama's PR staffers.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
PR-Challenged SeaWorld Demotes CEO
By Kevin McCauley
 

jim atchisonJim Atchinson, 48, will step down as CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment and move into a vice chairman slot at the PR challenged theme park operator on Jan. 15.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Blog: Ohio Tourism Pitch Shines in Dreary RFP World
By Kevin McCauley
 
ohioOhio's tourism pitch is masterpiece of creativity in dreary world on mind-numbing, bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo RFPs. Hello, Cleveland!
Category: RFPs
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
 
Communications and PR jobs on odwyerpr.com this week.
Category: PR Jobs
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-12-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Crisis 'Fire your PR guy' email sends Sony comms exec out the door (@BW) 
Crisis Sony says no interviews at 'The Interview' Premier in wake of hack attack (HuffPost) 
Int'l Ecuador moves to block disclosure of US PR activities (L. Markay) 
PA The torture report triggered CIA's first live presser (Atlantic) 
Media Leaked emails reveal Maureen Dowd promised to show Sony exec's husband column before publication (Buzzfeed) 
Crisis Uber is pulling out all the stops to save its reputation (M. Kosoff) 
Crime PR exec convicted of raping woman he met on dating site(Chicago Trib) 
Entertainment Golden Globe nominations: Biggest snubs and surprises (Variety) 
Int'l $1.3B later, gov't can't tell if its beating ISIS at propaganda(Daily Caller) 
Civic New leaders hope to burnish Laredo's image (Texas Trib) 
FoodBev Top food PR stories of 2014 (Hunter PR) 
Media Inside the collapse of the New Republic (New Yorker) 
Holiday Card Bigg a$$ swear jar meets Salvation Army kettle(Coyne)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Americans Distrust Online Reviews, Still Use Them
By Jon Gingerich
 
A recent survey found that a majority of Americans don’t trust the accuracy of online product and services reviews, yet admit to relying on them anyway when weighing purchasing decisions.
Category: Social Media
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Media: Forbes Staffs Up, Moves to NJ; Fox News Reporter's Death Ruled Suicide
By Greg Hazley
 
forbesForbes staffs up, moves to NJ; Fox News reporter's death ruled suicide...
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Devaney, Carroll Hospital are Best in Show at BIM PR Awards
By Greg Hazley
 
BIMDevaney & Associates and client Carroll Hospital Center won Best in Show honors at PRSA Maryland's Best in Maryland awards Dec. 4 at the Hilton Baltimore.
Category: PR Awards
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
'Dinosaurland' Hunts for PR Help
By Greg Hazley
 
dinoUtah's outdoor recreation mecca that is the home of Dinosaur National Monument is on the hunt for a PR firm to boost travel and tourism to the region.
Category: RFPs
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