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Last Updated: Wed., Apr. 8, 2020 @ 4:35 pm

Cal. Lottery Targets African American Market

Wed., Apr. 8, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

California State LotteryThe California State Lottery is looking for a shop to provide advertising and marketing communications services aimed at the African American consumer market.

Reporters Without Borders Slaps Trump's COVID Briefings

Wed., Apr. 8, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Reporters Without BordersReporters Without Borders today called on president Trump to end his "vicious attacks" on journalists covering his daily COVID-19 briefings. Group accuses president of using briefings "to distract, deflect, and dodge critically important questions about the administration’s response to COVID-19.”

Secure Democracy Votes for Ballard Partners

Wed., Apr. 8, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Secure DemocracySecure Democracy, a D.C. group committed to safeguarding every citizens right to vote, has hired Trump-connected Ballard Partners to educate policymakers on the need to create a voting system that works for all Americans.

Compassionate Communications in the Time of Coronavirus

Wed., Apr. 8, 2020

By Valerie Di Maria

Valerie DiMariaThe speed and scale of the coronavirus pandemic is beyond the crisis plans companies have developed in the past. It’s not business as usual, and the number one lesson in making decisions and crafting communications is to be compassionate.

Ex-Cantor Aide Moves to Craft Media

Wed., Apr. 8, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Doug HeyeDoug Heye, who was deputy chief of staff for communications for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), has joined CRAFT Media/Digital as senior VP of media.

Media Maneuvers: National Enquirer Editor Dylan Howard Exits

Wed., Apr. 8, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Dylan HowardNational Enquirer editor Dylan Howard, who was part of the "catch and kill" scheme in which women were paid for stories alleging affairs with president Trump that were subsequently killed, exits the American Media property... influence.co hires former Billboard executive editor Nick Catucci to spearhead the launch of nofilter... Matthew Belloni, who has been editor-in-chief at the Hollywood Reporter since 2017, is leaving the publication.

Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary

Tue., Apr. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Stephanie GrishamStephanie Grisham out as White House press secretary after eight months during which she held no regular press briefings. Kayleigh McEnany, 31-year-old Trump campaign spokesperson, will take over for Grisham. (3 reader comments)

Emergent BioSolutions Taps Sanofi's DeLorenzo

Tue., Apr. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Nina DeLorenzoEmergent BioSolutions, life sciences company that is engaged in the fight against COVID-19, has hired Nina DeLorenzo as senior VP-global public affairs.

New York Hardest Hit by PR Layoffs

Tue., Apr. 7, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

New YorkNew York’s public relations sector has endured the brunt of the layoffs and lost revenues that’ve shaken the industry in light of the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new survey. (1 reader comment)

News of Firms: FleishmanHillard Readies for COVID-19 Aftermath

Tue., Apr. 7, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Peter VerrengiaFleishmanHillard launches cross-functional global practice to counsel clients to changed social and business environments in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic... Hill+Knowlton launches in Indonesia... iMARS Communications teams with VIBE to support American companies interested in entering the Russian market and for companies in Russia and the CIS pushing into the US.

Bradford Group Merges with Dalton Agency

Tue., Apr. 7, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jeff BradfordThe Bradford Group has merged with the Dalton Agency to create what it says is Nashville’s fourth largest public relations and advertising agency as measured by revenue.

On the Move: Constellation Brands Ups McGrew

Tue., Apr. 7, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Mike McGrewConstellation Brands ups Mike McGrew to newly created role of executive VP, chief communications and corporate social responsibility officer... eGenesis appoints David Carmel senior VP-PA & communications... Veracyte, a leading genomic diagnostics company, names Tracy Morris VP-corporate communications and investor relations.

San Diego U Seeks PR Software

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

University of San DiegoThe University of San Diego in in the market for PR software, according to the school's RFQ.

Osmond Takes Racepoint President Post

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Bob OsmundRacepoint CEO Larry Weber has hired PR veteran Bob Osmond to serve as president of the independent tech-oriented shop.

PR Industry Sees Spike in Salary Cuts, Revenue Losses

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

LayoffAs clients scale back their marketing budgets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PR firms are reporting an upswing in employee layoffs and salary cuts, as well as terminated client contracts and campaigns put on hold, according to a Gould+Partners survey.

Accounts in Transit: Neathawk360 Works Roanoke's Pedestrian Safety Push

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Steve Barnes

RoanokeNeathawk360 handles media for Roanoke's pedestrian safety programs funded by Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles... Red Fan Communications partners with Tot Squad, a curated marketplace for parenting-related services... Firecracker PR lands Li-Cycle, a Toronto-based company focused on advanced Lithium-Ion battery resource recovery.

CEO Interviews in the Midst of COVID-19

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Alexis E. Blais

Alexis BlaisA summary and analysis of how CEOs are positioning themselves in response to the media’s appetite for insight into how businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.