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Last Updated: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019 @ 5:10 pm

London's Lansons Acquires Intermarket

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tony LanghamLansons, a reputation management shop in London, has acquired a 51 percent stake in New York’s Intermarket Communications, financial shop co-founded by Matt Zachowski and Martin Mosbacher in 1986, to form an entity with fee income in the $17M range.

Mitra Makes Move to Edelman

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sujata MitraSujata Mitra, who handled PR duties at The Huffington Post, CQ Roll Call/The Economist Group and Vox Media has joined Edelman in Washington as senior VP media relations. (1 reader comment)


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Commentary

Media Take Big Hit For Smollett Coverage

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Jussie SmollettThe media lost a lot of credibilty over their coverage of the Jussie Smollett hoax, which they swallowed "hook, line and fake noose." Trump raps Smollett's performance as "racist" but remains mum about white nationalist Coast Guard officer who planned to murder journalists, Democrats. (1 reader comment)

Sard Verbinnen Shores Up Navient's Defense

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

NavientSard Verbinnen & Co. is playing defense for Navient student loan servicer in its showdown with institutional shareholders Canyon Capital Advisors and Platinum Equity Advisors

On the Move: Merge Atlanta Adds Kris Krava; MPRM Promotes Caitlin McGee, Natalie Yallouz, DVL Seigenthaler/Finn Partners Ups Lisa Button; Crosby Hires Brittany Barre, Maggie Baird

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Kris KravaMerge Atlanta, healthcare shop, hires Kris Krava, who was principal-design experience at Slalom management consultant, as executive creative director... MPRM Communications promotes Caitlin McGee to senior VP, Natalie Yallouz to VP... DVL Seigenthaler/FINN Partners ups Lisa Button... Crosby Marketing Communications recruits Brittany Barre for integration supervisor position and Maggie Baird for associate integration manager.

Energy Co. Calls on Marketing Consultants

Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Peninsula Clean EnergyPeninsula Clean Energy in San Mateo County, CA, is seeking proposals from agencies that can assist in developing a three-year marketing strategy plan.

NYT's Baquet Rips Trump at Page Awards

Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dean BaquetThe US media, in the past, could always count on the support of the White House if an American reporter was captured or injured in war, said Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times. "Sadly, I’m not sure who I would call today," he said at the Arthur W. Page Center awards ceremony. (4 reader comments)

Squire Patton Boggs Hauls In Crowley

Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Joe CrowleyFormer Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley, once viewed as a successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has joined the global public policy practice of Squire Patton Boggs.

Moonwalker Targets Space Junk

Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Bob WalkerMoonwalker Associates, the firm recently launched by former Republican Congressman Bob Walker, wants to clean up outer space.

Events: Arthur W. Page Hands Out Public Integrity Awards; Schar School Tackles 'Fake News;' NYWICI Discuss 'Strategic Storytelling'

Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Page AwardsArthur W. Page Society on Feb. 20 honored New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet; the late Marilyn Laurie, former executive VP of brand strategy at AT&T; and ex-Aetna CEO John Rowe with its Larry Foster Award for Integrity in Public Communication... "Fake news," Russian meddling slated at Feb. 26 forum at Schar School of Policy & Government in Arlington, VA... New York Women in Communications tackles "strategic storytelling" March 6.

Gender Gap Still Persists in PR

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Mind The GapWhile women now account for more than three out of four workers in the PR industry, only about 20 percent of the top leadership positions are occupied by women, according to a new report from the Institute for Public Relations and KPMG.

Ogilvy Digital Alum Scott Joins Ketchum

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

April ScottApril Scott, who was executive VP/managing director of Ogilvy’s digital offering, is now at Ketchum in the North America managing director of digital, social and analytics post.

Huckabee Sanders Aide Joins Edelman

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Lindsay WaltersLindsay Walters, deputy White House press secretary, is joining Edelman as VP-US PA strategy & development. Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she'll miss a "pillar" of her staff. (2 reader comments)

Reevemark Laces Up Payless Chapter 11 Filing

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Payless Shoe SourceNew York financial PR firm Reevemark is handling the Chapter 11 filing of Payless ShoeSource, which is liquidating 2,500 stores in the US and Canada and tossing 16,000 people out of work with the end of May completion of the retail wind-down.

Foremski, Knight Launch Every Media Company

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Tom ForemskiTom Foremski, the former Financial Times US technology reporter, has teamed with Chris Knight, brand marketing guru, to form Every Media Company, content & editorial strategy shop.

NC Commercial Fishermen Cast RFP

Tue., Feb. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

North CarolinaThe group representing North Carolina's commercial fishing business has released an RFP for a PR campaign to educate the public about changes made to reduce its environmental impact and to promote sustainable practices.