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Internet Edition, September 27, 2000, Page 1


Interpublic claimed last week that its new Weber Shandwick unit is the biggest PR firm in the world with $300M+ in fees.

However, the claim was disputed by the current biggest firm, Burson-Marsteller, and the biggest independent PR firm, Edelman PR Worldwide.

Counselors at other firms referred to WS as "a collection of agencies" and a "network" rather than what is ordinarily thought of as a "firm."

Comparing WS and B-M is like comparing "apples and oranges," said Harold Burson, founder of B-M. He said B-M remains the single biggest PR brand, having a common culture worldwide.

Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman, said he would question whether "putting companies together makes an agency?" He noted his firm also has "one culture and one name worldwide."

Howard Paster, CEO of Hill and Knowlton, said that merging two companies does not automatically make one company.

"It takes a period of time for a merger to work," he said.
Robert Feldman, CEO of GCI Group, noted there is now one less firm in the "top ten," making it a little easier for the other nine to compete.

Gerald S. Schwartz, president of G.S. Schwartz & Co., 45-person New York firm, said "WS is a fine collection of agencies, but are they a business? It's not the way I view an agency."

Shandwick Was Conglomerate

Other counselors noted that Shandwick itself is a collection of about 35 PR firms acquired between 1986 and the early 1990s, when its stock sank to 2.75 pence on the London Stock Exchange.

Shandwick had promised to keep the names, cultures, and management of its acquisitions, saying that was their strength. Almost all of the names were dropped and most of the former owners left.

New York counselor Robert Dilenschneider said the best way for a firm to grow is organically because staffers get to know each other over the years.

Michael Bruneau of The Lund Group, New York, said the big firms are getting all the attention but clients should also look at small firms where the principals will be available to clients. At big firms, he said, the account is quickly handed off to juniors.

Interpublic Group of Cos. stock hit a 52-week low last week of $33.12, down $25 from its high of $58 last December.

Bratskeir & Co. has been acquired by Margeotes/ Fertitta + Partners, a New York ad agency that is a subsidiary of Maxxcom, Toronto...Sally Susman, VP/worldwide corp. affairs and comms. at American Express, is joining Estee Lauder Cos. on Nov. 1 as SVP, global comm. replacing Mary Linder...Ernie Sando, who had headed Georgeson & Co.'s IR prac-tice, joined Hill and Knowlton as U.S. director, fin'l
comms...Elizabeth Board, VP/global comms. for AC-Nielsen, now has that title at Reader's Digest.


PRSA, admitting to a financial bind after years of rosy statements, is delaying publication of its di-rectory of members and the winter edition of its Strategist magazine until the first quarter of 2001.

Treasurer Joann Killeen said these and other steps are needed "to manage the current financial situation." This year's loss on accreditation is being cut from $475,075 to $359,435 and there is a freeze on staff hiring and curbs on staff/board traveling.

Members expressed shock at postponement of the Blue Book, saying PRSA has never skipped an entire year without publishing a members' directory. For many, it is the chief benefit of membership. It lists the phones, e-mails, addresses, etc., of 20,000 members individually, geographically and by organization. It also has services, committees, ethics code, etc.

Only 5%-10% of the members attend the national conference but all get the directory ($100 retail). There appears to be a minor revolt against the $25 dues hike started in 2000 (part of a $50 overall hike), with collections only totaling $3.2M as of June 30, or $656,295 below the expected $3.85M.

On top of this, there was "miscommunication between staff and the board," Killeen told the members via the PRSA website. Officers learned that as of June 30 "we were under budget on revenues and over budget on expenses."

Killeen, Stevens in Fierce Battle

A fierce battle for chair-elect has developed between official candidate Art Stevens and Killeen.

She is being backed by 41 members including nine of the 17 board members and five of the ten district heads. Stevens blasted the directors for being "partisan" and for over-ruling the nominating committee.

He called on the nine to resign and chal-lenged Killeen to an immediate debate.

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Internet Edition, September 27, 2000, Page 2


"Communication, not legal obfuscation" is needed in crisis situations, such as the current Bridgestone/Firestone tire recall, according to a joint statement released by Stephen Pisinski, PRSA chair, and Charles Pizzo, IABC chair.

Companies in crisis must communicate "openly, accurately and in a timely fashion," said the duo after leading a "Meeting of the Minds" session at a Ragan Comms. conference held last week in Chicago.

Pisinski and Pizzo feel the public's right to information regarding safety is paramount.

"In an environment that is becoming increasingly transparent, corporations and institutions have an ethical responsibility to communicate the information the public needs to make informed decisions regarding the products it purchases," they said.

The pair applauded B/F, which recently hired Ketchum for PR, for now getting essential information out to the public. They feel B/F's initial slow response to the crisis may have hurt its reputation more than it should have.


Business Wire said Sept. 19. it would end the 15-minute advance it offers news media before making information available to the general public.

PR Newswire has no plans to follow suit. Renu Aldrich, PRN's spokesperson, said: "We are reviewing our policy."

BW said the popularity of the Internet, coupled with recent regulatory changes, prompted the move to provide real time news across all media platforms.


The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education, based in Oakland, Calif., has issued a sample school policy on commercialism that would prohibit publicly funded institutions from promoting brand name products to their students.

The sample policy was issued by the group after the release of a report by the Government Accounting Office on the large amount of advertising in schools across the U.S., and its conclusion that most districts are lacking adequate policies to deal with the problem.

The CCFPE's policy is based on already existing school board policies. One of these policies-the Commercial Free Schools Act passed in 1999 by the San Francisco Unified School District-has already stood up to a challenge from a proposed exclusive contract with Pepsi.

Andrew Hagelshaw, who heads the CCFPE, said policies can prevent school districts from "falling down the slippery slope of commercialism."

"Once a district allows one brand name advertiser, it often ends up allowing another, and on and on until the community has lost control over who is really teaching their kids. A school board policy allows a district to put its foot down and draw the line," he said.

Among the items the GAO found in schools were Channel One (the TV news show that contains ads), ZapMe (the computer version of Channel One), exclusive soda vending contracts with Coke and Pepsi, and curriculum advertising.
For example, a mathematics textbook, published by McGraw-Hill (1999), uses products such as Nike shoes, M&M candies and Kellogg's cereal in math problems.

New York City's board of education is considering a proposal to provide portable computers in most of its schools as well as Internet access over a new website that would include commercial advertising.

The use of advertising to pay for a new technology initiative was intensely criticized by parents, legislators and educators in April when a school board task force first outlined its recommendations to build a revenue-generating computer network in partnership with private industry, a proposal that was unanimously approved by the board.

Under the plan proposed by Andersen Consulting - which may be the first of its kind by a public school system in the U.S. - laptop computers would be distributed to all 750,000 students in grades 4 to 12.

As originally recommended, students would be able to click on commercial logos on the school website to buy products. Proceeds from part of each sale would go to the board.


The goal of Publicis is to be the best-not necessarily the biggest--communications company, CEO Maurice Levy told a press briefing Sept. 21 at the Peninsula Hotel in New York.

When asked for his reaction to Weber Shandwick's boast that it is the No. 1 PR firm, Levy responded: "I don't care." Levy said any firm that claims to be No. 1 "must deliver the services"-or else it will quickly be knocked from the top spot.

France's Publicis, following its Saatchi & Saatchi acquisition, is the world's No. 5 communications company in fees.

Levy was in New York to ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange Sept. 22. Publicis stock started trading on the Big Board Sept. 12 under the symbol of PUB.

Levy said his firm expects to line up a number of acquisitions to bolster its presence in this country and Japan. The company refers to 2000 as its "American year," said the CEO.

Publicis uses Kekst and Co. for merger and acquisition work. Levy's current priority is to wrap up negotiations with Cordiant Communications Group to set up a joint media buying operation.

He expects that deal will be in place by the end of the year. Publicis management meets on a regular basis with reporters.

"The press is invited to our analyst meetings," said Levy.

Internet Edition, September 27, 2000, Page 3


Annemarie Iverson, who took over the editorial
reins of YM last week, plans to expand the teenage
magazine's coverage of beauty and fashion.

Iverson, a former beauty and fashion news direc-tor
of Harper's Bazaar, who had previously worked
at Seventeen, said the new thrust of YM's expanded
coverage will be on affordable items, American
brands and designers.

She also plans to rechart the map of the maga-zine
with the subject headings: "Boys," "Beauty,"
"Stars," "Style" and "Planet YM." The back page
will carry the heading "YM Spy," which is a person-ality
page. Iverson's first complete issue will be the
February 2001 number.

She said celebrity covers will continue because
they help sell the magazine on newsstands. YM,
which has a current rate base of 2.2 million, sells an
average of 629,000 copies on newsstands.

Iverson, who replaced Diane Salvatore, has
named four new executives to her editorial staff.

Trey Speegle, who was at POZ, was named crea-tive
director. Katrina Szish, a fashion writer for
Vogue, who has been wrting for Teen Vogue, was
named features director, and Doug Perlman, who had
been a consultant to several magazines, was named
editor of special projects. Kate Moodie, who
worked at Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Redbook, has
joined YM as style director.

MEDIA BRIEFS _______________________

Teen Vogue's pilot issue will be sent out with
Vogue's October number, and it will appear on news-stands
in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The teen mag uses Vogue's editorial staff, headed
by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief, and Amy Astley,
who is Vogue's beauty director, is editor.

The magazine will feature photos and articles
about celebrities and fashion layouts.

Details, which has not been published since May,
has been relaunched as a general interest magazine
for men, with fashion making up 25% of its cover-age.
Dan Peres is editor-in-chief., a website start-up with ambitions to provide comprehensive business information online, has secured $61 million in new funding from a group of investors, led by Pearson, the owner of The Financial Times. Other investors include Cahners Business Information, IndustyClick, a subsidiary of Primedia, and McGraw-Hill's information and publishing group., which went live in June, features a business directory on the Internet as well as profiles of thousands of U.S. companies.

American Greetings Corp., Cleveland, has acquired eAgents of Fairfax, Va., from Charlie Fink, who will run the greeting card company's website,

Customers can pick from 50 media companies to design their own daily newspaper through eAgent.

For example, one could choose news from MSNBC, a recipe from, a cartoon from The New Yorker, and TV listings from TV Guide to show up as E-mail every day in newspaper format.

STYLE.COM MAKES DEBUT made its online debut Sept. 18, with the start of, CondeNet's fashion site.

One of the features is a "W Best Dressed List," which features a new "best dressed" person each week, and "On the Scene" coverage with photos and highlights from celebrity parties, society functions and fashion weeks.

Other editorial features include spot news from Women's Wear Daily, daily horoscopes, fashion-related cartoons from The New Yorker, an interactive game in which users test their fashion knowledge, and weather reports. joins, which was started in September 1999, to offer fashion show coverage, photographs, trend reports, news, celebrity styles and an online store in conjunction with Neiman Marcus, which has an alliance with

Eventually other Conde Nast publications, including Glamour and Mademoiselle as well as Fairchild's Jane, will be added to the site. launched with complete coverage of the spring 2001 fashion show held last week at Bryant Park in New York, featuring reviews, video high-lights, and digital images of 6,000 looks by more than 100 designers.

PEOPLE ___________________________

David Roberts has replaced Paul Irvin as news director of WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C. Roberts had been news director of WXIA-TV, Atlanta.

Scott Suttell was promoted to managing editor of Crain's Cleveland Business, succeeding Chris Thompson, who was named editor/general manager of Crain's Cleveland Internet.

Deanna Bottar, previously metro editor at The Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch, succeeds Suttell as sections editor.

Andy Gensler, previously reviews and news editor at, has joined New York-based as managing editor.

Ed Walsh, a former WOR-AM program director, was named host of a new morning talk show that is replacing "Rambling with Gambling."

Flynn McRoberts, a roving reporter for The Chicago Tribune, has joined Newsweek as a national correspondent in the Chicago bureau. He will cover the Midwest and breaking news around the country.

(Media news continued on next page)

Internet Edition, September 27, 2000, Page 4


Broadcasting live over the Internet is becoming the preferred medium for disclosing quarterly earnings and other material nonpublic information to the investment community, according to Christensen & Assocs., an IR firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The firm conducted a survey in which more than 87% of the analysts and portfolio managers responded they are able and interested in participating in meetings and teleconferences via the Internet.

More than 5,000 companies have already agreed to webcast their news events over StreetFusion's website (, and more are expected to start when the new Securities and Exchange Commission's Fair Disclosure rule goes into effect Oct. 23.

The new Regulation FD requires that companies release financial material and market-moving data to all investors simultaneously, instead of the historic practice of selectively sharing information.

Christensen found the Internet provides the following benefits to companies:

-Expanded audience and increased exposure
-Reach worldwide audience simultaneously
-Enhanced corporate image
-Cost effectiveness
-Reduced travel time and expenses
-Archive broadcasts indefinitely for future references
-Conduct interactive Q&A via phone or E-mail
-Decreased number of incoming calls to IR dept.


Electronic Media Communications, Irvine, Calif., reports an increase in viewership of video news releases in the first eight months of 2000.

Relying on figures provided by Nielsen Media Research, EMC said the viewership average for 36 VNRs that it produced and distributed during the period of Jan. 1 through Aug. 31 climbed to more than 12.5 million.

Patrick Pharris, president/CEO of EMC, said the VNRs, which generated a total of more that 213 million viewers, is more than four million viewers higher than it was in 1999.

The firm's top VNRs included Nabisco Mini Oreos launch (24.2 million); Interactive Health (22 million); Paramount Parks' Great American Stealth (19.3 million); Gary Kasporov website launch (16M); Paramount Parks, Kings Island: Son of Beast (14.6M), and Metricom's launch of Ricochet (12.2M).


Colburn Aker, Washington, D.C., counselor, advised the 500-member New Media Society at its Sept. 23 CyberSalon meeting on how technology companies can get more media exposure.

Here are Aker's 10 placement tips:

1. Think big. Position your company as part of a larger trend or exciting new technology story. What's your benefit to the public?

2. Think vertically. Make sales your first objective by using a vertical market publicity strategy to reach your customers (e.g., trade media).

3. Generate a lead. Use a direct response PR strategy to prompt a contact from an interested party you didn't know existed.

4. Become the media. Make your website a resource for the media by creating a media section and updating it with useful information.

5. Consider exclusives. Is it better to have a few quality stories in leading publications or lots of smaller stories in less targeted media? Media prefer exclusives.

6. Customize news releases. Don't rely on news releases as your only strategy and remember that the same release may not work everywhere.

7. Use the fast pitch. Personal contact with media is most effective but only if you have an "elevator" pitch and respect media's time.

8. Offer interviews and events. Outside of information, these are your most valuable assets for interesting media in doing a story.

9. Talk to the right reporter. Know what reporters write about by reading them, then target and frequently update your media database.

10. Create news. None of the other tips will work if you cannot offer a newsworthy story. Learn to think like a reporter. Follow the news.

PLACEMENT TIPS _____________________

The New York Post has begun publishing a weekly business section, called "Wealth."

The 10-page section, which will appear every Monday, offers a mix of news briefs and feature articles about executives of publicly owned companies and investors.

Bloomberg Radio named veteran reporters Derek Davis and Dianne Thompson as anchors of the Urban Business Report.

The report, which is syndicated to 41 affiliates across the country, is tailored to the African-American community.

Davis joined Bloomberg earlier this year, and in addition to anchoring the UBR, he also reports for Bloomberg TV. Thompson has been with Bloomberg since 1992.

Forbes Global, the international edition of Forbes, has a "total readership" that is 8% higher than Fortune, 33% higher than The Wall Street Journal Europe, 21% higher than The International Herald Tribune and 4% higher than Newsweek, according to the latest European Businessman Readership Survey.

EBRS measures marketing and readership data on senior business decision-makers who account for the majority of business expenditures in medium to large-size companies in 17 European countries.

Internet Edition, September 27, 2000, Page 7


The nine board members signing petitions to nominate Killeen are Sandra Longcrier of Oklahoma City; Del Galloway, Northern Florida; Roger Lewis, Omaha; Reed Byrum, Austin; Maria Russell, Buffalo/ Niagara; Steven Shivinsky, East Central; David Simon, Sherman Oaks; Tom Bartikoski, Minneapolis, and Judith Phair, Maryland.

The other directors are Sam Waltz, immediate past chair; Kathy Lewton, chair-elect; Steve Pisinski, chair; Ralph Kam, Hawaii; Deanna Pelfrey, Louisville, Ky., and Mitch Head, Atlanta.

The five district chairs supporting Killeen are Cheryl Proctor-Rogers, Midwest; Linda Cohen, Western; Robert Stack, Sunshine; Margaret Allender, North Pacific, and Mel Thompson, Northeast.

Also petitioning to be a candidate is Jeff Julin of MGA Communications, Denver, who is running for "open" director. Simon, an "open" director from California, is regarded by the nominating committee as the new western director, succeeding Kam. Julin has sought to be a director several times.

Stevens Blasts "Poor Judgment"

Stevens said this was the "first time in the history of PRSA that board members have taken a partisan role in the nominating procedure." The board has "repudiated the wishes of the committee that selected me," said Stevens, adding: "What this suggests is that nine members of the board have decided to reject the wishes of its own nominating committee that represents the leadership of PRSA and have decided to play partisan politics.

"I personally believe that these nine board members are doing irreparable harm to PRSA. I am confident that I not only have the support of the nominating committee but many supporters within PRSA throughout the country. I will not allow the poor judgment of the board members to deter me
from my goal of providing the leadership that PRSA needs. There has been financial mismanagement and one of the reasons I chose to run was to help provide the kind of sorely needed financial management that PRSA desperately needs. I will debate her any time, any place," said Stevens.

Other Signers Listed

Also signing petitions for Killeen (all of them Assembly delegates) were: Michael McDermott, Frank Mack, John Kerezy, Shawn Nakamoto, Julie Manning, Rob Wakefield, Natalie Knox, David Gross-man, Larry Gauper, Robbin Wells, Duncan Muir, Meg Frainey, Reginald Rowe, Richard Terrell, Dan Durazo, Judy Hilsinger, Christine Gronkiewicz, Roberta Murray, Mary Barber, Faye Andersen, Joseph Vecchione, Becky Peeling, Doug Coffee, Stephanie Harwood, Bob Holtzman and Bill Husted.

WICI Skipped Members' Directory

When Women in Communications, Inc. was unable to put out a members' directory two years in a row in the mid-1990s, the group ceased to exist. All h.q. staffers were laid off and members created a new organization, Assn. for Women in Comms.

There has been "some improvement" lately at PRSA, said Killeen, because a "good number" of those not renewing are coming back and there is a "projected" gain of 4,000 new members for 2000.

She said there were "miscommunications between staff and the board" which caused delay in completing the 1999 audit. Deloitte & Touche, she added, had questions and concerns about PRSA's bookkeeping including "the method we used to account for deferred dues."

Account Payables Are Down

Account payables of PRSA as of June 30 were
$614,477, down from $880,379 on Dec. 31, 1999. Receivables were $386,598 vs. $509,093 Dec. 31.

The deferred dues account as of June 30 was put at $613,477. CPAs have said that this account should be at least $1.6 million because of services PRSA owes to its members in the future.

PRSA listed cash at $26,768 as of June 30, down from $291,548 on Dec. 31. Investments were $971,123 June 30 vs. $975,602 on Dec. 31, 1999.

Total current assets were listed at $1,673,459 and total current liabilities at $1,206,922. The "fund balance" on June 30 was $1,242,250 vs. $1,486,555 on Dec. 31, 1999 and $1,912,843 on Dec. 31, 1998.

The installation of the iMIS database system at h.q. has caused problems. It has been "more complicated than anticipated," Killeen told the members, add-ing: "As a result, we found ourselves faced with poor membership data and inadequate financial information."


Chicago Magazine has named Golin/Harris as one of the best places to work in the city and suburbs. G/H, which is part of Interpublic, was ranked 14th overall, and was the only PR firm on the magazine's list of the 25 "Best Places to Work."

The top five places to work were CDW Computer Centers, Household International, Hewitt Assocs., Tellabs and Abbott Laboratories. McDonald's, a longtime G/H client, finished eight, and Leo Burnett ad agency was ranked 18th.

"At Golin/Harris, our philosophy is simple: We provide employees with the benefits and work environment that enriches their lives, making them happier, healthier and more productive," said Keith Burton, EVP/managing director, central region.

The PR firm offers many work-life benefits including: sabbatical (four years of paid leave following four years of service); emergency child care; "newlywed" leave (a week of paid time off above accrued vacation); health club benefits; tuition reim-bursement, and ongoing professional training.

Chicago's editors asked more than 5,000 companies to respond to a questionnaire on their workplace practices. More than 300 companies responded. The editors then identified 75 top contenders, and surveyed employees at each of those companies.

A combination of the scores from the two surveys determined the top 25.

Internet Edition, September 27, 2000, Page 8

Interpublic claimed last week that its new Weber Shandwick creation is the No. 1 PR firm with more than $300 million in fees. Dow Jones, the New York Times, Reuters, and others printed the claim.

However, this is hotly disputed by other firms and certainly by this NL.

WS is a collection of firms assembled in the past few years mostly using IPG's high-priced stock. Shandwick, itself, was about 35 firms purchased from 1986 to the early 1990s.

IPG's acquisitive ways now appear to be in jeopardy since its stock has plummeted from $58 to $34. As we have noted, the ad conglomerates have about run out of ad/PR firms to buy and are annexing almost anything that's for sale including dot-coms and all sorts of ad/PR supplier firms.

The IPG No. 1 claim is fatuous for a number of reasons starting with IPG's own self-certified "PR" fee totals that were run through the "Council of PR Firms," a creature of the ad conglomerates.

No proofs whatever are required by the Council which accepts fees adulterated by up to 49% ad commissions, research fees, printing, graphics, website building, etc.

How much of WS's claimed $300M in fees are in ads, promotion and other forms of one-way communications is anybody's guess.

The Council, besides corrupting the ranking of PR firms, is operating under a false name. It should be "The Council of Integrated Marketing Firms."

The PR counseling industry must not let IPG get away with this claim. It will use it to great effect on unknowing client prospects. Company managers protecting their backsides will go with "No. 1."

IPG, by the way, has almost no credibility with us. It put out a false financial report on its earnings (8/9 NL) and refuses to retract it. The company won't reveal its more than 50 recent acquisitions. It has no one to answer questions by the press or public, touching off howls of complaints on the Yahoo! bulletin board. A posting last week called the IR section of the IPG website "a joke." If any of IPG's agencies put up such a "paltry amount of information" for a client it would be "fired by the end of the day," said the message. In contrast to IPG and Omnicom, which don't hold press conferences and have no PR or IR contacts, Publicis (page 2) met the press for two hours last week and fielded numerous questions. Publicis said it always invites the press to analyst meetings, a practice not followed by the public U.S. ad agencies.

The stonewall at PRSA has finally crumbled, revealing the financial rot that we have been writing about for years. Most telling for us is the acknowledgment that PRSA has failed to have a large enough deferred dues account to cover future services that members have paid for.
But Deloitte & Touche, PRSA's accountant, is given credit for raising this question. Rather, D&T should be taken out and flayed within an inch of its life for letting this scam go on for years. Even now, the DD amount is a fraction of what it should be. D&T also shares responsibility for letting PRSA get away with claiming that it makes money on Tactics and Strategist. It allows PRSA to shift about a half million from dues to "publication income" each year and this scam continues in the current report.

The three-page financial letter to Assembly delegates and members talks a lot about the need for "better financial policies and procedures" but skips all the gut issues. PRSA is broke because it has lost well over $5 million on Tactics and Strategist in recent years; lost more than $2M on APR in ten years; lets the staff pay itself 38% of revenues, which is way above the 28% average for groups of its size, and spent $4,078,859 on travel in the past ten years. Travel costs were a record $581,871 in 1999, up 69% from the 1996 total of $343,886. Scheduling board meetings at resort destinations (London, Tahoe, Carmel, Vancouver, Sante Fe, San Juan, Sundance) was definitely not good PR.

The staff and officers are now so consumed with marginal activities like APR test revision, the five-year plan, code revision, the upcoming conference, election battle, Assembly, etc., that they can't put out PRSA's main product–the register of members. It has broken the trust in which its members held it. All this rot is now piling up at the feet of one group in PRSA–the APRs. Although PRSA says it doesn't have the money to put out the directory, we think the real reason is that it lost more than 4,000 members in the first half due to the dues increase and didn't want to put out a directory listing 16,000 members. It hopes that it will bring in nearly 4,000 new and renewed members in the second half.

The proposed new ethics code, by the way, which takes PRSA out of the enforcement business, is weak. It calls PR pros "advocates for those we represent" whereas the previous code said PR pros have "dual obligations" to the client and the "democratic process." The new code is a sell-out to the integrated marketing school and kills the credibility of PR people, who are supposed to give out straight information, good and bad (the philosophy of NIRI). Also, the new code does not correct the old code's main flaw–mandating that PR firms identify the source, funding, etc., behind any communication or campaign.

Art Stevens is angry that nine fellow directors have organized to deny him the nomination for chair-elect, over-riding the nominating committee. We don't blame him. When the board last year voted a year-long boycott of this NL, we urged Stevens to disavow this action. But he said he was loyal to the board. The board members have not been loyal to him. His main offense is that he is a New Yorker, which is anathema to the non-New York element that rules PRSA. By not allowing New Yorkers to work at h.q., they have brought PRSA to its knees.


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