Edition, May 21, 2003, Page 1
B-M GETS SARS WORK
been signed by Hong Kong's Government Information Services
Office to a $167K contract to help chart the recovery of
the Chinese city once the SARS virus has been brought under
control, according to Richard Mintz, chairman of the WPP
Group unit's PA practice.
Mintz, who has just returned
from Hong Kong, said it's not too early to plan for the
day that the World Health Organization lifts its travel
ban on the city.
"The mood in Hong
Kong is more upbeat. People are going out to restaurants,"
Mintz told this NL.
B-M won a $500K contract
to promote business investment in Hong Kong earlier this
That account was at Hill
& Knowlton, which decided not to repitch when its contract
expired in February. Mintz had handled Hong Kong economic
development when it was at Ogilvy PR Worldwide.
B-M's Hong Kong office
has worked on "branding" the city for the last
two years, according to Mintz. Ian McCabe is in charge of
FUDGE REPLACES DOLAN AT Y&R
Ann Fudge, a former marketing executive at Kraft Foods,
replaced Michael Dolan as CEO of Young & Rubicam on
Dolan informed stunned staffers of his resignation via
e-mail in which he spoke of his "seven eventful years"
at Y&R. He recounted major accomplishments upon his
watch, including the Y&R IPO and the acquisition by
WPP Group. Dolan succeeded Tom Bell, the former Burson-Marsteller
CEO, at the helm following the completion of the WPP deal.
Fudge headed Kraft's beverage and desserts group. She also
was at General Mills.
DUPONT CONSOLIDATES AT OGILVY
DuPont has consolidated its worldwide ad and PR account
at Ogilvy & Mather, handing its $75 million assignment
to WPP Group's O&M ad unit and Ogilvy PR Worldwide after
a four-month review. Five teams pitched for the work, which
included DuPont's main incumbent IPG team McCann-Erickson
Worldwide and Weber Shandwick, along with Publicis' Saatchi
& Saatchi and Rowland Communications.
WS handled overall PR for the DuPont brand, an assignment
which now falls to Ogilvy PR.
DuPont global brand director Scott Nelson told this NL
the company will put as much of its marketing and communications
business as it can with Ogilvy.
IPG SELLS NFO FOR $425M,
Taylor Nelson Sofres has agreed to buy Interpublic's NFO
WorldGroup unit for $425 million in cash and stock, after
balking at a reported $500M price tag in April. The transaction
for the market research company is expected to be finalized
this summer, pending U.S. and European regulatory approval.
IPG, which bought NFO in 2000 for $500M in stock and the
assumption of $175M in debt, said the move will represent
a $100 million accounting gain.
Fitch Ratings has cut IPG's senior unsecured debt rating
to junk status citing a "continuing decline" in
the company's operating performance and expectations that
improvements will be "more limited than previously
anticipated," the ratings service said.
The cut affects $2.7 billion of IPG debt as Fitch maintains
a negative outlook rating for the company.
Gets 'Signing Bonus'
IPG will give Christopher Coughlin $400K in its stock as
a "signing bonus" when he joins the ad/PR conglom
as COO on June 16. The Pharmacia executive VP will earn
$800K a year, according to IPG's 10-Q report that was filed
with the SEC on May 15.
Coughlin will receive 28 vacation days, a $10K annual auto
allowance and $10K a year for club fees. He will receive
up to $20K as a reimbursement of legal expenses incurred
while negotiating his contract.
IPG also gave CEO David Bell a $100K special bonus for
agreeing to take over the reins from John Dooner on Feb.
28. The company also has ironed out executive severance
packages with CFO Sean Orr, and IR chief Susan Watson. Those
agreements are triggered in the event of an IPG takeover.
IPG also disclosed the IRS has determined that it owes
$41.5M in back taxes. IPG is disputing it.
2003 PR DIRECTORY TO BE PUBLISHED
The 2003 O'Dwyer's
Directory of PR Firms, with information on 2,900
PR firms in 88 countries, will be published in early June
There are 180 new listings of independent PR firms and
PR units of advertising agencies. Nearly 500 firms have
expanded their listings to include agency statements and/or
Although the 35 PR units owned by eight ad/PR holding companies
declined to provide any figures this year, more than 140
other PR units did provide substantiation of their figures
to the directory. The holding companies said the Sarbanes-Oxley
Act made it too dangerous to publicize non-GAAP numbers.
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CHAPTER HEADS NIX ASSEMBLY
Thirty-one chapter presidents
were asked if they would change the June 20-21 "leaders'
rally" into an Assembly and only one agreed with this,
Reed Byrum, PRSA president, said May 14.
The chapter leaders were
told that there could be no leaders' rally if an Assembly
was also held.
Supporters of the move
to open national and Assembly leadership posts to non-accredited
members for the first time since 1973 said there should
be plenty of time within the two-day leaders' rally for
a brief Assembly that would end the two tiers of membership
in the Society. They noted that PRSA has budgeted $100,000
as the cost of the meeting on a Friday and Saturday in New
York, which they called "an extravagant" sum given
the current state of the economy and the downturn in the
They also noted that an
Assembly, minus hours of presentations by leaders, normally
lasts only a couple of hours on one day. Only 4,100 members
of PRSA are APR, making the 15,600 other members ineligible
for national board posts, national officer positions, or
seats on the Assembly.
The five biggest chapters
of PRSA, representing 3,696 members, sent their delegates
to the 2002 Assembly instructed to vote for decoupling of
Assembly seats from APR although the 1999 strategic planning
committee of the board had urged that all elective posts
be decoupled from APR.
GM SHIFTS PR EXECS.
Marc Beckers, VP-communications for General Motors Europe,
moves from Zurich to Detroit on July 1 as executive director-product
communications. He is to handle marketing/product technical
communications and coordinate issues management duties with
the automaker's Washington, D.C., office.
Beckers, 47, reports to Tom Kowaleski, VP-communications
for General Motors North America. He will be succeeded by
Tony Cervone, who will now handle PR for GM's Opal, Vauxhall,
Saab and GM Daewoo brands.
Cervone is executive director-executive and financial communications.
His duties will be split between Kowaleski and Gary Grates,
who is executive director of global internal communications.
Kowaleski will assume public communications and lobbying
responsibility, while Grates gets executive and financial
communications titles. Grates also gets a new title, executive
director of internal and executive communications.
FARAONE TALKS TV PROJECT WITH
Ted Faraone, who says his firm handles the most difficult
assignments, is representing TV tabloid producer Ian Rae
who is negotiating a project with Jayson Blair, the New
York Times reporter who has been accused of plagiarism.
He pitched Blair an idea on May 14, and told the Daily
News that the former Timesman is "definitely interested."
Rae said Blair's story has the "gossip, scandal and
intrigue" needed to make a juicy TV picture. The Blair
story "has brought the paper to its knees," Rae
told the News.
New York-based Faraone Communications, specializing in
entertainment clients, was started in 1987. Faraone was
a publicist at NBC and CBS TV stations.
VANITY FAIR: PRESS BOW TO
Since Sept. 11, 2001, much of the press has dropped to
both knees before George W. Bush to take dictation, writes
Vanity Fair's James Wolcott in the magazine's June
Wolcott blasts the U.S. media, especially the White House
press corps, as "pushovers," using as an example
President Bush's March 6 TV press conference during which
he refused to entertain random press questions, choosing
instead to call on reporters from a prepared list. Reporters'
questions were approved before hand and they even went along
with the script by raising their hands and jockeying in
their seats to give the appearance of a spontaneous news
conference, Wolcott writes.
Bush's cult of personality is based on a rawhide image
of masculinity as carefully storyboarded and marketed as
an old Marlboro Man campaign, says Vanity Fair. Bush,
Wolcott argues, is not more of a cowboy than Ronald Reagan.
Wolcott is baffled at how reporters like Newsweek's Howard
Fineman, NBC's Andrea Mitchell and CNBC's Larry Kudlow often
"nod with admiration at how leakproof, tight-puckered,
poker-faced, and closely huddled" the Administration
is, and how "unswervingly it stays on message."
But, the author argues, it doesn't take a graduate degree
in mass communication to grasp that all propaganda is based
upon a primitive "staying on message," boiling
complicated issues down to a bumper-sticker slogan or menacing
GIULIANI COUNSELS INDIAN
New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. has hired Giuliani Partners
to counsel its northeast nuclear division on security and
crisis management issues.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's firm was hired due
to its "real-world public safety experience" earned
following the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center,
according to Entergy president Michael Kansler.
That attack has spurred activists to demand that Entergy
close its Indian Point facility, which is located 35 miles
upstream from New York City.
Giuliani's firm includes former NYC police commissioner
Bernard Kerik and fire chief Tom Von Essen. Kerik is to
represent Entergy as "in-house consultant," and
represent it before public hearings. Entergy runs ten nuke
plants including Vermont Yankee (Vernon), Pilgrim (Plymouth,
Mass.) and James A. Fitzgerald (Oswego, N.Y.).
Burson-Marsteller does PR for Entergy.
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EDITORS RUN MORE
are begging for more features," Angela Mendola
told a gathering of 30 publicists who attended PR Newswire's
breakfast meeting at Sardi's restaurant in New York on May
who is national product manager of PRN's Feature News Service,
said "we have been asking editors what they want and
they have told us."
the increased demand for features began immediately after
the 9/11 attacks and has continued to rise during the war
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
a former news writer at CBS News Radio, who recently joined
PRN as editorial manager of the feature news unit, which
is headed by Fred Ferguson, said media layoffs and cost
cutting have also generated more use of features, especially
PRN's because "they are free."
who wrote news stories for Dan Rather, said the key to getting
the attention of editors is to write a headline that will
"grab them" while they are scanning for stories.
are vital," said Gossett, who advised the publicists
to write headlines in 20 words or less before they start
If the company
or product is well-known, put the name in the headline.
"That is a good way to grab them," he said. In
the case of companies or products which are not household
names, tell "what's new, unusual, different or important
about what they will say in their story," he said.
The second most important element of a feature release is
the first paragraph, he said.
'lead' should be an expansion of the headline. The key is
to keep the information clear and concise.
simple sentences, with no superlatives, such as 'unique'
or 'fantastic,'" said Gossett. "We are looking
for verbatim pick-up."
believes the second paragraph is important because this
is "where you get to sell your client's service or
It is also
the paragraph in which the writer should attribute the information
to someone. "A good editor wants to know who is saying
it," said Ferguson, who also urges publicists to put
the name of the product and where it is sold, plus price,
and the website address in the second graph.
rule of thumb is to include all these elements in no more
than 60 words, and to put the website address at the end
of the paragraph.
He said direct
quotes from a company executive belong in the third paragraph.
paragraph helps to establish a spokesperson for broadcasters
to use in their on-air stories," said Ferguson, who
cautioned against using self-serving quotes.
the fourth paragraph should provide detailed information,
such as biographical information for a book author, and
a laundry list of tips.
the tips, Gossett suggests using bullets instead of numbers
to make it easier to cut unwanted information without having
to change numbers.
paragraph was described by Ferguson as the "threat
graph." This is the paragraph used to give "the
big picture." For example, Ferguson said the sentence
might say that the product is designed to help 10 million
out it is better to say "people" instead of "American
people" because PRN's features are distributed worldwide.
writing one sentence, three-line paragraphs. "Three
lines equals about eight lines in a newspaper story,"
he pointed out.
For the closing
paragraph, Ferguson recommends repeating how to get the
product, the website address, and provide a toll free phone
He also suggests running a special "Note to Editor."
The note, which is seen only by the editor, should have
information about how to contact the spokesperson in the
article, and offer photos and product samples for use as
As far as
length, Ferguson recommends 36 lines or about 400 words,
which costs $460.
PR FIRM PUBLISHES MAG FOR
The first issue of
Michigan Lobbyist magazine will make its debut
this month, according to Katie Wolf, whose Okemos-based
PR firm (Wolf Communications) is half owner and publisher.
Wolf's partner is Tom Scott, who was former Mich. Gov.
James Blanchard's communications director. Blanchard was
governor from 1982 to 1990.
"This new publication is the first and only of its
kind in Michigan," said Scott, who is editor of the
magazine. "Each issue will provide a ringside seat
to politics and policymaking by focusing on the players,
issues and events important to lobbyists and, therefore,
to all of us in this state."
The magazine will be published four times a year, and will
be available by subscription only, for $36 a year. Wolf
can be reached at 989/729-7744. Scott's number is 517/347-0392.
The website address: www.michiganlobbyist.com.
store is starting its own magazine, according to
The New York Times, which said the 130-page quarterly
will contain a "potpourri of features on fashion, travel,
restaurants and everything the store's customers have told
pollsters they want to know about."
It will be sent free to 10,000 store customers.
a magazine aimed at Asian women living in the U.S.,
has made its debut on newsstands in Los Angeles.
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N.Y.T. SAYS REPORTER 'MISLED
Jayson Blair, 27,
a reporter for The New York Times, who resigned
this month, was the subject of a 14,000-word article that
ran in the Times' May 11 Sunday edition, headlined
"Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception."
The unsigned article, which began on the front page and
spread across more than four full pages, said Blair "misled
readers and Times colleagues with dispatches that
purported to be from Maryland, Texas and other states, when
often he was far away, in New York.
"He fabricated comments. He concocted scenes. He stole
material from other newspapers and wire services. He selected
details from photographs to create the impression that he
had been somewhere or seen someone, when he had not."
The front page article ended with a statement from publisher
Arthur Sulzberger Jr. assuring that the paper is not looking
He states: "The person who did this is Jayson Blair.
Let's not begin to demonize our executives- either the desk
editors or the executive editor (Howell Raines) or, dare
I say, the publisher."
president of the National Assn. of Black Journalists,
said Blair, who is African-American, "hurt all journalists,
regardless of ethnicity or background."
"But for those critics of diversity to assert that
Blair did what he did or got where he got solely because
of the color of his skin is just plain wrong," said
Pressley, who is assistant program director at WSB Radio
Pressley said the critics are ignoring facts in other cases.
"For instance, did race have anything to do with the
awful case of Brian Walski, The
Los Angeles Times
photographer who fabricated the photograph out of
Iraq earlier this year?
Was it a factor with the two Salt Lake City reporters
who sold a fabricated story to the National Enquirer
for $20,000 in the Elizabeth Smart case? Was it a factor
with Mike Barnicle, Stephen Glass, Ruth Shalit, Eric Drudis
or the dozens of other white journalists who smeared the
honorable profession of journalism and lied to their readers?"
Pressley pointed out that African-American journalists
make up only 5.3% of newsroom professionals nationwide,
according to the latest census from the American Society
of Newspaper Editors, and account for even fewer of the
documented cases of ethical breaches in American newsrooms.
Blair is not a member of NABJ, which has more than 3,000
members in the U.S. and abroad.
The Times' PR department also squashed reports that
Blair was able to get by so long at the paper because of
his relationship with a woman who is a friend of Raines'
wife, Krystyna Stachowiak, a former PR pro in New York and
Blair's friend has been identified as Zuza Glowacka, 23,
a Polish emirgre, who had been working in the Times
photo department. Suspicion was raised by the Times'
own report, which said Blair may have gotten Glowacka to
show him photos of a Texas house that he had falsely claimed
to have visited for a story.
Stachowiak and Glowacka's mother, journalist Ewa Zadrynska,
were among three people who set up "Poland on the Front
Page, 1979-1989," a media exhibit in Warsaw last fall,
according to The New York Daily News.
Catherine Mathis, who is the NYT's PR director, told The
New York Post that Glowacka was no longer working at
Raines, who has been criticized for giving Blair several
chances after being warned by other editors about mistakes
in his articles, said he had never socialized with Blair.
Jane Freiman has
stepped down as managing editor for features at The New
York Daily News.
editorial director of American Demographics, was
given the additional job of editor-in-chief of Folio
magazine, replacing Cable Neuhaus, who was dismissed.
has resigned as editor of Media Markets Daily, which
was shut down.
has resigned as fashion editor of Rolling Stone,
which is shutting down the fashion department, and will
publish two fashion supplements a year.
32, who edited the "Off the Record" page for The
New York Observer, and John Gillies, 30, who was "Fanfare
Editor" at Vanity Fair, are joining GQ
magazine as senior editors.
27, previously a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly,
was hired as an associate editor.
magazine has named Nancy
Sayle, previously music editor at Oui
magazine, as editor of its new music section.
Sayle, a former publicist for several bands, has more than
20 years of experience and contacts from the music business.
editorial director, said "music and porn make great
bedfellows. MTV has brought many sex videos into America's
living rooms, and with Nancy's help, more artists will be
able to express themselves uncensored in any shape or form
Hustler's editorial offices are located at 8484 Wilshire
blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. 323/651-5400; fax: 651-0528.
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IABC TO HIKE DUES
Assn. of Business Communicators said it will hike dues in
October by $28, its first increase since 1999, following
a six-month look at inflation and the real value of dues
revenue, the group said.
hike, which sees dues go from $175 to $203, includes a mechanism
to have annual increases, which would follow inflation rates.
Annette Martell noted the group has not kept pace with inflation
for the last 14 years, as prices increased 33 percent and
dues went up only 16 percent.
executive board, which approved the hike last week, said
services to members cannot be sustained without an increase
and noted that while membership decline is a risk, a review
of past hikes did not show a decline in the member roles.
members can renew at the current rate before Oct. 1.
Board also revived the "500 Club," which is a
lifetime membership for $1,000.
reported a $22K loss for its fiscal year ended Sept. 30,
2002 on revenue of $2.2 million, a large turnaround from
a previous loss of nearly $700K.
has accumulated a deficit of $1,307,142, but that's due
to its deferred dues account of $1,392,025 to represent
services owed to members in future months.
RF ADDS AD WORK
Finn has expanded on its PR work for the Barbados Tourism
Authority with an ad campaign for the Barbardos Investment
& Development Corp. aimed at luring businesses to the
which has handled tourism PR since 1996 for the island,
drafted four ads touting information technology, call centers,
international insurance and financial services, and is handling
placement and collateral materials in North America. The
"Operation Barbados" campaign, which is also promoting
Barbados-made goods, is running in The Wall Street Journal
and Forbes, as well as several trade magazines.
John Gruen and Lisa Gabbay, president and creative director,
head the work at RF.
sitcom "Friends" filmed part of its season finale
on the island, an episode which is expected to grab huge
ratings in the U.S., and England's Prince Edward visited
the island last week during a Caribbean tour, grabbing headlines
for the former British colony which became independent in
OREO LAWSUIT DOES PR TRICK
The lawyer who made national
headlines last week for filing a lawsuit seeking to ban
the sale of Kraft Foods' Oreos in California has dropped
it because he is happy with the publicity that he received.
Stephen Joseph said the
purpose of the suit was to get word out about the dangers
of trans fat. He claims that his group, bantransfats.com,
has received thousands of e-mails from consumers in support
of the case. Joseph told the Associated Press it is no longer
necessary to pursue a legal strategy since everybody now
knows about the dangers from trans fat.
Michael Mudd, senior VP-corporate
affairs at Kraft, said the company doesn't think courts
should be in charge of setting nutrition policy. He said
Kraft will continue its effort to remove trans fat from
the Oreo, while preserving the cookie's flavor and texture.
Mudd said Kraft received 250 e-mails from consumers following
news of the suit. Most supported the company, according
EDELMAN MAKES KUWAITIS MEDIA
Edelman PR Worldwide provided
media training to the Kuwait Information Office (Washington,
D.C.) days prior to the launch of the war with Iraq. The
Gulf State was the staging area for the invasion following
the decision of Turkey to ban American and British troops
from its soil.
KIO was established following
the end of the Persian Gulf War. Its mission is to foster
an understanding of Kuwait's "politics, society, culture,
economy and security needs."
KIO's website features
information about the role of women in the country (the
Amir granted women the right to vote, but the measure has
been blocked by the Assembly), religion ("freedom of
belief is absolute," says its Constitution) and a briefing
of its longstanding border conflict with Iraq.
Tareq Al-Mezrem is KIO's
LOLL JOINS DAVIES
Scott Loll, who served
more than 20 years at Atlantic Richfield, has joined Santa
Barbara-based Davies as a senior counselor. As spokesperson
for Arco, Loll dealt with issues such as oil spills, refinery
fires, gas station/convenience store crime, pollution, natural
disasters and activist demonstrations. He also helped Arco
manage the shift to ownership by British Petroleum, and
wrote BP's emergency response field crisis communications
Loll chaired the American Petroleum Institute's crisis management
workgroup, and was an on-site consultant during the Exxon
Davies' energy and natural
resources group works for Arco, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco
AEROFLOT DROPS SNARLS FOR
Aeroflot, the flagship
Russian airline, has retained Identica, a London-based PR
firm, to oversee an image revamp.
As part of the makeover,
Aeroflot, which is still 51% state-owned, is training its
historically harsh flight attendants to smile more, replacing
their drab uniforms and offering tastier meals. The airline
has also unveiled a new corporate color scheme of silver,
blue and orange, designed to give it a "warmer"
Aeroflot is keeping its
symbol of the Soviet past, the winged hammer-and-sickle,
as its logo.
The changes, aimed at
fixing Aeroflot's longtime reputation for service with a
snarl, are part of an overhaul that also includes improving
the public's perception that the airline is lax on safety.
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The press took
a beating last week.
New York Times
came under assault by practically the rest of the
press for tolerating for too long its plagiarizing reporter
Sulzberger Jr., publisher, initially said "The person
who did this was Jayson Blair. Let's not begin to demonize
our executives..." The execs later took full blame.
virtually the rest of the press was scolded by James Wolcott
in Vanity Fair for being too much of a lapdog to
It was open
season on the Times partly because of its longtime
insistence that its ideals and practices are somehow higher
than those of other papers.
an idealistic and harsh "Code of Conduct" earlier
this year (1/22/03 NL) that virtually forbids its staffers
from having any but the most distant relationships with
was made of limiting relationships with PR people, as though
they were Untouchables and as though Times reporters
had little, if anything, to learn from PR pros.
On the contrary,
a PR pro who is friendly with many reporters and who picks
up lots of skinny, can be of inestimable help to Times and
are PR pros who see their jobs as always being "on
message" for clients and employers.
of NYT reporters with PR people or other news sources were
to be reported to the city desk. This was a violation of
the privacy of reporters. Timespeople came across as Trappist
monks working on Holy Scripture.
seem to matter that the executive editor himself, Howell
Raines, had somehow met, courted (and later married) a PR
pro, Krystyna Stachowiak.
is leading with one's chin.
later it's bound to get the braggart in trouble.
main piece of evidence vs. Bush was the alleged "scripting"
of the March 6 press conference the President held
just before the invasion of Iraq.
"humbled themselves," wrote Wolcott, by providing
their questions in advance to Bush, who decided in what
order they were to be answered. The press went along with
the charade by raising their hands, when they knew they
wouldn't be called upon, the better to suggest "a spontaneous
instance of alleged "stagecraft," WISH TV, Indianapolis,
said men who were behind Bush during a recent speech on
his tax plan were instructed to take off their ties so that
they would appear more like "ordinary people"
and not like businesspeople.
spring conference of the Counselors Academy of PRSA drew
127 counselors to Vancouver May 4-7, which is a big
drop from the record 383 counselors and guests who attended
the 1997 conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Tom Gable, CEO
of GCS PR, San Diego and 2002 chair of the Academy, said
attendance has been dwindling for several years partly due
to fewer Academy members, the Vancouver site (a distant
destination for many), and the current recession. Another
factor, we might add, is the absorption of 35 PR operations
employing more than 25,000 PR pros by eight ad/PR holding
companies (Cordiant, Gray, Havas, Incepta, Interpublic,
Omnicom, Publicis and WPP).
and some independents formed the Council of PR Firms and
conduct activities under its umbrella. Also, most
of the holding companies have their own training programs
in both ad/PR. They are less likely to approve spending
for professional outings such as the Academy's spring conference,
which takes place at resorts. The congloms, saddled with
billions in debt, are watching every nickel that is spent
by their units. Gable is hopeful that the next spring conference
at a new resort in Orlando, Fla., will attract a bigger
his feelings on decoupling PRSA office-holding from accreditation,
Gable said he thought that would be "wonderful."
The Academy at onetime required new members to be APR but
soon dropped it.
leadership of PRSA is blocking the use of the June 20-21
meeting of 116 chapter presidents-elect as an Assembly
that could decouple APR from office-holding. In saying that
the meeting can't serve both purposes, the leadership forgets
that an Assembly only takes up one day and, in reality,
only a couple of hours.
the Assembly convenes at 8 a.m., hears speeches by leaders
until 4 p.m., and then takes up any deliberation for a couple
is gerrymandered to the hilt in favor of small chapters.
The ten smallest chapters, with a total of 164 members (including
Laredo Gateway with 7 members and Siouxland with 9) had
ten votes in 2002 while the five biggest chapters, with
3,696 members, had 37 votes.
chapters have 50 or fewer members but get one vote each.
Although the five biggest chapters (D.C., N.Y., L.A., Georgia
and Chicago) wanted decoupling last year, the teensy chapters
easily outvoted them.
leaders fear decoupling across the board because
then they might face competition from among the 15,600 non-APRs
who are currently barred from running for president-elect,
secretary, treasurer or national board seats.
e-mail has reached such proportions that it threatens
to destroy the medium. PR which needs this pipeline to reach
editors on key subjects, must attack the wanton misuse of
are harder to reach than ever.
which tracks layoffs, said 70,000 jobs at media have been
lost since June 2000.