Edition, October 15, 2003, Page 1
BECTON TAKES VP POST AT AICPA
Becton, a financial PR pro who has held top posts at Moody's
and HSBC Group, has moved to the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants as a VP.
position was vacated by Geoff Pickard, who left to revitalize
the Journal of Accounting, according to AICPA's director
of PR Linda Dunbar. She said the vacant post was split into
two VP jobs: Becton's media relations role and another overseeing
member communications, which was filled internally.
is charged with overseeing media relations, and financial
and crisis communications for the 330,000-member trade group,
which sets ethics and auditing standards for CPAs and has
operations in New York and Washington, D.C. He reports to
senior VP of public affairs, Jim O'Malley, who left Burson-Marsteller
last year and is based in D.C.
a seven-year career at Moody's, Becton rose to managing
director of communications and IR. He was previously director
of public affairs for HSBC Group/Americas and a VP at J.P.
GANNON EXITS WHITE HOUSE FOR
Kelley Gannon, special
assistant to President Bush and White House director of
press advance, has returned to the Nat'l Assn. of Chain
Drug Stores as VP of communications. She left the group
in 2001 as VP of media relations.
Gannon headed domestic
and international media for presidential events, often negotiating
the press component of President Bush's trips abroad with
She was previously senior
manager of corporate comms. for MCI and VP of comms. at
Cable & Wireless, USA. Earlier, she was director of
comms. for the American Gaming Assn.
Craig Fuller, a former
Reagan and George H.W. Bush staffer, heads the NACDS, which
counts 210 members like CVS and Eckerd.
Doak Communications, Las Vegas, handled the media
crush following the mauling of illusionist Roy Horn, of
"Siegfried and Roy" by a seven-year-old white
tiger on Oct. 3. The MGM Mirage show has been cancelled
indefinitely, throwing 270 people out of work.
has vowed that the show will go on. The duo have performed
at the Mirage for 14 years, and signed a lifetime contract
CLARK HANGS UP LOBBYING CAP
General Wes Clark has
"de-registered" as lobbyist for Acxiom Corp.,
according to federal documents filed Oct. 1 with the Senate.
He also plans to resign his board seat.
The Democratic Presidential
candidate had been lobbying the Department of Homeland Security
and Commerce Department on information transfer and airline
Clark, who received $40,000
in lobbying fees during the first-half of the year from
the Little Rock, Ark.-based company, officially terminated
his Acxiom ties on Sept. 17. That was a day before wired.com
broke the story about Acxiom's involvement in the Jet Blue
passenger privacy crisis.
Wesley K. Clark &
Assocs., Clark's consulting firm, has a contract with Acxiom
worth $150K a year plus commission for new business obtained
through Clark's efforts. Those commissions are offset against
the retainer, according to Acxiom's proxy statement.
The former NATO Commander
served on Acxiom's audit committee, which met four times
last year. Each director receives $1,000 per-committee meeting,
and $2,000 for each quarter board meeting attended. They
receive 2,000 shares of stock as the annual retainer, plus
another 2,900 stock options. The company's shares currently
trade at $16.25.
Clark is beneficial owner of 4,210 shares.
INDY FILMMAKERS BRING IN
AFMA, the trade group
for the independent film and TV industry, has brought in
the Lippin Group to fight a ban by major studios on distributing
"screeners," copies of movies sent to industry
pros and critics who review films or vote on awards like
the Oscars. Independent film companies, which often lack
the marketing dollars of larger studios, rely on the screeners
to generate buzz for films and shows.
The group, formerly the
American Film Marketing Assn., counts 170 members, including
Artisan Entertainment, New Line and Discovery Comms.
Los Angeles-based Lippin
will provide overall PR work for AFMA, but will focus on
the "screeners" issue as it begins work, according
to Paul Nichols, who heads the account. He told this NL
the firm complements policy work by Podesta Mattoon on behalf
of AFMA. Several firms pitched for the work.
The Motion Picture Assn.
of America this month said its members would not send out
any screeners as part of a crackdown on piracy.
Edition, October 15, 2003, Page 2
PANEL SAYS BUSH
MUST LEAD PROPAGANDA
public diplomacy advisory group commissioned by Congress
is calling for the Bush Administration to devote to public
diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim world a "seriousness
and commitment that matches the gravity of its approach
to national defense."
group, dubbed the U.S. Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy
for the Arab and Muslim World and chaired by Edward Djerejian,
former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel under Republican
and Democratic presidents, formed in June after Congress
became concerned about growing animosity directed at the
addressed about 50 members of the media at the State Department
on Oct. 1. He stressed that President Bush must be at the
head of a strong public diplomacy push in the Arab and Muslim
group proposed a new White House special counselor with
cabinet-level rank to work closely with the President on
coordinating public diplomacy government-wide.
Tutwiler has replaced former ad woman Charlotte Beers as
the State Department's propaganda czar. She is expected
to outline her plans for public diplomacy efforts before
the Senate foreign relations committee this fall.
meanwhile, noted that current funding for public diplomacy,
especially toward Arabs and Muslims, is "absurdly and
dangerously inadequate." The group's report shows that
last year $600 million was allocated for all U.S. public
diplomacy programs, with $25 million dedicated to efforts
towards Arabs and Muslims.
are only 54 Arabic speakers in the whole State Department
and only five of those have the skills to participate in
media discussions on Arab TV and radio, according to Djerejian.
"The U.S. is not even in the daily discussions about
the Islamic world," he said.
advisory group has plans to train 300 fluent Arabic speakers
within two years.
Goldberg, who was special assistant to President Clinton,
is now a managing director at Qorvis Communications, the
Patton Boggs affiliate.
At the White House, Goldberg drew up responses to investigations
and integrated Clinton's communications and legal strategies.
He also served as advisor to the late Commerce Secretary
Ron Brown and Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and John Glenn
(Ohio). Qorvis CEO Michael Petruzzello said the addition
of Goldberg will bolster the shop's crisis communications
joins from Navigant Consulting. Another NC veteran Brian
Lustig also is new at QC.
handled PR at the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and
was media relations director at the liberal-leaning Economic
also has hired Carrie Blewitt, who managed media campaigns
for the Rubber Manufacturers of America and AAA. Blewitt
was an A/S at Weber Shandwick's Weber Group, working on
the Eastman Kodak account. She is the daughter of Richard
Blewitt, who sold his Rowan & Blewitt shop to Shandwick
RWS ENLISTED TO SAVE MILITARY
Kentucky has given Rhoads
Weber Shandwick a $200K pact to protect its military bases
from shutdown. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act
calls for the Pentagon to shed 25 percent of its excess
The military is the fifth
largest employer in Kentucky, pumping $4 billion into its
economy. Fort Knox and Fort Campbell are its prime facilities.
Fort Knox, for instance, has a $600 million annual payroll
that rivals the $690 million earned by workers at Ford Motor's
Kentucky lost two bases
in the 1988 round of shutdowns, resulting in the loss of
13,500 jobs. The Pentagon shut 450 facilities during that
round. The DOD is expected to shutter at least 100 more
Barry Rhoads heads RWS.
He served as deputy general counsel of the Defense Base
Closure and Realignment Commission during the first Bush
Administration. His firm also is working with the Texarkana
and Rapid City Chambers of Commerce to save their military
PR VETS SET UP BEACON
Four veteran PR counselors
have set up Beacon Advisors, targeting top executives who
need senior PR counsel but lack the budget for a large firm.
Hud Englehart, the managing
partner who is based in Chicago, told this NL the firm is
targeting mid-cap companies which can be pressed for senior
communications help and are often restricted to tight PR
budgets. "We want to go in, help them get their story
straight and align that story among shareholders, the media
and others," he said, adding that ongoing PR and other
"implementation services" like advertising would
mostly be left for another firm down the road, whose selection
Beacon would advise.
Englehart, a veteran of
Hill & Knowlton, noted NutraSweet and GES Exposition
Services are charter clients for the firm in the Windy City.
Diebold, Gerber and WMS Gaming are other clients.
Tim Croasdaile, the managing director based in Denver, had
done work in Chicago at Bell & Howell and H&K client
Jim Hurley, a 35-year
IR veteran, heads the new firm's push in Los Angeles, and
Ralph Allen, a former corporate IR and PR exec for ITT and
Eastman Kodak, is in New York.
Lambert, the "grande dame" of fashion PR
who is credited with putting American designers like Bill
Blass and Calvin Klein on the map when European brands dominated
the industry, has died. She turned 100 on Aug. 10.
Edition, October 15, 2003, Page 3
14 THINGS REPORTERS
HATE TO HEAR
Stewart, who was a reporter for USA Today for 13
years, lists 14 statements PR pros should avoid saying to
reporters in her new book, "Media Training 101."
story you're doing will really help my sales/company/negotiations.
2. What's your angle?
3. Here's my cell phone number.
4. Do you like what you've seen so far?
5. Do you know what the headline will be?
6. I'll tell you off the record.
7. Let's go to Las Vegas (or Atlantic City or the bar down
the street) and do the interview there.
8. You weren't supposed to find that out!
9. Let me send you free tickets (or shoes, etc.).
10. I am not a crook.
11. Did you get the fax?
12. Can I see the story before it is published?
13. To tell you the truth....
14. That bankruptcy/product failure/recall/big mistake was
a learning experience.
who is head of SA Stewart Comms. in Santa Monica, also gives
how-to advice for writing press releases, pitching stories,
crisis control, and dressing appropriating for interviews
in her book, published by John Wiley & Sons.
NEUHARTH: MEDIA MUST TARGET
Al Neuharth, the former
head of Gannett Co., said the news media need to get rid
of the long, boring stories and target articles that grab
He said one of the reasons
he started USA Today in 1982 was because the TV generation
was not reading newspapers. They would not fight its way
through dull, grey newspapers, he said.
"Now I think the
Internet generation is not reading newspapers," said
Neuharth, who writes a column for USA Today.
"Very little was
new in USA Today," he said. "We stole most of
it from the tube or magazines, and made it colorful and
graphic and aimed it at the TV generation. It caught on."
CURTCO MEDIA TO START DIGITAL
A quarterly publication
called Digital TV will be launched by CurtCo Media,
which publishes the Robb Report and other magazines.
The new title will focus
on products and technologies driving the consumer electronics
market, offering the latest news and product reviews on
plasma and LCD flat-screen TV, high definition TV, DLP and
front projection TV systems, as well as releated speaker
and audio technologies.
Digital TV will also cover
new video technologies, such as LCOS and OLED; explore the
increase in digital TV programming offerings, and the convergence
of computers into the video market.
It is scheduled to reach
newsstands on Dec. 2 with an initial distribution of 75,000
Michael Wood was appointed
editor of Digital TV. He previously was senior technical
editor of Home Theater magazine.
NON-TRASHY WOMEN'S MAG
A new women's magazine,
called Be Unlimited, which was launched in the U.K.
on Sept. 18, will focus on personal development, career
and business advice, motivational articles and lifestyle
topics, according to Rebekah Renton, who is founder and
Renton said the magazine,
a subsidiary of Mobius Strip Ventures, a publishing company,
will cater to the rising number of women looking for a more
intelligent, celebrity-free periodical.
Renton, who spent 12 years
in senior marketing management positions with IBM, Lotus
and other companies, said a survey of 250 professional women
found 75% of them are bored by magazines with "dumb,
trashy content," and a "never-ending stream of
has begun broadcasting
its "Morning Call" program on Canada's Report
on Business TV, a national channel reaching 4.3 million
households on cable and satellite.
a half-hour syndicated program, made its nationwide premier
earlier this month. The weekly program, which is produced
by Linda Corradina, executive producer of "Martha Stewart
Living TV," provides how-to information about the care
of all kinds of pets.
a news columnist at
The Washington Post, was named as one of the first
winners of $250,000 Bradley Prizes, a new program of the
Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which
will award prizes annually to people who have been criticized,
generally from the liberal side of the spectrum, for their
views on bioethics, foreign policy and other issues.
LexisNexis Court Link
is offering members of the media access to the Recording
Industry Assn. of America's 261 lawsuits. Complaints and
other supporting documents in these cases and new cases
filed by RIAA can be downloaded for a fee by filing out
a form on the web page (www.lexisnexis.com/riaaformedia).
a biweekly newspaper distributed
in East Long Beach, Calif., with a circulation of 38,000,
is published by Beeler & Assocs., a PR firm in Long
Beach, which was founded 25 years ago by Jay Beeler, a former
journalism professor at Calif. State Univ. The paper's offices
are located in the Los Altos Market Center above the Fish
Tale Restaurant, which is also a client of the agency.
news continued on next page)
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SHOULD PR PROS STOP 'LURKING'
Robert Berkman, author of a new book, "Digital Dilemmas:
Ethical Issues for Online Media Professionals," says
it may be unethical for PR pros to gather information by
eavesdropping on Internet chat rooms.
pros who secretly monitor chat rooms-a behavior called "lurking"-run
the risk of invading the privacy of the participants, as
well as misrepresenting their purpose in being there, according
to Berkman, who teaches a class on "New Media Ethics"
at the New School University, in New York.
said "Internet lurkers" typically log on to chat
rooms and discussion forums or join e-mail lists and newsgroups
with little or no intent of sending messages; rather they
prefer to read the communications of others.
a radio lurker cannot see the telephone numbers of those
who call in, the online lurker usually has access to the
e-mail addresses and screen names of anyone who sends a
message or participates in a discussion.
MAG STOPS PREPRODUCTION CAR
magazine will no longer give automakers a quick review and
recommendations for preproduction cars not yet for sale.
Formerly, General Motors,
Ford Motor and Chrysler Group would bring vehicles not yet
in mass production to the magazine's auto test facility
in East Haddam, Conn. The magazine's staff would recommend
changes, some of which the companies made.
Consumer Reports decided
to discontinue the practice after questions were raised
about the early testing practice in a Sept. 16 USA Today
George Hoffer, an economics
professor at Virginia Commonwealth Univ. who studies the
auto industry, had questioned whether the magazine's staff
might be less inclined to criticize a vehicle during final
testing if an automaker incorporated recommendations from
"The practice may
raise questions in some minds about the objectivity of our
final automotive test reports," the magazine's spokeswoman
Linda Wagner wrote in a letter to USA Today. "Since
our impartiality is so essential to the public's trust in
our published information, we have decided to discontinue
AGENCY TESTS TWO-MINUTE AD
DDB Entertainment Paris'
experimental series of two-minute sitcoms for Le Chat laundry
detergent has "created great word-of-mouth value among
French viewers," according to Keith Reinhard, DDB's
CEO in New York.
Reinhard believes "Laverie
de Famille" ("Family Launderette"), which
has aired in prime time five days a week on TF1, the main
French TV channel, since early May, may prove to be a solution
for integrating brands into entertaining content and getting
viewers to watch commercials again.
The sitcoms, which Reinhard
compares to the old soap operas that were sponsored on the
radio by soap companies, have four main characters and their
neighbors are featured living life in a typical French neighborhood.
The continuing cast includes a cat, Nickel (which stands
for "clean" in French). The cat is used to link
the program and the brand Le Chat, which means "the
cat" in French.
A total of 75 episodes
have been produced for Henkel by DDB Entertainment Paris
for the series which will run at least through February
of next year.
AOL SEEKS MORE HISPANICS
America Online has started
AOL Latino, a new Spanish-language version for new 9.0 Optimized
software. The current Latino version already has 2.3 million
will include news, sports, entertainment, music and lifestyle.
The information is being provided by Time Warner sister
company People en Espanol, BBC Mundo, La Opinion,
El Diario-La Prensa and BuenaSalud.
The AOL Latino launch
comes just as the online service seeks to devlop niche versions
to please different segments of its audience. AOL has released
its version for kids, KOL, which is aimed at youngsters
6 to 12. It is also planning a KOL Jr. version for even
As of June, AOL said it
had 3.3 million users under 11; most visit the existing
Kids Only Channel.
AOL also is developing a version aimed at teens.
TIMES STARTS SMALL BUSINESS
The New York Times
has started a new weekly feature on small business. Articles
will focus on the challenges and opportunities of small
business entrepreneurship, for companies and their employees.
The first article in the
Oct. 2 edition was about professional women who start their
own businesses after they become mothers.
FORMER BLOOMBERG EDITOR HIRED
Daylan Ratigan is joining
CNBC as anchor of a new evening program, which air against
CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight."
The veteran business journalist,
who is a former global managing editor at Bloomberg News,
has been running the Ratigan Group, a PR firm.
Weekly, a Miami-based newsletter for
executives interested in the U.S. Hispanic market, has started
HMW Online, an interactive website, which will offer Market
Profiles on the top 21 Hispanic market DMAs, and an in-depth
analysis of the most outstanding trends taking place in
the Hispanic market. Cynthia Corzo is editor of HMW.
Edition, October 15, 2003, Page 7
DECOUPLING APR APPEARS DOOMED
is stiffening to the PRSA board-backed proposal to allow
non-accredited members to vote in the Assembly.
Puget Sound chapter, tenth largest with nearly 500 members
and five delegates, is distributing via e-mail and the PRSA
website a four-page, single-spaced attack on the decoupling
move, calling it "devastating."
seems to us that removing the APR requirement for a problem
that occurs `from time to time' (unrepresented chapters
at Assemblies) is a solution much more devastating than
the perceived problem!" said the letter signed by delegate
Kay Herring and other chapter delegates.
also blasted the argument put forth by national leadership
that chapters ought to have the right to pick their own
seems almost unpatriotic to be against locally-led governance,"
she writes, adding:
it is also clear to us that there are strong reasons to
maintain national standards where the final say in running
the Society is determined. There is validity in maintaining
professional national standards. And high national standards,
APR indicates "professional achievement" and "commitment
to the Society and your profession," said the letter,
which was also signed by Catherine Hinrichsen, Randy Hurlow,
John Kvasnosky and Wendy Townsend.
Wisconsin Against Decoupling
Pfughoeft, president of the S.E. Wisconsin chapter, which
includes Milwaukee and which has 317 members, said the chapter
board voted unanimously against decoupling.
has just spent $250,000 on a new test and it's "not
logical" to step back from the APR process at this
time, he said.
Angeles, fifth biggest chapter with 500+ members, has said
it will vote against decoupling.
Dvorak, president of the Colorado chapter, sixth biggest
with just over 500 members, said Oct. 9 the board has not
made up its mind and is polling about 100 members before
attempt is being made to poll 75 non-APRs and 25 APRs, which
is about the ratio of non-APRs to APRs in the chapter.
is not a formal, scientific poll," she said. There
are no plans to conduct a secret ballot vote on the issue.
told the October Tactics of PRSA that APRs have a
"good solid background" and have shown a commitment
to PR and PRSA.
Dvorak and Herring say it has not been proved that non-APRs
would be more likely to attend an Assembly even though the
non-APRs outnumber the APRs by a four-to-one ratio.
of the 116 chapters were unrepresented last year because
no APR could be found in the chapters who would attend the
DEAVER HITS TV NEWS
Deaver, vice chairman of Edelman PR Worldwide and former
deputy chief of staff to Ronald Reagan, ripped TV media
for putting out "produced news" in a recent appearance
said there is no difference between news and other TV programming
produced by networks, in an appearance on "Capital
is produced just like this show is produced," he said
to visibly surprised co-hosts, Alan Murray and Gloria Porcher.
"If you were giving the news, you'd be sitting here
reading the news to us. But you say, 'And now let's go to...'
and you spend all this money with crews out there producing
a story that's being covered."
comments followed a question about his involvement in HBO's
new series "K Street," a show which has blurred
the lines of reality TV and fiction in portraying a Washington,
D.C., lobbying and PR firm. In an appearance on the show,
presidential candidate and former Vermont governor Howard
Dean seeks advice from consultants James Carville and Paul
Begala, who feed the governor a line which he later used
in an actual debate of Democratic candidates.
news were really the news, nobody would watch it,"
Deaver said. "It's got to be entertaining. It's got
to be exciting. It's got to be funny. It's got to be shocking.
And news producers go for the best story they can, and they
give it the most entertaining twist they can in order to
have their ratings better than the other news shows."
who is "informally" advising the Bush White House,
according to Edelman, said body language has become the
key factor among presidential candidates.
SONY NOT SURE ON PR PUSH FOR
is undecided on how it will promote its anticipated PSX
entertainment console, which incorporates a TV tuner, DVD
recorder, CD player, hard-disk drive and PlayStation 2 game
player in a single unit.
Molly Smith, PR director for Sony's computer entertainment
unit, told this NL the company's in-house Japanese marketing
team is overseeing the console release at the Ceatec Japan
2003 trade show last week, adding plans for the U.S. and
Europe have not been decided. PSX is slated for a U.S. release
early next year, but will be sold in Japan by the end of
2003. It is expected to sell for about $700 in Japan.
CEO Nobuyuki Idei said that his company wants to create
a new "genre" with the unit.
noted Bragman Nyman Cafarelli, an Interpublic unit based
in Beverly Hills, and Blanc & Otus, part of Hill &
Knowlton, are the computer entertainment unit's agencies
company used H&K and B&O on the $1 million PR launch
of PSX's predecessor, PlayStation 2, in 2001.
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At least five
top people with a hand in President Bush's PR offensive
have left: trusted
aide Karen Hughes;
press secretary Ari Fleischer;
global PR head Charlotte Beers;
advisor Mary Matalin
and Pentagon voice Torie Clarke.
Adwoman Beers efforts to win favor among Muslim populations
often provoked laughter.
helped craft the "embedded" journalists program.
Columnist Deborah Orin, noting this blood loss, says its
no wonder the press "is putting an anti-Bush spin on
almost anything, as if to make up for the positive reports
from journalists on the frontlines during the war"
a panelled by Edward Djerejian,
Arab specialist and White House spokesman, says "hostility
toward America has reached shocking levels." A new
public relations "team," with some acknowledged
PR leaders and not just ad people and political loyalists,
is needed by the President.
Columnist Robert Novak, writing about the controversy
over the proposed $20 billion contract
between Boeing and the Defense Dept. for refueling tankers,
said the "most shocking admission" in a Boeing
memo was this one: "The [Boeing] team is still working
the art of the possible in terms of obfuscating construction
financing, transaction costs and lease administration."
Obfuscation is an obvious goal of many a financial report
covered the murky, almost unintelligible financial
reports of the Big Three ad/PR giants
in last week's, and many previous, issues. Giving adland
control over financial reports has not been a good thing
for anyone, the companies themselves included. The ad giants
came into PR by purchasing almost every major PR operation
and brought their habits with them. Working via the Council
of PR Firms which they largely fund (through $50K dues by
the top firms), the congloms set out to do their own ranking
of PR firms based only on the claims of the CFOs of these
units. Gone were proofs such as CPA statements; W-3s showing
payroll; account lists; CPA-certified employee totals, etc.
Credibility in these numbers plummeted. Then, faced with
a disastrous 2002 caused by the recession, the congloms
forbade their 51 PR operations and hundreds of ad agencies
from releasing any statistics, citing the new Sarbanes-Oxley
Act. But accounting czar Doug Carmichael (chief auditor
of the Accounting Oversight Board), said employee totals
and payroll costs are not GAAP but merely compilations and
could be released
Omnicom's John Wren was considered as a candidate
for CBS MarketWatch's "CEO of the Year" (10/1
NL), the actual choice went to Meg Whitman of Ebay
account was said to be $4.8 billion
in the 10/8 NL but that was as of 12/31/02. The new balance
sheet of OMC, released Sept. 30, shows goodwill rose to
$5.4 billion as of June 30, meaning OMC has a tangible net
equity of minus $2.5B. The firm does not release its balance
sheet with its earnings reports although this is urged by
the National Investor Relations Institute. OMC s receivables
of $4.1B were exceeded by payables of $6.4B
other media told us
they don't use titles such as "sir" or "lord"
in their reports CBS MarketWatch and The Washington
Opponents of decoupling APR from PRSA offices appear
to be carrying the day.
Attacking national's position that chapters should have
the right to send whomever they wish to represent them,
the opponents rightly argue that the Assembly is a national
body and that national standards should apply. In other
words, chapters can t send anyone they feel like to the
the pro-APRs lose on two other points. They argue illogically
that non-APRs are no more likely to attend an Assembly than
APRs even though the former outnumber the latter by four-to-one.
They also fail to realize that the elitist APRs have turned
PRSA into a profoundly undemocratic organization whose "principles"
hypocritically say PRSA espouses "democratic values."
A third point, which the APRs will never concede, is that
they are not one whit better than the non-APRs...
a vocal APR proponent, the Colorado chapter, is conducting
an informal, person-to-person
poll on decoupling. APR chapter leaders are checking around.
But this violates the first rule of pollingit must
be done by someone who is neutral. An APR agency head who
asks an employee what he or she thinks of APR can pretty
well be assured of the answer... one reason for the
tide against decoupling,
some members tell us, is the 10-month campaign by president
Reed Byrum and president-elect Del Galloway focusing on
this one issue to the exclusion of all others. "They
treat us like we re stupid," said one delegate. The
250 delegates were called by Byrum, Galloway and other members
of a "task force"...
... Byrum named
Kathy Lewton and Grace Leong as
co-chairs of the national conference in New York next year...
Lewton nominating committee is the first in the history
of PRSA ever to push
back the date for accepting nominating materials, based
on research among past nomcom chairs. PRSA is also researching
this and has yet to find any such postponements...
chief marketing officer of PRSA,
whose wife had a baby girl about six weeks ago, is on a
three-month paternity leave-of-absence lasting until about
December. PR director Libby Roberge, who also had a girl,
was due to return last week following a three-month maternity