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TIERNEY GRABS KEYSTONE.
tapped Tierney Comms. for its tourism PR account, part of
a $60M, five-year marketing program for the Commonwealth.
Tierney, part of Interpublic, pitched against a field believed
to be six firms for the PR portion of the work. Mullen,
based in Pittsburgh, was the incumbent for ads and PR and
its contract is due to expire June 30. A joint venture of
Red Tettmer and Harmlin Media won the advertising portion.
Tourism Office issued an RFP in November for marketing,
advertising and PR.
combined billings of advertising and PR are about $12 million.
Nine agencies pitched.
Susan Jacobsen heads the account at Tierney.
HARRIS MOTORS TO McGINN.
Steve Harris, who was VP-communications at General Motors,
has signed on as a senior consultant at The McGinn Group.
He joined GM in `67, and held regional PR posts before moving
to American Motors Corp. in `79. Harris rose to corporate
PR director at Chrysler after its acquisition of AMC, and
left DaimlerChrysler as senior VP-communications.
McGinn, who sold Ryan McGinn to Weber Shandwick, set up
his own shop two years ago to focus on healthcare, environmental
and executive conduct practices.
HHS LOOKS FOR PR FIRM.
The Dept. of Health and Human Services is gathering input
from PR firms that have an "interest and ability"
to bolster a national education campaign on menopause and
constantly changing information on hormone therapy and a
request from Congress, HHS, part of the FDA, wants to raise
public awareness of the "benefits, harms, and uncertainties
associated with the use of menopausal hormone therapy products,"
according to a copy of the solicitation notice.
National Institutes of Health pulled the plug on a large
federal study of hormone therapy this month, citing risk
of stroke for the 11,000 women who were slated to participate
through 2005. A similar study was abandoned in 2002 because
a breast cancer risk was found, and another was aborted
in February over signs of increased asthma risk.
stresses the inquiry is for preliminary information and
planning ahead of any RFP.
Gnall is contracting officer; 301/827-7167.
RENO SHIFTS FROM GCI TO H&K.
Tom Reno has switched from president of GCI Group/New York
to the same post at Hill & Knowlton. The 20-year PR
and financial journalism veteran had headed Makovsky &
Co.'s IR group until he was recruited in `00 by GCI's Bob
Feldman. No successor has been named at GCI.
also worked as managing director of Citigate Comms./New
York, and headed corporate communications at Huberman, Margaretten
& Straus in Miami.
who has counseled Chase Manhattan, Cigna and Citibank, succeeds
Marilyn Castaldi, who left H&K earlier this year for
Columbia U. Med. Ctr.
TOM CRUISES FROM PAT.
Tom Cruise has hired his sister Lee Anne DeVette to handle
his PR. She has replaced Pat Kingsley, whose firm, PMK,
was the movie actor's publicist for the last several years.
DeVette is a publicist at Cruise's Paramount Pictures-based
production company, Cruise/Wagner.
Celebrity columnist Liz Smith said "there are some
in Los Angeles" who believe the Church of Scientology
played a role in the Cruise-Kingsley split.
DeVette immediately issued a press statement denying the
Scientology had caused the split.
CASSIDY FIGHTS FOR
The Los Angeles Air Base Regional Alliance has hired Cassidy
& Assocs. to thwart the Air Force's plan to relocate
its Space and Missile Systems Center from Southern California
to Colorado Springs.
Gerald Warburg, executive VP at the Interpublic unit, is
leading the charge. He is a defense and foreign relations
pro who has served on the staffs of former California Senators
Alan Cranston and John Tunney. Warburg is assisted by Christine
O'Connor, senior associate. She was an observer for the
George W. Bush Florida Recount Team in Palm Beach Cty.
The L.A.-based Air Force facility employs 8,000, and generates
contracts worth $60 billion a-year for 350 aerospace companies,
such as Lockheed Martin, a Cassidy client. The Alliance
has raised more than $700,000 for its lobbying effort.
who headed media relations and corporate comms. for
The Direct Marketing Assn., has left for a senior PR role
at Gruner + Jahr USA.
She was DMA's national spokesperson through well-publicized
battles like the Do-Not-Call list. and efforts to block
Spam e-mail. Amy Blankenship, a director at DMA, told this
NL a search is on for Duffney's replacement.
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Halliburton shareholders want their board of directors to
establish a committee to gauge the potential PR and financial
risks that the company faces by operating in Iran.
The New York City Police Pension Fund and the NYC Fire
Dept. Pension Fund are upsetespecially in the aftermath
of Sept. 11-that their company does business in a country
that the U.S. State Dept. has deemed a state that sponsors
terror. The U.S. Government has imposed sanctions on Iran,
but the shareholders believe that Halliburton violates the
spiritif not the letter of the lawby using a
Cayman Island subsidiary to establish operations in Tehran.
The pension funds will ask stockholders to support their
resolution at the May 19 annual meeting. They proposed a
similar resolution last year, but dropped it after Halliburton
agreed to publish a report about its Iranian business in
the `03 annual report. The company did so and sent a copy
to the NYC Comptroller's office.
Halliburton believes it complied with the agreement made
with the pension funds. Jeff Simmons, press secretary for
Comptroller William Thompson, could not be reached about
why the pension funds decided to sponsor the resolution
Halliburton, in its proxy statement, contends that its
reputation is not adversely affected by operating in Iran,
as it has for "some fifty years."
The Houston-based company shares shareholder concern about
terrorist activities, but believes boycotts and sanctions
are "ineffective, often injuring the economic interests
of the boycotting entity."
Halliburton does not always agree with the policies of
governments where it does business, according to its statement.
"Due to the long-term nature of our business and the
inevitability of political and social change, however, it
is neither prudent nor appropriate for Halliburton to establish
its own country-by-country foreign policy," says the
NOUR SHOOTS PR TO HOOPES.
Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick veteran Robert Hoopes is representing
Nour USA and its effort to regain its $327 million contract
to outfit the Iraqi Army.
The Pentagon cancelled Nour's winning bid following complaints
by losing bidders. They maintain that Nour aced the competitively
bid contract because of close ties between its president
A. Huda Farouki and Ahmed Chalabi, the head of the Iraqi
National Congress. [Burson-Marsteller and its BKSH &
Assocs. lobbying unit have done work for the INC.]
Nour says it won the contract based on merit. The Army
says it cancelled it because of sloppy paperwork. The axed
pact was not, according to the Army, a reflection on Nour.
Hoopes told O Dwyer's he set up his Washington-based business
in October. He had headed the Powell Tate Constituent Action
Network, and ran grassroots campaigns for MCI and Insurance
Agents of America.
MEDICARE VNRs TRASHED
The Dept. of Health and Human Services' VNRs extolling President
Bush's Medicare reform bill are "covert government
propaganda" designed to buff the image of President
Bush, according to a letter sent to broadcast/cable news
chiefs signed by six Senate Democrats.
The letter says it is "critical of an independent
news media" not to air "deceptive material"
because their credibility is at stake. It was signed by
Sens. Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Jon Corzine, Frank Lautenberg,
Debby Stabenow and John Edwards.
The New York Times, on March 15, broke the story
about HHS VNR push which shows actors posing as journalists
praising the bill, and includes photos of Bush receiving
a standing ovation when he signed the bill into law on Dec.
The VNRs were produced by Home Front Communications, and
are not labeled as coming from the U.S., which is spending
$100 million to educate seniors about the bill.
Clinton has called the VNRs political advertising masquerading
as public information.
The General Accounting Office has launched an investigation
to determine whether the VNRs constitute propaganda.
Home Front Communications referred a call from O'Dwyer's
about the VNRs to the HHS. A staffer there said the VNRs
were properly sourced.
TYCO PR EXEC TURNS DOWN
Judith Czelusniak, a former press director for Tyco International,
will not assume the same position at the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., but will be a consultant,
the bank regulator said.
The FDIC, which had refused to discuss the matter publicly
until now, said in a statement that "Czelusniak was
offered the position of director of public affairs at the
FDIC but has decided not to accept. She is being retained
as a consultant and will be advising us on PR branding and
While at Bermuda-based conglomerate Tyco, Czelusniak was
one of a number of executives who got big corporate perks,
according to documents and testimony in the trial of former
CEO Dennis Kozlowski.
During the trial, Tyco's former human resources director
confirmed that Tyco paid $18,500 per month for Czelusniak's
New York apartment, along with $800 per month for a N.Y.
parking space and $4,815 each month in rent on a Florida
Czelusniak said the perks were part of Tyco's executive
Before joining Tyco, Czelusniak, who is 46, worked for
Agro Corp., a maker of farm equipment, and Security Pacific
National Bank in Duluth, Ga. Prior to that, she had been
at The Dilenschneider Group, Morgen-Walke, and Hill &
Knowlton. She ran her own PR firm for a brief period.
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NEWS MEDIA TRENDS.
Declining audiences, newsroom cutbacks, changes in content,
and a focus on profits rather than innovation raise serious
questions about the long-term health of American journalism,
according to a new study of the news media in 2004.
"The State of the American News Media," which
was produced by the Project for Excellence in Journalism,
a research institute affiliated with the Columbia Univ.
graduate school of journalism and funded by the Pew Charitable
Trusts, identifies these eight major trends shaping the
news media landscape:
1. The basic problem in journalism is too many news outlets
are chasing a relatively static, and in some cases a shrinking,
audience for news.
2. Much of the new investment in journalism today is in
disseminating the news, not collecting it.
3. There is more "newsgathering in the raw,"
less double-checking of facts, synthesizing and making sense
of things in journalism than before.
4. Journalistic standards now vary even within single news
5. Unless companies begin investing more in building new
audiences, the long-term scenario for many traditional news
outlets seems problematic.
6. The distinctions between TV and print will increasingly
vanish online. Rather than a threat, this is an opportunity
for journalism to become better and more relevant.
7. The big question is whether the online will be as profitable
as print and TV, and if it isn t, the quality of news Americans
get in the future will almost certainly decline.
8. As news outlets proliferate, people who want to manipulate
the press and public will gain more leverage.
Overall, only three sectors of the news media are seeing
audience growth todayethnic, alternative, and online
media. Meanwhile, the dominant media of the 20th century,
newspapers, network TV and local TV, are suffering steady
long-term audience declines.
"Some people worry the role of the journalist as gatekeeper
over what is fact and what is falsehood has become irrelevent,"
said Tom Rosentiel, director of the PEJ. "We find the
need for journalists to help folks sort things out is greater
than ever. But doing so today is harder, and it's not clear
whether journalists will be able to meet the challenge."
USE PR NEWS.
As special sections manager of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Martha Foster heads a "mini-newsroom" team in
the marketing department that produces about 100 ad-driven
sections a year.
The sections are about festivals, special events, grand
openings of shopping centers, holiday gift guides, and so
She also oversees the production of weekly sections on
the real estate and auto industry and a monthly magazine
for healthcare professionals.
Foster, who was iCD's Media Pro of the Month in March, said
publicists should not rule out the special sections department
when developing a media list. A special sections calendar
is published online at www.ajc.com.
Since many of the sections handled by Foster are for specific
clients, such as festivals, she said content is pretty specific.
But if the publicist handles a rock group that is playing
at the festival, or an artist who is in the festival's juried
art show, "be sure to supply good information to the
festival's PR person, or contact us directly," said
Foster has a strong preference for mail or e-mail pitches
and inquiries about sections.
She told iCD, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based interactive CD
press kit producer, that "diversity and aging"
are hot topics.
"Aging is so hot it sizzles right now as Boomers march
toward 60from extreme makeovers to the size and accessibility
of homes, how we all handle getting older, or caring for
aging parents, and so on," she said.
Foster's mailing address is AJ-C, PO Box 4689, Atlanta,
GA 30302-4689. [email protected].
Alex Ward, editor
of special sections at The New York Times, was named
editorial director, book development, succeeding Susan
Chira, who was named foreign editor.
AgeWise is the title of
a new quarterly glossy magazine that will target residents
of Michigan 60 years and older.
The magazine will offer "readers a local perspective
with the sophistication of a national publication, and promises
to dispel the myths of aging," said Kristine Kletke,
a former community relations director for a retirement community
in East Lansing, who is publisher of AgeWise.
Kletke said the first issue, which will be pub-lished this
August, will be sent free to 20,000 people. The magazine
will start charging $12 for a subscription next year.
Barbara White, editor, is soliciting articles and stories
for future issues from Michigan writers.
She can be pitched at [email protected] or by phone at
AgeWise is at 5460 Curtice, Mason, MI 48854.
The Wall Street
Journal's publishing news beat was assigned to
James Bandler, a former reporter in the Boston bureau, who
got the scoop on the affair between former General Electric
chairman Jack Welch and Suzy Wetlaufer, who was the editor
of The Harvard Business Review at the time.
Bandler succeeds Matthew Rose, who was named the Journal's
Page 1 editor.
Ziff Davis Media will publish a monthly Serbian edition
of PC Magazine.
The new edition, which will target IT professionals in
Serbia/Montenegro and Bosnia/Herzegovina, will offer labs-based
evaluations and recommendations for buyers and influencers
of technology products and services in local markets.
Most of the content and evaluation in the Serbian edition
will be staff written, according to Randy Zane, who handles
PR for the publisher in New York at 212/503-3535.
The magazine will start with a rate base of approximately
Newsweek is starting a
French-language edition this summer.
Newsweek's chief correspondent in Paris, will be editor
of the new magazine, which will feature mostly articles
of stories from the U.S., Latin American and Asian editions,
with less than a quarter being original French content.
Life magazine, which ended
regular publication in 2000, may return as a weekly supplement
in daily newspapers.
Time Inc., which publishes Life, would like to have the
magazine distributed by daily papers published by The Tribune
Co., Knight-Ridder, and the McClatchy Co.
The Tribune publishes 11 daily papers, K-R owns 31 dailies,
and McClatchy has l2 dailies and 18 community newspapers.
The insert would appear in the Friday editions of Newsday,
The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune
because these papers already distribute Parade in
their Sunday editions.
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E.W. Scripps has renamed and reorganized its Washington,
D.C., news bureau, which dates back to 1917 when Scripps
first opened an office to cover the world and provide editorials
for its newspapers.
The new Scripps Media Center will serve as a hub for bilingual,
multimedia content for the company's newspapers, websites,
broadcast TV stations and national networks including Home
& Garden TV, Food Network, DIY and Fine Living.
Karen Timmons, managing editor of the SMC, said the new
name reflects how Scripps has grown from a newspaper concern
to a multimedia news and information company.
"We ve grown from Washington news to lifestyle and
entertainment, from newspapers to TV and online, and from
English to Spanish," she said.
Timmons has organized the center into five teams: business,
magazines, visuals, special sections and news.
The news department, led by Pamela Reevers, includes regional
and national reporters; Scripps-Howard News Service; and
Scripps-McClatchy Western Service. Special sections and
Feature Front paginated pages are led by Wantia Niehaus,
who also manages relations with Scripps Network.
Walter Veazey was named senior editor for the center. The
new editor of HGTV Ideas magazine is Jennifer Sergent.
Pete Turnbull becomes editor for all departments.
ETHICS ADVICE LINE EXPANDED.
The Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists has added a toll-free
number866-Dilemmaand added three more call-takers
to its bank of ethics specialists, raising the number to
seven specialists who answer calls from journalists nationwide.
Casey Burko, who chairs the ethics committee at the Chicago
Headline Club, said more than 300 journalists have called
the line since it was started three years ago as a free
service by Loyola Univ. Chicago and the CHC.
Questions and concerns include: "I am about to do
a story that may cause something to happen."
"Is it ethical to make an appointment to interview
an arsonist sought by police, without informing police in
"Should a reporter write a story about a local
priest who confessed to a sex crime if it will cost the
newspaper readers an advertiser who is sympathetic to the
"Should a newspaper editor forbid his staff to
date news sources?"
"Is it unethical for a reporter to act as a moderator
or panelist at an industry trade show?"
David Ozar, director of Loyola's Center for Ethics and
Social Justice, said "Our goal is not to offer easy
answers to tough issues, but to guide journalists to a decision
based on sound ethical journalism principles."
Lamar Graham, managing editor of Parade magazine,
was named general manager of Parade Publications.
Joe Oldham is retiring as editor-in-chief of Popular
Mechanics on Aug. 1.
Jonathan Durbin, previously a senior editor at Maclean's,
was named managing editor of Paper magazine.
Mark Orwoll, previously managing editor of Travel + Leisure
magazine, joined the international division of American
Express Publishing as executive editor.
Karen Kasler, 37, former news anchor and assignment editor
at WTAM-AM in Cleveland, Oh., was named chief of the Statehouse
News Bureau, which provides daily radio reports to 34 public
stations, and TV reports and the weekly "State of Ohio"
show to 12 public TV stations.
ELEGANT BRIDE MAGAZINE
Elegant Bride, a quarterly bridal magazine, will
be relaunched this summer by Fairchild Publications.
Peggy Kennedy, previously editor of the now-defunct Victoria,
is editor of EB, which Fairchild acquired from Pace Communications
Kennedy sees EB as an upscale complement to Conde Nast's
Bride's /Modern Bride. "The options that successful,
professional women have today are enormousand we are
here to connect with them," she told min.
EB will face competition from Bridal Guide, a bimonthly,
Martha Stewart Weddings, a quarterly, and the twice-yearly
KY. BUSINESSMAN TO START
A SUN. PAPER.
Bill Butler, CEO of Corporex Family of Cos., Covington,
Ky., is majority owner of The Sunday Challenger,
a new Sunday-only newspaper that will begin publication
in late summer or early fall.
The paper will be offered free to readers throughout the
Northern Kentucky region, focusing on households in Covington.
Tom Mitsoff, editor, is currently hiring reporters and
editors from across the county for the paper's 20-person
staff, which will be based in Covington.
Swirl Wine News, a bimonthly, 16-page newsletter,
which just published its first anniversary issue, will add
four pages in late 2004 to accommodate more features, according
to Tom Wszalek, who started the Los Angeles-based publication
SWN, which is targeted at wine lovers, recommends 75-100
different wines, in addition to wine accessories, restaurants,
books, and events in each issue.
Wszalek can be reached at 818/788-7686.
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PHAIR ASSUMES CEO DUTIES
Judith Phair, president-elect
of PRSA, has assumed the president's role after president
Del Galloway removed himself from the CEO duties early last
week because of the critical illness of his life partner,
Dr. Keith Francois, a dentist specializing in oral and maxillofacial
surgery in Jacksonville, Fla.
who was 45, died March 17. The March 19 Florida Times-Union
carried a paid obituary which mentioned life partner Galloway
among survivors, who also include his father, sisters and
had informed its board and chapter leaders March 15 that
Phair will be temporarily acting as president during the
next week or two because Galloway had a "family medical
did not mention Phair's temporary leadership nor the reason
for it on its website until March 19.
posted a story that day and also sent an e-mail to the membership
from Phair saying the life partner of Galloway had died
and thanking members for the compassion and concern they
had expressed for Galloway, Francois and their families.
Galloway is EVP, Husk Jennings Adv. & PR, Jacksonville.
is only the second time in the history of PRSA that a president-elect
has formally stepped in to take over the duties of a president.
Felton, after an interim of several months, assumed the
duties of 1986 president Anthony Franco after Franco signed
an SEC consent decree barring him from insider trading.
said she will only be performing the president's role for
a "short time." She said "It's not unusual
for a president-elect to assume the president's responsibilities
when he or she is absent for a brief time, such as vacations,
hospitalization, and the like."
Trying to Rent 33 Irving
which is moving to 33 Maiden lane, is still trying to rent
14,500 sq. ft. at 33 Irving, brokers said. Phair confirmed
that the space is still on the market. It is being offered
at $17 per sq. ft.
rent has been around $320,000 yearly or about $22 per sq.
ft. The group will have to pay the rent until next February
unless a tenant is found.
Society had a lease on the space that extended to 2009 but
also had an option to cancel the lease as of next February.
The move to 22,000 sq. ft. at 33 Maiden lane is taking place
over April and May. The rent is approximately $20 a sq.
ft., PRSA has said.
said the inducements being given to PRSA for moving downtown
make it a good economic decision even if rent must be paid
on its remaining lease at 33 Irving. The inducements include
a grant of $3,500 to PRSA for each of the 50 staff members.
There are also real estate tax savings and lower fuel and
PRSA officers had complained about conditions at 33 Irving,
including elevator service, odors, air quality and the fact
that sections of some ceilings had fallen. A meeting of
the board of directors in 2003 was shifted to another location
because of the conditions, the 2003 Assembly had been told.
AICPA CAN T FIND `NET DEBT.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
asked about the "net debt" calculations of Interpublic,
Omnicom and the WPP Group, researched the issue and replied
that "net debt does not appear in standard accounting
"Big Three" ad/PR conglomerates have recently
taken to emphasizing their "net debt" as a means
of minimizing their actual long-term debt.
arrive at "net debt" by subtracting cash and cash
equivalents from their total debt figures.
Wolitzer, CPA, who gives classes in accounting for journalists
in behalf of the New York State Society of CPAs, said that
subtracting current cash from long-term debt to arrive at
"net debt" was "wrong."
Wall Street Journal story on IPG March 10 by Brian Steinberg
reported that "net debt stands at $500 million, down
$1.2 billion from the end of 2002." A subhead in the
story said the same thing but left out the word "net."
correction in the WSJ March 16 said "Interpublic's
total debt as of Dec. 31, 2003 was $2.47 billion, down from
$2.64 billion a year earlier. A blurb in the accompanying
article Wednesday incorrectly said the company's debt stood
at $500 million..."
Claims Net Debt of $1.04B
in materials distributed with its fourth quarter report,
said that "net debt" was $1,044B as of Dec. 31,
03, vs. $1,335B a year earlier. OMC has not talked
about "net debt" in previous financial reports.
The "net debt" figure was underlined in the report.
also noted that total debt was $2.59B, up 27.5% from the
debt of $2.03 billion a year earlier. The firm's goodwill,
representing the difference between tangible and intangible
assets acquired, grew 21% in 2003 from $4.85 billion to
IPG REPLENISHES EXEC
Brian Brooks, who resigned Feb. 27 as Interpublic's chief
human resources officer to focus on executive recruiting
for the company, is scouting for a president for Golin/Harris
International's New York office. Richard Wolff had headed
G/HI/New York, but he left to serve as CEO of the Global
Consulting Group. Shep Doniger is acting managing director
of the G/HI office.
to his "Major Projects" exhibit published in IPG's
10-K filing, will search for a successor to Stone Roberts,
CEO of Gotham Inc., and line up candidates to succeed Brendan
Ryan, CEO of Foote, Cone & Belding.
IPG CEO David Bell
has said "attracting, retaining and deploying outstanding
talent" is a priority in his turnaround plan that he
expects to complete by mid-`06.
The troubled ad/PR
conglom will pay Brooks one year of his $495K salary as
part of his "confidential separation agreement and
general release" pact. Brooks bills IPG $400 per-hour
as consultant, and receives 25% commission for the first-year
of total compensation of each executive placed up to a $500K
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We extend our condolences
to PRSA president Del Galloway on the loss of his
life partner, Dr. Keith Francois (page 7).
Since Francois died at the relatively young age of 45,
the assumption being made by many PRSA members is that he
died of AIDS. They wonder if Galloway is at risk. Local
health officials say that only the family can know the cause
The Jacksonville Florida Times-Union carried a paid
death notice March 19 that asked that contributions be sent
to the Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, which was thanked
for its "wonderful ministry."
The paper has run no news story even though Francois was
an expert specialist, board certified in oral and maxillofacial
surgery. Only 3% of dentists achieve this, says Health Grades.
He was valedictorian of his class at the University of Florida.
Another question is whether the patients of Francois knew
he was gay. This is especially relevant in Florida. In a
world-famous case, six of the patients of dentist David
Acer of Stuart, Fla., contracted AIDS from him and four
of them had died by 1994. An AP story said it was never
determined exactly how Acer transmitted the virus to his
The PR on this has
been botched and points up the need not only for full-time
senior PR pros at PRSA h.q. but for ending the APR
rule that blocks 80% of members from running for office.
COO Catherine Bolton should have told leadership in an
e-mail Monday March 15 that Del Galloway's partner was near
death and that he was recusing himself from presidential
Instead, Bolton, apparently with advice from the board,
acted as though PRSA were ashamed that Del was homosexual.
Had a husband or wife of a president been involved, there
is no doubt leaders would have been told this and not that
there was "a family medical emergency." PRSA was
playing its favorite gamewithholding information.
The gay movement wants gays to be treated just like everyone
else. This PRSA did not do.
The second part of
this fiasco is that Bolton said she would take over
Galloway's duties, thus stepping on the toes of president-elect
A half-hearted attempt was made to correct this but the
new order had Galloway asking Phair, other members of the
executive committee and Bolton to "lead the Society"
(instead of just naming Phair).
Phair is not part of the "in group" of PRSA leaders
partly because she speaks to this reporter. She spoke to
us after APR decoupling was defeated last Oct. 25 when both
Reed Byrum and Galloway refused comment. Our 8 X 11 notepad
was stolen a few minutes later from our open conference
Galloway was nothing if not open about his homosexuality.
He and Francois had attended the 2003 conference together
in New Orleans. Francois is remembered because he tried
to revive a woman who collapsed at a Fellows cocktail party
Oct. 25. The woman died later that night.
Galloway, in an article in Tactics<D> and at a meeting
with the PR trade press Jan. 30, said PRSA's diversity efforts
now also include gays and lesbians. He urged PR depts. and
PR firms to employ them.
We sympathize with Galloway but we also would not treat
him differently from any other PRSA president. We re disappointed
in him because he has dropped the APR decoupling movement
that he led last year. He is against making the June 4-5
leaders rally in New York also serve as a brief Assembly
that could end the scourge of APR-only officers. He has
failed to put the fall Assembly within the PRSA conference
(instead of on a Saturday morning). This would save hundreds
of members two extra days in New York. He has allowed staff
to withhold the 2003 member statistics and the number of
people taking and passing the APR test thus far in 2003.
Despite PRSA's nearly endless talk about "strategic
planning," it did not have a successor for PR director
Libby Roberge who left last June. Galloway and ethics chair
Dave Rickey refuse to revise new member materials that fail
to say non-APRs don t have full member rights.
the employer of Steven Lubetkin, the only corporate VP on
the 17-member PRSA board, has been absorbed by Bank
of America which is planning to lay off up to 13,000 employees
in both companies, according to the Wall Street Journal.
BofA and Fleet, meanwhile, are paying a record $675 million
fine to settle charges of illegal mutual fund trading...
We were shocked to
see the dead horse of Johnson & Johnson's alleged "speedy"
withdrawal of Tylenol capsules prancing around in USA
Today March 18 in a letter-to-the-editor. All the PR
in the world cannot change the fact that the Tylenol murders
were discovered on Thursday, Sept. 30, 1982 and J&J
did not order the withdrawal until the following Thursday.
Actually, every product with Tylenol on it had long since
been taken from retail shelves. All J&J did was take
back the capsules that no store was ever going to sell.
Some pharmacists never carried them because the capsules
were so easy to pull apart and corrupt. "The Insider"
movie of 2000 helped perpetuate this myth by talking about
the "instant" recall. It's about time J&J
got a shovel and buried this horse.