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F-H PULLS PLUG ON L.A. PACTS.
has decided that it will not seek extensions or renewals
of its controversial contracts with the Los Angeles Departments
of Water and Power and the Port of Los Angeles when they
expire within 90 days.
U.S. attorney's office and Los Angeles county district attorney's
office are investigating allegations that Los Angeles Mayor
James Hahn sought campaign contributions in exchange for
the contracts. L.A. controller Laura Chick has launched
an audit of F-H's $3 million contract with LADWP after refusing
to pay December and January invoices.
Kline, F-H regional manager and GM/L.A., issued a statement
to say the media focus on the contracts diverted attention
from the client's work. "Ideally, public attention
should be on the department's work, rather than on the provider
of its communications services," he said. Kline added
that F-H acted before its representation became an issue
for the clients.
contract with LADWP is up June 30. The POLA business expires
St. Louis-based firm also announced that it will end its
contract with Los Angeles World Airports on May 20. The
firm's contract was to expire Nov. 27, but F-H said it hadn
t done any work for LAWA in two years.
IS UP FOR GRABS.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Dept. of Tourism has placed its
PR account in review. Slay PR, the nine-year incumbent,
will pitch for the work, believed to be in the six-figure
Slay, president of the PR unit, confirmed the review to
this NL and said the move is routine and not the first during
Slay's tenure. Senior account supervisor Luana Wheatley
heads the work.
broke out, essentially in name only, from The Martin Agency
in 2001 to better distinguish the firm from its ad agency
Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are U.S. territories in the
Virgin Islands archipelago. Tourism is 70 percent of the
islands $2.4 billion GDP and two million visitors hit the
beaches there each year.
J. Walter Thompson and Mindshare won advertising duties
for the Islands last year.
Dept. of Tourism is gathering proposals from PR firms for
a "strategic tourism marketing plan" through May
BELL RINGS UP
$1.3M BONUS AT IPG.
Interpublic paid CEO David Bell a $1.3M bonus for last year,
according to the ad/PR conglom's proxy statement released
April 23. The former True North chief, who succeeded John
Dooner on Feb. 27, 2003, earned a $1M salary.
Christopher Coughlin got a $900K bonus $400K of that
amount was a "sign-on" bonus of unrestricted shares
of stock. He joined IPG on June 13, and received $433,333
in pay for the year.
Krakowsky, senior VP-corporate communications, received
a 34 percent pay hike to $375,000. The former Y&R executive
earned more than general counsel Nicholas Camera, who received
$361,250 in pay. Krakowsky's $225K bonus topped Camera's
$220K windfall. IPG also paid its spokesperson $484,250
in long-term compensation.
earned $1,250,000 in compensation, and received a $750K
bonus for work as McCann-Erickson WorldGroup CEO.
marketing officer Bruce Nelson received $600K in pay and
$400K in bonus. Brian Brooks, former chief talent and human
resources officer, got $463,750 in salary, and $160K in
lost $451.7 million last year.
ADVISES AFGHAN PREZ.
The Pentagon has hired the Rendon Group to counsel and coordinate
communications for Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai. The
U.S., according to The New York Times, wants to bolster
the leadership of Karzai by promoting "visible signs
of reconstruction." The paper reports that Karzai's
government, in recent weeks, has issued "choreographed
announcements about hundreds of schools and clinics to be
built or rehabilitated in the next few months."
Karzai and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the country's
defacto CEO, made a media splash on April 17 with a ceremony
to celebrate the planting of 850,000 trees as part of the
"greening of Kabul" campaign.
The U.S. has 15,500 troops in Afghanistan, and has spent
$4.2 billion there since the ouster of the Taliban. It has
lost 110 soldiers in "Operation Enduring Freedom,"
including former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman who
was killed in a firefight on April 22. The 27-year-old Tillman
gave up his $3.7 million football contract, and joined the
Army Rangers following the Sept. 11 attack.
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PS HELPS DIEBOLD'S
VOTING MACHINE UNIT.
Public Strategies is helping Diebold Election Systems with
PR efforts as it faces scrutiny for its role in helping
the U.S. update its voting machines.
Mike Jacobsen, spokesman for Diebold, DES parent, told
O Dwyer's that PS has been working on public affairs and
media relations efforts for the election unit. While Diebold
is based in North Canton, Ohio, its DES unit is headquartered
in Texas, where PS has strong roots.
A voting systems advisory panel in California last week
recommended DES touchscreen voting machines not be used
in November, after a trial run in March primaries yielded
technical and human errors in some counties.
The Maryland Board of Elections has been sued by a voters
group because DES electronic voting machines do not produce
a paper record, and a contractor hired by the state was
able to hack the system. The MBE has certified Diebold's
machines for use. DES is running a $1M outreach campaign,
with ads and PR efforts, in the state to educate voters.
Diebold CEO Walden O Dell's status as a Bush "Pioneer"
and questions about the security of electronic voting have
brought DES to national attention in recent months.
LANDOR BRANDS SAUDI
Saudi Arabia's Supreme Commission for Tourism has hired
WPP Group's Landor Assocs. to develop a "brand identity"
to attract non-traditional travelers to the Kingdom. The
Saudis want more visitors than the annual Haj pilgrims.
Landor may base its work on some of the information posted
on the Commission's website. It promotes "scenic wonders,"
such as the serene beauty of the seemingly endless "Empty
Quarter" desert. Visitors also may enjoy scuba diving,
golf, tennis, ice skating or trips to the Kingdom's "world
class shopping malls."
The Commission also reminds potential visitors about the
importance of "appropriate attire." That means
no shorts for men and an Abaya (full-length black outer
garment) for women.
The Kingdom was rocked by a terror attack earlier this
LOUISON MOVES TO CADBURY.
Deborah Louison has left a senior VP post at APCO Worldwide
to head a new public affairs shop for Cadbury Schweppes
Louison, senior VP and director of APCO's global services,
takes the title of VP of government affairs for CS's new
D.C. hub. The company said she is its first in-house PA
exec in North America.
The London-based food and beverage marketer recently pruned
its nine operating divisions down to five, with its confectionary
and beverage units in the U.S. Key U.S. brands are Dr. Pepper,
Snapple, Dentyne and Cadbury chocolate.
MWW REPS CONTRACTOR
IN PHOTO FLAP.
The MWW Group's Los Angeles office was prompted to issue
a response last week for client Maytag Aircraft Corp., after
the Seattle Times broke word that the company fired
two employees for taking photos of flag-draped caskets of
U.S. soldiers in Kuwait.
Senior VP David Herbst and associate VP Larry Barrios are
handling media for Colorado Springs-based Maytag, which
is a unit of Mercury Air Group.
In a statement issued by MWW on behalf of Maytag president
William Silva, the company confirms it terminated two employees
for violating Dept. of Defense and company policies by photographing
and publishing images of the caskets. Maytag says it "deeply"
regrets the actions and concurs with the Pentagon policy
of "respecting the remains" of fallen soldiers.
Those policies date back to 1991, when the Pentagon banned
media photos of caskets being returned to the U.S.
Herbst was formerly director of corporate relations for
Mercury, earlier in his career.
The Times, which originally published the controversial
photograph of caskets on a plane in Kuwait taken by Maytag
employee Tami Silicio, broke the story of her firing. Maytag
also fired her husband.
Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security has hired The Livingston
Group to help attract anti-terrorism dollars to the Bluegrass
State. The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security recently awarded
Kentucky a $35 million "first responder" grant
that will increase security at venues such as Churchill
Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby.
The state currently is on a "blue" or "guarded"
terror alert condition. That's one below the national "yellow"
or "elevated" threat level. As part of Kentucky's
anti-terror awareness campaign, Louisville will host the
"American Community Preparedness Conference and Expo"
Francis Taylor, the U.S. State Dept.'s coordinator for
counterterrorism, is the keynote speaker.
Bob Livingston, the former House Speaker-designate Congressman;
Allen Martin, his former chief of staff, and William Crosby,
ex-Republican counsel on the House Rules Committee, handle
the Kentucky account.
BARRETT ADDS TO RESUME.
Debra Barrett, who was VP-public policy & senior director-government
affairs at the Generic Pharmaceutical Assn., has joined
The Washington Group as a senior VP.
She also has Capitol Hill, non-profit, White House and
media experience. Barrett handled healthcare issues for
Senate Democrats Christopher Dodd, Chuck Schumer and Pat
Leahy; served as policy analyst at Henry J. Kaiser Family
Foundation; worked at the Domestic Policy Council in the
Office of First Lady Hillary Clinton, and was an assignment
editor/ producer at CNN's Washington, D.C., bureau.
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PRSA INTO VNR POLICY.
The Columbia Journalism Review said PRSA did the
right thing in urging organizations that produce video news
releases to clearly label them, disclose who paid for them,
and for TV stations to identify VNRs and their sources to
CJR credited Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York
Univ., with pressuring PRSA to issue its policy statement
on VNRs. Rosen had criticized the PR industry for failing
to publicly condemn the Bush Administrationas the
American Society of Newspaper Editors had done (NL, 3/31)
for employing a PR representative to pose as a reporter
on a VNR for the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
"In theory, those aren t new standards for the PR
industry, but it's significant that PRSA is now on record
as endorsing them," said CJR, which pointed out PRSA's
statement comes on the heels of CNN's new VNR policy, which
ensures that hereafter local stations will receive VNR footage
separately from general news segments (NL, 4/14).
O Dwyer's asked PRSA spokesperson Cedric Bess about the
more than month delay regarding taking a position about
VNRs. The Society, he said, only decided to go public on
VNRs after receiving "several inquiries" about
whether or not it had a "positioning" paper on
PRSA calls VNRs the television equivalent of a press release,
and notes that they have been used regularly by media outlets
for more than 25 years.
HISPANICS GET NEWS
IN TWO LANGUAGES.
A new study issued by the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington,
D.C., shows a growing number of Hispanics switch between
English and Spanish to get the news.
Rather than two audiences sharply segmented by language,
the survey shows many more Latinos get at least some of
their news in both English and Spanish than in just one
language or the other.
Even fluent English speakers rely on Spanish language media
to get news from Latin America and about Hispanic communities
in the U.S., and half of Latinos who were born abroad get
at least some news in English.
However, in one key segment of the Hispanic populationlikely
voters in U.S. electionsthe English-language media
is the dominant source of news. More than half of Latino
voters (53%) get all their news in English and 40% gets
news from media in both languages while 6% of likely voters
get all their news in Spanish.
Latinos have strong views about the roles the news media
play in society. The vast majority of Latinos, including
those who only get news in English, view the Spanish-language
media as an important institution for the economic and political
development of the Hispanic population.
SHUTTERS TWO PUBS.
Noticias del Mundo, a daily Spanish-language newspaper
printed in Long Island City, N.Y., and circulated in Manhattan,
is being closed down by News World Communications, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
The closing will put about 38 people out of work.
The World & I, a Washington, D.C.-based monthly
magazine, is also being closed by NWC, putting 17 staffers
out of jobs.
Seventeen staffers who work for the biweekly Insight
on the News have been dismissed.
The Washington Times, the UPI news service and The
Washington Times National Weekly Edition were not affected
by the cutbacks.
RUMBO TO START
PUBLISHING IN TEXAS.
Meximerica Media in San Antonio will launch Rumbo, a new
network of Spanish-language daily newspapers throughout
Rumbo, the Spanish word often associated with the Latin
American phrase meaning "heading north for a better
life," will be a daily tabloid built around local news
and a core of common content.
The papers will be aimed at Hispanic men and women between
the ages of 21 and 45, and will include relevant Mexican,
U.S. and international news, as well as sports, entertainment
and lifestyle content.
Meximerica is led by Edward Schumacher, a former managing
editor of The Wall Street Americas and a correspondent
in Madrid and Buenos Aires for The New York Times;
and Jonathan Friedland, previously the Los Angeles bureau
chief for The Journal and a former correspondent in Buenos
Aires and Mexico City, who is group managing editor of Rumbo.
The first four publications will be distributed beginning
at the end of the second quarter of 2004 in select Texas
It plans to roll out additional versions of Rumbo outside
Texas over the next two to three years.
Meximerica is owned by the Recoletos Group de Communication,
based in Spain. Pearson, which owns The Financial Times,
is a principal shareholder in Recoletos.
The GCI Group is handling PR for Rumbo.
THALIA MAGAZINE DEBUTS
Thalia magazine, a celebrity magazine for young Hispanic
women, hit newsstands across the U.S. on April 14. It is
a joint venture between American Media Inc. and former Sony
Music chairman Thomas Mottola and Thalia Sodi, a singer.
Thalia is AMI's third magazine focused on the Hispanic
audience, joining Mira and Shape En Espanol.
The magazine will have a mixture of health, beauty, fashion
and spiritual tips as well as celebrity interviews and aspirational
PRODUCT PLACEMENT FIRM.
Buzz Bags, a New York-based company that specializes in
placing products in hands of trendsetters and the media,
played a behind-the-scenes role in the final episode of
"The Apprentice," which aired April 15.
The producers of Donald Trump's hit show asked Buzz Bags
co-founders, Debra Scott and Jane Ubell-Meyer, to get some
products to put in goodie bags that contestant Bill and
his team would have to assemble as gifts for Trump's friends
and colleagues in the Chrysler Trump Golf Classic Tournament.
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS WELCOME
The school system has become the most targeted arena to
reach young consumers and build brand loyalty.
Marketing research shows teens and tweens have more buying
power than ever before.
Studies show elementary school kids have an estimated $15
billion of their own money of which they spend $11 billion
on toys, clothes, candy and snacks, and mall trotting teens
spend over $170 billion per year on mostly expensive fashion
and consumer device products.
"Smart advertisers are going after these kids in the
junior and high schools, and if it is done right, the school
system may actually like you more for it," said Katy
Saeger, an associate VP at 5W PR in New York, who handles
PR for SchoolSports, a Boston-based magazine.
The ad-supported teen magazine is welcomed by the public
school system, and even more, teachers and athletic directors
are distributing 650,000 copies of the magazine to students
in the junior high and high schools around the U.S.
"Teens and teachers alike are in favor of the magazine,"
said Saeger, who said the magazine is home to such advertisers
as Rocawear, Timberland, Nike, Gatorade and PlayStation.
One reason the magazine has caught on is because of "their
understanding and respect in the public high school system,"
said Saeger, who pointed out that "the topics covered
are not small teen issues that young people mock, these
are real life, raw truth stories and experiences that teens
Some of the recent topics covered include steroid use and
sports for teens and the right to go pro after high school.
The content in SchoolSports also includes articles about
teammates and competitors, nationally and regionally, and
some of the sections are written by teens and their peers.
Story pitches are welcomed by either Rob Bodenburg, editorial
director, or Jon Segal, editor-in-chief. They can be reached
EDITOR NAMED AT SPA
Gary Walther, a 25-year writing and editing veteran, was
named editor-in-chief of Spa Finder Magazine, which
targets active spa goers.
Walther is a former senior editor of Travel & Leisure
and editor-in-chief of American Express Departures
magazine. After he helped start Expedia Travels for
Ziff Davis in May 2000, he worked as an editorial consultant
for Worth magazine and Angeles Publications, a division
of the Tribune Co., where he revamped Distinction
Walther said he will sharpen Spa Finder's focus as the
authority on luxury spas and associated lifestyle pursuits
for affluent people.
He also wants to broaden the magazine's editorial scope
across the range of relaxation, fitness, wellness, beauty
and fashion topics that touch the spa world and interest
National Wildlife, the flagship publication of the
National Wildlife Federation, has been overhauled.
The revamped bimonthly magazine, which was started in 1962,
will continue to provide a mix of top nature photography,
unusual wildlife stories and practical tips for integrating
nature into everyday life, along with new and regular departments
including "Green Consumer" and "Your Health"
that will incorporate tips and hints on leading a "greener"
Mark Wexler, editorial director, is based in Reston, Va.,
magazine and Cognos are sponsoring the 2004 Vision
Awards to recognize companies that excel in business
performance management. The winning companies will be profiled
in Business Finance. Application forms are available online
The Associated Press
is starting a new business news service on June 1
called AP Financial News that will be offered to online
services and Internet portals, as well as to newspapers,
broadcasters and their websites.
The AP said the first customer for the service will be
Yahoo!, which plans to offer the expanded news primarily
within its Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! News properties.
AP Financial News will include more quarterly earnings
announcements, executive changes, regulatory actions, acquisitions
and new product developments for major companies in many
A new team of reporters, led by Ann Sommerlath, a veteran
business journalist, will produce the report. Sommerlath
reports to AP business editor Kevin Noblet.
N.Y. TIMES REVAMPS `SUNDAYBUSINESS.
The New York Times has changed its Sunday business
section. Color pages were added to the revamped section,
and additional editorial content such as personal finance
and technology, plus new columnists including James Fallows
of Atlantic Monthly.
The new section, which made its debut on April 18, is called
Jody Quon is joining New York Magazine on May 3 as
photography director, replacing Chris Dougherty, who left.
Quon had been with The New York Times Magazine photo
department for 11 years, and where she was deputy photo
editor since 1999.
Jeff Bercovici, a reporter for Folio, is joining
Women's Wear Daily as a media reporter.
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IN PR CATEGORY.
Debra Shriver, VP/chief communications officer of The Hearst
Corp., received the Matrix Award of New York Women in Communications
in the PR category at the April 19 luncheon in the Waldorf-Astoria.
Shriver is the chief spokesperson
and chief communications strategist for the company. She
was senior VP, marketing communications, for Hearst Magazines
from 1996 to 1999.
She recently coordinated
communications for the launches of Lifetime, CosmoGIRL!
and O, the Oprah Magazine. Hearst is the largest
publisher of monthly magazines for women.
Shriver was senior VP,
comms., for the Newspaper Assn. of America. Her award was
presented by Cathleen Black, president, Hearst Magazines.
Attending the event were
1,500 executives and employees in the print, broadcasting
and advertising industries in New York.
Other award winners were
Ann Fudge, chair and CEO, Young & Rubicam, presented
by Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Lazard Freres & Co.; Paula
Zahn, CNN, presented by actress Candice Bergen; Alix Freedman,
senior editor, Wall Street Journal, presented by
Mandy Grunwald, Democratic advisor; Martha Nelson, managing
editor, People Magazine, presented by actress Hilary
Swank; Nell Merlino, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence,
presented by Caroline Hirsch, Carolines on Broadway; actress
Bernadette Peters, presented by actor Joel Grey, and Susan
Petersen Kennedy, president Penguin Group (USA), presented
by actress Ellen Burstyn.
ACQUIRES PR FIRM.
Low-carb institution Atkins Nutritionals has bought its
PR firm and named the president as the company's VP of corporate
Richard Rothstein, president
of New York-based Williams Whittle Rothstein PR, told this
NL his 10-staffer shop is now the corporate PR department
for Atkins, which had not maintained such a unit during
its six-year relationship with WWR.
"We were functioning
as its corporate communications department for the last
six years," he said.
Atkins government affairs
and expansive educational efforts, along with corporate
PR, will be coordinated through Rothstein's office.
The company has begun
a search, via Arnold Huberman Assocs., to fill a director
post under Rothstein covering Atkins consumer products.
The company, based in
New York, has launched 100 low-carb brands and aligned with
several food companies and restaurants in the last three
years. Atkins says it will continue that pace through this
M. Silver Assocs. was behind the media hoopla connected
with the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary 2 to New York City.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially welcomed the world's
biggest (longer than the height of the Chrysler Building)
and most expensive (construction cost $800 million+) passenger
liner when it arrived at the West Side Pier 92 on April
22. The New York Times, on April 18, hailed the "arrival
as the second coming for steamship buffs."
Morris Silver told O Dwyer's
, "This is actually the third QM2 launch that we have
been involved in." The New York-based shop handled
the QM2's initial trans-Atlantic trip from Southampton to
Fort Lauderdale. (MSA counts the Greater Fort Lauderdale
Convention & Visitors Bureau as a client.) The QM2 then
traveled to Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival.
The QM2, which barely
fit under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on entering New York
Harbor, was escorted by U.S. Coast Guard vessels and a flotilla
of water-shooting fireboats. Bloomberg was joined at the
welcoming ceremony by Pamela Conover, president of Cunard
Line, and Micky Arison, chairman of Cunard's parent Carnival
Corp. The New York Merchant Marine band and the New York
Maritime College marching band also participated in the
Silver said another maritime
milestone was met when Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 berthed
next to its sister ship. The last time their namesakes were
berthed together was 1940, he said.
Both vessels left NYC
on April 25 after being saluted by a fireworks display by
the Grucci family.
American Express picked
up that tab.
Silver summed up his firm's
work for the QM2, saying, "It's the biggest travel
event of the year."
New York Post gossip
columnist Cindy Adams, who was a passenger on the QM2, wrote
a series of funny pieces detailing the woes of her fellow
travelers during the stormy North Atlantic crossing.
JOELE FRANK'S FIRM.
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is handling media
for Maxwell Shoe Co., which is trying to fend off a hostile
$300 million takeover bid from Jones Apparel Group.
JAG, on April 19, extended
its $20 a share takeover price until May 17. CEO Peter Boneparth
eyes Maxwell's portfolio of shoe brands because of their
range of price points from the moderate to bridge categories.
He also feels Maxwell's AK Anne Klein shoes are a natural
fit for JAG, which markets AK Anne Klein apparel.
Maxwell dismisses JAG's
bid as "significantly inadequate," a feeling held
on Wall Street as the Hyde Park, Mass.-based company trades
in the $22 a-share range. Maxwell also is using MacKenzie
Partners and Integrated Corporate Relations to deal with
Anita Britt, JAG's executive
VP-finance, has not returned a call about her company's
use of outside PR counsel. Her firm markets clothing/shoes
under the Jones New York, Evan Picone, Nine West, Easy Spirit
and Bandolino brands.
Maxwell also owns the
Joan and David, Dockers and J.G. Hook labels.
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starring Ben Affleck as a publicist whose long hours cut
into his family life, is another unflattering movie about
a PR pro.
It's not as hard on PR as last year's "People I Know"
(in which the PR pro was described as a "professional
bootlicker, a sad and regretful man" by one reviewer)
and "Phone Booth" (the publicist lies to just
about everyone including his wife).
Affleck for a while quits the dog-eat-dog world of music
publicity but then makes another stab at trying to get a
job, saying he longs for, among other things, "the
chance to again lord it over magazine editors."
No one knows better
than Hollywood how tough publicists are with magazines
when the mag wants to feature a celeb. A few big PR firms
exercise control over usage of the stars. The mags once
tried to organize against the PR firms but the move disintegrated.
The Edelman PR Worldwide
credible spokesperson survey (4/21) showing the low
standing of "company PR rep" shocked many.
Some wanted to know how wide was the gap between the top
(doctors, healthcare specialists) and the bottom (PR reps
and entertainers). Doctors were rated credible by 54% of
respondents in 2004 while PR reps were so rated by 10% and
On the image of PR,
the mess in the PRSA nominating process (nomcomGate)
is doing neither the industry nor PRSA any good. Dave Rickey,
head of the ethics board, where are you?
Sue Bohle, Michael Cherenson and Anthony D Angelo, new directors
who were the benefactors of a flawed nominating process
last year, should not have voted in March on recommendations
for reform by the governance committee headed by Sherry
Treco-Jones (who promptly resigned).
That was a conflict of interest. The three should have recused
themselves from the vote and the reforms would have passed.
The board also voted against investigating the 2003 nomcom.
Debra Miller, 50th anniversary president in 1997, in 2000
proposed opening the secretive nominating process in which
only a few insiders knew who was on the nomcom and who was
She wanted everything on the PRSA website including debates
about issues. She wanted all PRSA members to be able to
vote on the candidates, which would be easy since PRSA has
the e-mails of most members and the permission to use them.
The pathology of the situation is that the rank-and-file
members (like the population of Iraq) are not used to democracy.
The non-APRs (80% of the membership) have not been able
to vote on anything since 1974. Their opinions have not
The June 4-5 leaders party in New York (costing $100K)
could end the rule of the APRs but the warlords and mullahs
of PRSA (including chapter presidents, half of whom are
APR), fear loss of power. The sacred cow of APR keeps getting
The PRSA board had
a "stealth" meeting April 22-24 in Jacksonville.
It was not posted on the PRSA website. President Del Galloway,
who has championed the cause of corporate transparency and
openness, has not responded to queries about the 8-6 board
vote blocking nomcom reform... the
2004 nomcom, headed by Joann Killeen, is following
the rigid rules that limit candidates to those who have
either voted in the Assembly or served as chapter, section,
district or national committee head. This limits the pool
to several hundred, blocking out about 19,000 other members.
Bear in mind that PRSA loses 5,500+ members yearly, some
of them APRs and ex-leaders. Instead, the nomcom should
look for most prestigious, credible member (or even non-member)
and say, "Please lead us out of this morass. We ll
do anything you say." Question: why are two members
on the 2003 nomcom (Donna Stein and Gail Rymer) also on
the 2004 nomcom?
The 75th anniversary
celebration of New York Women in Communications April
20 featured a panel on "Power is not a four-letter
word." Panelists mostly discussed power in abstract
terms, one of them saying that women get power by doing
a good job.
During the Q&A, we asked whether women did not have
too much power in winning places in college. There are 166
African-American women in college, we noted, for every 100
African-American men, leading to a lack of economically
viable men to marry the women, a high out-of-wedlock birth
rate, and other problems. We said women in high school compile
better records than men partly because they mature earlier.
Panelist Karen House, SVP of Dow Jones and publisher, Wall
Street Journal, said that women are not going to "slow
down so men can catch up." The audience agreed...
House was in the news
last week as WSJ reporters protested at the Dow Jones
annual meeting. They have even held mini-work stoppages
at the paper to draw attention to what they feel are unfair
compensation policies. House and her husband, Peter Kann,
DJ chairman and CEO, got pay hikes of 32% and 58% while
reporters are getting tiny hikes and are being asked to
pay more for their healthcare...
House, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her interviews with
Jordan's King Hussein, was awarded a Matrix by NYWICI in
1991. Alix Freedman, WSJ senior editor, got one this year.
But conservative critics of NYWICI, who say no out-and-out
conservative has ever won a Matrix, say neither House nor
Freedman are "noted for their conservative views."