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Edition, Dec. 7, 2005, Page 1
CAROLINA ISSUES SAFETY RFP.
South Carolinas Department of Public Safety has issued
an RFP for a firm to develop and advise the states
public education and information campaigns.
The Palmetto State intends to award a two-year contract,
with three, one-year options.
Newman, formerly Chernoff/Silver Associates, which has an
office in Columbia, S.C., was the DPS previous firm.
That pact has expired, said spokesman Sid Gaulden.
Under the new RFP, a firm
must have experience in producing statewide multimedia campaigns,
but is not required to be based in South Carolina.
The DPS encapsulates four
divisions security for the state entities like the
capitol complex, supreme court, Governors mansion;
training and certification of law enforcement; highway patrol
and traffic/vehicle laws, and commercial vehicle law enforcement.
Its last major campaign earlier this year was to encourage
seat belt use.
The state, effective Dec.
9, has changed its seat belt laws to allow for primary enforcement,
meaning drivers can be stopped for not wearing seat belts
or if children are not properly restrained.
The DPS wants a contractor
to brief lawmakers, civic leaders and law enforcement, develop
PSAs and other marketing campaigns and direct conferences,
among other tasks. Proposals are due by Jan. 5.
MARGARITIS MAKES COMEBACK.
John Margaritis, the former CEO of Ogilvy PR Worldwide,
has joined Euro RSCG Worldwide, where he will be responsible
for its Magnet unit.
He had been marketing director at Asprey, the upscale British
jeweler, leather goods and rifle maker.
Margaritis, 56, has taken the newly created executive director
slot at Euro RSCG Worldwide PR. Magnet, which just lost
the services of wunderkind Aaron Kwittken, is his initial
Margaritis exited Ogilvy in `97, and set up his own firm.
Earlier, he was at Fleishman-Hillard (executive VP), Burson-Marsteller
(director of client services) and General Electric (news
5W Public Relations
CEO Ronn Torossian is looking to hire a COO to help
guide the shop that is the fastest growing independent PR
firm, according to ODwyers `04 rankings. The
New York-based firm recently expanded to Los Angeles, and
will open in Miami during the second-quarter of 06.
It has 48 staffers and will report fees in the $5M range
for this year.
WATT GETS JAIL TERM.
A federal judge on Nov. 28 sentenced Ron Watt to 3 ½
years in jail for bank fraud, ending the legal saga of the
62-year-old executive who was once Clevelands leading
The former head of Watt, Roop & Co. was charged with
bilking banks of $1.5M. He did so by cashing in on his reputation
as a pillar of the community, said U.S. District Judge Dan
Watt had told six Cleveland area banks that he received
more than $10M in stockrather than the $30K that he
actually receivedwhen he sold WR&C to Fleishman-Hillard
FOLTA TO LEAD VIACOM
Carl Folta, executive VP of corporate relations for Viacom
who heads all of the media giants communications and
public affairs, will take on a new post to lead the companys
communications activities from the office of its chairman.
Viacom is set to split into two publicly traded companies
early in 2006.
Folta is slated to become executive VP of the office of
the chairman and will be a corporate officer of both companies.
The 48-year-old executive will serve as senior advisor
and spokesman for Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone and is
responsible for positioning and outreach to media, the investment
community and U.S. and international government officials.
New York-based Viacom said Folta will work in consultation
with the boards of both companies and their CEOs
Tom Freston at Viacom and Les Mooves and CBS.
BOLTON RESIGNS AS COO
Catherine Bolton, who joined PRSA in September 2000 as chief
PR officer and was promoted to acting president and COO
in December of that year when COO Ray Gaulke was shifted
to the PRSA Foundation, has resigned effective Dec. 31,
PRSA president Judith Phair and 2006 president Cheryl Procter-Rogers
are appointing a search committee.
PRSAs Assembly, meeting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec.
3 in Chicago, passed several bylaw changes including one
that will let the five-member executive committee serve
as an efficient and flexible extension of the full board.
The Miami chapter had said this bylaw change would turn
the rest of the (17-member) board into eunuchs.
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FENTON PROMOTES VENEZUELAS
Fenton Communications is promoting Venezuelas discounted
oil program for disadvantaged families in Massachusetts,
New York and maybe Maine, an FC staffer told ODwyers.
The deal was brokered by Democrats William Delahunt (Mass.)
and Jose Serrano (NY) with Venezuelas leftist president
Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of President Bush.
The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 30) editorialized against
the plan as a way for Chavez to pay back his Congressional
amigo, a reference to Delahunt. The paper charged
the Venezuela tyrant with using oil to gain
influence in Washington.
FC, according to the staffer who did not wish to be named,
promoted the Nov. 22 press event held in the home of a low-income
North Quincy, Mass., couple that featured Delahunt and Venezuelas
Ambassador to the U.S., Bernardo Alvarez.
They outlined how Venezuela via its Citgo Petroleum unit,
which has deep roots in the Boston market as evidenced by
its landmark sign at Fenway Park, plans to provide 12 million
gallons of oil to low-income families, nursing homes and
hospitals, saving them from 60 to 80 cents a gallon.
Joe Kennedys Boston-based Citizens Energy Corp. will
market the fuel.
According to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the
program is a simple act of generosity to help people
in Massachusetts weather the combined economic storms of
Katrina, Rita and the global oil shortage.
The Boston Globe, however, said the program could be viewed
as slap in the face to the Bush Administration.
Chavez frequently knocks the White House for caring little
for the poor, and is now waging a campaign of petro-diplomacy,
said the BG.
Venezuela also promoted its humanitarian aid to those
who need it with full-page ads in the New York Times,
USA Today, Washington Post and Houston Chronicle, Citgos
EAW SEEKS PAY FROM GAMBIA.
EAW Group CEO John Aycoth was deposed on December 2 in his
federal lawsuit filed against Gambia to recoup the $500K
in fees plus interest from Feb. 02 that he claims
his company is owed for D.C. representation. (A $5M countersuit
lodged by Gambia against EAW was thrown out of court.)
Gambias Ambassador to the United Nations was deposed
on Nov. 28, but other officials cancelled depositions that
were slated that day.
The African state belittles work that Aycoth says he did
for it, such as arranging meetings with Henry Kissinger
and members of Human Rights Watch. Aycoth says he has five
boxloads of work product to back up proof of his representation.
A status conference has been set for Dec. 16
and the deadline for depositions was Dec. 5.
Judge Gladys Kessler of United States District Court for
D.C., who presided over the landmark tobacco trial, is expected
to hear the case next year.
BOLTON NAMED PAGE PRESIDENT.
Roger Bolton, senior VP, communications of Aetna, has been
elected president of the Arthur W. Page Society for 2006.
He succeeds Thomas R. Martin, senior VP and director of
corporate relations, ITT Industries, who was president of
Page two years. Those who are elected president normally
serve two years.
Bolton, a member of Page since 1996, is currently treasurer.
He said the Society, under Martins leadership, significantly
stepped up its ability to serve our members and promote
the Page Principles.
The board of trustees has reaffirmed our mission
of advancing the policy role of the chief PR officer, and
has adopted new goals that will guide our efforts going
forward, he said.
Bolton, SVP of Aetna since 1995, is a member of the Executive
Council, the companys senior management group.
He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Marion,
Ohio after graduating in 1972 from Ohio State University
with a major in journalism. He was then press secretary
and staff director for U.S. Congressman Clarence J. Brown.
He was director of speech writing for the Reagan-Bush re-election
campaign in 1984, joining the Reagan Administration as assistant
U.S. trade representative for public affairs in the Executive
Office of the President.
The U.S. Senate in 1989 confirmed President Bushs
nomination of Bolton as assistant secretary of the Treasury
for public affairs.
From 1991-95, he was director of corporate media relations
at IBM and director of communications for the IBM server
and software groups.
NC LOOKS TO HIKE PR
North Carolina, following an audit of its economic development
efforts, has moved to give PR a more prominent role in its
efforts to market the state to businesses. The states
Department of Commerce has issued an RFP for a PR firm to
improve its outreach to the sector.
The Dept. of Commerce said its in-house PR staff is fully
engaged in day-to-day operations and cant take on
a new project of this magnitude.
In April, NC hired Fleishman-Hillard for a $150K/year assignment
to bolster ties between its military community and private
The state wants a firm with national experience to provide
publicity and perception analysis for marketing North
Carolina as a place to do business. The department
said that must include experience with at least 10 state
or community clients. The work includes assignments like
pitching story lines to major business publications, developing
a comprehensive strategic PR plan, organizing press trips,
among other tasks.
Term of the anticipated contract will run from January
1, 2006 to Dec. 31. There are two one-year options. Proposals
are due Dec. 19.
Questions should be sent to purchasing officer Brenda Allen
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TV SHIFTS TO FOX.
Fox News will air Dow Jones & Co.s Journal
Editorial Report, which completed its run on the Public
Broadcasting Service on Dec. 2, next month.
The half-hour program will be hosted by Wall Street Journal
editorial page editor Paul Gigot and members of the papers
Fox says it approached
Gigot months before the show figured in the storm surrounding
the ousting of former Corporation for Public Broadcasting
chair Kenneth Tomlinson.
He had brought JEP to
PBS to add more conservative programming to offset what
he viewed as public TV's liberal tilt.
A six-month probe by CPB
inspector general Kenneth Konz charged Tomlinson violated
his fiduciary responsibilities by dealing directly
The CPB distributes taxpayer
money to stations to fund original programs, but is not
supposed to decide on what gets on the air.
The Konz report says the
$4.1M that CPB gave to DJ&C was way out of line with
what other programmers got.
DJ&C claims it pulled
the show from PBS because top stations would not air it.
PBS denies that.
FRANCE EYES RIVAL TO
The Government of France plans to launch a 24-hour satellite
TV service to present its slant on world events in the second
half of 06.
The world affairs-oriented station will be beamed around
the world in French, Arabic, and English. Spanish is expected
France's cultural minister, Renaud deVabres said the station
will be heavy on French values.
President Jacques Chirac said the channel is necessary
to position France in the "front rank in the global
battle of images."
NEUHARTH PAPERS TO LIB.
The Library of Congress has acquired the papers of Al Neuharth,
a key architect of Gannett Co. and founding editor of USA
Today and Florida Today.
Neuharth, 81, called the acquisition an honor.
He presented Librarian of Congress James Billington with
the first three items of the collection on Dec. 1.
They included the first edition of a South Dakota sports
weekly, SoDak Sports, that Neuharth, then with the Associated
Press, founded with Bill Porter in 1952. The paper folded
in two years.
Second, he presented a 1969 edition of Today, the first
paper microfilmed and taken to the moon on Feb. 5, 1971.
Neuharth also presented an original first issue of USA
Today, dated Sept. 15, 1982.
Neuharths papers will reside in the Librarys
Manuscript Division, where works from Katharine Graham,
Henry Luce and Joseph Pulitzer are archived.
Neuharth joined Gannett in 1963 as a GM and is credited
with turning the chain of small-town newspapers into a billion-dollar
media conglomerate. He retired from the company in 1989.
CHRISTINA LA REVISTA
Christina La Revista, the No. 2 Spanish-language womens
magazine, is to shut down Dec. 31 after 15 years of publication.
The magazine of Hispanic TV talk show host Christina Saralegui,
who is known as the Oprah con salsa, is being
shut because of contract haggling with the publisher Editorial
Christina La Revista has a monthly circulation of 88K.
That is topped only by Vanidades.
CRAIN PLANS NEW FINANCIAL
Crain Communications will publish a pilot issue of FinancialWeek
on June 5 to target the niche between general business publications
and specialized financial magazines.
The plan is to begin publishing every other Monday starting
in September and moving to a weekly basis in January.
William Bisson, publisher of Pensions & Investments
and InvestmentNews, gets that title at FW. He promises a
paper with immediacy that captures the flair and drama
of finance, yet consistently serves as a working tool for
FW topics will include the latest in financing techniques,
risk management, accounting, corporate governance, information
technology and compliance.
The paper will be based in New York, and printed on high-quality,
Its controlled 55K circulation will be composed of chief
financial officers, investor relations directors, treasurers,
controllers and corporate secretaries. A sub will fetch
LAFFOON POKES JOURNALS
Polk Laffoon, VP-corporate communications at Knight Ridder,
has ripped a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece by John Ellis
about the prospects of the media combine that has put itself
up for sale.
Ellis opined on Nov. 19 that potential suitors have expressed
zero interest in KR. That statement came after
KR announced on Nov. 14 that it is using Goldman Sachs to
explore strategic options.
The ink is hardly dry on the press release and Mr.
Ellis, with no substantiation, pronounces game over,
wrote Laffoon in a letter to the editor published Nov. 29
in the WSJ.
Laffoon took issue with Ellis point that KR publishes
second-rate newspapers. He wrote: Can
there be reasonable doubt that the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Miami Herald and San Jose Mercury News, to name three of
many, represent a collection of first-rate newspaper franchises
whose impact on their respective local communities is unique
and of enduring value?
Laffoon highlighted the chains 84 Pulitzer Prizes,
and industry praise for KRs Washington, D.C., bureau
for its skepticism concerning the buildup to the Iraq
War or the lack of planning for its aftermath, while so
many first rate newspapers bought the government's
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NAMES FORMER INTERN AS EDITOR.
Harpers has named former intern Roger Hodge to replace
Lewis Lapham as editor of the 155-year-old magazine.
The 38-year-old Hodge
joined Harpers as an intern in 1996 and has been deputy
editor since 2004.
Lapham edited the magazine
for nearly 30 years, from 1976 through 2005, with breaks
in 1981 and 1983. He said hell retire in the spring,
but will continue to pen the Notebook column.
Hodge told the New York
Times that he no plans for major changes. But John MacArthur,
president and publisher of Harpers told the paper
that it is very important to ramp up the journalism
in the magazine and develop a more serious presence in Washington.
retail and consumer news editor for Bloomberg News, has
joined AARP The Magazine in Washington, D.C., as features
editor for personal finance.
He was formerly general editor of Bloomberg Personal Finance
and senior editor for Entertainment Weekly.
deputy editor of the Financial Times, has been named U.S.
managing editor. The 37-year-old Canadian succeeds Lionel
Barber, who was named editor of the paper this month.
Freeland will move to New York in 2006.
She was formerly deputy editor of The Globe & Mail
(Toronto) and earlier was UK news editor, Moscow bureau
chief and Eastern Europe correspondent for the Times.
has added Geoff Wolinetz,
Nick Jezarian and Josh Abraham, all of YankeePotRoast.org,
as contributing editors to the humor magazine and its website.
movie critic for Slate and National Public Radios
Fresh Air, has joined New York magazine as its
new film critic, beginning in January.
the mags current film reviewer, plans to join Entertainment
Weekly as editor-at-large in January.
Edelstein has penned reviews for the Village Voice, New
York Post and Rolling Stone. New York editor Adam Moss praised
the hire and said Edelstein will also be put to work on
nymag.com, which is being re-launched.
was promoted to associate publisher of Sport Fishing and
to associate publisher of Marlin magazine. Both are outdoor
titles from World Publications.
has joined Clevelands WOIO Channel 19 as news director.
The 43-year-old exec was general manager of KOIN in the
west coast city of Portland. He succeeds Steve
Doerr who left in September to join Audience Research
Bill Applegate, general manager of WOIO, said Salamone
has the ability to move the needle.
has been named executive editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch.
He had been at the Star-Ledger in Newark, responsible for
Proctor was at the Akron Beacon Journal for 10 years.
VP of strategic planning and new media at The (Nashville)
Tennessean, has joined the San Francisco Chronicle as VP
an analyst and program manager for Consumer Reports
appliances and home improvement unit, is interested in up-to-the-minute
new product information, exclusive pre-launch, if possible.
Her staff follows product trends and is responsible for
recommending new products for testing and reporting.
Products covered by the A&H unit include vacuums, humidifiers,
smoke alarms, cleaning products and paints, among others.
E-mail is her preferred method of contact; [email protected].
a quarterly magazine that covers womens healthcare
and includes content from members of the Association of
Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, debuted
on newsstands for the first time on Nov. 29.
Publisher Healthspring Communications, which is now offering
subscriptions to consumers for $13.95/year, said the magazine
was made available as a direct response to consumer demand.
HC also publishes a Spanish-language edition called Toda
The Association represents 22K nurses in the U.S.
plans to produce a 3-D cover for the front page of its May
06 issue to celebrate the magazines 1,000th
issue. The cover will show a collage of movers and shakers
that have had a major impact on the country's cultural and
political scene. The cover is the brainchild of Jann Wenner,
founder of the magazine.
The special edition will have an expanded rate base, up
from 1.4M to 1.5M.
Officials at Oak Ridge
High School (Tenn.) seized all 1,800 copies of the
schools paper, The Oak Leaf, because it contained
an article about birth control and tattoos.
The birth control piece had success rates for various methods,
while the other item featured a picture of a student with
a tattoo that her parents didnt know about. The paper
may be reprinted minus the offensive items,
said school officials.
According to USA Today, University of Tennessee J-School
professor Dwight Teeter, blasted the seizure of the papers.
Either the students are going to have a voice, or
youre going to have a PR rag for the administration,
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OF PR FIRMS
ACQUIRES DITTUS COMMS. IN D.C.
Financial Dynamics, which entered the Washington, D.C. market
two years ago, has acquired D.C.-based Dittus Communications,
a 12-year-old public affairs firm.
of the deal were not disclosed. Dittus billed over $8M in
2003 with a staff of 59, according to ODwyers
rankings. The firm did not submit figures for 2004.
will retain its name with the tagline a Financial
Dynamics company. Gloria Dittus, who founded and heads
the firm, continues in that capacity while joining the FD
board of directors.
said the move allows her firm to offer its services to a
broader set of clients and add a global reach to current
accounts. Stan Collender heads FD/D.C.
IN POWER TO THE PEOPLE PUSH.
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is guiding Montana
Public Power Authoritys $32.50 a share bid for Northwestern
Energy, which emerged from Chapter 11 in 04.
The Authority is a non-profit
organization of utilities in Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena
and Missoula formed to bring NWEs assets under local
control. Citigroup Global Markets wants to finance the $1.2B
MPPA claims a majority
of Montanans support public ownership of public utilities.
The Authority maintains
that as part of a non-profit, NWE could withstand the pressures
to meet the financial demands of Wall Street. MPPA also
vows to return NWEs headquarters to Butte. NWE calls
Sioux Falls, SD, its home.
NWE serves 620,000 customers
in Big Sky Country, South Dakota and Nebraska. It is mulling
a competing offer from Black Hills Corp. Kekst is counseling
the Rapid City-based utility that offered up to $35 a share
for NWE stock on Nov. 23.
GUIDES FEDERATED THROUGH PROBE
MWW Group is serving as outside PR and IR counsel to Federated
Investors, a top investment manager which oversees more
than $200 billion in assets and has been targeted by federal
and state probes over its mutual fund trading.
on Nov. 28 settled Securities and Exchange Commission and
New York State charges for $100M regarding so-called market
timing and illegal late trading in mutual funds. That fine
has three Federated units surrendering $27M in gains (it
had already paid back $8M) and paying $45M in fines.
New York Attorney General
Elliot Spitzer has pursued several prominent investment
houses over mutual fund trading since 2003.
Gold & Associates, Torrance, Calif., has affiliated
with the U.K.-based Whiteoaks
International Network, a group of 12 PR firms across
12 countries. BG&A is the groups only North American
member. Whiteoaks members include high-tech firm The Whiteoaks
Consultancy (U.K), AE Consulting (Ireland) and Eastwei (China).
Schwartz & Co., New York/Next Step Magazine,
teen publication distributed to high schools; Michael Kelly
and Assocs., executive and board search firm focused on
healthcare and financial sectors, and Ensemble Branded Business
Entertainment, management company which handles marketing
for business book author.
New York/Braintree Laboratories Axid Oral Solution,
duodenal ulcer treatment, for marketing communications.
LLNS is an Omnicom unit.
Washington, D.C./Seawright Holdings, spring water bottler
slated for a 2006 launch, for PR.
& Associates, Washington, D.C./Leadership Conference
on Civil Rights Education Fund, head of a coalition promoting
awareness of Congressional reauthorization of the Voting
Rights Act and a need to extend and strengthen the law,
which was last authorized in 1982 and groups in the LCCRF
coalition say loopholes have been attached and new forms
of discrimination have surfaced since the law was last authorized.
Communications, Baltimore/R&R Events, event production
firm, for marketing and PR support.
Group, Atlanta/Brasfield & Gorrie, general contractor,
for production of a book about the completed Georgia Aquarium;
IBT Enterprises, branch design and construction services,
for PR; Leica Geosystems surveying and engineering
division, for PR and marketing, and Nokia Field Operations,
for internal, external and online communications.
Communications, Atlanta/Telarix, maker of interconnect
business optimization software for the telecom sector, for
messaging, content development, media relations focused
on trade press.
Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, Orlando/ Florida
Concrete & Products Assn., for a year-long PR, lobbying
and publicity campaign primarily focused on the benefits
of using concrete in highway construction and repair. FC&PA
represents 175 companies in Florida.
Weinkrantz and Co., San Antonio/Discretix Technologies,
Israel-based maker of security technology for mobile devices
and flash-based storage.
& Associates, Irvine, Calif./HostedSupport. com,
online customer service support automation for small businesses,
as AOR for PR.
Sports Marketing & Publicity, Los Angeles/ Antonio
Gates, professional football player for the San Diego Chargers,
for PR representation and sports marketing. Gates, a tight
end, joins Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez on
the EAG roster.
Communications, Los Gatos, Calif./BT Exact, IT operations
unit of BT Group., for global external communications.
Shandwick, Hong Kong/Computer Associates, as AOR
for PR in the Asia Pacfic region.
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LOCK UP FINANCING.
Two companies focused on the video services sector have
finished up recent rounds of financing.
York-based Critical Mention, which markets a web-based video
search platform of cable and network TV programming for
PR pros, raised more than $4M in a recent Series B preferred
stock round led by CIBC Capital Partners.
investors included Silicon Alley Venture Partners and Stonehenge
said the new cash will go toward expanding its data collection
network, increased sales and marketing and new product development.
York-based The NewsMarket, which hosts a digital archive
and delivery system of video for use by reporters, recently
wrapped up its third round of venture financing. Funding
was not disclosed.
DEPT. WANTS EVENT PLANNER.
The U.S. State Departments Office of Logistics Management
is looking for an event planning firm for a series of career
panel presentations and one-on-one networking events aimed
at recruiting business professionals and students to its
civil service and foreign service programs.
Nine events are planned,
with five set for the first three months of 2006. About
150 people are expected for each event.
The State Dept. expects
a firm to conduct outreach to prospective attendees and
organize events for Atlanta, San Antonio, Houston, Miami,
and Chicago, among other cities. Technical knowledge and
approach, past experience, federal references and price
are among factors.
Quotes are due by Dec.
13. Questions go to Gwendolyn Mansfield in the Office of
Acquisition Management at [email protected].
TO GET MATRIX.
Beth Comstock, corporate VP and chief marketing officer
of General Electric, will be given a Matrix Award of New
York Women in Communications on April 3, 2006, at the Waldorf-Astoria.
Seven other women will
be honored for extraordinary achievements in the communications
Comstock, who became GEs
VP of corporate communications in 1998 and later took the
title of chief marketing officer, is the winner in the category
that has had a number of PR executives as winners.
Madeline de Vries of DeVries
PR was the 2005 winner and Debra Shriver, VP and chief communications
officer of The Hearst Corp., was the 2004 winner.
Comstock was VP of NBC
News communications from 1993-96, when she became senior
Other 2006 Matrix winners
are: Jill Abramson, managing editor, New York Times; Candace
Bushnell, author; Geena Davis, actor; Joan Hamburg, WOR
Radio personality, and Renetta McCann, CEO, Starcom Mediavest
Group; Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour magazine,
and Katherine Oliver, commissioner, Mayor's Office of Film,
Theatre and Broadcasting. Ellen DeGeneres will receive a
special Humanitarian Award.
Jane Sabiston, chief of staff to Sen. Mary Landrieu
(D-La.), to Marmillion + Co., Baton Rouge, La., as a VP.
Sabiston, who worked with president Val Marmillion on the
staff of former Sen. and Rep. John Breaux, has also been
named political director for Marmillion/Gray Media. She
also worked for Rep. Bill Tauzin (R-La.), who now heads
PhRMA. Marmillion has offices in D.C. and Los Angeles.
Conconi, a TV and print journalist with more than
40 years of experience, has joined Qorvis Communications
as senior counselor in D.C. He will handle crisis management,
corporate reputation and media training. Conconi joins from
The Washingtonian, where he spent 14 years as editor-at-large.
Previously, he was at the Washington Post for 13 years.
Conconi said hes eager to see how the symbiotic
relationship between journalism and PR works from the other
end. He is the author of The Washington Sting,
with the late Supreme Court spokeswoman Toni House.
Riccards, VP and practice director at Widmeyer Communications,
to Whitney University, Dallas, as VP of corporate positioning.
He oversees marketing, branding and constituency outreach
for the American College of Education, New England College
of Finance, Early College and the Whitney International
University System. Richards was previously Capitol Hill
press secretary for Sen. Robert Byrd (D.-W. Va.) and Rep.
John Olver (D-Mass.)
Devlin, director of communications at Boston College,
to Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, as VP of marketing
and comms. Devlin was formerly director of relationship
management for Case Western Reserve Univ. and senior director
of comms. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
was promoted to VP of government affairs and community outreach.
Wheatcroft, senior A/E, Berkman Comms., to Formula,
San Diego, as an A/S. Her accounts include Littler Mendelson,
Vertis and the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board. Alex
Anzalone, assistant A/E, The Blaze Co., joins in
that same title.
Teller to chief client officer, a new post at Financial
Dyanamics, based in Chicago. Teller, 54, continues as managing
director for FD/Midwest.
Georges to partner, Glover Park Group, Washington,
D.C. She has been president of the firms New York
office since 2003 and had handled the fight against the
since-defeated West Side Stadium and the United Federation
of Teachers push for a new contract in New York City.
She was formerly communications director for the New York
City Dept. of Education and state director for Sen. Hillary
Clinton. Georges works alongside Howard Wolfson, Clintons
former spokesman and a GPG partner in New York.
Dillon to VP of corporate communications, a new position
at restaurant operator/franchiser OCharleys
Inc., Nasville, Tenn.
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leadership said the bylaw only formalized what had been
going on for many years and that no actions would be taken
by the EC without the approval of the full board.
was an hour and a half debate at the start of the Assembly
on whether proxy votes should be counted. The proposed agenda,
starting off with two hours of presentations by Society
leaders, was changed to allow immediate debate.
from several of the seven chapters in Florida made the most
comments against the use of proxies. A recording and transcript
of the full debate is to be made available by PRSA in the
next few weeks. Electronic devices were used for voting
but there were no motions for revealing individual votes.
delegates said that in the future delegates should spend
most of the day talking among themselves, perhaps in focus
groups, and that presentations by leaders should be kept
to a minimum.
bylaws that passed included changing the term of directors
from three years back to two years starting in 2007 after
four years of the longer terms.
said it was hard to find members who could commit to three
years. They also said that the breaking in period
for new directors had been shortened via increased efforts
move to require new chapters to have 20 members instead
of 10 was defeated as was a proposal to let delegates serve
three one-year terms instead of one three-year term. PRSAs
PR Body of Knowledge was terminated.
Proxy voting was allowed
after the extensive debate. Present in person were 159 delegates
while 81 were represented by proxies.
There was no discussion
of the end of the printed One Source Directory which has
drawn criticism from some members. Treasurer Rhoda Weiss
said PRSAs finances are in good shape.
Supporting the boards belief that proxy votes were
not only legal but required, were PRSAs longtime law
firm of Moses & Singer, New York; Venable, Washington,
D.C., retained earlier this year, and Mark Schilansky, parliamentarian
who started working for PRSA in 2004. They argued that New
York State law, which allows proxy voting in organizations
unless there is a specific prohibition against this, forced
PRSA not only to count proxies but actively solicit them.
Opponents argued that
if PRSAs bylaws allowed proxies, there would be a
section in the bylaws governing numerous details on what
written form proxies would take and how they could be tendered.
Since no such rules exist
in the bylaws and PRSA follows Roberts Rules which
bars proxies, the opponents said this was sufficient prohibition.
Also, they noted, the
Assembly Handbook says delegates must be present for
all votes during the day of the Assembly meeting.
The dissidents challenged PRSA leaders to produce case law
on the subject after COO Catherine Bolton told a Nov. 23
teleconference that there was such case law.
Jeffrey Tenenbaum of Venable
produced such a case on Friday, Dec. 2, the day before the
Assembly. The case involved a 1983 ruling by Supreme Court,
Queens County, that said proxy votes were valid in an election
of the Woodside Republican Club.
Incumbent officers of
Woodside rejected several alleged proxy votes
that would have resulted in a tie for president. The side
voting the proxies sued to have the election overthrown.
Justice Sol R. Dunkin ruled that proxies could be used in
a new election. He said Roberts Rules were merely
advisory and could not be used to deprive
members of such an essential and fundamental right.
Some PRSA delegates, noting
that Section 609(a) of the Non-for-Profit Corporation Law
says, Every member is entitled to vote by proxy...
said this could mean that all 20,700 members of PRSA have
the right to participate via proxies in elections and changes
Bolton at the end of this
year will complete six years as COO. She joined the Society
on Sept. 5, 2000 as its first chief PR officer
from the International Copper Assn., where she was VP of
Previous posts were at
Akzo Nobel, Netherlands-based healthcare and chemical firm;
WNET-TV; Princess Grace Foundation; Six Flags Corp., and
Dow Jones (executive sales).
Bolton, who filled a PR
post at PRSA that had been vacant a year, received a $30,000
raise in 2004 to $294,168. Her pension payment was the same
at $28K. Her 2005/06 salaries are not revealed.
She was named COO in November
2000, after COO Gaulke, who had just started a five-year
contract, shocked the 2000 Assembly by announcing he was
leaving PRSA to join the PRSA Foundation. PRSA continued
to pay him an undisclosed sum for the next four years. Reportedly,
he received one year of pay spread over four years. Bolton
became president and COO as of Feb. 1, 2000. The presidents
title was then assumed by Kathy Lewton. PRSA, for the second
time in its history, dropped the title of chair
for its top elected officer and reverted to president.
Started vs. Doe
Both Bolton and the PRSA
board last October sought the identity of a person (almost
certainly a staff member) who wrote an e-mail critical of
Boltons management skills. The identity was needed
for the possible purpose of filing a lawsuit charging libel
and defamation, New York State Supreme Court was told.
The Court removed the
board from the legal action saying there was no evidence
the offending comments were received by anyone but the board.
the sender of the e-mail, fought release of his or her name,
resulting in a front page story in the New York Law Journal
and a half-page reprint June 9 of the Courts decision
that provided the name of owner of the e-mail address to
PRSAs law firm. Had Doe appealed the decision,
it would have been a precedent-setting case in New York
and subject to wide attention, the Law Journal noted.
Edition, Dec. 7,
2005 Page 8
PR news at the moment is the military pay-for-play
scandal that broke in the Los Angeles Times on Nov.
30 and the New York Times the next day.
Its alleged that
the Lincoln Group, a PR firm based in Washington,
D.C., headed by businesspeople and former military
officials, according to the NYT, is sending articles
written by American troops to be placed in Iraqi news media
via advertising agencies.
Faced with a storm of
criticism, the top military spokesman in Iraq, Major General
Rick Lynch, said that insurgents are also using the media
to advance their goals.
He made this accusation
about Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who heads Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia.
The U.S. Governments
role in placing the articles, while open at first, later
became hidden, an unidentified Pentagon official told the
PR leaders were quick
to denounce the purchase of editorial space in any
This is utterly unacceptable behavior, said
Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman.
He called pay-for-play a perversion of
our business that cannot be allowed.
Said Edelman: We dont buy space. We dont
pay journalists to be on our side.
We dont fake out media by pretending that we dont
know much about our client, working under cover of night.
We dont say there is only one side to a story.
Thomas Martin, president of the Arthur W. Page Society,
said, The practice of paying for what appears to be
editorial placements is wrong, and is inconsistent with
Page Principles, whether done in Iraq, the U.S., or anywhere
in the world.
PR people need to make clear the source of
any advocacy campaigns and any relationships, paid or otherwise,
between advocates and those supporting them, said Martin.
PR pros also noted that U.S. law forbids the military from
carrying out psychological operations or planting
propaganda through U.S. media outlets.
Some PR pros thought that what Lincoln is doing is not
much different from U.S. media running advertorials
or carrying sponsored articles or using video news releases
without prominently mentioning the source of such materials.
No one is saying that what we released and advertised
in Iraq is not correct, said Ron Levy, who heads Episodic
PR, New York, which supplies prepared editorial materials
PRSAs new bylaw
allowing the executive committee to be an extension
of the board flies in the face of Sarbanes-Oxley, which
many groups are voluntarily adopting in anticipation of
a non-profit SOX.
SOX wants the full board to govern a company, not just
the chair and a few close associates. SOX also wants independent
directors on boards to provide perspective and objectivity...major
changes at PRSA are in the wind with the arrival of Cheryl
Procter-Rogers as president on Jan. 1 and the planned departure
of COO Catherine Bolton.
The administration of Judith Phair was the most tight-lipped
we have ever seen at PRSA with directors forbidden to express
any opinions about PRSA or even PR.
Communication was blocked in many ways including obtaining
opinions from members via blast e-mail. Assembly delegates
were not posted on the PRSA website until one month before
the Assembly, blocking interaction.
The John Doe case was withheld from members
until it burst in the New York Law Journal and members didnt
learn of the end of their printed One Source directory until
from Time Warner, which has a great journalistic
tradition, could be different. Will new directors be forced
to take the usual oath of silence?...the
Assembly used proxies for the first time Dec. 3 but
we wonder if they will be used again. Two law firms and
parliamentarian Mark Schilansky strongly supported PRSA
leaders in allowing proxies. But Section 609(a) of the New
York State law, as we interpret it, means that all 20,700
members of PRSA could vote by proxy. Judge Sol Dunkins
decision in a case involving the Woodlawn Republican Clubs
1982 elections said that members of a group
are not to be deprived of such an essential and fundamental
right as voting ...this
case law supporting proxy votes that was finally
dug up on the day before the Assembly does not seem too
relevant to proxy voting in the Assembly. If several
proxy votes were counted, a tie for the presidency of the
political club would have resulted. Those attempting to
vote by proxy sued after the incumbent leaders rejected
Proxies were said to be an unalienable right by Justice
Dunkin for members of a group.
But the Woodside Republicans were just voting on one slate
vs. another, an either/or matter.
Assemblies of PRSA consider complicated changes to the
bylaws. If significant amendments are made, a directed proxy
cannot be changed.
The last major search
for a COO took six months. Korn/Ferry International
helped find Ray Gaulke, an executive at the Newspaper Advertising
Bureau. He was at the Marsteller ad agency from 1965 to
1979, rising from a copywriter in Chicago to general manager
in New York in 1969 and president in 1975.
In 1983 he joined Gannett Media Sales as president and
publisher of USA Today Weekend. The K/F search cost $40,000
in fees and $5,100 in expenses. There were also expenses
of members of the PRSA search committee...Gaulke
received a signing bonus of $25K. His salary was
$150K for each of the first two years with a pension of
$14K each year. His contract included four weeks of vacation
and a bonus if PRSAs revenues and membership should