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Edition, May 2, 2007, Page 1
L.A. SEEKS FIRM FOR HIV WORK.
Angeles County has an RFP out for a PR firm to promote its
HIV education and AIDS drug assistance programs.
RFP, issued on April 17 and available on the countys
procurement website, has a short two-week turnaround with
pitches due on May 1.
county wants a PR firm with experience in HIV issues to
develop and execute a media relations plan for its prevention
and treatment programs, along with its HIVLA.org website
through the end of 2007. A second component for creative
work could be subcontracted or handled by the PR firm, according
to the RFP.
County, home to an estimated 59,000 HIV/AIDS cases, estimates
total marketing value of the contract not to exceed $1.5M.
county rejected bids to guide an HIV social marketing effort
late last year following an RFP process.
OGILVY LANDS OMGEO ACCOUNT.
Ogilvy PR Worldwide has won a competitive review for financial
services and software company Omgeos six-figure PR
Ogilvy bested Blanc & Otus and MWW Group to serve as
U.S. AOR for the Boston-based company.
Omgeo is a joint venture of the Depository Trust &
Clearing Corp. and Thomson Financial. Its services speed
up the post-trade processes for investment managers and
brokers. The company previously worked with Intermarket
Communications in the U.S., according to senior PR specialist
Tom Reno, who heads Ogilvys New York practice group,
leads the Omgeo business.
DOWLING MOVES TO FD.
Jeannine Dowling, senior VP-corporate relations at wine,
beer, and spirits marketing Diageo North America, is now
at FD as senior VP in its business consulting group.
She is based in Washington, and will serve as liaison to
Gephardt & Assocs., the firm of former Democratic Majority
Leader Dick Gephardt which has an affiliation with FD.
Prior to Diageo, Dowling was VP-government affairs at New
York Life and PA director at Philip Morris, where she handled
issues management, executive communications and legislative
affairs. Dowling also ran her own consulting business.
FD is the former Financial Dynamics. Ed Reilly, is senior
managing director of FDs Business Consulting practice.
WREN EARNS $13.2M IN 06
Omnicom CEO John Wren earned $13.2M in total compensation
in `06, according to the ad/PR combines proxy statement
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That
amount includes $6M that OMC paid per its incentive bonus
program for `06.
The 54-year-old chief received a salary of $1M, $5.9M in
option awards and $288K in other compensation. That money
includes $246K for Wrens personal use of an aircraft,
$10K for tax preparation, $9K car allowance and $4K medical
Randall Weisenburger, executive VP and CFO, collected $8M
in total comp for the year, including a $4.5M incentive
His base salary is $975K and perks include a $3,609 health
WEINER SHIFTS TO KETCHUM.
Mark Weiner, the former president of Delahaye, has moved
to Ketchum as senior VP and director of its global research
He joined the Omnicom unit because of its deep and
historic commitment to research.
Weiner told ODwyers that he knows and respects
David Rockwell, Ketchums former research director
who is moving up to managing director responsible for development
of Ketchums interactive capabilities, CEO Ray Kotcher
and New York head Rob Flaherty.
Ketchum has a 25-member research unit. It also has an affiliation
with a 50 person-plus media monitoring outfit in China.
Weiner believes its a good time to exit Cision, which
was just rebranded earlier this month. He was named senior
VP-communications research and analysis of the revamped
operation of Cision U.S.
Weiner, author of Unleashing the Power of PR,
joined Bacons in `05 with the acquisition of Delahaye.
VT STUDENTS BLAST HOLDUP OF
Katie Corring, a junior majoring in political science Virginia
Tech, has told the Roanoke Times she was "utterly astounded"
at the failure of school officials to immediately announce
that the murder of two students was discovered at 7:15 a.m.,
Monday, April 16.
Corring said she felt "disgrace and dismay" at
the lack of action by school administrators and the police.
"The fact of the matter is," she continued, "if
administrators and police had acted with more haste in shutting
down the campus, 30 more lives may have been
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Edition, May 2, 2007, Page 2
ALASKA WANTS FIRM FOR ANWR
has issued an RFP looking for a D.C.-area firm to make its
case for responsible oil and gas development in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as well as natural gas
state has budgeted $120K for the one-year contract. It may
renew for five additional years.
Sarah Palin wants a firm that will assign a minimum of two
staffers to the account. They must have experience working
with both Democrats and Republicans.
firm will have experience in working on energy and public
land issues in western states.
include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
begins May 15.
SV TAKES ON JOBS.
Sard Verbinnen is repping Fred Anderson, Apples former
chief financial officer, who claims that CEO Steve Jobs
was aware and approved the backdating of stock options,
a controversy that has cast a pale over the computer/music
companys robust performance.
Anderson settled a suit over the backdating on April 24,
agreeing to pay a fine and return $3.5M in gains.
SV distributed a statement from Andersons attorney,
Jerome Roth, to say that Anderson warned Jobs about the
backdating but was assured that everything was legit.
Apples directors, a group that includes Al Gore,
released its own statement, saying they are not going
to enter into a public debate with Fred Anderson or his
They say Jobs cooperated fully with an internal probe,
and remain confident in Steves integrity and
his ability to lead Apple.
In his SEC settlement, Anderson made no admission of guilt
or denial of the charges.
Roths statement praises Andersons long-standing
impeccable reputation and says he is widely
regarded as one of the most ethical CFOs in the nation whose
extraordinary contributions to Apples success during
his eight-year tenure are unquestioned.
FREUD REPS BALDWIN.
Freud Communications New York office, headed by former
Miramax communications chief Matthew Hiltzik, represents
actor Alec Baldwin, who is locked in a nasty public custody
Baldwin suffered an embarrassing setback last week when
a voicemail message he left for his daughter was made public.
Baldwin, who is engaged in a legal custody tussle with
ex-wife and actress Kim Bassinger, called his daughter a
rude, thoughtless little pig in the widely distributed
Hiltzik was VP of corporate communications and government
relations for Miramax in a five-year career there.
Baldwin stars in the NBC comedy 30 Rock and
appeared in The Departed.
5W JUMPS INTO SNITCHING
Hip-hop star Camron (Camron Giles) has retained Ronn
Torossians 5W Public Relations for image work in the
aftermath of the April 22 60 Minutes piece in
which the rapper told Anderson Cooper that it is wrong to
snitch to police.
Telling the police about a crime would hurt his career
and go against to the way I was raised, said
the singer. He also said he wouldnt tell the cops
if a serial killer lived next door. In that case, Camron
said he would just move.
The New York Times gave major play to Camron
in a Dont Blame Hip-Hop wrap-up piece
written by Kelefa Sanneh that ran on the front cover of
this April 25 arts section.
Torossian has a statement from his client explaining how
he now understands that his 60 Minutes comments could
be viewed as offensive, especially to those who have suffered
their own personal tragedies or to those who put their lives
on the line to protect our citizens from crime.
The rapper, who was shot in a carjacking episode in `05,
says he didnt cooperate with the police investigation
because where he comes from once word gets out that
youve cooperated with the police that only makes you
a bigger target of violence.
During the CBS piece, Camron was expressing his own
personal frustration at my own personal circumstance.
He did not intend to be malicious or harmful.
SILVER GUIDES ZERO G.
M. Silver Associates is handling PR for Zero Gravity Corp.,
the space tourism company riding a wave of good press for
flying renowned physicist Stephen Hawking into weightlessness
on April 26.
The voyage was co-sponsored by Space Florida and The Sharper
Image, which sells seats on Zero G flights.
Hawking, who is paralyzed by Lou Gehrigs Disease,
has written bestselling books on the cosmos and said experiencing
weightlessness was a dream of his.
A photo of Hawking floating in a Zero Gravity plane was
picked up by the Associated Press and widely distributed.
Zero G is privately held and has been operating since 2004.
Hawkings 90-minute flight raised $144K for charities.
MMC ADDS HEALTH TRIO.
Marina Maher Communications has bolstered its healthcare
practice via the recruitment of three senior VPs.
Shirley Stadtmueller joins the New York-based shop from
Porter Novelli, where she handled Amgen and Baxter products.
Earlier, she spent a decade at GCI Group repping Pfizer,
Novartis, Hoffmann-LaRoche and Boehringer-Ingelheim.
Christopher Rucas was recruited from Genta. That former
Ruder Finn exec was responsible for communications for Gentas
flagship product, Genasense.
Marina Maher also hired Joanne Marlin from Shire Health
International, where she led Roches oncology business.
Marlin also worked on Claritin.
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LINCOLN NATIONAL MAY SELL
National Corp. is mulling the sale of its media group, which
generated nearly $200M in `06 revenues.
Greensboro, N.C.-based unit consists of 18 radio stations
in Top 50 markets (Chicago, Miami, San Diego) and three
operation also includes Lincoln Financial Sports, a TV production
house responsible for the broadcast of Atlantic Coast Conference
and Southeastern Conference football and basketball games
throughout the southeast.
which has $9B in annual revenue, acquired the media group
with its `05 acquisition of Jefferson-Pilot. A deal with
a private equity group could fetch $1.5B.
COHEN STEPS DOWN AT LIFETIME.
Betty Cohen has resigned as CEO of Lifetime Entertainment
as ratings and revenues slip at the Walt Disney Co. and
The 50-year-old Cohen felt it was "time for a transition."
The former No. 1 cable network is now in the No. 6 slot.
Efforts to attract a younger audience have missed the mark.
Andrea Wong, an ABC executive, is taking over for Wong.
Cohen's resignation followed a day after she previewed Lifetimes
programming to ad execs in N.Y.
SACKS TO DLIFE.
Michael Sacks, a veteran of AOL, has joined dLifeTV, the
programmer of all things about diabetes.
He will focus on development of online offerings, plus
support of dLife's multi-channel media properties.
dLifeTV airs each Sunday on CNBC, and "dLife Diabetes
Minute" is heard on radio stations and XM Satellite
Sacks, prior to AOL, was executive VP at Outerforce Systems,
a software firm, and served on the start-up team behind
KELLY PUTS USN&WR TEAM
Brian Kelly, the new U.S. News & World Report editor,
has promoted assistant managing editors Margaret Mannix
and Tim Smart to the ME slots.
They will work closely with Ryan Thornburg, ME of the mag's
website, to integrate news and consumer journalism for the
weekly and online version.
Mannix joined the weekly in `90. Smart signed on in `99.
Kelly took over for Brian Duffy this month.
SI TRIES FAN NATION AGAIN.
Time Inc.'s Sports Illustrated Group has re-launched FanNation.com,
a social networking and sports news aggregation platform.
The redesigned site joins SI.com and Golf.com. It features
sections such as "team tracker," "player
tracker," "truth and rumors," and "hot
Paul Fichtenbaum, ME of SI.com, promises FanNation will
provide users a "multi-dimensional sports experience
that they can't get anywhere else."
Ken Fuchs is GM of the revamped site.
BET BOLSTERS RANKS.
BET Networks, provider of news and cultural information
for blacks, has installed Janet Rolle as executive VP/chief
She joined the Viacom unit from Time Warner's AOL, where
she was in charge of the "Black Voices" site.
Earlier Rolle held posts at MTV Networks (business development
and VHI programming) and HBO (marketing, new media and sales
BET also named Jeanine Liburd senior VP-communications
and PA. She moves from Viacom, and is alum of Robinson Lerer
Montgomery, where she helped launch the Oxygen Network.
NYC WOMEN ARE HAPPY IN MEDIA.
Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of New York area female
media workers would choose the same career all over again,
according to a poll conducted by the New York Women's Media
The top three reasons: suits personal interest (44 percent),
have passion for the work (43 percent) and are intellectually
challenged (26 percent).
Compensation and stress are the biggest drawbacks of working
in the media, say the 434 people polled by the Council.
Betsy Morgan, president of New York Women in Communications,
said the poll shows that women are "comfortable in
their roles as leaders in business." It's "up
to us to work smarter and be more creative in striking the
right work-life balance," she said.
NAACP TARGETS MEDIA, COMMUNITY.
The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People
has launched the "Stop Campaign" to "end
the prevalence of racist, sexist language, images and concepts
in the media."
The civil rights organization urges people to "stop
accepting disrespect" by "not patronizing companies
and artists that put forth demeaning and disrespectful images
in our community."
Stefanie Brown, director of the NAACP's youth and college
division, believes it is time for the African-American community
to "stop using and responding to derogatory words,"
according to a release.
She said African-American people have a "proud heritage
and promising destiny," but they need to respect themselves
and stop disrespecting each other.
The Baltimore-based operation is especially upset with
the "demeaning" images of African-American women
in the media, and singled out the song "I Was Getting
Some," along with other music videos that show half-dressed
women being objectified by men."
The NAACP plans creation of local "Stop" chapters
and an advisory board composed of music, movie, TV execs
and artists to "stop negative African-American imagery
in the media."
The group considers the "nappy-headed hos" remark
by former radio talk show host Don Imus just the latest
in the "overwhelming number of racially disrespectful
incidents that have occurred recently."
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SULZBERGER UNDERSTANDS FRUSTRATION.
New York Times Co. management "understands shareholder
frustration" over its poor stock performance, said
chairman Arthur Sulzberger, following last weeks annual
meeting in which dissident shareholders withheld 42 percent
of the vote to protest the two-tier stock ownership structure.
vote was viewed as a symbolic victory for Morgan Stanley,
which is the driving force to undo the Class A and Class
B stock set-up. Twenty-eight percent of stockholders at
last year's meeting withheld their votes in support of MS
pledged to cut costs, improve financial performance and
invest in the future of journalism. "We conduct a regular
review of our strategic plan and are moving ahead with appropriate
urgency," he said.
chairman said of the dual ownership structure: "The
Ochs-Sulzberger family remains firmly and unanimously committed
to the dual class share structure that has been in place
since before the Company went public in 1969."
noted that with about "19 percent of the Company's
Class A shares and 89% of its Class B shares, our family's
interests are very much aligned with other shareholders
in seeing the Company's performance improve."
NYTC stock price is down nearly 50 percent to $24 over the
past three years.
defends two-tier ownership
New York Times shouldn't be auctioned off like a side of
beef," wrote Donald Graham, CEO of the Washington Post
Co., in an op-ed piece published in the April 23 Wall Street
the article, Graham defends the two-tier stock ownership
position that is in place at the NYTCO as a tool to protect
the journalistic integrity of the newspaper. [WPC and WSJ
parent, Dow Jones & Co., have similar ownership structures.]
credits the Times' controlling Sulzberger family for a willingness
to spend millions to pursue media excellence. It isn't guaranteed
that new ownership "would spend more than $200M on
a newsroom budget, or deploy dozens of foreign correspondents
around the world."
high-ego billionaires, the Sulzberger family is "willing
to anger friends on a regular basis, as good newspapers
do, and is prepared to spend money and run other risks to
sustain the paper."
rapped the Morgan Stanley proposal to eliminate the two-tier
ownership set-up. He urged shareholders who care about what
the NYT "at its best has stood for" to vote against
the MS proposal at the annual meeting.
HOFFMAN, HEARST RE-LAUNCH
Hoffman Media and Hearst Magazines have teamed to re-launch
the defunct Victoria magazine, which was shuttered by Hearst
The lifestyle and home magazine launched in 1987 with an
eye on those who "recognize the importance of beauty,
manners and traditions in daily life."
Hoffman, which publishes Cooking with Paula Deen and Southern
Lady and is based in Birmingham, Ala., will direct production
of the magazine with Hearst throwing in the name, subscription
base, and archives for the venture.
The latest incarnation will be a bi-monthly hitting newsstands
in October. Hoffman has set a readership goal of 250K after
its second issue.
After Hearst pulled the plug in 2003, a series of branded
books with the Victoria name have been published by Sterling
JOBS: PAST FAILURES ARE O.K.
Don't be afraid to talk about past professional failures
during a job interview, said Madelyn Hammond, senior VP
at Landmark Theaters. "They build character and show
how you can handle adversity."
Hammond spoke to 50 publicists earlier this month at a
career counseling event sponsored by Entertainment Publicists
Professional Society and BusinessWire in Hollywood.
She was joined by entertainment recruiter Pamela Robinson
who advised the crowd to do their homework before agreeing
to take a new job. "Be ready to talk about four or
five special skill-sets during the interview," she
Hammond said job candidates need to be ready to explain
what they are looking for in a job. They both agreed that
candidates should know their accomplishments and rehearse
them in front of a mirror. "Before you interview, rehearse
various interview scenarios with yourself and a trusted
colleague," said Robinson.
It's important to "establish a comfort zone"
during the interview. "If you see a stuffed fish mounted
in the office, strike up a conversation about it,"
said Hammond. "Ask questions. You don't want to take
the job and learn it wasn't what you expected it to be.
Show interest in the interviewer."
Robinson suggested showing personality during the interview
and talking about broad interests. One caveat: don't talk
about potentially dangerous activities like skydiving because
that makes you appear to be high risk, said the co-author
of "If I Don't Do It Now. Career Makeovers For The
Working Woman" and columnist for www.VarietyCareers.com.
Hammond and Robinson conducted interactive interview situations
involving members from the audience. "Eye contact and
a good handshake are important," said Hammond as participants
took turns socializing at a mock networking situation.
"Don't take a network meeting unless you come away
with specific information or you're wasting your time. If
you work for an abusive boss, you don't want to be a victim,
show strength. If a boss asks why are you leaving, say 'I'm
not challenged anymore." Never bring up anything negative,"
said Hammond, a veteran of Variety, Sony Pictures Consumer
Products, MGM/UA, and Turner Pictures.
Money is the No. 1 factor for people moving on, according
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HUNTS FOR PHILLY FIRM.
Nourie, who heads New York-based firm Nourie PR, is looking
to buy a Philadelphia shop to boost his firms existing
presence in the city.
who is affiliated with Ruder Finn, said 65 percent of his
firms business comes from Philly and he estimates
that the top eight firms in the city have net revenue of
from the financial services sector and other areas include
Black Diamond Partners, OTA Asset Management, and Zero Technologies.
OMC REPORTS Q1 RISE IN NET.
Omnicom reported that
first-quarter net income rose 10.4 percent to $183M, powered
by a bullish performance of its PR group.
Ketchum, Porter Novelli-led operation combined for a 13.6
percent jump in revenues to $294M.
That exceeded the 10.6
percent boost in advertising to $1.2B, but lagged the CRM
operation (+14.2 percent to $1B). OMC's specialty division
was a laggard as revenues slipped one percent to $304M.
CEO John Wren spent $24M
for acquisitions during the period. Nearly 80 percent of
the amount ($19M) were earn-outs. He acquired two Amsterdam
shops (Doom & Dickson and Redurban) and Mango Mobile.
FENTON ACQUIRES DONORDIGITAL.
is expected to close a deal to acquire Internet consulting
firm Donordigital by May 2.
Donor staffs 20 in San
Francisco and develops online and mobile campaigns. Fenton
counts 50 staffers across its New York, D.C., and San Francisco
Both firms work for progressive clients. Fenton handles
Moveon.org and Human Rights Watch, while Donordigital has
worked for Amnesty International USA and NARAL Pro-Choice
Fleishman-Hillard digital youth mobile unit and R&D
think tank NGT are collaborating on NextGreatThing.com,
a website and daily blog examining the influence of today's
youth on communications. ...Dukas
PR, agency of record for the online fundraising and
awareness initiative Madness Against Malaria, won the Malaria
Prize for raising the most money for the campaign.
The initiative was modeled after the NCAA basketball tournament.
Dukas clients, employees and their families collected more
than $14K for the push, which will pay for 2,880 bed nets
to prevent malaria. ...Sawchuk
Brown Assocs. CEO David Brown died Feb. 2 at the
age of 61. His wife, Pamela Sawchuk, is running the 28-year-old
Albany firm that has billings of more than $2M. The former
Times Union editor considered himself "an old newspaper
Relations Board will host the first annual China
Real Estate Forum at the Princeton Club in New York on May
11. Thirty real estate execs from China will attend the
conference on gaining access to U.S. capital markets. Info:
Leslie Wolf-Creutzfeldt, [email protected].
+ King Co., New York/Knock Knock, gift and stationary
design, for PR.
Crenshaw Communications, New York/American Montessori
Society, professional association, for a positioning and
Influence Group, Waltham, Mass./ShareThis, for digital
media relations and marketing for launch of its online sharing
application. DIG, part of Larry Webers W2Group, has
created a microsite (howyoushare.com) and aligned with YouTuber
AbbeGirl for the campaign.
Horner Communications, Philadelphia/The Radisson
Plaza Warwick Hotel, as AOR for advertising and PR.
Simon Group, Sellersville, Pa./Orbit Radiant Heating,
for a marcom campaign for North America.
Baltimore/Univ. of Maryland University College, for a five-year
$18.8M advertising, PR and interactive contract.
Marketing Communications, Annapolis, Md./TurboHaul,
bulk trash removal franchise, for brand and marketing strategy,
and Chesapeake Consulting, for integrated marketing.
Communications Group, Atlanta/Redeem, recycler of
used print cartridges and mobile phones, for PR via the
firms GreenWorks practice. T/K is starting off by
introducing Redeems programs to non-profit groups.
Mills Agency, Atlanta/American Banker, published
by SourceMedia, and Financial Insights, research firm, for
PR for the 2007 FinTech 100 ranking of top financial service
providers. AB publishes the rankings in a special report.
Submission deadline is July 12 (info: financial-insights.com).
Communications, Chicago/ George S. May International
Co., management consulting, for marketing communications
and promotion of the companys products and services.
Marketing, Cleveland/Koneta, auto accessories; Olde
Wood, hardwood flooring; University Settlement, non-profit
providing basic services for Broadway Avenue/Slavic Village
in Cleveland; Male and Associates, lobbying firm, and Premier
Educational Services, adult education.
San Francisco/Hua Yuan Science & Technology Assn., Silicon
Valley Chinese professional group, for support of its annual
conference and CEO summit in May.
Los Angeles/Las Palomas Golf & Beach Resort (Puerto
Penasco, Mex.); MontBleau Resort Casino & Spa (Lake
Tahoe); Westin San Diego; Original Roadhouse Grill, and
Marina Heights (Monterey).
Bohle Co., Los Angeles/Grand Metropolitan, as AOR
for its luxury brands, including Goldwin Cigars, Ceasar
Golf Balls and Vin Lee Jewelers.
Agency, San Diego/Inventure Global, IT consulting,
as AOR for PR.
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RE-BRANDS WITH NEW SERVICES.
New York-based PR service firm, announced a variety of new
offerings and has adopted "Fueling Brand Performance"
as its new tagline to reflect the expansion of activities.
Glickman, president, said the PR market is changing and
so is PIMS. A new company logo is part of the re-branding.
new services fall under the headings of marketing, advertising
and promotions and include search engine optimization/search
engine marketing (SEO/SEM), blogging, virtual online pressroom
design and implementation, electronic press kits, website
development, branded USB memory sticks (flash drives or
portable hard drives), and other branded premium items such
as CD and DVD replication.
continues to offer offset and digital printing; photo reproduction;
press kit assembly and distribution; e-mail/fax distribution,
and logistical solutions.
new services are in direct response to the changing needs
of our clients," said Glickman.
Ryan, senior executive VP, said that branch offices in Chicago
and Washington, D.C., provide clients with regional as well
as national services. "We're
fast as well as economical," said Ryan.
Leighsa Kesselhaut, senior executive VP and a 20-year veteran
with PIMS: "We
are not just a service provider, but offer creative and
comprehensive solutions to our clients in an effort to maximize
the positive exposure they are looking for."
new PIMS website includes industry related news articles
updated daily, a frequently updated blog, and information
about PIMS services.
Silbergleit, sales manager, said that PR pros, by spending
a few minutes at the start of the day on pimsinc.com, can
keep abreast of the industry.
KHOSLA SPEAKS AT PRSA SESSION.
Silicon Valley legend
Vinod Khosla will moderate a PRSA North Pacific District
Conference panel May 18 dealing with "clean technology"
and other news on the environmental front. He is co-founder
of Sun Microsystems and former partner at Kleiner Perkins
Caufield & Byers venture capital firm. His firm, Khosla
Ventures, is an investor in alternative energy companies.
The India native will
preside over a panel that includes San Francisco Chronicle's
David Baker, Wall Street Journal's Jim Carlton, Fortune's
Adam Lashinsky and CNET's Michael Kanellos.
Samantha Moore (650/996-3251)
has details about the event slated at San Francisco's Golden
Gate University. PRSA's North Pacific group is a collection
of 16 chapters in eight states.
A&R Edelman, Text
100, Antenna Group, Trevelino Keller Communications, Access
Communications, Blanc & Otus and Weber Shandwick are
sponsors of the green PR event.
Davis, director of advertising for FORM Magazine
and former marketing/PR manager for Automation Magazine,
to Boom Broadcast, Denver, Colo., as a VP.
Grebey, VP of communications and marketing, Sikorsky
Aircraft Corp., to Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, New York,
as senior and global corporate practice leader. He previously
held posts with Siemens USA, Webvan.com and Levi Strauss
Labrado, global marketing director for JACOB &
Co., to Rubenstein PR, New York, as a VP. She was formerly
manager of PR and special events for Asprey and marketing/PR
manager for Harry Winston.
Lee, who handled media for Linden Alschuler &
Kaplan clients like Safe Blood International Foundation,
Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation, and Alzheimers
Assn.s New York chapter, to Publicis Consultants PR,
New York, as senior VP and director of media relations.
Earlier, Lee was Ogilvy PR Worldwide, where she media-trained
celebrity and physician spokespeople among other duties.
Hunninghake, a media coordinator for USA Swimming,
has joined the New York Road Runners as a media relations
Murphy, PR manager for Ted Moudis Associates, to
Beckerman PR, Bedminster, N.J., as a senior A/E. She was
previously a media supervisor at OMD.
Reilly, manager of community relations for John Hancock,
to Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, Boston, as a
Roitman, former campaign manager for the pro-choice
South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, to M+R Strategic
Services, Seattle, as a VP to head the Susan G. Komen for
the Cure Community Challenge. Roitman led the SDCHF to successful
repeal of a South Dakota law which banned nearly all abortions
in the state.
Holland to executive director of PR for Fairmont
Hotels & Resorts, based in Toronto. She joined the global
hotelier in 2001 and is responsible for communications strategies
and media relations worldwide.
Bellafiore to senior partner, Eric Mower and Associates,
Albany, N.Y. He joined in 2003 and heads the firms
public affairs practice.
Vassallo to VP of corporate communications, Henry
Schein, Melville, N.Y. She joined the $5.15 billion healthcare
products and services company in 1998 from Grumman Aircraft.
Alisha Marks to senior
A/E and Carlos Torres to A/E, rbb PR, Miami.
JP Schuerman to managing
director of CarryOn Communications Los Angeles headquarters
office. He joined the firm in 2002 as a VP.
Kempner, president and CEO of MWW Group, to chairman
of the board of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a non-profit
global health research and advocacy entity focused on neglected
tropical diseases like hookworm. Kempner succeeds Sabin
founder H.R. Shepherd, who becomes founding chairman.
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STUDENTS BLAST HOLDUP (Continued
saved. These parties should
be ashamed at their delay and their (further) employment
by VT should be seriously considered..."
Corring was especially
angered that VT president Charles Steger "scoffed"
at a press conference at the notion that radio bulletins
should have been broadcast immediately.
WU-VT, the school's radio
station, operates 24 hours a day and a "D.J."
was on duty at 7:15 a.m. April 16 when the murders were
discovered, a student at the station told this NL.
The station was not told
anything about the shootings until 9:26 when an e-mail was
sent to the entire campus saying that a shooting had occurred
and urging the students to be cautious, the student said.
Eight university officials
gathered in Burress Hall by 8:25 a.m., according to Time
magazine, to discuss the shootings. They included Larry
Hincker, associate VP of university relations, campus police
chief Wendell Filchum, and provost Mark McNamee.
Hincker reports to Elizabeth
Flanagan, VP of development and university relations. The
press office of VT said that neither Flanagan nor Hincker
are available for press interviews.
The school does not use
the terms "public relations" or "public information"
in its titles.
School officials have
stopped answering questions about the two-hour delay in
notifying the campus. They are sticking by their initial
statement that they acted in the best way they could with
the information they had on hand.
Manh Lee, a Tech junior,
and other students told the Roanoke Times they couldn't
understand why the school just didn't cancel classes when
they learned of the murders. Administrators have been saying
that it would have been difficult to "lock down"
the entire campus on such short notice. Lee said he believes
his younger brother would still be alive had VT cancelled
classes shortly after the first shootings. His brother was
killed while in a classroom at Norris Hall.
The Roanoke Times said
that while improvements in technology can make notification
of an event easier, "a quick decision on notification
would still need to be made."
Defends VT Response
Gov. Tim Kaine defended
the decision of the eight VT officials to withhold news
of the murders and not order a campus lockdown.
He told WRVA-AM April
26 that even if classes were cancelled, Cho could have gone
into a dorm and started shooting there. "I can understand
they thought this might be a domestic incident," he
Emily Hilscher, 18, the
initial victim, had just returned to her dorm after spending
the weekend with her boyfriend, Karl Thornhill, police were
told by her roommate, Heather Haughn. She also told them
he had recently used guns at a range. Police then went looking
for Haughn. Some critics asked why Thornhill, if he wanted
to kill Hilscher, would have waited until Monday morning?
AS BIG BOARD THREAT.
There is no evidence that
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of `02 has weakened the competitive position
of U.S. financial markets, according to a survey conducted
by professors at Ohio State University and the University
Investors are still
willing to pay a sizable premium for foreign company shares
listed in the U.S., in return for meeting tough U.S. regulatory
standards, reported the April 27 Wall Street Journal.
Foreign companies do not get a similar premium on the London
The researchers found
that the decline in new foreign listings on the New York
Stock Exchange was not due to regulatory overkill.
Instead, there are fewer
foreign companies today that fit the financial and size
criteria needed to list abroad.
Based on historical standards,
New York attracted slightly more companies than anticipated
since `01. London did less well, according to Andrew Karolyi
and Rene Stulz (both of OSU) and Torontos Craig Dodge.
The professors studied
thousands of companies that did or did not list on U.S.
and London exchanges from `90 to `05.
The Securities and Exchange
Commission is moving to ease SarBox regulations on smaller
companies, and easing listing requirements for foreigners.
Karolyi told the WSJ he
doesnt question the SECs move on SarBox. He
hopes his research makes critics of SarBox pause and
take a look at the data.
USAID LOOKS FOR AFGHAN HAND.
The United States Agency
for International Development is looking for a media
and communications specialist for posting in Afghanistan.
It promises little
direction, but offers the historical opportunity to
shape the countrys fledgling independent media
industry and promote peace/stability in the war-torn
USAID reports a prolific
growth of media in Afghanistan since the ouster of
the Taliban, but believes the sector is still in its
The media and communications
specialist will manage the Internews Independent Media Program
to support the sustainability, business planning and
quality improvement of programming and journalism of existing
media. He/she will assist Afghans in advocating for
a more secure, assured freedom of speech and media
The USAID says though
there has been recent positive developments in Afghanistan,
there remain serious political, security and drug-related
Living conditions are
difficult, but the successful job candidate will be housed
in the heavily guarded and fortified Embassy compound.
Spouses, significant others and family members
are not allowed to accompany the media and communications
After a year of service,
there are regional rest breaks available in
New Delhi, Istanbul, Dubai and Baku. Seetha Chayapathi,
based in Kabul, has details ([email protected]).
Edition, May 2, 2007,
latest victim of bad language was Rosie ODonnell,
who was ousted from ABCs The View April
25, two days after she made sexual remarks and gestures
at the Matrix banquet of New York Women in Communications.
Some of the same corporations
that pulled the plug on Don Imus in mid-April for his remarks
about the Rutgers womens basketball team were
in the record audience of 1,650. ODonnell made remarks
about Donald Trump, grabbed her crotch, and invited him
to perform a sexual act. This was too much for the blue
chips, especially since 17 young women were present to receive
$100K ($3K-$10K each) in scholarships.
A national movement is
afoot to rid pop culture of content that is ethnically offensive
or simply in bad taste. Rap stars are talking about doing
this but none has yet agreed to do so. ODonnell had
boosted The Views ratings by 17% over the previous
year, drawing an audience of 3.5 million for the show.
If the big corporations
dont like profanity, one thing they do like is awards
luncheons and dinners. NYWICI grossed $1.25 million
from the event and netted at least $500,000 based on past
records. For the first time, the west foyer of the Waldorf
was used to accommodate the overflow crowd. Corporations
paid $12,000 for a table while members paid $125 for a single
awards event last week was the dinner of the Overseas Press
Club April 26 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A black
tie crowd of 450 saw CBS-TV news anchor Katie Couric present
awards to dozens of journalists for hazardous service in
the Middle East, Africa and other places. Sponsors including
Pfizer, Schering-Plough, Siemens, DaimlerChrysler, Ford,
General Motors, MasterCard and Weber Shandwick paid $5,000
and more for tables. Silence was observed while a scroll
was shown of the hundreds of journalists killed in battle
zones in recent years. Speaker Nicholas Kristof of the New
York Times said media are under heavy criticism today, some
of it justified by failures such as playing lapdog
to the government prior to the invasion of Iraq. Newspeople
are even lower in the publics view than congressmen,
Theres lots of financial insecurity in
the news business these days, he added. Kristof, who got
three subpoenas last year, the first he ever received, says
he expects more journalists to go to jail in the future.
He urged reporters to continue to pursue their idealism
and recognize the importance of what we do...because
we can make a major difference.
Speaking of profanity,
the death last week of Jack Valenti, long head of
the Motion Picture Assn., resulted in reviews of his career
including the dismantling of the Hays Code by the MPA in
the late 1960's that opened the floodgates to the use of
raw language, sexual scenes and violence in movies. Under
Hays, married couples had to use twin beds, even partial
nudity was banned, and profanity except for hell
and damn was forbidden. The use of public restrooms
for scenes (including people relieving themselves), a common
occurrence in todays movies, would have been unthinkable
under Hays. In The Shooter, at least 50 people
are murdered by guns, including those who have no way of
defending themselves. The wounded, lying defenseless on
the ground, are shot again by the hero and heroine.
Virginia Tech coverage
is focusing on the life of Seung-Hui Cho, how he
got his guns, and psychiatric aid he might have gotten.
What we want to know is whether VT spokesperson Larry Hincker
advised seven school officials at the meeting at 8:25 a.m.
April 16 to quickly put out the news of the initial two
murders that were discovered at 7:15 a.m. What clout
does PR have at VT is the question? Its bad enough
that it took an hour-plus to assemble the eight. A lot of
heat is on an innocent victim, Heather Vaughn, roommate
of the murdered Emily Hilscher, an 18-year-old freshman.
Vaughn told police Hilscher had just returned to her room
after spending the weekend in the apartment of her boyfriend
Karl Thornhill, a senior at Radford Univ. Vaughn told police
Thornhill was known to be a gun buff and they mistakenly
concentrated on tracking him down... Hincker
was available for comment April 12 when VT learned
that the Girls Gone Wild tour bus was to visit
near VT on April 20. GGW portrays lesbian sex and Hincker
called GGW a porn operation that is counter
to VT values. A VT official called it a heinous,
heinous operation. Founder Joe Francis was jailed
in Florida early in April for criminal contempt involving
charges that GGW used underage women in sex films. He was
charged on April 25 in L.A.with misdemeanor sexual battery
involving an 18-year-old woman Jan. 10...Vivian
Stringer, Rutgers basketball coach, and Crown Publishing
were criticized April 26 by Mike Francesca and Chris Mad
Dog Russo of WFAN on the ground that the announcement
of her book contract with Crown came too soon after the
firing of Don Imus, whose place Francesca and Russo are
taking. Crown should have waited longer since it now looks
likes Stringer is capitalizing on the misfortune of Imus,
they added. Imus did not get to meet with Stringer and the
team until April 12, eight days after the offending remark
that was made at 6:14 a.m. on April 4. On April 10, Stringer
and the team had an hour news conference at which Imus
apology was not accepted. It was also not accepted at the
three-hour meeting April 12. On the next day, the apology
was accepted but Stringer, in her own statement, said: We
still find his statements unacceptable, and this experience
is one that we will never forget...Imus
producer Bernard McGuirk, who had prompted Imus to
use the word ho by saying, Some hard-core
hos, told Foxs Hannity & Colmes
show April 26 that Rev. Al Sharpton, who helped lead the
drive to oust Imus, was a terrorist who was
appeased. Imus deserved punishment but not firing,
sad result of the Imus firing is the loss of expert
commentary he would have had hosted about the VT tragedy.