The Inside News of PR & Marketing Communications

Last Updated: Fri., Sep. 20, 2019 @ 5:13 pm

Norton Shores, MI Needs Marketing Agency

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Norton ShoresNorton Shores, Michigan is seeking proposals from agencies that can devise a comprehensive communications plan and marketing strategy for the city.

Sanctioned Russian Bank Taps Trump-Tied Sweeney

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John SweeneyFormer upstate New York Republican Congressman John Sweeney, who has close ties to president Trump, has signed a $750K one-year contract to represent Russia's Vnesheconombank, the state-controlled investment bank.

Teneo Readies Live Aid II

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Global CitizenTeneo has teamed with Global Citizen to plan a 10-hour global media event slated for Sept. 26, 2020 to raise money to end extreme poverty and put the world on track to tackle climate change.

Journos See Decline in Press Freedom

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

PressMore than half (57 percent) of U.S. journalists surveyed in a global study say that freedom of the press in the U.S. has deteriorated over the past year.

Media Maneuvers: Twitter Axes Saudi Suspected of Role in Khashoggi Murder; Paul Ingrassia Dies at 69; Direct-to-Consumer Companies Step up TV Ads

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Saud al-QataniTwitter axes account of former Saudi royal court  advisor Saud al-Qahtani, who is suspected of playing a role in the torture, murder and dismemberment of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi... Former Wall Street Journal Detroit bureau editor Paul Ingrassia, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the upheaval at General Motors, died Sept. 16 in Naples, Fla., where he had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. He was 69... Direct-to-consumer companies, such as Peloton and Warby Parker are discovering TV ads, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

On the Move: Fender Ups Christina Stejskal; March Communs. Hires Kelby Troutman; R&J Strategic Communs. Vet Dan Johnson Takes PR Chair at North Jersey's Urban Land Institute; Perry Communications Brings On Kelley Rooney

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Christing StejskalFender has promoted Christina Stejskal to VP, communications. She's a veteran of DKC and PMK•BN... March Communications has hired Kelby Troutman as VP. He joins March from Nuance Communications, where he led global PR... R&J Strategic Communications' Dan Johnsonhas been named PR chair of Urban Land Institute Northern New Jersey’s advisory board... Perry Communications Group has brought on Kelley Rooney as VP. She was at North State Solutions and Cornerstone Solutions

Ruder Finn Gobbles Up $5M SPI Group

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Kathy BloomgardenRuder Finn has acquired SPI Group, the Jersey-based shop that ranked No. 17 in O’Dwyer’s 2018 healthcare rankings with fees of $5M.

Commentary

Global Warming Denier-in-Chief Makes Progress

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Earth imageAmerica’s global warming denier-in-chief is making great headway in dumbing down America on the science front as the US ranks as the world's top climate change sceptic. (1 reader comment)

Legally Blind PR Student to Speak at PR Council Forum

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Sena PottackalA legally blind PR student at New York University’s School of Professional Studies will deliver a presentation at a Carnegie Hall forum tomorrow that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate America.

National's Murray Shifts to Shift

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Rick MurrayRick Murray, who has led National PR’s Toronto operations for the past five years, is moving to Shift Communications, where he will be managing partner.

O'Dwyer's Teams With Flack Pack on Podcast

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Flack Pack podcastO’Dwyer’s is teaming up with the Washington Media Group, producer of weekly PR podcast The Flack Pack, on a podcast that will bring listeners public relations news and information from the perspective of O'Dwyer's reporters and contributors every Friday.

Reebok's Mazei Joins Activison Blizzard's Esports Team

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dan MazeiActivision Blizzard has named Dan Mazei head of global communications for its Esports unit, which includes the Overwatch League (20 city-based teams in Asia/Europe/North America) and Call of Duty offerings.

Commentary

Tim Bell Must Be Spinning in His Grave

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tim BellTim Bell, who lived by the credo that morality is for priests, not PR men, must be spinning in his grave upon news that global PR firms rejected the opportunity to handle a multi-million-dollar branding campaign for Hong Kong. (1 reader comment)

PR Pros Play Big Role in Putting D&I Plans in Place

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Weber Shandwick study on diversity and inclusion efforts at companiesCommunications and marketing professionals  play a large role in the implementation of diversity and inclusion efforts at companies, according to a new report released by Weber Shandwick.

Business Travel Expenses

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Richard Goldstein

Richard GoldsteinA breakdown of current federal tax rules regarding reimbursement for business travel expenses.

Big Biz Urges Congress to Challenge Trump on Tariffs

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

National Foreign Trade CouncilThe National Foreign Council today urged Congress to stand up to president Trump by conducting oversight to ensure that his tariff policy serves the overall national interest. (1 reader comment)

On the Move: H+K Ups Maria Kuzkina to PBN CEO; Amendola Communs. Promotes Marcia Rhodes to VP; Signal Group Picks Charles Cooper, Elizabeth Northrop, John Procter for MD Posts

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Maria KuzkinaHill+Knowlton Strategies promotes Maria Kuzkina to CEO of PBN H+K, which serves clients in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries of the former Soviet Union... Amendola Communications ups Marcia Rhodes to VP... Signal Group names Charles Cooper;MD/chair of the firm’s advocacy group and Elizabeth Northrup and John Procter MDs/co-chairs of its communications arm.

Ex-Aide to Sen. Graham Speaks for Qatar

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Lindsey GrahamQatar’s Washington embassy has hired Neale Creek, a firm co-founded by a long-time aide to Sen. Lindsey Graham, to improve bilateral relations with the US and develop investment and business opportunities.