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Last Updated: Mon., Mar. 18, 2019 @ 4:10 pm

Ivy League Escapes PR Hit from Admissions Scandal

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Lori Ruggiero

Lori RuggieroIvy League and other elite schools "caught up" in the college admissions scandal wil likelyl suffer little or no damage to their PR reputations. The episode though highlights the need for mid-tier schools to prove the value of their diplomas. (1 reader comment)

Sorrell Retains WPP Bonus

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellWPP has decided not to contest the $2.8M payment that former CEO Martin Sorrell is entitled to under the company’s long-term incentive plan.


O'Dwyer's Magazine

March Mag Focuses on Food & Beverage PR

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's Mar. '19 Food & Beverage PR MagazineOur annual issue on food and beverage PR features articles from leading thought leaders in the field, plus profiles of 35 firms with expertise in this specialty.


Commentary

DNC Should Follow Donna Brazile's Lead to Fox

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Donna BrazileThe Democratic National Committee should follow the lead of former chairperson Donna Brazile, who has signed on as a contributor to Fox News. Democrats are hardly in a position to write-off all Fox viewers. (1 reader comment)

Farley Falls for Cowen’s Pitch

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

James FarleyJames Farley has joined diversified financial services firm Cowen Inc. as managing director & head of investor relations.

Davenport, IA Issues Branding RFP

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Davenport, IADavenport, Iowa is seeking proposals from agencies that can assist the city with the development and implementation of a comprehensive brand and marketing campaign.

Mark Penn Takes Command of MDC

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mark PennMark Penn has assumed the helm of MDC Partners as his Stagwell Group agrees to pump a $100M equity infusion into the financially strapped ad/PR company.

Ex-Aide to Clintons Goes to Work for Brit Royals

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Sara LathamSara Latham, whose resume includes working for both Bill and Hillary Clinton, has been chosen to head up the communications staff for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Commentary

Trump Warns Supporters May Play it Tough

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpWhy did Donald Trump remove a Twitter link to Breibart hours after the massacre of 49 Muslims in New Zealand? The president told the conservative media outlet that his supporters can play it tough "when they go to a certain point." (1 reader comment)

Volkswagen Drives to Bridge

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

VolkswagenVolkswagen has hired Bridge Public Affairs, the firm founded by three aides to former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker. The German automaker has a factory in Chattanooga.

BGR Bolsters US-China Relations

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

China-United States Exchange FoundationBGR Government Affairs has inked a contract to serve as the Washington D.C. liaison for Hong Kong-based nonprofit China-United States Exchange Foundation.

PR Pro Bill Doescher Shares Lessons Learned

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Bill DoescherPR pro Bill Doescher writes "Dear Folks" book to share lessons learned from his personal life and distinguished career (Dun & Bradstreet CCO, PRSA Foundation president) in communications. (2 reader comments)

News of Firms: Kaplow Launches KaplowPurpose; 5W's Ronn Torossian Addresses Harvard Business School; the10company Gives Voice to Women

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Steve Barnes

KaplowKaplow Communications has launched KaplowPurpose, a new practice to help brands connect with consumers in a meaningful way... 5W Public Relations CEO Ronn Torossian shared his insights with two classes at the Harvard Business School... the10company launches VOICES, leadership and communications coaching program for women executives.

New York Releases Economic Development RFQ

Thu., Mar. 14, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

ILOVENYNew York’s top economic development agency is seeking input from agencies that will later be asked to submit formal proposals for the state’s annual economic development marketing program. (1 reader comment)

FTI Recruits Activist Pro Araujo From ISS

Thu., Mar. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Rodolfo AraujoRodolfo Araujo, who was VP at Institutional Shareholder Services, has joined FTI Consulting’s strategic communications group as senior managing director & part of its activism and M&A solutions practice in DC.

Commentary

Trump's PR Apprentice

Thu., Mar. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Jeff ZuckerCNN's Jeff Zucker, who put Donald Trump on the national stage via "The Apprentice," honored for suing the president for yanking credentials of White House correspondent Jim Acosta. (1 reader comment)