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Last Updated: Mon., Jul. 22, 2019 @ 10:21 am

Must Read For Fundraisers, PR Pros

Mon., Jul. 22, 2019

By Rene Henry

The principles and strategies discussed in “Advancing Higher Education – New Strategies for Fundraising, Philanthropy and Engagement,” are transferable to fundraising and to PR and marketing support in almost any area.

Venezuela Politico Denies Presidential Run After Lobbying Filing

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Henri FalconA lobbying firm that said it planned to seek U.S. support for opposition leader Henri Falcón’s forthcoming run as a Venezuelan presidential candidate has since amended its filing with the Justice Department, after the politician denied that he plans to run for president.


O'Dwyer's Podcast

The FAANG Companies

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's PR Word on the Street PodcastFacebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google are the FAANG companies. Is big bad? What about Amazon and the New York HQ2 debacle? Should they have tried to make a go of it in Queens? Zuckerberg and his team face major scrutiny and rightly so for privacy issues. What should their strategy be to fight surging political and consumer mistrust.  Join John O'Dwyer and Fraser Seitel for a deep dive into these companies and the personalities that drive them.

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Fort Saskatchewan Floats Marketing RFP

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Fort SaskatchewanThe Canadian city of Fort Saskatchewan is looking for an agency that can promote its brand as a vibrant urban center among prospective visitors, homebuyers, business owners and tourists over a three-year period.

Commentary

Thank You, Harold

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Harold BursonThe O'Dwyer Co. has much admiration for Harold Burson's communications skills and his all-out commitment to serving and anticipating the needs of clients. But we especially appreciate the generosity and graciousness that Harold showed us over the years. (2 reader comments)

Invariant Enlists in Apple Corps

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Heather Podesta Invariant has joined Apple's corps of DC lobbyists, handling issues such as privacy, encryption, copyright, intellectual property and competitive matters. (1 reader comment)

Publicis Registers 1.6% Q2 Growth

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Arthur SadounPublicis Groupe CEO Arthur Sadoun reports a 1.6 percent rise in Q2 growth to $2.4B, a performance that was hampered by lackluster results on the US advertising front as clients slash fees.

GE, NAM Vet Hillman Joins Edelman

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Patrick HillmannPatrick Hillman, who handled public affairs and issue advocacy at the National Association of Manufacturers, General Electric and Levick, joined Edelman Chicago July 15 as executive VP in its crisis and risk group.

Media Maneuvers: McClatchy to Rescue in Youngstown; GateHouse, Gannett Near Merger; What's to Like at Instagram?

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

McClatchyMcClatchy will help to fill in the gap being left behind by the closure of The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio’s daily newspaper, via opening of digital news outlet in the fall... Gannett and GateHouse Media, the two largest newspaper chains in the U.S. by circulation, near merger... Instagram is testing out a program that would keep users from seeing how many likes an individual post racks up. Move deals blow to digital "influencers."

On the Move: Harlem Children's Zone Zooms in on Karen Sodomick; MGM Appoints PR Trio; Concacaf Scores with Nicholas Noble

Fri., Jul. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Karen SodomickHarlem Children’s Zone names Karen Sodomick chief communications officer. Sodomick joins the organization from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she was VP of communications... MGM appoints Meghan Gamber as VP, film publicity; Mari Dwyer VP, corporate communications and De’Jon Glover as manager, film publicity... Concacaf, the soccer governing body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, hires Nicholas Noble as its director of communications. Noble comes to Concacaf from the Premier League.

BGR Takes Ride with Ousted Nissan Chief

Thu., Jul. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Carlos GhosnBGR Government Affairs is repping Carlos Ghosn, the former head of Nissan who was arrested in Tokyo in November for allegedly under-reporting millions of dollars of income at Nissan and using company funds for personal expenses.

NRA Spokesperson Baker Exits in Reorg

Thu., Jul. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

NRAJennifer Baker, director of public affairs for the National Rife Assn.’s Institute for Legislative Action lobbying wing and spokesperson for the gun group, has left the troubled organization. (2 reader comments)

On the Move: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Names Dae Levine Communications Chief; G&S Business Communications Ups Heather Caufield, Dana Ferrell, Katy Hendricks; Skanska Taps Anita Woolley Nelson Chief Strategy Officer

Thu., Jul. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Dae levineLos Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti names Dae Levine his director of communications. Levine joins the Garcetti Administration from digital campaigning company Revolution Messaging... G&S Business Communications promotes Heather Caufield, Dana Ferrell and Katy Hendricks from account director to VP... Skanska taps Anita Woolley Nelson chief strategy officer.

Interpublic Ups Polansky, Heimann

Wed., Jul. 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Andy PolanskyInterpublic today named Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky chairman/CEO of its constituency management group. Gail Heimann, president, succeeds Polansky at Weber Shandwick.

Omnicom's PR Units Slip 3.7% in Q2

Wed., Jul. 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John WrenOmnicom CEO John Wren reported today that Q2 PR revenues slipped 3.7 percent to $349.3M and 3.6 percent to $683.4M for the first-half.

 

Commentary

It Could Happen Here

Wed., Jul. 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Freedom HouseFreedom House, which has been warning about the erosion of democracy overseas since 1941, has issued a report outlining some of the danger signs that it sees here that are undermining the “pillars of freedom” in the US. (1 reader comment)

PR Industry Growth Remains Flat

Wed., Jul. 17, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+PartnersThe North American PR industry grew by 4.8 percent last year, reflecting a revenue growth rate that has remained essentially unchanged for the last three years, according to a report.