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Last Updated: Tue., Apr. 7, 2020 @ 10:35 am

Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary

Tue., Apr. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Stephanie GrishamStephanie Grisham out as White House press secretary after eight months during which she held no regular press briefings. Donald Trump has been holding his own daily media briefings.

San Diego U Seeks PR Software

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

University of San DiegoThe University of San Diego in in the market for PR software, according to the school's RFQ.

Osmond Takes Racepoint President Post

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Bob OsmundRacepoint CEO Larry Weber has hired PR veteran Bob Osmond to serve as president of the independent tech-oriented shop.

PR Industry Sees Spike in Salary Cuts, Revenue Losses

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

LayoffAs clients scale back their marketing budgets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PR firms are reporting an upswing in employee layoffs and salary cuts, as well as terminated client contracts and campaigns put on hold, according to a Gould+Partners survey.

Accounts in Transit: Neathawk360 Works Roanoke's Pedestrian Safety Push

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Steve Barnes

RoanokeNeathawk360 handles media for Roanoke's pedestrian safety programs funded by Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles... Red Fan Communications partners with Tot Squad, a curated marketplace for parenting-related services... Firecracker PR lands Li-Cycle, a Toronto-based company focused on advanced Lithium-Ion battery resource recovery.

CEO Interviews in the Midst of COVID-19

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Alexis E. Blais

Alexis BlaisA summary and analysis of how CEOs are positioning themselves in response to the media’s appetite for insight into how businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoom CEO Admits It ‘Fell Short’

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianRemote video-conferencing platform Zoom has seen usage surge in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a series of recent privacy and security concerns has the service falling short of users’ expectations.

Ease COVID-19 Uncertainty at Your Agency with Open-Book Management

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By John Lacy

John LacyOpening the financials of your company to all employees can reduce their feelings of resentment when management has to make tough decisions, since those decisions no longer come as a surprise. Everyone pulls together to get through the hardship. (1 reader comment)

Amazon Memo Details PR Plan to Smear Fired Worker

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

AmazonA leaked memo shows Amazon resorting to brass-knuckle tactics against a former employee who claimed he was fired for organizing a strike at the e-commerce giant’s Staten Island fulfillment center.

Ex-Energy Secretary Perry Speaks for Shale Oil

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Rick PerryFormer Energy Secretary Rick Perry is lobbying on behalf of the US shale oil industry, which faces "an existential threat" due to the collapse of crude oil prices. (1 reader comment)

Commentary

Big Tech, Pharma Will Need PR for Post COVID-19 Backlash

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

LogosBig technology and pharmaceutical companies will emerge from the chaos of the COVID-19 crisis even more powerful than they are today. They will need PR to deal with the backlash... COVID-19 casualties: 62 percent of small businesses won't survive two months without federal assistance... Another impeachable offense: Pentagon warned Trump team of pandemic and shortage of ventilators, hospital beds and drugs. President opted to close White House pandemic office.

Fenton Urges Motorists to Stay Home

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

FentonFenton Consulting has launched a billboard PSA campaign, urging motorists to get off the road and stay home in the national effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Warren Campaign Aide Joins Blue State

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Camonghne FelixCamonghne Felix, who was national director of surrogates communications, black media & strategic communications for Elizabeth Warren's presidential run, has joined Blue State in Washington.

How PR Can Combat the COVID-19 Fake News Crisis

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

KyneThe communications industry is uniquely poised to respond to the spread of misinformation that’s surged in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Media Maneuvers: Warner Media Names Hulu Co-Founder Kilar CEO

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jason KilarWarnerMedia names Hulu co-founder Jason Kilar CEO, effective May 1... Bustle Digital Group, which includes such properties as Nylon and Elite Daily, fires 24 staffers... News Media Alliance, a nonprofit organization that represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, asks Post Office to cut mailing rates during COVID-19 pandemic.

On the Move: Edelman EVP Puthoff Moves to Chirp

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Marisa PuthoffChirp, integrated marketing communications shop, recruits Edelman executive VP Marisa Puthoff... Move, Inc. of News Corp. hires Samsung Next's Hani Durzy as VP-communications... IMAX Corporation adds Brett Harriss as senior VP of investor relations.

HRC's Halloran Joins Cornerstone

Thu., Apr. 2, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Liz HalloranLiz Halloran, deputy communications director at the Human Rights Campaign, has joined Cornerstone Public Affairs.

Teneo Reps Bloom Energy in Bid to Refurbish Ventilators

Thu., Apr. 2, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Bloom EnergyTeneo represents Bloom Energy, which is teaming with Almo Corp, to refurbish and distribute unused and out-or-warranty ventilators to states and hospitals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.