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Last Updated: Mon., Mar. 1, 2021 @ 5:42 pm

Many News Subscribers Don’t Read What They Pay For

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

newspapersA majority of local news subscribers are “zombie” readers who rarely consume the news they pay for, according to data released by Northwestern University’s Medill Spiegel School of Journalism.

Colorado Issues $180K Vaccine Education RFP

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Colorado Department of Public Health & EnvironmentColorado wants a PR firm to run an immunization education campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated in order to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases in The Centennial State.

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CPAC Leaves Hyatt with PR Mess

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

RuneHyatt Corp. is certainly glad the the Conservative Political Action Conference is over. The hotel chain can now work to restore its PR reputation... Liberal California Democracts seek to muzzle Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network

Teneo Takes WestExec Advisors Stake

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WestexecTeneo has acquired a minority stake in WestExec Advisors, the DC geopolitical firm that was co-founded by secretary of state Tony Blinken, and adds former senator Chris Dodd as senior advisor.

PR's Top Pros Talk: Michelle Mekky

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Michelle Mekky, CEO & Founder, Mekky Media Relations, Inc.
Mekky Media Relations CEO and founder Michelle Mekky talks with Doug Simon about how her experience as a journalist taught her the skills needed for communications success in the age of COVID on the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview.

On the Move: Gunpowder Adds Kantner

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Emily KantnerGunpowder Inc., which specializes in in outdoor brands, recruits Emily Kantner for PR post... VOSS Water appoints Rachel Chambers senior VP, marketing... French/​West/​Vaughan promotes Molly Beitz to art director and Deegan Mundy to senior producer.

Sonoma County Seeks PR to Save Russian River

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Sonoma County, CaliforniaSonoma County seeks a PR partner to develop a campaign to promote conscious environmental stewardship of the 110-mile Russian River, which generates $2B in tourism dollars to the local economy, but is threatened by pollution and thoughtless overuse.

Qorvis Hires Trump White House Alum Baum

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Kristina BaumKristina Baum, communications director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and spokesperson for Team Trump's response to COVID-19 pandemic, has joined Qorvis Communications as VP-Public Affairs.

Media Maneuvers: AT&T Spins Off DirecTV

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

DirecTVAT&T is spinning off its DirecTV business, following the sale of a 30 percent stake in the unit to private equity firm TPG... Twitter slates what it calls a “super follow” feature for later this year... Washington Post names Cameron Barr, one of its four managing editors, to be acting executive editor following Marty Baron’s Feb. 28 exit.

Cision Acquires Brandwatch

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

CisionMarketing software giant Cision has entered into a $450M agreement to acquire Brighton, UK-based digital consumer intelligence company Brandwatch.

Walgreens' Faith Joins City of Hope

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Brian FaithBrian Faith will join City of Hope, the biomedical research center for diabetes and cancer treatment and care, as VP-communications on March 1 after a more than two-year run as VP-corporate communications at Walgreens.

On the Move: Blue Sky Names Sally Exec. VP

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Annette SallyBlue Sky names Annette Sally executive VP... Hope-Beckham Inc. promotes Wendy Hsiao to VP... Stripe, a Dublin-based online payment processing platform, hires Peter Barron as global head of communications.

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Bad PR Took Down McKinsey Chief

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin SneaderBad PR took down McKinsey chief as Kevin Sneader is the first global managing partner since 1976 not to win a second three-year term... Hard-core Trump supporters are flocking to Fox News' competitors.

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