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Cuomo Aide Lever Likes Facebook

Fri, Aug. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

LeverDani Lever, communications director for New York governor Andrew Cuomo, is moving to Facebook's strategic communications response team.

Edelman Rises to Kodakís Defense

Thu, Aug. 6, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Elizabeth WarrenEdelman advises Kodak as Senator Elizabeth Warren asks the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate potential insider trading by executive chairman Jim Continenza and board member Phillipe Katz.

H+K Works to Bolster WHO's Credibility

Fri, Jul. 17, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

World Health OrganizationHill+Knowlton Strategies is working with the World Health Organization to make certain its science and public health messaging is credible in order to ensure there is trust in the Switzerland-based group's advice and that its guidance is followed. (1 reader comment)

Washington Redskins Bow to PR Pressure, Drop Name

Mon, Jul. 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

RedskinsThe Washington Redskins announced today that the NFL team would change its name and logo—both long criticized as racist by Native Americans—after an 87-year run. (2 reader comments)

Deutsche Bank Calls Epstein a 'Critical Mistake'

Tue, Jul. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jeffrey EpsteinDeutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing told colleagues today that taking on sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as a client was "a critical mistake that never should have happened." (2 reader comments)

Ex-eBay CCO Linked to Cyberstalking Suit

Thu, Jun. 18, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Steve WymerFormer eBay chief communications officer Steve Wymer is said to be one of six former employees of the company mentioned in a federal indictment surrounding the cyberstalking of a couple who published negative stories about eBay in their e-commerce newsletter, according to a Blooomberg report.

Ecuador Enlists Balsera for COVID-19 PR

Wed, Jun. 17, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

EcuadorEcuador, one of the countries in Latin America hardest hit by COVID-19, has hired Balsera Communications (Coral Gables, FL) to counter the perception that it is besieged by the virus and lacks a cohesive response. (1 reader comment)

WPP Launches $30M Anti-Racism Program

Wed, Jun. 17, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadWPP today announced a $30M three-year program to combat racism and to invest in Black and minority ethnic talent.

Perceptions and Preparations From the Kitchen Table

Mon, Jun. 15, 2020

By Brandon Stephenson

Brandon StephensonThe COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed some communications fundamentals. Namely, that you should be prepared for whatever situation might arise, and you need to understand an audience’s perceptions if you want your messages to reach and resonate with them. (2 reader comments)

Zoom Zaps Tiananmen Square Session

Thu, Jun. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Tiananmen SquareZoom Video Communications, which soared in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, disabled the accounts of Chinese dissidents in the US after they used the videoconferencing service to commemorate the 1989 student massacre at Tiananmen Square.

Crisis Engagement Versus Crisis Management

Wed, Jun. 10, 2020

By Peter V. Stanton

Peter V. StantonProfessionals in our field speak often about “crisis management,” but if communicating in the era of COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s the need to consider a new approach.

Opening Doors

Tue, Jun. 9, 2020

By Bill Haynes

Bill HaynesPast crises have shown there are often tremendous opportunities to serve clients in new ways, and we’re already seeing this play out amid the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brees Apologizes for Flag Comments

Mon, Jun. 8, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees drew backlash for comments he made in response to protests during the national anthem, which he likened to “disrespecting the flag.” (2 reader comments)

Inspiring Hope, Purpose in the 'Great Reset'

Thu, Jun. 4, 2020

By Michael Roth and Meg Wildrick

Michael Roth and Meg WildrickMaintaining your client’s brand promise in a post-COVID-19 era by appealing to empathy, intellect and a shared sense of purpose.

Edelman to Cut 390 People

Tue, Jun. 2, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Richard EdelmanEdelman is cutting 390 people, which represents seven percent of its global staff, and ordering pay cuts from five to 20 percent to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Richard Edelman told a virtual town hall today. (3 reader comments)

PRíS Top Pros Talk COVID-19

Wed, May 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series
Putting together a playbook for agency life in the post-COVID world is the topic of the two latest video interviews produced by D S Simon Media in partnership with O’Dwyer’s. This week features MWWPR founder and CEO Michael Kempner and Ketchum partner and managing director Tamara Norman. (1 reader comment)

Shirley & McVicker Fights Michigan's Lockdown

Tue, May 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

BusinessShirley & McVicker Public Affairs is promoting the push against Michigan's lock-down strategy designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. (1 reader comment)

Preparing for a Pandemic

Fri, May 22, 2020

By Thomas P. Butler

Thomas P. ButlerHow one PR agency found itself controlling the messages for two high-profile COVID-19 news stories on the same day, proving the adage that there’s no template for a crisis.

Navigating COVID-19 with PR's Top Pros

Tue, May 19, 2020

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series
O’Dwyer’s has joined forces with Doug Simon, CEO and founder of D S Simon Media, on a series of video interviews to provide an up-close look at the insights and opinions of some of the most innovative and original figures in the PR field. This week features BCW global president Jim Joseph and Edelman chief operating officer Lisa Ross. (1 reader comment)

Airlines Weigh in on Masks Issue

Mon, May 18, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianU.S. airlines have begun taking different stances on the issue of passenger face mask requirements, positions that could be met with either public praise or peril.

Rubenstein Readies for NYC's Reopening

Fri, May 15, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

RubinsteinRubenstein will help develop messaging for the Coalition for NYC Hospitality & Tourism Recovery, which launched May 13 to promote the Big Apple when it opens for business in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. (1 reader comment)

Weber Shandwick Makes COVID-19 Cuts

Wed, May 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Gail HeimanWeber Shandwick has cut and furloughed staff to counter client cutbacks across various sectors, according to an internal memo from CEO Gail Heimann.