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Last Updated: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019 @ 5:31 pm

rbb Acquires Z|COMM

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

ZCommrbb Communications has acquired Miami-based publicity and consulting practice Z|COMM.

Ogilvy PR Chief Smith Exits for Gluten-Free Pizza Gig

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Stuart SmithStuart Smith, head of Ogilvy’s global PR group, is leaving the WPP unit to take the chief marketing & growth job at Vegolutionary Foods, the Los Angeles health food company founded by his wife and former Edelman western region CEO Gail Becker. (1 reader comment)


In Memoriam

Jack O'Dwyer, Chronicler of PR, Dies

By Kevin McCauley

Jack O'DwyerJack O'Dwyer, who launched his pioneering Jack O'Dwyer's Newsletter 50 years ago, died Dec. 19. He was 85. (70 reader comments)


Commentary

Alexander Hamilton Must Be Spinning in his Grave

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Coast GuardThe 42K active members of the Coast Guard, which protects Donald Trump when he vacations at his members-only Mar-a-Lago resort, take a big financial hit from the president's government shutdown.

#MeToo Beyond Hollywood

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

By Liz Bard Lindley

Liz Bard LindleyThe birth of the #MeToo movement has ensured that press coverage of sexual harassment claims can affect any business, no matter the industry.

MMGY Makes Briscoe President

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Katie BriscoeFormer MMGY Global executive vice president Katie Briscoe has been promoted to the role of president.

B-M's Ex-PA Chief Klasky Tunes into SoundExchange

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Helaine KlaskyHelaine Klasky, the former chair of Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. public affairs and crisis practice, has been named chief communications officer of SoundExchange, a company that manages sound recording and music works rights.

Miami Beach V&CA Looks for PR Firm

Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Miami BeachThe Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority has issued an RFP for PR services to further its goal of positioning the city as a vibrant community and superb tourist destination for international and domestic travellers.

Ballard Partners Launches StratComm Biz

Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Raj ShahFederal lobbying powerhouse Ballard Partners, which has close ties with the Trump administration, has opened a strategic communications unit led by White House aide who handled PR for Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

Commentary

Port Authority: Tone Deaf to PR

Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Candy NationsWhat was the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey thinking in allowing the flag of Saudi Arabia, which provided 15 of the 19 murderers of 9/11, to be displayed at the World Trade Center? (3 reader comments)

Weber Shandwick Goes for the Golden

Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Melissa GoldenMelissa Golden, a 25-year marketing communications pro, has joined Weber Shandwick to oversee its Atlanta outpost as executive VP/GM.

Why the Art of Crisis Has Gotten Personal

Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

By Gil Bashe and Michael Heinley

Gil Bashe and Michael HeinleyAn accelerated digital news cycle, often short on facts, requires a responsive and attentive crisis management approach that’s capable of monitoring and engaging across media channels in seconds as opposed to days or even hours. (2 reader comments)

Montieth Moves to Hong Kong

Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Montieth & CompanyMontieth & Company has expanded its footprint in the Asia-Pacific market with the opening of a new Hong Kong office.

RR Donnelley Issues RFI for PR

Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

RR DonnelleyRR Donnelley is floating an RFI as the $7B integrated communications company seeks to “rebuild its PR strategy.”

Reevemark Backs Bid for Gannett

Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

GannettReevemark, the strategic advisory firm launched last year by Sard Verbinnen & Co. veterans, is backing the takeover bid for Gannett, publisher of USA Today.

What's in Store for PR in 2019?

Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

By Melissa DiGianfilippo

Melissa DiGianfilippoThree trends that public relations professionals can expect to see shaping the industry in the year to come.

Hill Veteran Hill Shifts to FTI

Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Frederick HillFrederick Hill, who led media outreach for the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and its chairman Republican John Thune (SD), has joined FTI Consulting’s strategic communications unit.