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COVID-19 Driving Digital News Subscriptions

Tue., Mar. 31, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Mather EconomicsNews publishers are experiencing an uptick in digital subscriptions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study by Mather Economics.

News of Firms: Zimmerman Agency Unveils 'Hunger to Help' Campaign

Tue., Mar. 31, 2020

By Steve Barnes

ZimmermanThe Zimmerman Agency launches "Hunger to Help” campaign urging the purchase of gift cards to support of the restaurant industry, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis... Matter Communications rolls an internal communications offering to help companies “ensure the happiness, engagement and productivity of their teams" in the new work-from-home environment... Goodnewsforpets, the digital publishing arm of Germinder & Associates, unveils VMX Virtual booth.

Big Apple Awards Postponed to Sept. 30

Tue., Mar. 31, 2020

By Steve Barnes

PRSA-NY has postponed the 2020 Big Apple Awards, originally scheduled for June 16, to Sept. 30. The award entry deadline has been pushed back to Friday, June 5.

Media Maneuvers: National Geo Launches Fund for Reporters Covering COVID-19

Tue., Mar. 31, 2020

By Steve Barnes

National The National Geographic Society has launched an emergency fund to support journalists around the world who are working to provide COVID-19 coverage in their communities... Gannett is instituting pay cuts and furloughs throughout the company as it contends with the current crisis... Slate is asking readers to assume a greater role in funding.

On the Move: GCI Health Hires Edelman'sKuresman

Tue., Mar. 31, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Ryah KuresmanGCI Health snags Ryan Kuresman, who was senior VP-health policy at Edelman, for DC post... Seven Letter, a DC-strategic communications/PA shop, adds Reingold's Morgan Dye... C-Strategies hires Cindy Klima, who was chief communications & marketing officer for the Illinois Tollway Authority.

COVID-19 Ad Market Worse Than 08 Recession

Tue., Mar. 31, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

CovidMost media buyers now believe the COVID-19 pandemic will have an even more damaging effect on U.S. advertising budgets than the 2008 financial crisis.

BGR Represents Ex-Carlos Ghosn Aide

Mon., Mar. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

BGR GroupBGR Government Affairs is working for Greg Kelly, who was arrested in Japan in November for allegedly helping former Nissan CEO now fugitive Carlos Ghosn hide compensation. (1 reader comment)

Commentary

Trump is Whirling Dervish of Crisis Managers

Mon., Mar. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

New York PostDonald Trump, the whirling dervish of crisis managers, takes hit from the New York Post, which begs him to "stop winging it" on the COVID-19 crisis. (3 reader comments)

Publicis Drops Guidance

Mon., Mar. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Publicis GroupePublicis Groupe, which will release its first-quarter financials on April 23, has decided not to issue guidance "due to the "uncertain, volatile and unprecedented economic situation."

Chicago PD CCO Splits for Fairfax County

Mon., Mar. 30, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Anthony GuglielmiAnthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer of the Chicago Police Department, is shifting to the Fairfax County Police Department as head of communications.

How Long Will CMOs Have to Deal with COVID-19?

Mon., Mar. 30, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianMarketers must devise long-haul strategies for connecting with consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping in mind that ecommerce will likely become stronger than ever when the pandemic ends.

SC Johnson Names VanderMolen CCO

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Alan VanderMolenAlan VanderMolen, former international president of WE Communications and vice chairman at Edelman, has joined SC Johnson as senior VP and chief communications officer, according to a company representative.

Top Alcohol Lobbyist Goes to Pot

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mark GormanMark Gorman, who led government relations for the Distilled Spirits Council of the US for 20 years, has joined the National Assn. of Cannabis Businesses as executive VP/COO.

'Cease and Desist' Telling the Truth

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyDonald Trump's lawyers claim that a pro-Biden PAC ad that uses the president's own words in denying any responsibility for the response to the COVID-19 outbreak is false, misleading and deceptive advertising. It fits the pattern Trump has followed his entire adult life to avoid accountability. (1 reader comment)

Amsterdam & Partners Eyes $4M Fee from Venezuela

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

AmsterdamAmsterdam & Partners will receive a $4M flat fee to push for the removal of US sanctions on Venezuela. The US does not recognize the government of Venezuela and has charged its president Nicolas Maduro with narco-terrorism.

Media Manuevers: High Times Parent Acquires Pot Grower

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

High TimesHightimes Holding Corp., publisher of cannabis-focused High Times, Dope and Culture, makes deal to acquire Humboldt Heritage pot grower... Lee Enterprises, which owns such newspapers as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Arizona Daily Sun, has launched Health Bright Marketing, a full-service marketing company... W magazine, which Condé Nast sold to Future Media Group in June, is going on hiatus.

How to Zoom in Style

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Matthew Lenig

Mathew LenigWith Zoom becoming a major way that meetings and networking get done in the COVID-19 landscape, here are a few tips to make sure you put your best foot forward when you take your professional interactions online.

COVID-19 Hits Interpublic's Financial Targets

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Michael RothInterpublic CEO Michael Roth has yanked a full-year financial projection of three percent organic growth for 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Becomes Publishing Industry Crisis

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in news consumption, but the economic impact of the crisis has also devastated the publishing industry, as companies affected by the outbreak scale back their advertising budgets. Already, widespread layoffs have shaken the media world this week, leaving many publishers to wonder if they’re next.

Ex-Clinton Aide Joins Team Biden

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Lily AdamsLily Adams, who was communications director for Kamala Harris’ presidential bid and a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for the White House, has joined Unite the Country, the PAC supporting Joe Biden’s campaign, as chief communications officer.

At-Home Workers Worry About Lack of Exercise

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

G&SThe biggest challenge faced by America’s growing army of people working remotely from home is getting enough exercise, according to a snap poll conducted by G&S Business Communications on March 20 and 21. (1 reader comment)