Michele Watts
Michelle Watts

Aziza Work Group is named PR agency of record for the relaunch of Ebony and Jet magazines. Aziza will guide publicity for the brands as well as strategizing the relaunch process. The agency is also working on raising awareness of Michele Ghee, the new CEO of 1145 Holdings, which includes all assets related to Ebony and Jet. The websites for both publications say that their “rebirth” will take place on March 1. Ebony and Jet were purchased last year by former NBA star Junior Bridgeman. Ebony, founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, put out its last issue in Spring 2019. Jet started publication in 1951, and transitioned to a print-only platform in 2014. Aziza principal Michelle Watts says that the agency’s work for the publications will focus on finding creative ways to implement that history into their current mission, which Ghee says is to “ensure there is a safe space for Black journalism to thrive.”


Marino adds BetterNOI, a software-as-a-service platform focused on the residential real industry, to its roster of real estate and property technology accounts. Marino will work with BetterNOI’s team to boost the company’s profile and position it as the go-to choice for property owners and managers of multifamily units. BetterNOI lets them bring their entire leasing process onto one platform. More than 1.4 million units across the country, in locations including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, Houston, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, are managed on the BetterNOI platform.


RooneyPartners is now working with SMBC Americas, the Global Association of Risk Professionals and Ascensus. The agency will provide PR support and thought leadership for SMBC Americas as well as for SMBC Nikko, its broker-dealer unit. RooneyPartners will drive brand awareness for GARP through media relations, thought leadership and digital promotion of the organization’s flagship FRM (financial risk manager) certification and SCR (sustainability and climate risk) certificate. The media relations services of RooneyPartners will be employed to advance the Ascensus brand and support the company’s business development goals.