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The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday, 5.27.2016

Obama at Hiroshima; Silicon Valley divided on Peter Thiel; Student gets agency's attention with Snapchat; More Takata airbag recalls.
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27 May 2016 | 3:46 am PDT

PR bosses may be pro-EU, but they are advising clients to stay neutral

Four weeks ahead of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, research shows that despite being generally pro-EU, most PR agencies are advising corporate clients to remain publicly neutral.
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25 May 2016 | 6:11 am PDT

Burson-Marsteller adds Benenson Strategy Group to network

Cofounders Joel Benenson and COO Carl Rossow will continue to lead operations for the firm, which is conducting research and polling for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
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20 May 2016 | 12:21 pm PDT

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

The WPP firm's European arm is providing comms support to the country on issues related to its participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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20 May 2016 | 7:50 am PDT

Burson-Marsteller hires Jeremy Gaines, Benjamin Chang for MD roles

Both have experience in the executive branch.
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19 May 2016 | 6:54 am PDT

What the PR industry is saying about the Obama administration's new overtime rules

PRWeek asked industry and agency leaders what they think of the Obama administration's new rules on overtime pay, which are set to go into effect on December 1. The regulations will make millions more employees across the country eligible for overtime pay.
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18 May 2016 | 12:05 pm PDT

Global Strategy Group rolls out corporate impact practice

The agency is debuting the group as more consumers are looking to the private sector to take the lead on hot button political and social issues.
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18 May 2016 | 9:54 am PDT

Obama's new overtime rules are here

The updated salary threshold is lower than expected, but agencies have only seven months to comply.
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18 May 2016 | 3:13 am PDT

Chamber of Commerce's Margaret Shepard moves to D.C.-based incubator 1776

She was most recently executive director of communications and strategy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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17 May 2016 | 6:43 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.17.2016

Today: Democratic primaries in Kentucky, Oregon; Reporter says he was denied Trump interview for speaking Spanish; Twitter names BET CEO to its board; NASA uses Snapchat to document milestone orbit; Rubio tweet-storms about WaPo story.
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17 May 2016 | 3:32 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 5.12.2016

Brazilian president to step aside amid impeachment trial; Theranos president to step down; Clinton uses the words of other Republicans in early anti-Trump ads; Nissan takes controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors; Instagram tests business analytics.
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12 May 2016 | 3:34 am PDT

Lyft's Austin campaign with a human face ultimately comes up short

The ride-hailing service and rival Uber threw their weight behind defeating regulations that called for greater restrictions on their drivers but ultimately failed at the ballot box.
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11 May 2016 | 6:44 am PDT

Should advertisers care if Facebook suppresses right-wing news?

Three social media experts speak about potential impact on brands.
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11 May 2016 | 5:46 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.10.2016

Airbnb protests advertising-banning bill; Facebook says it doesn't censor conservative news; Three dozen Americans named in latest Panama Papers data drop; White House cleans up mess after Ben Rhodes profile; West Virginia votes.
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10 May 2016 | 3:58 am PDT

North Carolina risks further brand backlash with 'bathroom bill' lawsuit

The state said Monday that it is filing suit against the Justice Department, accusing it of "baseless and blatant" overreach.
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9 May 2016 | 8:47 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.9.2016

Foreign press complains about Trump event access; Twitter bans intelligence services from using Dataminr; Uber, Lyft shut down in Austin; Takata warns of huge net loss for the year; North Carolina faces deadline from federal government on bathroom law.
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9 May 2016 | 3:34 am PDT

Freuds advises Saudi royals on modernisation programmes

Saudi Arabia's ruling family has recently begun using British PR agency Freuds to communicate its new programme of economic and cultural modernisation, it has emerged.
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6 May 2016 | 7:58 am PDT

Your call: In anti-establishment 2016, do endorsements matter?

Several high-profile Republicans have been hesitant to support a Donald Trump nomination, despite its perceived inevitability and the businessman's domination of the party's primary process. Will it matter?
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6 May 2016 | 7:33 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 5.6.2016

How China is using social media to reach the West; LinkedIn kicks the tires on its own version of Facebook's Instant Articles; De Blasio press secretary to step down; Out Friday morning: April's jobs report; Trump tweets taco bowl photo, Latino groups condemn amid party rift.
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6 May 2016 | 3:41 am PDT

Chip Smith joins 21st Century Fox as EVP of public affairs

He will oversee the company's policy offices in the U.S., Hong Kong, Brussels, and the U.K.
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5 May 2016 | 11:20 am PDT

Russia specialist firm EM opens New York office

The firm, which is headquartered in London, also launched an office in Hong Kong last September.
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26 May 2016 | 12:48 pm PDT

LinkedIn drops users a note about data breach aftermath

The professional social network emailed users on Wednesday about what it is doing to combat its still-developing 2012 data breach.
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26 May 2016 | 7:45 am PDT

PR bosses may be pro-EU, but they are advising clients to stay neutral

Four weeks ahead of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, research shows that despite being generally pro-EU, most PR agencies are advising corporate clients to remain publicly neutral.
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25 May 2016 | 6:11 am PDT

Finsbury and Hering Schuppener hired for Bayer's $62bn Monsanto bid

Finsbury and its WPP partner agency Hering Schuppener have been appointed to handle corporate comms around the proposed $62bn (£42.8bn) bid by German life sciences firm Bayer for American agrochemical giant Monsanto.
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23 May 2016 | 6:12 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.23.2016

Bayer bids $62b for Monsanto; Obama, in Vietnam, confirms airstrike that killed Taliban leader; Trump cuts into Clinton's national lead; Chipotle's menu wearing down customers, Padres criticized for national anthem mix-up.
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23 May 2016 | 3:46 am PDT

Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates names Relevance New York first global PR firm

The firm was brought on last month after an RFP process.
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19 May 2016 | 9:30 am PDT

Burson-Marsteller hires Jeremy Gaines, Benjamin Chang for MD roles

Both have experience in the executive branch.
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19 May 2016 | 6:54 am PDT

Global Strategy Group rolls out corporate impact practice

The agency is debuting the group as more consumers are looking to the private sector to take the lead on hot button political and social issues.
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18 May 2016 | 9:54 am PDT

Charter Communications gets rid of 'the brand you love to hate'

New owner Charter Communications is betting customers won't miss the Time Warner Cable brand.
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18 May 2016 | 9:24 am PDT

76ers roll out trailblazing jersey ad, creep out fans

The team showed off the first jersey ad in major U.S. professional sports on Monday with videos starring its mascots. But many fans weren't impressed.
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17 May 2016 | 7:33 am PDT

Four Seasons selects HL Group as U.S. AOR

Four Seasons chose HL Group due to the firm's experience in the luxury segment and its "innovative approach" to integrated marketing.
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16 May 2016 | 6:09 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.16.2016

Nissan emissions scandal; Amazon to roll out private-label brands, Trump fake publicist story rolls on; KTLA faces backlash for making weather reporter cover up on air; Zuckerberg to meet with Glenn Beck.
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16 May 2016 | 3:31 am PDT

Ruder Finn names Burson's Keith Hughes to lead corporate; Rachel Spielman takes new role

Ruder Finn has hired Keith Hughes as the new head of its corporate practice and formalized its EVP of storytelling and media position with Rachel Spielman.
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13 May 2016 | 10:04 am PDT

Pressure mounts on Facebook over Trending Topics 'bias'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to meet conservative critics in a bid to persuade them that the social network is taking allegations that it has suppressed right-wing news sources seriously.
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13 May 2016 | 2:12 am PDT

How the Smithsonian quickly refuted Zimmerman's gun claim

"We knew there was going to be high interest and we wanted to correct it right away," said the Smithsonian Institution's chief spokesperson Linda St. Thomas.
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12 May 2016 | 1:08 pm PDT

Study: Organizations need to do more in internal communications

The Institute for Public Relations launched Wednesday a study on organizational clarity, which surveyed 1,500 employees in five countries across six sectors on their employment.
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11 May 2016 | 11:36 am PDT

Chipotle enlists food-safety experts as E. coli crisis response continues

Reuters reported Wednesday morning that the chain has brought on three food-safety experts, including one that was critical of its response late last year.
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11 May 2016 | 9:09 am PDT

Just Eat takes away McDonald's PR manager as first corporate comms chief

Just Eat has appointed Joanna de Koning from McDonald's to be its first head of corporate comms.
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10 May 2016 | 7:19 am PDT

Spotify and The Romans 'consciously uncouple' as Red takes expanded UK brief

Spotify has parted company with The Romans as its UK agency after about a year, with The Red Consultancy taking an expanded brief following a change of comms strategy.
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10 May 2016 | 1:33 am PDT

FTI Consulting's Hong Kong office named in Panama Papers

A database published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists claims FTI's Hong Kong office served as an intermediary to three offshore entities.
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9 May 2016 | 1:20 pm PDT
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