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The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 2.9.2016

New Hampshire primary day; Omnicom Q4 and full-year 2015 earnings; Twitter launches anti-harassment task force; Is Chipotle blaming employees for its E. coli outbreak?; Instagram lets users switch accounts more easily.
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9 Feb 2016 | 4:59 am PST

Amid Super Bowl 50, NFL faces its biggest fight: Making the game safe

On the eve of a Super Bowl likely to attract record ratings, the NFL is facing a critical long-term issue in player concussions. Improved communications can't solve the problem by itself, but it could give the league a good place to start.
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5 Feb 2016 | 10:10 am PST

Illinois looks for agency partner for summer food service program

The state's Board of Education is searching for an agency to work on a multifaceted outreach program.
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5 Feb 2016 | 9:30 am PST

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday, 2.5.2016

Clinton, Sanders spar over Wall Street; January jobs number due; Google takes on extremists; NFL plans anti-domestic-violence ad for Super Bowl 50; LinkedIn shares plummet; Shkreli's lawyer criticizes client's tweeting.
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5 Feb 2016 | 4:43 am PST

Does lobbying involve social media activity? New York regulators are looking into it

Following last week's decision to require communications consultants who work with politicians to register as lobbyists, the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics is looking into the role social media plays.
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4 Feb 2016 | 7:51 am PST

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 2.4.2016

Happening Thursday: Clinton and Sanders debate; McGraw Hill plans rebranding; Martin Shkreli on Capitol Hill; Nonprofits team up for #WorldCancerDay; Facebook celebrates Friends Day.
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4 Feb 2016 | 4:42 am PST

New York City asks for mom bloggers' help fighting Zika virus

The Health Department recommended pregnant women, or women who are planning to become pregnant, consider delaying travel to affected regions.
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3 Feb 2016 | 12:34 pm PST

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 2.3.2016

Obama to visit Baltimore mosque; Clinton, Sanders set for New Hampshire town hall; Testimony set on Flint water crisis; Intel's diversity report; Amazon plans physical expansion; Poor fourth-quarter results from Yahoo, Chipotle.
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3 Feb 2016 | 4:48 am PST

Pitching the end of the world: The comms challenges behind promoting the Doomsday Clock

Despite the nuclear deal with Iran and the Paris climate accords, the world hasn't staved off disaster. How Hastings Group pitched that morbid story to members of the media.
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2 Feb 2016 | 8:40 am PST

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 2.2.2016

Iowa results; Rubio grabs momentum heading to New Hampshire; What analysts want to hear from Marissa Mayer; Oscars add a touch of diversity; Google surpasses Apple as world's most valuable company; Delta apologizes for flight attendant fight.
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2 Feb 2016 | 4:39 am PST

PRSA slams New York State lobbying rule changes

The PR Council and civil liberties and media groups have also come out against the guidance.
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1 Feb 2016 | 1:09 pm PST

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

A mentoring gap affecting 16 million youth has a direct impact on AT&T's talent pipeline, and as a business with more than 250,000 employees, we know we can help.
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1 Feb 2016 | 10:06 am PST

The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 2.1.2016

The New Influencers; Down to the wire in Iowa; Super Bowl media day; Alphabet earnings; Black History Month begins; CDC could declare Chipotle E. coli crisis over; Amtrak to release May 2015 crash data.
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1 Feb 2016 | 4:57 am PST

Golin takes a brand marketing look at the 2016 candidates

The company eschewed the horse race polling generally used in politics to evaluate candidates and instead looked at the attributes their constituents want in a leader.
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29 Jan 2016 | 2:10 pm PST

Redefining PR as lobbying should be a nonstarter in New York

The state's Joint Ethics Commission passed a measure that would redefine PR pros as lobbyists this week. It might be well intentioned, but it's unrealistic and unenforceable.
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29 Jan 2016 | 9:42 am PST

The 9 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 1.29.2016

The Trump-less GOP debate; Politico shakeup; Takata says CEO is staying; Xerox plans to split in two; Jack Dorsey tries to inspire employees.
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29 Jan 2016 | 4:49 am PST

#StopHateDumpTrump: Grassroots movement aims to hold media accountable

A group of volunteer advocates is using celebrity support to help the initiative gain steam.
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28 Jan 2016 | 8:43 am PST

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 1.28.2016

What to watch during a Trump-less debate; Takata CEO to exit; Facebook earnings blow roof off; Why the Kanye-Wiz beef is a good thing for Twitter; More scrutiny of Wounded Warrior Project.
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28 Jan 2016 | 4:50 am PST

PR Council says New York State ethics board is clueless on redefinition of PR as lobbying

The industry body said this week that new rules that require political PR firms to register as lobbyists show state bureaucrats just don't understand the communications business.
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27 Jan 2016 | 8:43 am PST

UK Government, HSBC, Nestlé, Vodafone: stellar names added to PR360 line-up

Alex Aiken, executive director of UK government comms, and senior comms figures from Nestlé, Vodafone, Nationwide Building Society and elsewhere have been added to the stellar line-up for PR360 - PRWeek's global festival of PR.
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27 Jan 2016 | 4:41 am PST

General Motors ups Randy Arickx to VP of IR and corporate comms

As part of the shift, Joanne Krell has returned to GM as executive director of corporate communications after seven years at the Kellogg Foundation.
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9 Feb 2016 | 2:12 pm PST

Chipotle consumers confused by, or unaware of, one-day closure

At noon on Monday, hungry customers trudged through the snow in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood only to find the lights out and doors locked at the chain's 7th Avenue location.
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8 Feb 2016 | 1:02 pm PST

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 2.8.2016

Super Bowl winners: Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning, Budweiser, Hyundai; Losers: Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton, Colonial Williamsburg; Chipotle shut-down; 'Rubiobot' fallout; Volkswagen to pay up.
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8 Feb 2016 | 4:39 am PST

Brunswick maintains top spot in M&A comms adviser league, says Mergermarket report

Brunswick maintained its position as the PR agency that offered comms support to the greatest number of M&A deals globally in 2015, both by value and volume of deals, new research suggests.
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8 Feb 2016 | 3:07 am PST

Hewlett Packard Enterprise releases letter sent to FT journalist to dispute 'ad threat' claim

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has strongly disputed claims by an FT columnist that the software firm's comms chief Henry Gomez wrote a 'threatening' and 'aggressive' letter to her with suggestions about the newspaper's relationship with its advertisers, and has provided PRWeek with a copy of the letter.
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7 Feb 2016 | 2:12 pm PST

Amid Super Bowl 50, NFL faces its biggest fight: Making the game safe

On the eve of a Super Bowl likely to attract record ratings, the NFL is facing a critical long-term issue in player concussions. Improved communications can't solve the problem by itself, but it could give the league a good place to start.
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5 Feb 2016 | 10:10 am PST

Abernathy MacGregor lends Wounded Warrior Project crisis comms support

The New York Times and CBS News have posted stories in recent weeks examining the nonprofit's spending.
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5 Feb 2016 | 9:21 am PST

FleishmanHillard wins global PR brief for headphone maker Bose

FleishmanHillard has been appointed as Bose's first global PR agency, PRWeek has learned.
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5 Feb 2016 | 8:26 am PST

MLB's former director of business PR, Jeff Heckelman, goes to bat for Finsbury as VP

Heckelman has been brought on to help apply Finsbury's expertise in crisis communications, corporate reputation, and public policy to the sports and entertainment space.
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4 Feb 2016 | 1:49 pm PST

KFC teams up with Edelman ahead of Super Bowl 50

The fast-food chain is hinting it will once again introduce a new actor to portray Colonel Sanders during Sunday's game.
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4 Feb 2016 | 7:35 am PST

Best Western Hotels moves account to J Public Relations

Incumbent Allison+Partners had worked with the hotel company for more than a decade.
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3 Feb 2016 | 12:20 pm PST

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 2.3.2016

Obama to visit Baltimore mosque; Clinton, Sanders set for New Hampshire town hall; Testimony set on Flint water crisis; Intel's diversity report; Amazon plans physical expansion; Poor fourth-quarter results from Yahoo, Chipotle.
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3 Feb 2016 | 4:48 am PST

Tata Motors to rebrand new car following Zika virus outbreak

The motor company's new 'Zica' compact vehicle will be renamed to avoid association with the virus that has been declared a global emergency
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2 Feb 2016 | 9:43 pm PST

Burson-Marsteller launches StepUp China

New practice, in conjunction with Chinese agency Flyfinger, will focus on comms services for Chinese startups
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2 Feb 2016 | 6:38 pm PST

Chipotle sickness crisis results in 6.8% revenue decrease

Chain blames publicity around food-borne illness incidents for unprecedented revenue drop.
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2 Feb 2016 | 2:15 pm PST

Uber has a new logo - and people are outraged

Twitter users gave the new logo, which Uber touted to several media outlets, a poor rating on Tuesday.
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2 Feb 2016 | 1:18 pm PST

Pitching the end of the world: The comms challenges behind promoting the Doomsday Clock

Despite the nuclear deal with Iran and the Paris climate accords, the world hasn't staved off disaster. How Hastings Group pitched that morbid story to members of the media.
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2 Feb 2016 | 8:40 am PST

Johnson & Johnson comms leader Maggie FitzPatrick stepping down

FitzPatrick is departing the company as it evaluates its 150 agency partnerships.
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1 Feb 2016 | 12:16 pm PST

Mike Love steps down as chairman of Burson-Marsteller UK

Mike Love, chairman of Burson-Marsteller UK, will leave his role with immediate effect.
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1 Feb 2016 | 9:26 am PST

Jack Morton China hires new MD

Evie Loo takes over from Adam Charles, who vacates the position after six years
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1 Feb 2016 | 12:57 am PST
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