Six things for PR pros to know Monday morning

The latest from Ferguson, Missouri; Bidding war for dollar-store chain; ALS Association donations hit $13.3 million due to Ice Bucket Challenge.

1. The National Guard has been called to Ferguson, Missouri, after another night of clashes between police and residents after protests turned violent.

The latest round of unrest took place after an autopsy of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed black teenager killed by police last Saturday, was released yesterday, showing that Brown had been shot six times, including twice in the head.

Here’s what happened over the weekend in Ferguson:


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2. Dollar General offered nearly $10 billion to acquire rival Family Dollar, creating a bidding war for the chain after Dollar Tree made a $8.5 billion bid last month.


3. Rupert Murdoch drew hoots on Twitter on Sunday after he tweeted that "NSA privacy invasion is bad, but nothing compared to Google." Murdoch-owned News Corp. subsidiary News International shut down British newspaper News of the World in 2011 after a phone-hacking scandal.


4. The ALS Association has received $13.3 million in donations as of Sunday, largely due to the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon sweeping social media. Consumers have shared videos of themselves accepting the challenge — which calls for them to donate $100 or dump a bucket of ice water over their heads — more than 1.2 million times on Facebook since late July. The initiative has been mentioned on Twitter nearly twice as many times since then. The organization told PRWeek last week that it couldn’t take credit for the campaign but the effort "couldn’t have come at a better time."


5. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday that he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London "soon," though that is ultimately up to British authorities. Assange has been holed up in the embassy for two years.


6. Many online media-buying or delivery companies have seen their stock prices tumble in recent months, despite marketers spending more money on digital advertising. Some of the companies told The Wall Street Journal that high research and development costs are to blame. 

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