Eight things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.24.2015

Germanwings plane crashes in France; Angelina Jolie Pitt explains preventative medical procedure in NYT; Facebook in talks to host media content.

1. An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa discount carrier Germanwings has crashed in southern France. As many as 150 passengers are believed to have been on board; France’s president said no survivors are expected. Germanwings had not yet confirmed the crash as of 7:15 am EST. Update: Lufthansa has issued statements on the crash.

2. Actress Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on Tuesday morning explaining her decision to have her ovaries removed, two years after undergoing a preventative double mastectomy. She said she hopes her decision to publicly disclose the surgery will inform other women about options available to them.


3. Facebook is in discussions with a number of major media outlets about hosting their content within the social network in a move that would help mobile readers load stories more quickly than through an external link.

4. Kraft Foods is negotiating with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics about how to go forward with the decision to put the group’s "kids eat right" logo on packages of Kraft Singles cheese, which created a rift at the organization. Jon Stewart poked fun at the endorsement last week.

5. Hillary Clinton stuck around to chat with members of the media on Monday night after speaking at an awards ceremony for political reporting, in what is being seen as an effort to restart her often-contentious relationship with the press. She is expected to lay low until making a formal announcement about her expected candidacy.

6. Vegetarian frozen-food company Amy’s Kitchen is recalling more than 70,000 packages of food due to concerns about listeria, which can cause harmful infections in people with weak immune systems.

7. Ted Cruz launched his bid for the Republican nomination on Monday at Liberty University, making him the first official candidate on the GOP side. One catch: he does not own TedCruz.com; supporters of President Barack Obama and his immigration policy do. Cruz is using TedCruz.org instead.

8. Amazon’s streaming gaming unit Twitch acknowledged it was hacked on Monday, telling users that their passwords, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth may have been accessed. 

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