Seven things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.3.2015

Latest on Germanwings investigation; March jobs report; Is Periscope a flash in the pan?

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Indiana Governor Mike Pence

1. Andreas Lubitz, pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight that crashed in southern France last Tuesday, intentionally boosted the plane’s speed as it headed for the ground, according to flight recorder device data. Meanwhile, mental health advocates are fighting what they see as unfair coverage in the days after the crash. Update: Skeptics were right. The US economy added 126,000 jobs in March, less than expected. Unemployment stayed at 5.5%.

2. The March jobs report is set to be released on Friday morning, but it won’t have an immediate impact on the stock market on Friday because both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ are closed for good Friday. Predictions are mixed. Reuters expects another month of solid growth, while CNBC says the numbers will disappoint.

3. Is Periscope a social media pet rock? After bursting onto the scene last week on the heels of Meerkat, the live-streaming service’s usage numbers have fallen back to Earth, according to Quartz.


4. In the months after GamerGate, community managers are on the front lines trying to prevent misogynistic and sexist behavior in video gaming communities. Motherboard looks at how they’re doing.

5. The governors of Indiana and Arkansas signed off on changes to "religious freedom" laws in both states that they say will protect LGBT citizens and visitors from discrimination. Private companies and organizations from Walmart to Salesforce had applied pressure on the states.

6. A group of Western nations and Iran agreed to the framework of a potentially historic nuclear deal on Thursday. Now the Obama administration begins the tough job of selling it to skeptical allies and members of Congress, who want to sign off on any agreement. The deal blueprint doesn’t mean much yet for businesses eager to do more in the Islamic Republic, according to Bloomberg News.

7. TPG Capital’s former head of public affairs sued the private equity firm on Thursday, claiming he was fired only after raising concerns about executives violating security regulations. Adam Levine was a former assistant White House press secretary under President George W. Bush.

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