The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning: 7.6.2015

Reddit in turmoil; Indiana, Porter Novelli split; US women win World Cup, but some fans get out of hand on Twitter; Greek crisis dominates news cycle; Clinton campaign criticized for reporter wrangling; Mega insurance deal.

Image via US Soccer's Facebook page
Image via US Soccer's Facebook page

1. Reddit was in turmoil over the holiday weekend as moderators shut down more than 250 subreddits in protest of the company reportedly firing Victoria Taylor, who has managed the platform’s hugely popular Ask Me Anything sessions. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao said claims that Taylor was fired over a push to commercialize AMAs are not true.


2. Indiana split with Porter Novelli late last week, three months after hiring the firm in the wake of outrage over the state’s "religious freedom" law. Both sides say the decision to call off the contract was amicable.

3. The US Women’s National Soccer Team won the Women’s World Cup on Sunday night, besting Japan 5-2 after running out to an early lead. Carli Lloyd scored three goals for the US. Some American supporters were criticized for making mocking references to Pearl Harbor on Twitter during the game.

4. Greece’s debt crisis is dominating the news cycle on Monday morning, sending international markets down again. The country’s finance minister resigned on Monday after creditors’ bailout terms were rejected in a national referendum.

5. The Clinton campaign is facing criticism from the media after using a rope to keep journalists from getting too close to the former Secretary of State while she was marching in a Fourth of July parade in New Hampshire this weekend. Clinton’s team has promised the Democratic frontrunner will be more open with the press as the campaign develops.


6. Aetna has agreed to buy rival Humana for $37 billion in what could be the largest insurance industry deal in history. The combination would move Aetna closer to Anthem’s position as the second-largest US insurer.

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