The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 12.3.2015

Provocative Daily News cover on San Bernardino shootings; Publicis Groupe reorganizes; More FIFA arrests; PRWeek and ICCO team up; Pistorius conviction scaled up; Bipartisan report details Secret Service breaches.

San Bernardino shootings lead Thursday news cycle
Fourteen people were shot on Wednesday after a heavily armed man and woman opened fire on a holiday party at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. The suspects, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a husband and wife, were shot dead by police.

The media reaction
The New York Daily News ran a provocative cover on Thursday morning mocking some politicians’ willingness to pray after mass shootings, but not take action to stop them. Snapchat acts as a breaking news source in the hours after the shooting. The 2016 candidates react.


Publicis Groupe reorganizes
The third-largest marketing services holding company in the world said Wednesday that it is restructuring and reorganizing its top ranks. MSLGroup will be part of the Publicis Communications hub, led by Arthur Sadoun. The changes will be effective on January 2.

More FIFA arrests
Swiss authorities arrested two FIFA officials on Thursday who are accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes. More than a dozen executives from the international soccer body, whose annual meeting is taking place this week, were arrested in May.

PRWeek and ICCO team up
PRWeek and global trade body the International Communications Consultancy Organization, or ICCO for short, are joining forces on a strategic partnership that will include joint content and commercial activities. ICCO represents more than 2,500 firms through 33 trade groups globally.

Blade Runner convicted of murder
A South African court scaled up the conviction against one-time Olympic hero "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp from culpable homicide to murder on Thursday morning. He could go back to jail for 15 years.

Report details Secret Service breaches
A bipartisan congressional report into lapses by the Secret Service found a number of serious breaches have taken place since 2013 in which unauthorized people were allowed close to the president. It also found staffing levels at the organization are lower than last year. 

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