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Six stories PR pros need to know on Friday, 8.28.2015

Six stories PR pros need to know on Friday, 8.28.2015

BlueFocus' net profit dropped 71.4% in the first half of 2015; shootings occurred at two separate universities on Thursday; a former Subway franchisee tipped off an ad exec at the chain in 2008, according to lawyer.

BuzzFeed strikes global branded content and ad deal with WPP

BuzzFeed strikes global branded content and ad deal with WPP

BuzzFeed has secured its first global advertising deal with GroupM, the global media planning and buying arm of WPP.

Huntsworth announces £48.8m writedown as pre-tax profits fall almost one third

Huntsworth announces £48.8m writedown as pre-tax profits fall almost one third

Huntsworth has announced a impairment of £48.8m ($75.3m) on Grayling and Citigate this morning, following another challenging trading period with pre-tax profits falling almost one third from £7.7m to £5.3m in the first half of 2015.

Havas reports 'strong' first half as PR business holds its own

Havas reports 'strong' first half as PR business holds its own

Havas saw net income rise 27.6 per cent to €77m (£56.2m, $86.6m) in the first half of 2015, with the performance of the PR business "consistent with or better than" that of the company overall.

#WeStandWithWDBJ: Journalists across the nation band together over shooting

#WeStandWithWDBJ: Journalists across the nation band together over shooting

Using the hashtag #WeStandWithWDBJ, journalists voiced their condolences after the tragic on-air shooting of Virginia TV station WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.

How 16 brands barked up the right tree on #NationalDogDay

How 16 brands barked up the right tree on #NationalDogDay

Some unexpected companies, such as Hello Kitty and Tidy Cats, were able to creatively tie #NationalDogDay to their brands on Twitter.

Revenue grows 5.4 per cent in WPP's PR and public affairs arm but net sales margin dips

Revenue grows 5.4 per cent in WPP's PR and public affairs arm but net sales margin dips

WPP saw revenue in its PR and public affairs arm grow around 5.4 per cent to £458.7m ($719.9m) in the first half of 2015, although net sales margin in the division dipped over the period.

'If you want to make a fool of yourself, comment on the stock markets': PRs offer 'Black Monday' advice

'If you want to make a fool of yourself, comment on the stock markets': PRs offer 'Black Monday' advice

Corporations should focus on the fundamentals of their own businesses during a stock market decline and not join the debate around global financial markets, City PR experts have told PRWeek.

Havas Formula taps MundoFox's Checo as Hispanic division director

Havas Formula taps MundoFox's Checo as Hispanic division director

Checo currently serves as the president of the Hispanic Public Relations Association's National Board of Directors.

Long live The New York Times: And long live Amazon

Long live The New York Times: And long live Amazon

This week's face-off between the world's most respected media outlet and one of the most innovative and disruptive technology companies demonstrates the best about both parties.

Success of BuzzFeed and Yahoo venture hinges on "how Japanese it becomes"

Success of BuzzFeed and Yahoo venture hinges on "how Japanese it becomes"

Japan site will launch this Winter, but PR pros say BuzzFeed should not underestimate the challenge of breaking into the country's media market

Chime sale expected in Q4 as first-half profits fall against 'tough' World Cup comparatives

Chime sale expected in Q4 as first-half profits fall against 'tough' World Cup comparatives

Chime Communications says it expects its acquisition by a consortium of WPP and private equity firm Providence to complete in the fourth quarter of this year, as it reports a dip in profit for the first half of 2015.

Bezos, Amazon execs defend workplace culture after New York Times article

Bezos, Amazon execs defend workplace culture after New York Times article

Jeff Bezos: "I strongly believe that anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay. I know I would leave such a company."

Tinder admits to 'overreacting' in 31-tweet response to journalist's stats

Tinder admits to 'overreacting' in 31-tweet response to journalist's stats

Tinder has admitted that it "overreacted" in sending a series of tweets hitting back at a journalist who wrote an article critical of the app and its effect on dating.

South African president in hot water over Cecil the Lion 'incident' remark

South African president in hot water over Cecil the Lion 'incident' remark

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has drawn anger with comments about last month's now notorious shooting of Cecil the Lion in neighbouring Zimbabwe - although some have questioned why this story is getting so much attention.

Numbers game: How Google's Alphabet reorganization is a win for IR

Numbers game: How Google's Alphabet reorganization is a win for IR

PR pros believe Google holding company Alphabet will benefit shareholders.

Weber Shandwick hires Stephen Duncan to new EMEA employee engagement role

Weber Shandwick hires Stephen Duncan to new EMEA employee engagement role

Weber Shandwick has appointed Stephen Duncan, formerly of Radley Yeldar, Instinctif Partners and The Fifth Business, to a new role of head of employee engagement EMEA.

APCO hires Cohn & Wolfe's Geoff Beattie to new global corporate affairs role

APCO hires Cohn & Wolfe's Geoff Beattie to new global corporate affairs role

APCO Worldwide has hired Geoff Beattie, former TV journalist and veteran of Cohn & Wolfe, in a new global role of executive director in its corporate affairs division.

National Watermelon Day sprouts summery brand tweets

National Watermelon Day sprouts summery brand tweets

Brands from all walks of life went bananas on social media for #NationalWatermelonDay.

Grayling announces global creative and digital appointments

Grayling announces global creative and digital appointments

Grayling has announced two senior promotions to the new roles of global creative director and global head of digital marketing.

Journalist Q&As

Online content hub The Odyssey posts over 2,000 articles a week. And it's still growing

Online content hub The Odyssey posts over 2,000 articles a week. And it's still growing

The Odyssey started as a student-run newspaper, but has tapped into the Millennial zeitgeist to rapidly expand. Kathleen Treganowan talks to managing editor Kate Waxler about what lies ahead.

'We love it': The Onion's president on when people think the articles are real

'We love it': The Onion's president on when people think the articles are real

The Onion's president Mike McAvoy details how the satirical publication must constantly evolve its look and content to reflect the real-life news outlets it makes fun of

Men's Health editor doesn't sweat about the future of print

Men's Health editor doesn't sweat about the future of print

Bill Phillips, editor-in-chief of Men's Health, speaks to Lindsay Stein about his new book and a risky move to find a cover star.

HGTV Magazine's Peterson gets crafty to reach homeowners

HGTV Magazine's Peterson gets crafty to reach homeowners

Three years after launching HGTV Magazine, editor-in-chief Sara Peterson shares how the publication stays fresh.

Fortune's Gharib: How digital media changed the CEO role

Fortune's Gharib: How digital media changed the CEO role

Fortune's senior special correspondent Susie Gharib talks about transitioning to broadcast journalism and why she rejoined the outlet in February.

The Advocate's editor on why the title chose Putin as 'Person of the Year'

The Advocate's editor on why the title chose Putin as 'Person of the Year'

Matthew Breen, editor-in-chief, The Advocate, speaks to Laura Nichols about the LGBT title's evolution in print and online, and how it chose its controversial person of the year.

San Francisco Chronicle's Audrey Cooper on the importance of local journalism

San Francisco Chronicle's Audrey Cooper on the importance of local journalism

Audrey Cooper, managing editor, San Francisco Chronicle, speaks to Laura Nichols about juggling two websites and a print product and the importance of local journalism.

Journalist Q&A: Zach Seward, Quartz

Journalist Q&A: Zach Seward, Quartz

Zach Seward, senior editor, Quartz, discusses the media outlet's website redesigns, its approach to native advertising, and the title's latest addition, The Brief.

Journalist Q&A: Matthew Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter

Journalist Q&A: Matthew Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter

Matthew Belloni, executive editor and blogger for The Hollywood Reporter, speaks to Lindsay Stein about the entertainment legal world and competing with showbiz outlets.

Journalist Q&A: Neha Gandhi, Refinery29

Journalist Q&A: Neha Gandhi, Refinery29

Neha Gandhi, executive editor at Refinery29, a lifestyle and fashion property, speaks about recent changes at the site and forging relationships with readers.

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