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MSLGroup implements 'staff adjustments' in U.S. offices

MSLGroup implements 'staff adjustments' in U.S. offices

No executives were affected, an MSLGroup representative said.

Is it time for Twitter to drop its 140-character limit?

Is it time for Twitter to drop its 140-character limit?

As the company struggles to grant users more space, why not bust out of self-imposed prison altogether?

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 5.25.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 5.25.2016

Peter Thiel backs lawsuit against Gawker; Violence at Trump event in New Mexico; Microsoft calls it quits on Nokia consumer smartphone push; Libre Initiative changes course amid Trump candidacy; Vice cuts jobs on two continents.

Portland pushes into new disciplines with 10 advisory council hires

Portland pushes into new disciplines with 10 advisory council hires

London-headquartered agency Portland has announced 10 new appointments to its advisory council, including Facebook's EMEA international affairs specialist, former ministers in the Polish and Indian governments and the founder of UK parenting website Mumsnet.

Watch: Durex gives tips to spice up your holiday with #DoNotDisturb campaign

Watch: Durex gives tips to spice up your holiday with #DoNotDisturb campaign

Durex has launched a global campaign to help couples reignite their intimacy while on holiday.

WPP announces new ANZ top-level PR appointment

WPP announces new ANZ top-level PR appointment

Kieran Moore has become the holding company's CEO for PR and public affairs in Australia and New Zealand.

Ogilvy PR Malaysia and Huawei backtrack over Samsung statement

Ogilvy PR Malaysia and Huawei backtrack over Samsung statement

PR agency retracts release regarding Huawei's P9 phone launch that called the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge "disappointing".

Celebrity chef Neal Fraser tricks food influencers into eating a 5-course McDonald's meal

Celebrity chef Neal Fraser tricks food influencers into eating a 5-course McDonald's meal

Forty Los Angeles food influencers at a dinner party can be heard throughout a video complimenting the food before the McDonald's connection was revealed.

Redefining 'healthy' is changing the conversation about food

Redefining 'healthy' is changing the conversation about food

The FDA said this month that it plans to add much-needed clarity to an overused word in food marketing: "healthy."

Dow Jones veteran Paula Keve joins startup Student.com as head of comms

Dow Jones veteran Paula Keve joins startup Student.com as head of comms

Student.com was launched by Luke Nolan in 2011 as Overseas Student Living before rebranding in 2015.

Ogilvy PR's DiSalvo, King head to Cannes as U.S. Young Lions PR winners

Ogilvy PR's DiSalvo, King head to Cannes as U.S. Young Lions PR winners

The duo's winning pitch pictured children as comic book heroes in an effort to reach millennials and drive donations on behalf of the Variety Freedom Program.

Twitter makes @name tweets public and drops multimedia from 140-character count

Twitter makes @name tweets public and drops multimedia from 140-character count

Twitter has confirmed that it will drop multimedia from its 140-character word count and has announced it will make some direct tweets more public.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.24.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.24.2016

Snapchat users turn into mutants in X-Men push; Facebook makes changes to Trending Topics selection process; Twitter wants to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend; Australian algorithm ties internet anger to Snickers' price; TSA fires head of security.

Porta FY fee income grows 39 per cent but EU referendum brings 'slowdown'

Porta FY fee income grows 39 per cent but EU referendum brings 'slowdown'

Porta Communications saw fee income rise 39 per cent to £26.9m in 2015 - with growth of 14 per cent on an organic basis - although it experienced a slowdown in some project work this year ahead of the EU referendum.

Kglobal works crisis communications for massive CRF Frozen Foods recall

Kglobal works crisis communications for massive CRF Frozen Foods recall

Gene Grabowski, partner at Kglobal, and a team of three are handling media and public communications for the food company.

Burson-Marsteller adds Benenson Strategy Group to network

Burson-Marsteller adds Benenson Strategy Group to network

Cofounders Joel Benenson and COO Carl Rossow will continue to lead operations for the firm, which is conducting research and polling for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Kohl's moves at lightspeed to leverage 'Chewbacca mask mom video'

Kohl's moves at lightspeed to leverage 'Chewbacca mask mom video'

What became the most viewed Facebook Live video of all time was posted by a Kohl's customer last week. Here's how the retail chain took advantage.

Inside Mr. Peanut's 'NUTmobile' Instagram account

Inside Mr. Peanut's 'NUTmobile' Instagram account

In search of youthful fans, an aging brand puts its century-old mascot in a giant wheeled legume and documents the road trip on Instagram.

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

He is replacing Maggie FitzPatrick, who left the healthcare giant earlier this year, in the company's top communications role.

Finsbury and Hering Schuppener hired for Bayer's $62bn Monsanto bid

Finsbury and Hering Schuppener hired for Bayer's $62bn Monsanto bid

Finsbury and its WPP partner agency Hering Schuppener have been appointed to handle corporate comms around the proposed $62bn (£42.8bn) bid by German life sciences firm Bayer for American agrochemical giant Monsanto.

Bacardi Group hires Ogilvy PR for seven-figure Europe-wide brief

Bacardi Group hires Ogilvy PR for seven-figure Europe-wide brief

Bacardi Group has hired Ogilvy PR for a new Europe-wide consumer PR brief believed to be worth seven figures, following a four-way competitive pitch, PRWeek has learned.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.23.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.23.2016

Bayer bids $62b for Monsanto; Obama, in Vietnam, confirms airstrike that killed Taliban leader; Trump cuts into Clinton's national lead; Chipotle's menu wearing down customers, Padres criticized for national anthem mix-up.

PROI names Richard Tsang new global chairman

PROI names Richard Tsang new global chairman

Founder of Strategic Public Relations Group moves on from APAC regional role at the network to become first Asian chair.

WPP moves to dismiss 'frivolous' Johnson discrimination suit

WPP moves to dismiss 'frivolous' Johnson discrimination suit

Erin Johnson "twisted the facts and distorted the context" of former JWT CEO Gustavo Martinez's behavior, say lawyers.

W2O sells stake to Mountaingate Capital

W2O sells stake to Mountaingate Capital

The agency network said the private equity firm won't be involved in its day-to-day operations, but it will help its growth strategy.

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

The WPP firm's European arm is providing comms support to the country on issues related to its participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Diversity matters

Diversity matters

Let's build on the achievements of The Lagrant Foundation as we celebrate an organization that has been at the forefront of PR's diversity efforts for nearly two decades.

MSLGroup names Stephanie Smith to global client, development role

MSLGroup names Stephanie Smith to global client, development role

The firm credited her with growing its relationship with Netflix from project-based work to a global account.

What counts as overtime in an always-on world?

What counts as overtime in an always-on world?

It's 10 p.m., and you just answered an email from an executive. Are you entitled to time-and-a-half?

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 5.20.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 5.20.2016

Latest on EgyptAir flight 804; 'The Founder' to take a close look at Ray Kroc, McDonald's branding; Challenges for Monsanto's Bayer bid; Trump pokes fun at Oreos, Chris Christie; Major listeria recall.

FleishmanHillard hires China head of client service

FleishmanHillard hires China head of client service

Rachel 'Lichi' Hsueh joins agency to take up newly created position.

Ogilvy PR signs MoU with Prain Global

Ogilvy PR signs MoU with Prain Global

PR agencies announce strategic partnership allowing cooperation on new and existing clients.

Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates names Relevance New York first global PR firm

Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates names Relevance New York first global PR firm

The firm was brought on last month after an RFP process.

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2016: Embrace the upside of conflict

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2016: Embrace the upside of conflict

G&S Business Communications CEO Luke Lambert explains the myriad reasons his agency prioritizes diversity and inclusion, along with the rewards gleaned from having entered for a 2015 Diversity Distinction in PR Award

Guitar Center picks Praytell as new AOR

Guitar Center picks Praytell as new AOR

The firm will help the retailer reach out beyond serious musicians to newbies picking up an instrument for the first time or going for lessons.

Burson-Marsteller hires Jeremy Gaines, Benjamin Chang for MD roles

Burson-Marsteller hires Jeremy Gaines, Benjamin Chang for MD roles

Both have experience in the executive branch.

Lourdes Mateo de Acosta to lead República PR practice

Lourdes Mateo de Acosta to lead República PR practice

She has held roles at Edelman, Weber Shandwick, FleishmanHillard, and other firms.

2016 Diversity Distinction in PR Awards now open for nominations

2016 Diversity Distinction in PR Awards now open for nominations

The sixth annual awards program, presented by the PR Council in association with PRWeek, is now accepting entries

Ex-Rapp president sues agency for wrongful termination and discrimination

Ex-Rapp president sues agency for wrongful termination and discrimination

Greg Andersen claims global CEO Alexei Orlov disparaged women and Jews.

Watch: 50 Cent welcomes you 'In Da Hostel' for global Hostelworld campaign

Watch: 50 Cent welcomes you 'In Da Hostel' for global Hostelworld campaign

50 Cent has been brought in by Hostelworld in a PR parody of MTV show Cribs, with the In Da Club rapper praising a Barcelona hostel as "fresh and clean, yo".

Analysis

Experts: Facebook's olive branch to conservatives is only a good first step on transparency

Experts: Facebook's olive branch to conservatives is only a good first step on transparency

Experts say Mark Zuckerberg has Facebook on the right path by responding to allegations of political bias - but the social network must follow through.

A clash in styles between Clinton, Trump comms teams

A clash in styles between Clinton, Trump comms teams

Clinton has a team of experienced political hands on board, while Trump has a smaller campaign apparatus with many faces new to a national campaign. Expect their messages to contrast just as much.

Going dark on the web worked for Radiohead, but it won't work for you

Going dark on the web worked for Radiohead, but it won't work for you

Disappearing from the web is like a magic trick - in more ways than one.

China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

Tired of being blamed for economic volatility and labor problems in the U.S., China's government has realized it needs to shift comms strategy for reaching out to the West, experts say.

How well is Snapchat handling lawsuit claiming it encourages drivers to speed?

How well is Snapchat handling lawsuit claiming it encourages drivers to speed?

Experts say Snapchat should remove its speed filter, which is at the center of the lawsuit.

With a steep learning curve, authorities focus Zika comms on pregnant women

With a steep learning curve, authorities focus Zika comms on pregnant women

Public health officials are learning more about Zika every day and working feverishly to develop a vaccine. In the meantime, they're targeting preventative communications at pregnant women.

Why more execs are opening up on Facebook

Why more execs are opening up on Facebook

More business leaders, such as GE's Beth Comstock, are finding a more authentic connection via Facebook Live.

The post-merger key for Alaska Airlines' brand: Keep Virgin America's culture

The post-merger key for Alaska Airlines' brand: Keep Virgin America's culture

Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America gives it a bigger footprint on the West Coast. It also bought a fun, standout brand that experts say it should maintain in some way post-merger.

Sponsors hope for the best, prepare for the worst, for Rio Olympic Games

Sponsors hope for the best, prepare for the worst, for Rio Olympic Games

With the country facing a national corruption scandal, economic worries, and the Zika virus, Olympic sponsors - and the brands looking to usurp them at the Games - are preparing for a range of serious issues.

Brave new world: Agencies prepare for harsh realities of new salary rules

Brave new world: Agencies prepare for harsh realities of new salary rules

New salary regulations proposed by the Obama administration that might go into effect as early as this fall could be a rude awakening for agencies that have long relied on junior staffers doing yeoman's work.

Time to step up: Instagram's changes mean no more filler content by brands

Time to step up: Instagram's changes mean no more filler content by brands

It's no longer just about how many followers a brand or influencer has, algorithmic changes will increase the value of brand-user interaction and quality.

The big payback: Agencies brace for Obama's new overtime rules

The big payback: Agencies brace for Obama's new overtime rules

Americans making less than $50,000 a year may soon be entitled to overtime pay. Can the agency model survive the death of "sweatshop culture?"

A Cuban PR revolution is not imminent

A Cuban PR revolution is not imminent

U.S. companies are rushing to take advantage of improved relations with Cuba. Yet brand building on the island nation remains a long-term proposition for most.

For food brands, the ingredients are the story

For food brands, the ingredients are the story

Food and nutrition brands are marketing to one of the most sophisticated consumer audiences around when they list their ingredients - so there's no room for error.

What's next in the legal fight between the PR industry and New York State

What's next in the legal fight between the PR industry and New York State

Legal experts say the next 10 days are critical if the industry wants to turn back efforts by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics that would redefine some PR activities as lobbying.