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Media offers mixed reviews of Obama's immigration plan

Media offers mixed reviews of Obama's immigration plan

On Thursday night, President Barack Obama told the nation his plan to prevent deportation of some four million undocumented immigrants, an announcement that earned vastly diverse reactions from media.

National Car Rental drives home 'control' theme in new comic-led effort

National Car Rental drives home 'control' theme in new comic-led effort

National is working with comedian and actor Patrick Warburton, most known for his role on Seinfeld from 1995 to 1998 as David Puddy.

Uber could use a dose of humility right now

Uber could use a dose of humility right now

A tough week for the ride-sharing company has raised doubts about its ability to convince regulators that it is serious about issues such as privacy and passenger safety.

Brad Staples to succeed Margery Kraus as APCO Worldwide CEO

Brad Staples to succeed Margery Kraus as APCO Worldwide CEO

CEO and founder Margery Kraus will become executive chairman on January 5, and Evan Kraus will take on the role of president and MD of operations. Neal Cohen will be vice chairman of the board and president of global client strategy.

Back from West Africa, UNICEF's crisis comms chief explains fighting Ebola with information

Back from West Africa, UNICEF's crisis comms chief explains fighting Ebola with information

UNICEF's goal: demystifying Ebola to audiences around the world.

Five things PR pros need to know Friday morning, 11.21.2014

Five things PR pros need to know Friday morning, 11.21.2014

T-Mobile overhauls PR agency roster; How the GOP will respond to Obama's immigration order; What to expect from Twitter in 2015.

British American Tobacco to integrate legal and corporate affairs

British American Tobacco to integrate legal and corporate affairs

British American Tobacco (BAT) is to integrate its legal and corporate & regulatory affairs functions from next April, with the new division to be headed by current assistant general counsel Jerome Abelman who will become corporate & regulatory affairs director.

Huntsworth names Derek Mapp as new chairman

Huntsworth names Derek Mapp as new chairman

Huntsworth has appointed Derek Mapp, described by the group as a "serial entrepreneur" who among other things founded the pub chain Tom Cobleigh and Leapfrog Nurseries, as its new chairman.

T-Mobile USA dials up PR with new roster of four agencies

T-Mobile USA dials up PR with new roster of four agencies

Porter Novelli and Shift Communications are the two new agencies to T-Mobile's roster.

Why a cross-functional response team is key in a crisis

Why a cross-functional response team is key in a crisis

To be properly prepared for a crisis, a company must have a cross-functional response team in place.

McDonald's ups volume on Hispanic outreach for Latin Grammys

McDonald's ups volume on Hispanic outreach for Latin Grammys

McDonald's and its Hispanic AOR Boden PR have a Twitter campaign planned to engage Hispanic Millennials during the Latin Grammy Awards.

The Indiana Pacers' newest PR intern: all-star Paul George

The Indiana Pacers' newest PR intern: all-star Paul George

The Pacers forward has a new gig while he's recovering from a broken leg.

InVentiv Health taps former Hill+Knowlton US healthcare leader Susan Thiele

InVentiv Health taps former Hill+Knowlton US healthcare leader Susan Thiele

Susan Thiele, former Hill+Knowlton US healthcare practice leader and director of New York operations, has moved on to inVentiv Health.

InPowered comms VP Henshaw connects with Jasper

InPowered comms VP Henshaw connects with Jasper

Robb Henshaw, VP of communications at inPowered, is joining cloud platform Jasper.

AP releases footage of Cosby demands to 'scuttle' part of interview

AP releases footage of Cosby demands to 'scuttle' part of interview

An Associated Press reporter recently asked Bill Cosby about sexual abuse allegations. Things got even more awkward than you'd imagine.

Six things PR pros need to know on Thursday, 11.20.2014

Six things PR pros need to know on Thursday, 11.20.2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev layoffs to affect marketing staff; Cosby demands AP cut sexual-assault questions; Uber's comms crisis.

Big Lots tasks Havas to change consumer views with holiday effort

Big Lots tasks Havas to change consumer views with holiday effort

Big Lots wants Havas PR's help in changing consumers' perceptions about the brand.

Uber's recent crisis exposes a disjointed comms function

Uber's recent crisis exposes a disjointed comms function

Uber's latest crisis exposes holes in the set-up of the ride-sharing company's communications department and policies, say PR pros.

Your call: Did Uber's apology go far enough?

Your call: Did Uber's apology go far enough?

Take our poll on whether Uber should fire the executive responsible for saying journalists' personal lives should be fair game.

White House releases trailer previewing immigration address

White House releases trailer previewing immigration address

But will the speech itself be a blockbuster or bust with viewers?

Ashton Kutcher digs Uber a new hole

Ashton Kutcher digs Uber a new hole

Actor: "What's so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist?"

Burson ups Cornish from Direct Impact unit to US COO role

Burson ups Cornish from Direct Impact unit to US COO role

The COO job is a newly created role, reporting to US CEO Michael Law.

FleishmanHillard and TK Maxx to part company

FleishmanHillard and TK Maxx to part company

FleishmanHillard is to cease working on the European comms brief for TK Maxx in mid-2015, about 18 months after it started working with the retailer, PRWeek has learned.

Tough Mudder hires Club Med's Hiquet to stomp out marketing obstacles

Tough Mudder hires Club Med's Hiquet to stomp out marketing obstacles

Club Med executive Jerome Hiquet has joined Tough Mudder as CMO.

Eight things PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 11.19.2014

Eight things PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 11.19.2014

Uber investigates NY GM for tracking reporter's location; Netflix postpones Cosby special; UNC's PR agency bill now more than $2 million.

Hall rejoins Ford as global technology comms leader

Hall rejoins Ford as global technology comms leader

After an eight-month hiatus, Alan Hall has rejoined Ford Motor Company this week as its global communications manager for technology, research, and innovation.

Nelson Bostock and Cooney Waters parent introduces Unlimited branding

Nelson Bostock and Cooney Waters parent introduces Unlimited branding

Nelson Bostock is being rebranded Nelson Bostock Unlimited as part of a branding initiative encompassing 25 agencies owned by UK and US-based marketing services group Creston.

Airbnb launches print magazine to take brand into homes

Airbnb launches print magazine to take brand into homes

Accommodation-sharing business Airbnb is launching its quarterly magazine Pineapple this week in hard copy format to build physical connections with people beyond digital media storytelling.

Federal Housing Finance Agency extends Porter work with six-figure contract

Federal Housing Finance Agency extends Porter work with six-figure contract

The Federal Housing Finance Agency will continue to work with Porter Novelli on its Home Affordable Refinance Program Awareness and Consumer Education Campaign through 2015.

Qorvis MSL veteran Blewitt joins public affairs shop Story Partners

Qorvis MSL veteran Blewitt joins public affairs shop Story Partners

Carrie Blewitt previously spent 11 years at Qorvis MSLGroup.

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

The Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) is inviting agencies to pitch for its international PR account.

Calysto launches subsidiary Avante for smaller accounts

Calysto launches subsidiary Avante for smaller accounts

Calysto Communications has launched a new wholly owned subsidiary, Avante, to focus on smaller-budget clients.

Five things PR pros need to know Tuesday morning, 11.18.2014

Five things PR pros need to know Tuesday morning, 11.18.2014

Uber faces more trouble with media; Greenpeace exposes Edelman's strategy for oil pipeline; Nokia returns with a tablet.

Dow Jones retains Huston as permanent comms leader

Dow Jones retains Huston as permanent comms leader

Ashley Huston, who joined Dow Jones as interim CCO in July, has been selected to fill the role on a permanent basis, effective immediately.

Edelman hit by Greenpeace leak of oil pipeline strategy documents

Edelman hit by Greenpeace leak of oil pipeline strategy documents

Edelman's strategy for helping a client overcome objections in order to get an oil pipeline built in Canada has been laid bare by Greenpeace, which has leaked several documents.

Uber executive's comments threaten to damage its relationship with journalists

Uber executive's comments threaten to damage its relationship with journalists

A senior executive at Uber has apologised for suggesting that the company should consider hiring a group of people to dish the dirt on journalists who criticise the app-based taxi company.

Sprint names former Visa CCO Michelman to top comms job

Sprint names former Visa CCO Michelman to top comms job

The former Visa comms leader has served as partner and head of Finsbury's San Francisco operation since September.

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

Rhodri Williams has been named VP of communications and public affairs for EMEA at AIG.

Black Friday gains traction in UK, with 72% of consumers aware of the term

Black Friday gains traction in UK, with 72% of consumers aware of the term

Research from eDigitalResearch and Iorma, the International Omni Retailing Markets Association, found that 72% of UK consumers have heard of the term. Fewer than half (45%) of consumers have heard of Cyber Monday.

Nine things PR pros need to know Monday morning, 11.17.2014

Nine things PR pros need to know Monday morning, 11.17.2014

DEA investigates NFL teams; Vice hires former top White House staffer as COO; Facebook considers a move on professional-services market.

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FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

Other agencies are weighing the risks of representing the embattled world soccer body, as well as the controversial host nations: Russia and Qatar.

Why the next six to nine months are crucial to rebuilding Detroit's reputation

Why the next six to nine months are crucial to rebuilding Detroit's reputation

But are the many disparate efforts promoting the city's revitalization without a centralized communications hub actually hurting its chances?

The one word to avoid in any body-image campaign

The one word to avoid in any body-image campaign

"Perfect." Just don't use it in any campaign with body-image elements.

How Peter Granat is putting his mark on the new Cision

How Peter Granat is putting his mark on the new Cision

A look at Peter Granat, chief executive of the new Cision

Gaming industry's growing pains manifest in GamerGate

Gaming industry's growing pains manifest in GamerGate

GamerGate: Is it an industry-defining event or a blip on the radar? Comms experts have their say.

Real time travel

Real time travel

As more consumers turn to social platforms to ease their travel woes, industry brands are presented with myriad challenges as they look to satisfy those living in a 24/7 connected world.

Three challenges McDonald's will face rolling out 14,500 Facebook pages

Three challenges McDonald's will face rolling out 14,500 Facebook pages

It's no easy task for McDonald's to roll out 14,500 Facebook pages by next year. To do so, it must invest in staffing, get all stakeholders completely on board, and guarantee trust between executives and local employees, say PR pros.

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

The future of Huntsworth has become a subject of speculation following the sudden departure of its chairman Lord Myners, together with the expected retirement of its chief executive Lord Chadlington and a gloomy financial performance.

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