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'Renegade Pharmacist' infographic stirs Coca-Cola health debate

'Renegade Pharmacist' infographic stirs Coca-Cola health debate

The infographic claimed to show what happens to the human body in the minutes after consuming a can of Coca-Cola. Yet some media outlets say it has its facts wrong.

Clinton communications director scolds The New York Times over 'emailgate'

Clinton communications director scolds The New York Times over 'emailgate'

Clinton comms chief Jennifer Palmieri posted a letter to New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet on the campaign's website this week.

Watch: What 2015's 'big six' PR crises can teach us about crisis communications

Watch: What 2015's 'big six' PR crises can teach us about crisis communications

From Rachel Dolezal to Rolling Stone's retracted UVA rape exposé, Solomon McCown & Company President Ashley McCown explores six of the year's most notable PR crises.

Nearly 9 in 10 PR pros say they wouldn't rep Cecil the Lion's killer

Nearly 9 in 10 PR pros say they wouldn't rep Cecil the Lion's killer

The vast majority of respondents to a poll on PRWeek US said they would not provide crisis communications support to embattled dentist Walter Palmer.

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 7.31.2015

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 7.31.2015

Beijing picked for 2022 Winter Games; Zimbabwe official wants Minnesota dentist extradited; MSNBC shuffles lineup; Victoria Taylor's new gig.

Chime Communications agrees to sell to WPP and Providence for £374m

Chime Communications agrees to sell to WPP and Providence for £374m

A consortium of WPP and private equity firm Providence has had its offer to acquire sports marketing and comms group Chime Communications for £374m accepted.

Zeno Group Malaysia appoints Suffian Rahman as creative director

Zeno Group Malaysia appoints Suffian Rahman as creative director

Appointment follows ex-Dentsu exec Tony Ray Pereira being named executive creative director in Singapore.

Reddit vet Victoria Taylor joins WeWork as first digital community lead

Reddit vet Victoria Taylor joins WeWork as first digital community lead

Taylor announced her new role at WeWork in a post on Reddit.

Yelp removes barrage of 'media-fueled' reviews against dental practice owned by Cecil the Lion's killer

Yelp removes barrage of 'media-fueled' reviews against dental practice owned by Cecil the Lion's killer

"Yelp reviews are required to describe a firsthand consumer experience -- not what someone read in the news," according to its guidelines.

Kroger's first female corporate officer exits after 18 years

Kroger's first female corporate officer exits after 18 years

Lynn Marmer, group VP for corporate affairs, will retire early next year.

7 things to look for in the first Republican debate

7 things to look for in the first Republican debate

Ten candidates seeking the GOP nod for president will square off next week for the first time in Cleveland, Ohio. Here's a guide of what to watch when they take the stage.

Professional sports PR: It's not all fun and games

Professional sports PR: It's not all fun and games

New York Yankees PR leader Jason Zillo is responsible for much more than media impressions.

Lessons learned from Cannes Lions will fuel PR's success in near future

Lessons learned from Cannes Lions will fuel PR's success in near future

The takeaways from this year's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that will impact the PR world.

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 7.30.2015

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 7.30.2015

40 Under 40 2015; J Austin ends work for Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the Lion; Rolling Stone managing editor to step down.

William Grant, Aloha veterans launch The Speakeasy Agency

A roster of seven brands from William Grant & Sons will be the agency's first client.

WPP and Providence launch £350m bid for Chime Communications

WPP and Providence launch £350m bid for Chime Communications

A consortium of WPP and American private equity firm Providence has launched a bid to buy Chime Communications for around £350m.

Malaysia Airlines and Boeing issue guarded statements over possible MH370 wreckage

Malaysia Airlines and Boeing issue guarded statements over possible MH370 wreckage

The missing flight vanished at night over the South China Sea last March with 239 people on board

J Austin & Associates ends work with Cecil the Lion's killer after one day

J Austin & Associates ends work with Cecil the Lion's killer after one day

Walter Palmer, the dentist that has been identified as having killed Cecil the Lion during a hunting trip in Zimbabwe, hired J Austin & Associates on Tuesday.

Edelman and United Entertainment Group expand global sporting event offering

Edelman and United Entertainment Group expand global sporting event offering

Edelman and United Entertainment Group amplified the offering in anticipation of next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Your call: Would you rep the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion?

Your call: Would you rep the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion?

Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, set off an international incident after he was identified as the hunter of Cecil the Lion during a trip to Zimbabwe.

New York Life reviews comms account as it plans to target 'maturing Millennials'

New York Life reviews comms account as it plans to target 'maturing Millennials'

The insurance company wants to better engage younger customers as they plan for the future.

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 7.29.2015

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 7.29.2015

Twitter earnings disappoint; P&G names new CEO; Facebook steps further into politics.

Rhode Island seeks agency support for $5 million branding contract

Rhode Island seeks agency support for $5 million branding contract

The scope of work on the account will stretch across digital, social media, PR and advertising.

Italian PR firm SEC Group enters Iranian market after lifting of sanctions

Italian PR firm SEC Group enters Iranian market after lifting of sanctions

Italian PR agency SEC Group claims to be the first Western comms firm to enter the Iranian market since the historic lifting of sanctions earlier this month, signing a "co-operation agreement" to support Iranian consultancy and training firm PAT.

Dentist who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion hires PR firm amid global backlash

Dentist who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion hires PR firm amid global backlash

Walter Palmer, the now infamous American dentist identified as having killed Cecil the lion during a hunting trip in Zimbabwe, has hired independent US PR firm J Austin & Associates to represent him.

Meltwater appoints Sling & Stone for Australia and New Zealand PR campaign

Meltwater appoints Sling & Stone for Australia and New Zealand PR campaign

Media intelligence firm wants to push its Outside Insight project in the region

Yahoo: 'Forget the PR buzz, we don't communicate unless we can add value'

Yahoo: 'Forget the PR buzz, we don't communicate unless we can add value'

PR director in charge of product launches says firm only communicates when it can add value to users, advertisers or investors.

Canada Goose hires M Booth to heat up PR in the US

Canada Goose hires M Booth to heat up PR in the US

The agency will act as Canada Goose's "eyes and ears on the ground" in the US.

Six-figure New York tourism account up for grabs in the UK

Six-figure New York tourism account up for grabs in the UK

The budget on the account is worth up to $250,000 per year.

DraftKings enlists United Entertainment Group to boost brand awareness

DraftKings enlists United Entertainment Group to boost brand awareness

The fantasy sports site received an additional $300 million in investments this week.

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 7.28.2015

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 7.28.2015

P&G to name new CEO; Q&A with Gawker's Nick Denton; Most Americans disapprove of Iran deal.

US snack Twinkie appoints Frank PR to grow brand in the UK

US snack Twinkie appoints Frank PR to grow brand in the UK

Innovative Bites, the distributor of US food brands including Hostess and Pop Corners, has hired Frank PR to represent the iconic snack brand Twinkie, PRWeek understands.

Text100 Singapore awarded Pioneer and iQNECT communications deals

Text100 Singapore awarded Pioneer and iQNECT communications deals

Agency will manage integrated campaigns for the car entertainment and mobile technology companies

Burson-Marsteller needs 'nimble, passionate, gung-ho' pros in Asia

Burson-Marsteller needs 'nimble, passionate, gung-ho' pros in Asia

New APAC CEO Margaret Key vows to retain the "DNA of the Burson person", but will also look to non-traditional sectors for new hires

Kingsford Charcoal lights faster, doesn't burn athletes

Kingsford Charcoal lights faster, doesn't burn athletes

Leveraging buzz around O'Bannon's court victory over the NCAA sparks conversation around Kingsford Charcoal

Gawker's Nick Denton: 'A humane editor would not have published the Condé Nast story'

Gawker's Nick Denton: 'A humane editor would not have published the Condé Nast story'

Along with his future plans for the news site, Gawker CEO Nick Denton shared with PRWeek how the company is managing its reputation.

Cavalry PR debuts with 'victim advocates' on board

Tanya Brown, the sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, is one person who will help the families of crime victims and others in high-profile cases.

Jane Madden joins Burson-Marsteller as head of corporate responsibility

Jane Madden joins Burson-Marsteller as head of corporate responsibility

She has held roles at Mission Measurement, Edelman, and the World Bank.

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday, 7.27.2015

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday, 7.27.2015

Dozens of Cosby accusers appear on 'New York' cover; Boy Scouts set to end ban on gay scoutmasters; Gawker on the cusp of major changes; Teva set to buy Allergan generics business.

Pearson confirms Economist sale talks after £844m Financial Times deal

Pearson confirms Economist sale talks after £844m Financial Times deal

Pearson has confirmed it is in discussions to sell its 50 per cent share in The Economist, following last week's news that the company has agreed the £844m sale of the Financial Times.

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YouTube evolves into a primary marketing channel

YouTube evolves into a primary marketing channel

"We've found the length of the video has become less important in terms of how long someone watches something. It's really about the content, and capturing your audience's attention in the first three seconds," says Heineken's Ron Amram.

It's been a torrid week for Toshiba, but "it will not crumble", says crisis expert

It's been a torrid week for Toshiba, but "it will not crumble", says crisis expert

After the Japanese giant was rocked by a financial reporting scandal, it is now pursuing a "clear the deck" strategy

How Uber drove circles around New York City's mayor

How Uber drove circles around New York City's mayor

Uber was hailed as the winner after a fierce public affairs battle against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had moved to cap the number of vehicles it could operate in the city.

Why Ashley Madison will no longer arouse customers

Why Ashley Madison will no longer arouse customers

The Ashley Madison brand has been tarnished beyond repair, say crisis comms experts.

Why PR pros are now thinking twice about Reddit

Why PR pros are now thinking twice about Reddit

Victoria Taylor's exit and the Reddit community's often vicious response has cooled off many PR executives on the website's Ask Me Anything sessions.

Teneo: The ambition is global

Teneo: The ambition is global

The acquisition of Blue Rubicon and StockWell by Teneo Holdings last week has sent shockwaves through the industry. The scale of the ambition is huge: to set up a global City and crisis shop to challenge stalwarts such as Finsbury and Brunswick, and become the market leaders in this field. PRWeek assesses the impact on the industry as well as what it says about the health of the mergers and acquisitions market for PR agencies in the UK and beyond.

International talent: Asia integration is a 'two-way street'

International talent: Asia integration is a 'two-way street'

In the wake of Toyota conceding it didn't do enough to help Julie Hamp integrate in Japan, what responsibilities does the PR industry have towards international employees?

Not Lovin' It: McDonald's consumers want transparency as key ingredient

Not Lovin' It: McDonald's consumers want transparency as key ingredient

In May, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook announced a turnaround plan to focus on the chain's "future as a modern, progressive burger company" by building brand excitement and cutting costs

A PR win for Apple, but a much bigger victory for Taylor Swift

A PR win for Apple, but a much bigger victory for Taylor Swift

The pop star cemented her reputation as a mega-star who can use her influence to change minds, not just sell records, by taking on Apple.

Why Twitter is no longer trending for brands

Why Twitter is no longer trending for brands

Twitter changed everything. But amid trouble growing its revenue base, the platform just isn't as important for PR pros as it used to be.

Brands put video at the center of Women's World Cup game plans

Brands put video at the center of Women's World Cup game plans

In real time and behind the scenes, brands are keeping up with the more-popular-than-ever US women's national soccer team during the World Cup.

Pride campaigns go global this June as High Court decision looms

Pride campaigns go global this June as High Court decision looms

Campaigns targeting LGBT consumers are going bigger, more mainstream, and more international this June as the nation awaits a Supreme Court decision that could legalize marriage equality nationwide.

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

More than 700 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, as the group employs ever more sophisticated methods to radicalise young people online. The Government is concerned that existing programmes to combat radicalisation are failing to provide a coherent alternative message to counter the extremists, and are allowing them the space to present themselves as successful.

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

The public is looking at how FIFA's global sponsors will behave in the wake of grave corruption charges against the group's officials.

Emoji-mania: Not just for kids as brands embrace text tool

Emoji-mania: Not just for kids as brands embrace text tool

Brands and celebrities are getting passionate about the emojis, or lack thereof, currently available.

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