Seven things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 12.29.2014

Search goes on for missing AirAsia flight; Rutgers athletics CCO resigns; Facebook apologizes to some users for year in review.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 12.29.2014

1. Leading the news cycle on Monday morning is the search for missing AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared early Sunday over the Java Sea. While search and rescue officials say the plane likely crashed, Indonesia’s vice president said objects floating in the water near where the flight disappeared are probably not from the plane.

2. Jason Baum, the chief communications officer of Rutgers University’s athletics department, resigned on Saturday. Local New Jersey media reported that he was pushed out by the college’s athletic director after a series of media gaffes of her own.

3. New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton said on CBS News’ Face the Nation that it was "very inappropriate" for officers to turn their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio while he was speaking at a memorial service for a slain officer. He added that he expects the rift between the mayor’s office and the police department to go on for a while.

4. The Interview has been downloaded or streamed more than 2 million times since it was released online on Wednesday. The film has made $18 million — $15 million in online sales and nearly $3 million in theaters.

5. Facebook officials apologized to users offended by its auto-generated "year in review" feature, including a bereaved parent grieving over the loss of his daughter in 2014.

6. Marriage equality trailblazer Edith Windsor told USA Today, where she was profiled as part of its 2014 People of the Year series, that she didn’t expect gay marriage to gain widespread acceptance as quickly as it did in recent years. Windsor was named PRWeek’s Communicator of the Year this March.  

7. The spokesperson for the Ferguson, Missouri, police department has been suspended after reportedly referring to a memorial for Michael Brown as a "pile of trash." 

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