Eight things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.9.2015

WPP PR, public affairs up 5.1% in Q4; What to look for at today's Apple Watch event; Iconic ads altered to mark International Women's Day.

1. WPP’s PR and public affairs group achieved a 5.1% revenue increase in the fourth quarter of 2014 on a like-for-like basis, as well as a 2.5% boost for full-year 2014, compared with the year prior. It cited "strong growth in North America, the UK, and Asia-Pacific" in the fourth quarter, with the holding company adding that "Burson-Marsteller, Cohn & Wolfe, and the specialist public relations and public affairs businesses performed well, with H+K Strategies more challenged."

Overall, the London-based holding company reported a record profit of $2.3 billion last year, though it expressed caution about 2015 despite a strong January, saying the UK elections could hurt business.

2. Here are a few things to watch — no pun intended — during this afternoon’s Apple Watch event: how Apple addresses concerns about high prices and low battery life; whether it makes the company a player in fashion; and how companies with existing wearables respond.

3. Women were pulled from iconic ads across bus stops and magazine covers on Sunday in an initiative by the Clinton Foundation marking International Women’s Day. "We’re really trying to create a moment that feels meaningful," Clinton Foundation director of digital strategy Katie Dowd told The New York Times.

4. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said Hillary Clinton needs to be more forthcoming about the personal email scandal nagging her campaign-in-waiting. Critics have also pointed out that the Clinton Foundation has accepted donations from countries with questionable women’s rights records.

5. A fraternity at the University of Oklahoma has been shut down after a video emerged of members signing a racist chant about how the chapter will never allow a black member. Update: The university severed all ties with the chapter on Monday morning.

6. The 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," or protesters defiantly crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and being beat by police officers was marked throughout the weekend, highlighted by a Saturday speech by President Barack Obama. Former President George W. Bush and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who took part in the march five decades ago, also attended.

7. Vogue editor-at-large Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis apologized after posting an Instagram photo of a homeless person in Paris reading her magazine with the caption, "Paris is full of surprises…and [Vogue] readers in unexpected corners."

8. President Obama will detail later today a plan to get more Americans training to obtain high-tech jobs. He will speak at the National League of Cities conference in Washington, DC. 

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