Five things PR pros need to know on Friday, 3.20.2015

PRWeek Awards winners; BlueFocus reports profit; Hillary Clinton faces more scrutiny.

Always’ #LikeAGirl, created with MSLGroup, won Campaign of the Year Thursday night at the PRWeek Awards, while honorable mention went to Mullen and American Greetings for the World’s Toughest Job campaign. Weber Shandwick won PR Agency of the Year 2015, as well as Large PR Agency of the Year. Honorable mention went to Allison+Partners in the overall category and to Edelman in the Large PR Agency group. Allison was the winner of Midsize PR Agency of the Year.

Chinese holding company BlueFocus, which bought Citizen Relations late last year as part of its deal for agency parent company Vision7, reported a net profit increase of 62.8% last year to $114.9 million.

Facebook is planning to turn its Messenger app into a platform, inspired by Asia’s popular chat apps WeChat and Line. The social media giant will first allow third parties to develop on the messaging app before adding its own services to it. Meanwhile, Chinese company Tencent has halted international expansion of WeChat as it focuses on making the app a bigger online platform as well.

Presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing criticism again, this time for donations. The Clinton Foundation restricted donations from foreign governments while she was secretary of state, but the organization reportedly received millions of dollars from donors who had some ties to foreign governments. The foundation’s flagship health program, Clinton Health Access Initiative, also stopped publishing its complete list of donors as of 2010. Clinton had previously said she would disclose all donors to her charity while she was serving under President Barack Obama.

Penn State University president Eric Barron said some university leaders want to reevaluate its fraternity system after suspending Kappa Delta Rho on campus. Police are investigating whether the Penn State chapter operated a private Facebook page where members shared frat house photos of nude and semi-nude women, some of whom appeared to be unconscious.

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