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.

1. Beijing has been picked to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, making it the first city to hold both the summer and winter games but also angering human rights groups. Almaty, Kazakhstan, was the runner up.

2. Zimbabwe’s environment minister is calling for the US to extradite Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed the popular Cecil the Lion during a hunting expedition in the country. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is also investigating. Earlier this week, Yelp removed a barrage of media-fueled poor reviews of Palmer’s dental practice, River Bluff Dental.

3. Former Reddit AMA chief Victoria Taylor has a new job, joining WeWork as its first digital community director. Reddit suffered a user and moderator backlash after Taylor was reportedly fired last month. PR executives said in the weeks that followed that they’re advising clients to largely avoid AMAs until the dust settles.

4. MSNBC has cancelled three daytime shows, The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show as it moves its afternoon programming away from opinion-driven programs. Brian Williams is set to return to the cable network soon to cover breaking news.

5. The Clinton campaign is pushing back against The New York Times’ coverage, specifically its story that two inspectors general asked the Justice Department to start a criminal investigation of "emailgate." Campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri scolded the newspaper for its "apparent abandonment of standard journalistic practices" in a letter posted to the campaign’s website.

6. The Koch brothers are trying to soften their image both through paid advertising and fewer arguments with Democratic politicians, countering their portrayal in the past two election cycles as the major financial force behind Republican candidates.

7. Comcast’s NBCUniversal division is in late-stage negotiations to make a $250 million minority investment in BuzzFeed. NBCUniversal is also looking to raise its stake in Vox Media, now at 14%. 

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