The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 8.17.2015

Amazon responds to workplace criticism; AT&T's longtime partnership with the NSA revealed; Trigana Air safety record panned; PR pros wait with bated breath for Colbert's Late Show; Trump in Iowa; Politics roundup.

Jeff Bezos (Image via Wikimedia Commons).
Jeff Bezos (Image via Wikimedia Commons).

1. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has responded to The New York Timesoften-scathing report on the company's workplace conditions by sending a memo to staff saying it "doesn’t describe the Amazon I know." Amazon head of infrastructure development Nick Ciubotariu also defended the company in a LinkedIn post.

2. AT&T worked with the NSA for decades to help it access information about billions of emails, according to a report by the Times and ProPublica. The article was based on documents from 2003 to 2013.

3. Trigana Air has said little in its crisis response after safety experts took its record to task following the crash of one of its airplanes in Papua. Fifty four passengers and crew members were on board. A search plane spotted wreckage of the flight on Monday morning.

4. PR pros are taking a wait-and-see approach to the Stephen-Colbert-hosted Late Show on CBS, set to debut next month. Joe Quenqua, EVP and head of DKC’s entertainment practice, predicted, "Colbert’s humor will immediately separate him from the pack."

5. The #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign will soon move from social media to billboards. The Twitter-driven initiative, which puts the spotlight on women in the traditionally male-dominated industry of engineering, gained steam early this month.

6. Donald Trump released his immigration policy on Sunday, calling for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and the end of immediate citizenship for the children of immigrants born in the US. It includes some contradictions.

7. Monday morning’s roundup: CNN: Poll: GOP establishment candidates falling; BuzzFeed: How voters try, fail, and sometimes succeed to talk to Hillary Clinton; Associated Press: 2016 hopefuls hit the gym, try to skip pie on campaign trail.

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