The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 12.1.2015

Best Places to Work 2015; Climate talks continue; ExxonMobil accuses Columbia University of ethics breach; Lewis PR rebrands; World AIDS Day; #GivingTuesday; Tribune responds to Murdoch tweet.

Golin: A large agency honoree in 2015's Best Places to Work

Best Places to Work 2015
It’s not just dollars and cents. The war for talent is being won and lost with culture and benefits as staffers look for a better work-life balance and a path to advancement. Go here for Best Places to Work honorees broken down by large, midsize, and small.

Climate talks continue in France
World leaders are gathered near Paris to hammer out an accord to fight climate change, and they’re also discussing terrorism and the fight against ISIS. They were greeted by billboards mocking the influence corporations have over environmental policy.

On the topic: ExxonMobil vs. Columbia University
ExxonMobile is accusing journalists from Columbia University of acting improperly in an investigation into whether the energy giant misled the public about climate change. Outgoing public affairs chief Ken Cohen wrote a letter to the school, which is reviewing his claims.

The 27th World AIDS Day
There’s some reason for optimism in the fight against HIV and AIDS on the 27th World AIDS Day. It’s also Giving Tuesday. Last year, more than $45 million was raised for 15,000 US nonprofits. More than twice that are participating this year.

Just call us ‘Lewis’
Lewis is rebranding from Lewis PR to emphasize its integrated services and reflect its growth in digital, research, and advertising. It is also renaming Boston-based agency Davies Murphy Group, acquired in 2013, under the Lewis banner.

Brands can’t keep up on Cyber Monday
The websites of Target and PayPal went down for some users on Cyber Monday, the online version of Black Friday. Foot Locker and Victoria’s Secret also suffered outages. The number of overall sales were up, but orders were smaller.

Tribune: We’re not for sale
Tribune Publishing is denying that it is on the sales block. News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch triggered speculation on Friday when he tweeted that a "big Wall Street firm" would buy Tribune’s newspaper division and local investors would purchase the Los Angeles Times

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