The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 1.11.2016

David Bowie's death dominates Monday's news cycle; Detroit auto show kicks off; Golden Globes recap; Zuckerberg shows support for child vaccinations; Shaky start for Apple News; Debate over Sean Penn's El Chapo interview.

David Bowie. (Image via the artist's Facebook page).
David Bowie. (Image via the artist's Facebook page).

Leading Monday morning’s news cycle:
Musician, actor, and style icon David Bowie has died at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. He released his last album on Friday. Social media tributes have poured in from celebrities all over the world.

Trust the big issue at Detroit auto show
As the 2016 North American International Auto Show kicks off on Monday, automakers are cognizant they have to regain the public’s trust. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller apologized for his company’s emissions scandal at a Sunday luncheon.

Golden Globes recap
Comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes on Sunday nightThe Martian, The Revenant, and Sylvester Stallone were among the night’s big winners — drawing heat for jokes about Caitlyn Jenner. Meanwhile, the Internet called for a Jennifer Lawrence-Amy Schumer hosting tandem next year.

Zuckerberg throws support behind child vaccinations
Mark Zuckerberg posted an image on Facebook on Friday showing his daughter at the doctor’s office getting ready to be vaccinated, indicating his support for the pro-vaccination side of the issue. Members of the anti-vaccination movement were not happy.

Doctor's visit -- time for vaccines!

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, January 8, 2016

Shaky start for Apple News
One of the big problems with Apple News, the technology giant’s news-aggregation service launched in September is that no one knows how many people are actually using the app. Apple’s Eddy Cue told The Wall Street Journal the company is working to fix the problem.

Debate over Sean Penn’s El Chapo interview
There’s a healthy debate over the ethics of actor and activist Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone interview with drug kingpin El Chapo, who was recently captured by authorities. The discussion centers on accusations the magazine gave the then-fugitive quote and content approval.

Uber cuts prices in dozens of cities
Amid complaints about surge pricing, the ride-hailing service cut prices in 100 cities over the weekend. It wants to drive up use of its service during a seasonal winter slump, though the company said in a statement that similar efforts haven’t worked in the past.

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