The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 1.14.2016

Time to get to work on Agency Business Report submissions; Indonesian government uses Twitter in terrorism response; What to watch: Oscar nominations, GOP debate; Chipotle plots comeback campaign; New CEO at SurveyMonkey.

The aftermath of Thursday's terror attacks in Jakarta. (Image via The Washington Post's YouTube page).
The aftermath of Thursday's terror attacks in Jakarta. (Image via The Washington Post's YouTube page).

PRWeek calls for Agency Business Report submissions
The 2016 edition of PRWeeks Agency Business Report promises to be the biggest — and most global — yet. The deadline to complete the questionnaire is February 15. The report will be published on May 1.

Blasts rock Jakarta
Seven people were killed on Thursday morning after a series of suicide bomb attacks in the Indonesian capital. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, according to reports. The Indonesian government has been using Twitter to communicate with citizens after the attacks.

What to watch on Thursday morning…
Academy Awards nominees will be announced. Eddie Redmayne and Leonardo DiCaprio are favorites for Best Actor, and The Revenant and The Danish Girl are expected to receive Best Picture nods. Expect outrage if the list of nominees is not more diverse than last year’s. Update: The Revenant was nominated 12 times, leading all films. The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Bridge of Spies also received nods for Best Picture.

And on Thursday night
The last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, which will have a smaller gathering of candidates on stage without Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina, will start at 9 pm on Fox Business Network. Keep an eye on whether Donald Trump and Ted Cruz go after each other.

Chipotle plans its comeback
The beleaguered Mexican food chain is planning a marketing campaign in February, including a direct mail push, to bring customers back to its restaurants after a 30% sales drop in December. Chipotle said CDC officials met with its executives last week.

(Another) new CEO at SurveyMonkey
The research platform has named its second chief executive in six months. Former GoPro entertainment chief Zander Lurie is replacing the departing Bill Veghte in the top role. Former CEO David Goldberg, the husband of Cheryl Sandberg, died suddenly in early May.

On the stump
The New York Times reported Wednesday evening that Ted Cruz did not report a significant loan from Goldman Sachs in his 2012 Senate campaign. He’s brushing it off. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is finally taking the gloves off against Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator is raising money off the attacks. And it’s now or never for Marco Rubio.

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