Seattle Journalists Offer Insights; Pitching Advice at Media Roundtable

January 20, 2016

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by Matt Allinson – Media Relations Manager, International Markets

Seven superb Seattle journalists assembled downtown on a gray December day for Business Wire Seattle’s media “speed dating” event. The event provided an opportunity for those who work with the media and/or who are interested in the media to have small group discussions with the journalists who matter to them most. The goal, as always, was to foster education and understanding between the media and PR/IR community (as well as with the public at large).

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From L to R: Garrett Rudolph (Editor – Marijuana Venture Magazine); Taylor Soper (Reporter – Geekwire.com); Michelle Flandreau (Producer – KING5); Lauren Mang (Digital Editor – Seattle Magazine); Roger Nyhus (Moderator – President & CEO of Nyhus Communications); Sara Lerner (Reporter – KIRO Radio); Ashley Stewart (Reporter – Puget Sound Business Journal); Rachel Lerman (Reporter – The Seattle Times)

The journalists varied widely in terms of the media they work for, the industries and companies they cover, and the way they do their jobs. We had a marijuana industry magazine editor; a tech reporter for a start-up; a long time public radio reporter who recently switched to commercial radio; a television producer; a digital editor; a finance reporter; and a tech reporter from the state’s biggest paper.

The journalists offered many excellent tips for interacting with media and pitching stories. Here are some you should remember:

  • Press releases are great … particularly those that include multimedia … but a personalized email pitch or a follow-up call that comes with it can make a big difference.
  • Know who you’re pitching and what they write … take the time to form a relationship if you want the reporter to cover you now or in the future.
  • Taylor Soper of Geekwire.com pulls two to three stories a week from Twitter. It’s increasingly becoming one of his favorite ways to find story ideas.
  • Radio interviews … Sara Lerner of KIRO Radio always prefers an in-studio interview, but recognizes that short notice can make that difficult. A great alternative, she says, is to use Skype, because you don’t need a microphone and it resolves the problem of cell phone quality and the scarcity of landlines.
  • If you live in a marijuana-friendly state, take note of the publications focusing on that industry. Marijuana Venture Magazine editor Garrett Rudolph said his magazine started as a 8-page black and white publication in the spring of 2014 and is now a 120+ page glossy.
  • How does the Seattle Times‘ tech reporter Rachel Lerman find stories? For one, she scans Business Wire’s daily PressPass feed. She also has various alerts set up on all the companies that she covers.Rachel
  • A major pet peeve amongst several of the journalists in attendance was lack of an available contact. Too many times, they say, have they received an interesting press release only to call the contact number on the bottom and get no answer. Lack of availability will often lead to a lack of coverage.
  • One way to ensure reporters always have access to additional information, images and company contacts is to include a link to your organization’s online newsroom. These sites are crucial for reporters, as well as analysts and other decision makers when looking for more information about your brand.

For more tips and and to better understand the tools journalists are currently using, download the 2015 Business Wire Media Survey.

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of January 4, 2016

January 15, 2016

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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Each week, Business Wire brings you the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

Atlanta
Strategic Vision PR Group has launched its Velocity PR Program designed for emerging companies and start-ups. The program provides traditional public relations, social media, and branding services at an accelerated pace, designed to meet the needs of emerging companies. Article

Porter Novelli (PN) announced that Melissa Kraus Taylor has been named managing director of the agency’s Atlanta office. Article

Austin
Drumroll announced that it has partnered with My Fit Foods to deliver outstanding customer experiences that play a key role in helping busy people lead healthy lives, to evolve the brand’s style and experience to reflect the evolution of the company. Article

Charlotte
DFPR announced that Hickory Tavern has joined its agency roster of partners. Article

Chicago
Cushman & Wakefield has hired Stefanie Murphy as vice president, global public relations. Article

Zapwater Communications announced that Visit Finland has appointed the agency as USA public relations agency of record. Article

Radio Flyer has named Current as public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Article

Olson Engage has named Jeff Olson to a newly created executive vice president role. Article

Cleveland
Gatesman+Dave has announced the addition of Emily Eischeid as Senior Media Planner and Buyer. Article

Dallas
CyrusOne recently partnered with marketing agency M/C/C for planning and management of the global data center company’s integrated media strategies and implementation. Article

DC
Northrop Grumman has named Lisa Davis corporate vice president, communications, effective February 29. Article

Airlines for America has named Penny Kozakos as vice president, communications. Article

Agenda announced national energy policy expert Jeff Crater as its new Senior Energy Advisor. Article

GYMR Public Relations announced internal promotions and new hires in its Washington, D.C. office. Article

Denver
Chipotle Mexican Grill has parted ways with Edelman and is currently searching for new PR agency support. Article

Los Angeles
JMPR Public Relations has been named agency of record for Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Article

DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs announced the appointment of Chris Regan as Senior Vice President, Film & Digital, joining the agency’s entertainment division. Article

Miami
JeffreyGroup has named Asher Levine as managing director at the firm’s Miami headquarters. Article

O’Connell & Goldberg (O&G) public relations announces the promotion of Sofia Garcia to senior account executive. Article

Minneapolis
Martin Williams Advertising was named agency of record for Horton, Inc. Article

Nashville
Weber Shandwick has expanded its healthcare capability by acquiring ReviveHealth. Article

New York
Eileen O’Connor has been appointed vice president for communications at Yale University. Article

Exposure America announced that it has been named public relations agency of record for Herschel Supply. Article

Child’s Play Communications has signed Insensi as its newest client. Article

CRC has been named the agency of record for House of Matriarch. Article

Evoke Marketing has signed Mochidoki as a new client. Article

Schafer Condon Carter has been retained by Stetson Dress Hats to handle all PR strategy, content development and media outreach. Article

M2M PR & Partnerships celebrates its five-year anniversary with the launch of a new production division. Article

Ray Kotcher is stepping down from his role as chairman of Ketchum, after 32 years. Article

Tom Johnson has been named chief executive officer of Abernathy MacGregor. Article

ELR Media Group announced it is representing Yumi Kim. Article

Taft and Partners announced that it has opened a new office in Newark, New Jersey. Article

Parasol announced the appointment of Sasa Nikolic to its executive management team. Article

Buzz Media Solutions announced the appointment of two prominent Capital Region business leaders, Gary Hughes and Dr. Clinton Ballinger, to the company’s newly created strategic advisory group. Article

IBT Media announced that Daniel Goodman has joined the marketing team as VP, Director of Marketing Operations. Article

Phoenix
Amendola Communications has added two health information exchanges to its client roster. Article

San Francisco
Abernathy MacGregor has named managing director Heather Wilson as head of its San Francisco office. Article

Michael Busselen, Seagate’s VP of corporate communications, has left the data storage company for ServiceMax, a late-stage software startup, also based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Article

Los Angeles & Seattle
DNA Response and Marketing Maven announced their strategic partnership to enhance revenue for consumer brands selling products on leading e-commerce marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Sears.com through the execution of public relations and social media marketing. Article

Hong Kong
Sinclair Communications has been re-appointed as agency partner for Singapore Tourism Board on a retainer basis. Article

Huawei has brought in WPP PR firms Ogilvy PR and H+K Strategies to work on consumer PR support for its fast-growing mobile device business, following a global review that took place last year. Article

Jessica Lee has departed her role as chief communications officer at McDonald’s Greater China to become Netflix‘s first regional director of corporate communications in Asia. Article

Ruth Rowan has moved into a global marketing job for Dimension Data. Article

London
Ed Davey will be joining MHP Communications to provide senior counsel to MHP and across the firm’s UK and international clients on sectors including energy, infrastructure and logistics. Article

Ryanair has appointed Cristian Samoilovich as its first head of public affairs. Article

Four Communications Group has launched Four Consulting, a proposition aimed at delivering key services for clients based on the need for “preparedness.” Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has been appointed strategic PR partner for Skipton Building Society following a competitive pitch process. Article

MAG has appointed Graeme Elliott as group public affairs director. Article

Cytec Industrial Materials has appointed EMG to raise its profile in the German and pan-European automotive and materials market. Article

Blue Rubicon has hired Jon Priestley to join its digital team as an associate director. Article

Good Relations has appointed Jesscica Schon as senior associate director in its corporate team. Article

Dynamo PR has launched a dedicated virtual reality PR division and has signed leader in visual computing NVIDIA as a founding client. Article

Lewis has been chosen to handle the PR for Dutch lifestyle brand HEMA, which has nearly 700 stores in seven countries. Article

Tancredi has been appointed corporate and financial communications adviser to Turquoise Partners, a leading investment bank in Iran. Article

Ali Perkins has joined AstraZeneca as global head of communications for the pharma giant’s R&D units. Article

InterDigital has handed international PR duties to CCgroup. Article

Sydney
Genesis Burson-Marsteller has named Ajit Sahi as director, public affairs; Sanjay Arora as practice chair, corporate and financial; Piyal Banerjee as managing partner, telecom and technology (consumer); Shivaram Lakshminarayan as managing partner, telecom and technology (B2B) and corporate and financial (South). Nikhil Dey‘s role has expanded as president, public relations and public affairs and Atul Sharma is promoted as chief operating officer. Article

Toronto
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada has acquired Acertys. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for December 21 – January 3

January 6, 2016

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

yay-9389360-digitalEach week, Business Wire brings you the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

Atlanta
Joseph M. A. Ledlie, a longtime Atlanta public relations executive, died on Christmas Day. He was 72, AJC.com reports. Article

Austin
Salt and Company rings in 2016 with a new name to reflect the evolution of this nearly four-year old company specializing in agriculture, food and lifestyle clients. Rebranding as Wild Hive, the name captures the essence and style of the group and how they approach working with clients: curating a customized selection of experts with different specialties to create the strongest team. Article

Chicago
Public Communications Inc. has named Wendi Koziol its newest senior vice president. Article

DC
1105 Media and the Professional Services Council (PSC) announce a strategic partnership with PSC as the Founding Partner of the ACQUIRE Show, a new two-day educational conference and tradeshow for government acquisition and management professionals produced by 1105 Media, Inc. Article

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers announced that David Schwietert has been hired as Executive Vice President of Federal and Government Relations and Public Policy. Article

Los Angeles
BLAZE announced the addition of California Frozen Poppers to its list of clients. Article

Allison+Partners announced that after a competitive review, it has been named the lead consumer agency for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Article

Miami
Rose Marketing will launch its services in Havana, with plans to expand into a full service public relations, advertising, media and marketing services group. The operation is led by general director Galina Savina, supported by a local Cuban team. Article

Minneapolis
Cognate Nutritionals and its coconut oil beverage, Fuel For Thought, have retained PadillaCRTArticle

Nashville
McKenzi Loid has been promoted to account manager at Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations. Article

Newport Beach
Driven Public Relations has been retained by international supplier of premium beauty products rachel john. Article

Global Results Communications (GRC) announced the addition of Australia-based Maestrano to its client roster. Article

New York
Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications has been named the PR agency of record for Thanks Again. Article

North 6th Agency (N6A) announced the introduction of its 2016 ‘Year of the Customer’ program. Article

Weber Shandwick will be the first global PR firm to pilot Facebook’s enterprise collaboration platform, Facebook at Work. Article

Philadelphia
The Lubetkin Media Companies produced a signature series of podcasts for longtime client NJSpotlight.com, from the news and public policy reporting website’s groundbreaking all-day conference, Spotlight on Cities, held in Newark, NJ in October. Article

 San Diego
Stalwart Communications announced it added MedaPoint, Inc. to its client roster. Article

DC & New York
Burson-Marsteller today announced that Karen Doyne, Managing Director, U.S. Crisis Practice, was named “Crisis Manager of the Year” in PR News’ 2015 PR People Awards, and that Sharron Silvers, Senior Director, U.S. Corporate and Financial Communications, was named to PR News’ 2015 Top Women in PR list. Article

Hong Kong
Porter Novelli (PN) announced that Dan Benelisha has joined its Singapore office as senior vice president and managing director. Article

Sydney
Uber has brought in MSLGroup to handle PR support in India, which is fast becoming one of its biggest markets outside the US. Article

Genesis Burson-Marsteller (GBM) has expanded Nikhil Dey‘s leadership role, one of several appointments at the Indian PR firm. Article

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The One Thing Journalism School Didn’t Teach You: Newswires 101

November 30, 2015

By Jean-Adrien Delicano – Media Relations Specialist, Canada

I am a recent graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and

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there are many things about my education I enjoyed. I liked the fact we were taught the general workings of the media industry and I appreciated networking with industry professionals and spending time with classmates who would soon become full-time journalists themselves. The attentive, engaged community is what made journalism school worth it and I wouldn’t trade a second of the experience.

That said, there was one important piece of the journalism puzzle that was hardly talked about during my education: Commercial Newswires. With the advent of social media and easily accessible news, newswires can be seen as the more traditional method of sharing news. This clearly isn’t the case. In addition to being a reliable vehicle for business news, newswires continue to be valuable for accurate and timely journalism. Here are a few reasons why Newswires 101 should be taught in every journalism school.

Newswires can start or complete news stories

As a journalism school graduate, I always needed to find original, but captivating story ideas. To meet this goal, it certainly would have been useful if my professors had placed more emphasis on the subject of newswires. Newswires are filled with breaking story ideas!

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Taylor Barrett is a current journalism student at my alma mater and is currently the Web Editor for the university’s campus newspaper, The Charlatan. She argues newswires can be an important tool for any aspiring journalist.

“I think not enough journalism school students use newswires,” Barrett says. “One of my second-year reporting professors was a business journalist, so he often spoke to us about using newswires.

“I think journalism students sometimes don’t realize they are already reading from newswires,” she continues. “As I’m sure you know some publications rely on newswires to fill in the gaps in their reporting.”

Newswires are official

News releases are issued by organizations, without alteration of the original meaning or intention. This means that stories from newswires come straight from the horse’s mouth; they are what the company wants the public to know. News releases contain useful information.

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They contain breaking news, company data, quotes and story lines, all of which are valuable for today’s reporters. This notion is supported by the 2015 Business Wire Media Survey, which showed that 84.7% of media respondents use commercial newswire services to find and augment their news coverage. In addition, 62.8% of surveyed reporters say that their jobs would be harder if newswire-distributed news releases were no longer available, proving just how vital newswires are for today’s reporters.

Newswires are innovating for the mobile audience

In order for any company to survive in today’s increasingly technologically-savvy world, one must keep in mind the mobile aspect of their product or service. Newswires are no different. Now more than ever, newswires like Business Wire are innovating to accommodate for today’s mobile audience.

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Whether it is ensuring that news releases are readily available on every applicable media platform or optimizing news releases for phones and tablets, newswires are making sure to embrace this new digital age in the news industry. These provisions can be particularly useful for mobile journalism, which involves using mobile devices connected to the Internet to create, edit, and share news stories. This new form of media storytelling is increasing in popularity among journalism students and citizen journalists.

Newswires provide valuable insights into an organization’s history

There is an inherent blessing and curse when it comes to the Internet: Everything is there forever. This is certainly unfortunate for many people who post regrettable social media musings and delete them soon after.

When it comes to newswires, it is a blessing for reporters, especially business journalists, who wish to write stories about companies and their history.

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, a writer at Maclean’s Magazine, Canada’s weekly

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national current affairs and news magazine, and currently president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, says that the Internet’s inherent ability to document and archive everything ever posted is to the advantage of traditional newswires.

“They serve as a dependable archive of a given organization’s public statements,” says Taylor-Vaisey. “Those may come in handy for reporters down the road, as they research that organization’s past position on a story they’re investigating.

“Social media provides new, dynamic platforms that allow that same organization to quickly reach a broad audience in, say, a tweet – or a reporter’s eyes in a direct message – that moves faster than a traditional wire,” he continues. “But the Internet’s memory is long, and that’s to the advantage of organizations that make use of newswires that live online.”

Media_Relations_micro7So while today’s media landscape is always changing, one thing is certain: newswires will always have a role in news production and consumption. Whether it is used to find story ideas or to complement news coverage, the benefits of newswires should be made clear to every aspiring journalist.


Learn the Newswire’s Role in Making Your News with this Visual Journey

November 4, 2015

What role exactly does a newswire play in the journey of your news? An announcement makes an expedition before going public and influencing potential clients and consumers. That expedition involves many pit stops, including the addition of multimedia and determining the proper circuits to best reach interested parties.

Business Wire created a video to demonstrate the exact journey your news takes before becoming news.

You can view that video here and learn about each step in detail by reading Serena Ehrlich’s breakdown of How a News Release Becomes a News Story.

Serena Ehrlich is the Director of Social and Evolving Media at Business Wire and was one of the authors of Let’s Get Visual: Multimedia and the News Release, a free white paper identifying the science and trends behind multimedia’s impact on the success of news releases. Download this paper now: Let’s Get Visual!


PR Updates From Around the World for October 19-31

November 3, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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Each week, Business Wire brings you the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

Atlanta
Cookerly PR has named Stephen Brown as SVP and chief innovation officer. Article

Nebo was recently selected as a finalist in four categories of the 2015 PR Agency Elite Awards. Article

Austin
TrendKite has raised $10.7 million in a Series C funding, led by Atlanta-based Noro-Mosley Partners with repeat participation from Battery Ventures, Silverton Partners, and Mercury Fund. Article

Boston
Greenough has added several new clients, including WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station; Bridgewell, which supports individuals with disabilities and other challenges through behavioral healthcare and treatment of substance use disorders; The Museum of World War II; The Lowell Institute, one of the nation’s oldest public foundations; and Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a part of the food rescue movement. Article

Co-Communications has acquired marketing and design agency 341 Studios. Article

PAN Communications announced the recent hire of David Saggio. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has been selected by Southern Season as its public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Article

Bayer has named Darren Wallis vice president and head of communications for its crop science division. Article

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced Robert J. “Bob” Gfeller, Jr. will assume additional responsibility at the medical center. Article

Chicago
Navy Pier announced it has selected Henson Consulting as its Public Relations Agency of Record. Article

VSA Partners has added its newest Associate Partner, Executive Creative Director, Chris Cancilla. Article

Frequency540 has hired veteran creative talent Tom Quish to oversee creative content and campaign development for a number of its ambitious clients. Article

Greentarget Global Group has appointed Brandon Copple Director of Content and Editorial Strategy to lead its growing Content & Publishing practice. Article

Resolute Consulting announced Rob Nash and Anne-Marie St. Germaine are now partners at the firm. Article

Cleveland
BLASTmedia has been selected by Long John Silver’s as its social media agency of record. Article

Dallas
Splash Media Group has hired Steven Campanini as chief communications officer and head of healthcare. Article

Moroch Partners announced it has been selected as the media agency of record for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Article

DC
Spectrum has opened an Atlanta office-its second new location this year. Senior vice president and partner Amanda Sellers will head the new office. Article

Peter D. Rosenstein has formed PDR & Associates, a new company with expertise in the non-profit management, staffing, strategic planning, budget development and government affairs and public policy. Article

Engage has brought on Mathew De Luca as VP of digital strategy. Article

Sage Communications announced it has added veteran non-profit marketing expert Scott Greenberg as its newest marketing director. Article

Daly Gray Public Relations announced that Sonia Abdulbaki has joined the firm as vice president. Article

Interel has expanded its presence in the United States through a strategic alliance with the senior principals of four firms in Washington, DC. Article

Lisa Fels has announced the formation of Succession Communications, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-headquartered strategic communications agency. Article

Curley Company has been selected by The McClatchy Company as the strategic event firm for its presidential campaign event and reception in mid-November. Article

Detroit
Franco Public Relations Group has promoted Ann Marie Fortunate to account supervisor, Dan Horn to senior account executive and hired Sasha Reeves as assistant account executive. Article

Los Angeles
21st Century Fox has announced that Jonathan Bing has been named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. Article

Terry Hines, VP of global comms at Converse, has joined the Lagrant Foundation board of directors as a member of its alumni committee. Article

Research consultancy Kelton Global has hired Brett Davis as COO. Article

Kim Haskell joins Phelps as partner bringing more than 25 years of agency, automotive, consumer and publishing category experience. Article

Visit West Hollywood has selected DKC Public Relations as its public relations agency of record. Article

Kahn Media announced that it has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Weistec Engineering. Article

Miami
Diamond Public Relations has recently added its third Italian property to its client roster with the addition of the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Article

Diamond Public Relations announced the addition of Starwood sister properties located in the heart of the Minneapolis arts district, W Minneapolis – The Foshay and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis. Article

Angela Camacho has joined Newlink as Vice President at the helm of the Reputation Management and Public Affairs practice. Article

Minneapolis

PadillaCRT announced that it has been selected as agency of record for Smart Beer, New York’s first organic beer company. Article

Rose McKinney, founder of Minneapolis strategic communications firm Pineapple RM, has been selected for a top 2014-2015 teaching award at Metropolitan State University. Article

Spong was awarded Best PR Diversity Initiative last week at the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, sponsored by the PR Council in association with PRWeek. Article

Nashville
The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has named Kevin Aandahl as communications director. Article

Scripps Networks Interactive has named media and entertainment industry veteran Dylan Jones as executive vice president and chief communications officer. Article

Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock has hired Aaron Campbell as senior advisor. Additionally, Jarrard has promoted Kim Fox from vice president to senior vice president. Article

New York
Chris Foster has rejoined Burson-Marsteller as worldwide executive vice. Article

We Are Social has named Greg Eckelman and Robb Henzi as senior strategy directors in New York. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has appointed Dawn Rowan as vice president, director of media relations. Article

George Conboy has joined MSLGroup as SVP and strategic planning director. Article

Hawkins International Public Relations has added six new clients: Dream Downtown, Dream Midtown, John Hall’s Alaska, JW Marriott Venice, Tradewind Aviation, and The Tryall Club. Article

With its 20th anniversary in business fast approaching, Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC) already has much to celebrate. The boutique public relations agency is celebrating the growth of its F&B, Lifestyle and Travel Divisions with the announcement of six new account wins. Article

Coyne has brought on Ann Smith as a Vice President within the Healthcare practice to support the on-going growth and expanded service offerings of the firm. Article

SweeneyVesty announced that it has been named the PR Agency of Record for New York Michelin-starred restaurant Wallsé. Article

ChargeItSpot has selected Feintuch Communications to power its integrated trade, business, and consumer public relations program. Article

The Halo Group has added Manhattan acting school The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts to its client roster. Article

DKC Public Relations announced that Rick Miramontez will be joining the company to create DKC/O&M. Also joining DKC will be O&M Co.’s top executives Andy Snyder (Creative Director) and Molly Barnett (VP, Theatrical Division), along with other key staffers from the firm. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations announced that Alisa Steinberg has joined the agency as Vice President. Article

Brandwatch has raised $33 million through new investor Partech Ventrues and pre-existing backers Highland Europe and Nauta Capital. Brandwatch also recently named David Jones and Amy Collins as CTO and head of product, respectively. Article

Coyne Public Relations has been chosen by Emerald Expositions to provide public relations and special event management for its upcoming winter 2016 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift. Article

Kip-PR announced the latest addition to its beauty client roster Lashes on 5th. Article

Kelton Global has hired Brett Davis as Chief Operating Officer of its operation. Article

Theresa Genovese was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Ximena Rodriguez was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Diana Anderson joined Stantec as Medical Planner. Article

Jon Hibler joined Megalith Capital Management as Acquisitions and Asset Management Associate. Article

David Smith joined One MOBILE as Managing Director of National Sales. Article

Joseph Jebran was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Philadelphia
Kimball Communications has added Mark Ladley as public relations manager, responsible for strategic planning, media relations, social media advising and crisis consulting. Article

Lifespan Care Management, LLC has chosen Swordfish Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article

Flackable has promoted Alexa Miller to account executive. Article

The Fluid Sealing Association has appointed Charli Matthews as its public relations manager. Article

San Francisco
Uber has hired Snapchat’s Jill Hazelbaker as VP of communications and public policy. Article

Bite UK board director Jon Silk is relocating to the agency’s San Francisco office to take on a global SVP role overseeing client strategy. Article

Fineman PR has added two new clients, Pro Ecuador and Zaca Mesa. Article

Silicon Valley
Symantec has hired Jonathan Doros as VP of investor relations. Article

Frankfurt
Waggener Edstrom is on the hunt for new leadership in Germany, following the departure of GM Manuel Hüttl. Article

Hong Kong
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched H+K EastWest, a new offer that supports Chinese companies’ investment in Europe and the Americas. Article

The Blueshirt Group announced that it has established a presence in Beijing, China, marking its geographic expansion into Asia. Article

Burson-Marsteller China has been named as the digital partner in mainland China for Asia Miles. Article

Edelman has hired Juliette van der Burgt as director and head of its Singapore consumer marketing business. Article

WE has been appointed by Hong Kong music and arts festival Clockenflap, a brand under Magnetic Asia, for the upcoming event from November 27th until the 29th in the territory’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Article

Angelina Ong has left Cohn & Wolfe after seven months as Asia Pacific president. Article

London
salt has been selected by Kimberly-Clark‘s Depend as lead UK communications agency. Article

Disney has chosen to work with Cohn & Wolfe as it plans to open its first Disney Store in Sweden on November 12. Article

Golin has appointed Gemma Vardon as executive director, creative. Article

Trainline has hired Lorna O’Neill as head of UK public relations. Article

Sebastian Linko has been appointed vice president, marketing and communications at wireless networking company Wirepas. Article

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed as UK PR agency for MassChallenge. Article

Teneo Holdings is acquiring Pendomer Communications, a financial and corporate communications firm based in London. Article

Harvard, part of Chime, has been selected by Ricoh Europe after a four-way pitch to lead a corporate communications programme including thought-leadership content, social media and pan-European media relations. Article

Roaring Mouse has been appointed to represent Amplified Robot, a London-based digital development studio specialising in virtual and augmented reality content production. Article

Platform PR announced it has won the inaugural TVBAward for “Best PR, Marketing and Communications Team.”  Article

Paris
MSLGroup chief communications officer Trudi Harris is to launch a new consultancy after leaving the agency at the end of this month. Article

Edit Herczog has joined APCO Worldwide‘s international advisory council. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of October 12

October 24, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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Each week, Business Wire brings you the latest changes and updates in the PR industry. To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

Charlotte
S&A Communications received five 2015 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication from the Raleigh Public Relations Society (RPRS). Article

Chicago
Zapwater Communications announced the addition of Thread Experiment to the agency’s portfolio. Article

ASGK Public Strategies and M Public Affairs announced that the two firms have merged and rebranded as Kivvit. Article

A new website developed by Rhea + Kaiser, FSnutrientmanagement.com, is helping agriculture and energy retailer FS better connect with their customers on the benefits of nutrient management. Article

Frequency540 announces it has been selected by Lincoln Park Zoo as agency of record. Article

The Word of Mouth Marketing Association announces it is inducting Spredfast’s Virginia Miracle, Brains on Fire’s Geno Church and Zócalo Group’s Paul M. Rand into the Word of Mouth Marketing Hall of Fame. Article

DC
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added to its political and media credentials in Washington with the hiring of Senate veteran and former news anchor/commentator Matthew Felling, and Patrick Ryan, previously with the Fox Business Network and CNBC. Article

Grayling has partnered with the Women’s High-Tech Coalition (WHTC) to elevate the organization’s profile in the media, the member community and other tech influencers. Article

Warschawski announced the addition of Sam Ruchlewicz to the agency’s team. Article

Denver
Molly Biwer has been named senior vice president of public affairs and communications of Hallmark Cards. Biwer will replace Steve Doyal who is retiring at year end after 41 years at Hallmark. Article

Barnhart recently added Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning as a new client. Article

Los Angeles
South Coast Botanic Garden has chosen full-service public relations agency Bob Gold & Associates to lead the publicity efforts for the arrival of the garden’s newest attraction: a collection of nature-themed sculptures. Article

Cutler PR has announced that it has been named PR agency of record for Silicon Valley-headquartered website-building platform Duda and Australian-based marketing tech company Oomph. Article

Miami
Uber has chosen Newlink Communications as agency of record for communications efforts in Latin America. Article

Balsera Communications received two national awards during the 2015 Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) ¡Bravo! Awards in New York. Article

Carma PR has been selected as PR agency of record for the Fall 2015 edition of FUNKSHION Fashion Week Miami Beach. Article

The CMO Club announced the winners of the 2015 CMO Awards in the categories for Content Engagement, Creativity and Story Telling, Customer Experience, Growth, Leadership, Marketing Innovation, Officers, Rising Star, Social Responsibility, and President’s Circle. Article

Minneapolis
Comcast has named Jill Hornbacher director of external communications for the company’s Twin Cities region. Article

New York
BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) has hired Jodie Thomas as executive director, corporate communications and media relations. Article

GCI Health announced that the agency has promoted Kristin Cahill to President, North America. Article

Makovsky has hired Megan Thomas as senior vice president, health practice. Article

Finn Partners announced that Kristie Kuhl has been appointed senior partner, Health. Article

Christine Heenan has joined Burson-Marsteller as a member of its US-based creative council. Article

Publicis Groupe has agreed to pay a $2.9m settlement in a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against MSLGroup that has been ongoing since 2011 and initially sought $100m in damages. Article

Bullfrog + Baum has been named the agency of record for Aretsky’s Patroon. Article

Magrino announced new client, Matthew Kenney Cuisine. Article

The PR Council announced the election of its new officers and directors. Article

Spark named Faith Paris and Nicole Bestard as Managing Directors to its expanding New York office. Article

The Stevens Group (TSG) has named Rich Jachetti Senior Partner. Article

Philadelphia
Slice Communications announced that Brandon Mendelson (B.J.) and Krista Neher will be the official keynote speakers for Social Media Day Philadelphia 2016 on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Article

San Francisco
MSLGroup has appointed Curt Kundred as managing director for its Western region as well as global head of strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Article

Evident.io announced it has appointed Anthony Freed as director of corporate communications. Article

Seattle
Metia Group has promoted Seattle-based J. Paul Anderson from regional vice president to vice president, and Amber Whiteman from director of client services to vice president. Austin-based Daniel Brooks has been promoted from regional vice president to vice president. Article

Silicon Valley
PayPal’s VP of global brand and communications Christina Smedley is departing the payments company to take a senior post at Facebook. Article

Frankfurt
Andreas Winiarski is joining German PR giant Hering Schuppener. Article

Hong Kong
Vero has formed a strategic partnership with All Public Relations, The collaboration will provide Vero clients with access to All PR’s services in Cambodia. Article

A triumphant sweep of 39 awards at the recent 2015 PMAA Dragons of Asia Awards Gala positions Geometry Global as the most successful agency in Malaysia for marketing effectiveness. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations Indonesia has been appointed the official agency of record for Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, following a highly competitive pitch. Article

Text100 has been appointed as agency of record in Asia Pacific for Zebra Technologies Corporation. Article

London
Katja Hall has been named group head of public affairs, a new position, at HSBC. Article

Four Communications Group has appointed John Farrell as its new chairman. Article

Citigate Dewe Rogerson has been selected by Boao Forum for Asia as the PR agency supporting partner of the November Boao Forum for Asia Financial Cooperation Conference in London. Article

Huntsworth has appointed Neil Jones as chief financial officer. Article

Knight Frank has brought in Teneo Group consultancies StockWell and Blue Rubicon following a competitive pitch. Article

Good Relations has won a new brief with train operating company c2c to develop an integrated communications campaign that maximises awareness around the launch of c2c’S new 2015 timetable. Article

Vauxhall has selected Weber Shandwick to handle social media duties in the UK, following a competitive pitch. Article

Sydney
MSLGroup India has appointed Manish Thirumulpad as vice president and head of its Bengaluru office. Article

Toronto
Yulu Public Relations has become the first Canadian PR company to become a certified B Corporation. Article

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