Business Wire’s 2015 Media Survey Reveals Best Practices in Media Relations

October 20, 2015

By Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social & Evolving Media, Business Wire
Earlier this year, Business Wire asked reporters worldwide their preference for being pitched – from the type of news they prefer, to best practices for continuing relationships after coverage was secured.

The results of the Business Wire 2015 North American Media Survey provide a strong road map for communicators to follow when looking to increase the visibility of their organization via news coverage.

Click here to download the full survey results now:  http://bit.ly/1hOkatq

Media_Relations_Info_FINALStep 1:  Write an interesting release
This may sound easy enough, but in order to catch a reporter’s attention, your news release needs to contain the information they want to cover.

When you craft your next news release, focus on the breaking news and interesting story angles as well as quotes to increase the likelihood of pick up.

Step 2:  Multimedia is no longer optional
As more and more reporters are providing news content for online sources, there is a growing need for multimedia.  What kind of multimedia? The element most preferred is a photographic with graphics, videos, infographics, logos and audio files rounding out the list.

Why is multimedia so important? As we discuss in Let’s Get Visual, multimedia elements allow readers to engage and absorb information in new ways, building deeper emotional connections between the reader and the news story.  And reporters are not just relying on you to provide them with supporting multimedia – more than 64% of reporters are creating their own to supplement content.

In short, if you want to tell your story in your voice, supply reporters with multimedia to ensure the highest possible adoption of your news.

Step 3:  Your News Release Distribution Service Matters
News distribution services such as Business Wire play an important role in the news ecosystem. 63% of media respondents noted that their jobs would be harder without newswires to vet and deliver news releases.  Commercial newswires provide media outlets with an ongoing stream of trusted, breaking news in a variety of formats, allowing reporters to access and produce news coverage throughout the day.  And what newswire do media outlets trust the most?  At 67%, Business Wire continues to be the top newswire of choice for today’s media.

Step 4:  Social Pitching is Not Advised
Despite the use of social media for research purposes or for identifying hot news trends, 75% of reporters said they do not want to receive pitches via social media

Rather than pitch reporters via social channels, use the channels to identify who is writing about your industry and to gain a better understanding to the types of news your top reporters are interested in writing and sharing with their readers.

Step 5:  The Role of Your Online Newsroom
Where do reporters turn to research your pitch? Your online newsroom!

When breaking news hits the reporter’s desk, the next step is for the reporter to research the news, the company and the impact your news has on their readers. 77% of reporters turn to company online newsrooms to find the information they need to turn your news release into a headline.  Frequently updated newsrooms provide reporters, and other interested parties, on-demand access to the news releases, multimedia and other branded content – perfect for reporters responsible for writing news stories in a 24/7 world.

Bonus tip? Share your coverage!
The top metric for judging the success of a news story continues to be inbound traffic to that piece. Help reporters meet this metric by creating a strong coverage sharing program to not only increase views, but awareness of your news.

Securing coverage in a selfie world is not easy, but by following the steps provided in the 2015 Business Wire Media Survey you can build stronger relationships with your key media targets and increase the chance to receive more media coverage.

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of October 5

October 13, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire

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!

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Atlanta
Arketi Group will lead strategic PR initiatives for Salesfusion. Article

communications 21 has hired Jordan Garofalo as an account manager to join the c21 team. Article

Brandware has been selected by Pellisari LLC as its public relations agency of record. Article

Austin
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. announced David Snowden has been appointed to serve as senior vice president, group communications and public relations. Article

Sanders\Wingo chairman Robert V. Wingo has been elected to the Ad Council Board of Directors. Article

RetailMeNot announced that Marissa Tarleton has joined the company as its chief marketing officer for North America. Article

Boston
Matter Communications has announced it will serve as Agency of Record for JDA Software Group. Article

marlo marketing announced today two new Travel & Destination clients: The Envoy Hotel in Boston, MA,, and The Ricci Collection’s Grand Amore Hotel and Spa in Florence, Italy. Article

InkHouse Media + Marketing announced that Susan Elsbree has joined the company’s growing real estate practice as vice president. Article

Charlotte
Justin Nicolette has joined IMRE as the new General Manager for their Raleigh office. Article

French/West/Vaughan (FWV) has been selected by the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) to provide public relations and sponsorship support for its 2015 VGA National Championship. Article

French/West/Vaughan has been selected by Trailways Transportation System as its marketing agency of record. Article

French/West/Vaughan took home 18 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards – including a “Best in Division” honor, the night’s highest designation – as part of the annual recognition program hosted by the Raleigh Public Relations Society. Article

MMI has added five new clients for services including branding and creative design, website design and development, video production and media relations. Article

Chicago
Current Lifestyle Marketing is rebranding to become Current Marketing, emphasizing its focus on “marketing for real lives.” Article

Creative agency 50,000feet has been awarded a 2015 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant to develop a communications toolkit for Peace Care. Article

rEvolution has acquired NEXTGEN+MVPs, and is launching a new eSports consultancy, rEvXP, to serve brands, platforms and players in advancing their respective brand connections with fans. Article

Henson Consulting has added nine new talented employees to its vibrant team since the end of July. Article

GMR hired Aaron Frank as associate creative director, ideation. Article

The Arthur W Page Society has named Dave Samson, general manager of public affairs at Chevron, as its next chairman. Article

Resolute Consulting announced Kimberly Walz has joined the firm as vice president. Article

Don Tomala, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Matrix Partners has been named the recipient of Pet Age magazine’s coveted ICON award. Article

Dallas
Jones PR has become part of PROI Worldwide. Article

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) has partnered with TrizCom Public Relations to open Pitch PR. Article

DC
Dave McCulloch has joined Capitol Media Partners to lead its Washington, DC, operations as partner. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations has launched Association Works, a specialty service focused on helping trade and professional membership associations achieve their reputation management, marketing and member communications goals. Article

The Stagwell Group has acquired strategic communications and public affairs firm SKDKnickerbocker through its Stagwell Media private equity fund. Article

Curley Company has been selected by L’Oreal USA as the strategic event firm for L’Oreal USA’s For Women in Science awards ceremony and reception in October. Article

Frederic J. Frommer has been tapped to lead the Dewey Square Group‘s new Sports Business Practice. Article

Denver
Western Union chief communications officer Luella Chavez D’Angelo is leaving after 15 years with the financial services company. Article

The ART Hotel announced Candace Duran, director of sales & marketing, as the lead of a robust sales team. Article

Barnhart announced the appointment of Matt Ward as creative director. Article

Woodruff Sweitzer continues its rapid expansion with the addition of four new employees: Caitlin Christopher and Kimberly Curtis to the Columbia office, and Andy Grollmes and Cassie Naes to the Kansas City office. Article

Crossroads was the recipient of the Best in Show Award at the 2015 Greater Kansas City-PRSA PRISM Awards Gala. Article

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

MWW Public Relations has announced that Erin Bzymek has joined MWWPR as an account supervisor and lead media strategist. Article

Detroit
Campbell Ewald announced today that it has been named Agency of Record (AOR) for Travelocity, following a competitive review. Article

Finn Partners announced the promotion of Emily Shirden to Partner at its growing Detroit office. Article

Houston
Master Public Relations officially opened its doors for business on October 1st and specializes in crisis communication, crisis management, and media relations. Article

Los Angeles
Weber Shandwick has added Alejandro Castro Enciso as senior vice president and executive producer in the digital creative group. Article

Phelps has added three new clients: Learn4Life, Natrol and Ryze Capital Partners. Article

AwesomenessTV introduced Wildness-a new firm that offers research, insights and strategy services for brands that want to be relevant with youth culture. Article\

ZeeVee has selected Bob Gold & Associates to lead its PR activities. Article

Fifteen Minutes expands its tech footprint with the October onboarding of two new clients. Article

The National Black Public Relations Society is honoring leaders in PR excellence as a part of its 2015 #PowerPR Summit, which convenes October 30 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C. Article

Variety has named Dea Lawrence as its Chief Marketing Officer. Article

Miami
rbb Communications was named agency of record for VITAS Healthcare. Article

3AWORLDWIDE announced the addition of Adam Horowitz as the new Chief Financial Officer. Article

Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (CAMC) has been appointed the PR agency of record for Viceroy Anguilla. Article

Fetching Communications has added new clients including Veterinary Practice Partners; VetSpecialists.com; Yabozi Products; and Voyce Pro. Article

O’Donnell Agency has opened an office in Sarasota, FL and added four executives in West Palm Beach to its advertising and public relations staff. Article

Schwartz Media Strategies has added marketing executive Katherine Doble as Director of Digital Media and Branding. Article

Minneapolis
Mike Fernandez, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Cargill, was selected as the first-ever recipient of the Hispanic Public Relations Association National Pioneer of the Year Award. Article

Gage announced it has hired Travis J. Lee as associate director of design. Article

Carmichael Lynch Inc. named Julie Batliner President of the company’s public relations division, Spong. Article

New York
Prosek Partners announced that Andy Merrill has joined as Partner. Article

Fenton has named Ben Branham as managing director of the New York office. Article

Makovsky has named Denise Vitola as managing director, a new position, serving in a leadership position for all practice leaders and supporting the CEO with the strategic direction of the firm. Article

David Grant is joining Steinreich Communications as a senior vice president. Article

Nancy J Friedman Public Relations has signed Li-Lac Chocolates to announce the opening of its third Manhattan store at 162 Bleecker Street. Article

M2M PR & Partnerships has announced the addition of THIEL Audio, Lion Heart Autographs, The T.J. Martell Foundation 40th Anniversary, Van Eaton Galleries and the Brumley Music Company to its roster. Article

Kip-PR announced its representation of Hamptons Glow. Article

PureWow celebrated its 5th birthday on Thursday, October 8th. Article

JONESWORKS announced its representation of WTRMLN WTR. Article

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) announced that Jodie Thomas has been named Executive Director, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, effective immediately. Article

Havas Health has announced the launch of a new consultancy company, xigxag. Article

Justin Chase has joined Makovsky as Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President. Article

Coyne has hired Ann Smith as a vice president in the healthcare practice.  Article

Cutler PR has been named PR agency of record for website-building platform Duda and marketing tech company Oomph. Additionally, Cutler PR has expanded its relationship with RR Media , becoming RR Media’s global PR agency of record. Article

Brandstyle Communications has been selected to represent Cobram Estate Olive Oil and Quiet Logistics. Article

MWWPR has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Berk Communications & Marketing Group. Article

Christopher Graves, global chairman of Ogilvy Public Relations, has been elected to his second term as chair of the PR Council. Article

The co-founders of the consumer powerhouse Catalyst abruptly stepped down this week, three years after the agency sold to IMG. Article

Zeno Group has hired Frank Eliason as an EVP to lead US digital and customer experience. Article

Reputation Institute has launched its Reputation Tracker service in India, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, China, Japan and Portugal. Article

Assembly announced that it has won the media account of Audible, Inc. Article

ICM Registry announced KCSA Strategic Communications will lead the company’s public relations program. Article

WEILL has been appointed public relations representative for PARIS MADE PERFECT. Article

Monastero Santa Rosa has appointed WEILL to oversee its public relations. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations has launched Association Works, a specialty service focused on helping trade and professional membership associations achieve their reputation management, marketing and member communications goals. Article

The Stevens Group has named Rich Jachetti Senior Partner. Article

DBC PR + Social Media announced that Jon Cunningham has joined the agency as Senior Vice President and New York office lead. Article

Oklahoma
Candor was recognized by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as the second-fastest-growing business in the Oklahoma City area. Article

Philadelphia
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has selected Cashman & Associates as its PR agency of record to assist in expanding the reach and impact of the 2016 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Article

San Diego
Clearpoint Agency has been selected by the San Diego County Vintners Association (SDCVA) to manage its public relations and digital strategies. Article

San Francisco
Karbo Communications has announced the PowerStart PR Launch Program created for pre-Series A technology companies. Article

Seattle
Waggener Edstrom is refreshing its brand identity, refining its focus, and restructuring its leadership team as it prepares for future growth, with founders Melissa Waggener Zorkin and Pamela Edstrom taking their names off the door as the firm becomes simply WE. Article

Salt Branding and independent communications agency WE announced a new strategic partnership that will enhance their clients’ ability to create, redefine, and extend Essential Brands. Article

Austin & New York
Ogilvy PR and Good Scout Group announce a strategic alliance in which the agencies will partner on key corporate social responsibility (CSR) and cause-related initiatives. Article

DC & New York
Portland has expanded its strategic communications counsel and media expertise in its Washington and New York offices with the additions of Noah Black and Eric Schultz. Article

New York & Seattle
Lane has added three new clients: Portland Roasting Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster; Regal Springs Tilapia, a sustainable, international producer and supplier of tilapia based in Miramar, Fla.; and Steaz, a brand of natural, organic and fair trade green tea-based beverages. Article

Frankfurt
Schwartz Public Relations has been selected by Sharp Electronics Europe to handle media relations within the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region. Article

Volkswagen has named new communications leadership as it attempts to salvage its reputation amid its ongoing emissions crisis. Article

Volkswagen has called on a quartet of PR firms to oversee its global crisis PR response as it attempts to deal with the biggest scandal in its 78-year history, the Holmes Report can reveal. Article

Hong Kong
SGK has promoted Brad Wills to executive senior vice president of global operations. Adam Ransom takes over the reins as APAC group managing director and Simon Macdonald fills Ransom’s place as SGK’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand. Article

Citizen Relations has named Chris Chamberlin as Asia-Pacific managing director. Article

Fortune PR has named Ati Muchtar as its new chief executive officer. Article

London
Societe Generale has appointed Lansons to provide agency support for its corporate and investment banking (CIB) arm, adding to the services Lansons already provides for SG Securities Services, SG Global Transaction Banking and SGPB Hambros. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has strengthened its expanding issues and crisis management team with the appointment of Simone Whitfield as a director. Article

Ketchum has promoted two partners into new roles: Jo-ann Robertson, partner, managing director, corporate, technology and public affairs has been promoted to deputy chief executive officer, London, while Deirdre Murphy, Partner, senior managing director, has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer, London. Article

uSwitch.com has appointed 3 Monkeys Communications to handle UK PR for its energy proposition. Article

Four Communications Group has acquired the Welsh market leading PR and design agency Francis Balsom Associates. Article

Streamwire has appointed Spreckley as its retained PR agency in the UK to support the company’s growth in delivery of the IT services. Article

Kenshoo has formed a global partnership with Hootsuite in an attempt to help marketers better understand, attribute and optimise the combined impact of their paid and owned social media marketing. Article

Anglo American is seeking new communications support after parting ways with Edelman. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations announced the appointment of Marshall Manson to the position of UK CEO Ogilvy PR. Article

Marshall Manson has been named CEO of Ogilvy PR UK. Article

Beyond has brought on Tom Denning as COO amid double-digit growth. Article

Glencore has brought in external PR support as it attempts to reassure investors and creditors following a 60% slump in its stock price this year. Article

Sofia Axelsson has been appointed senior vice president, group communications, brand and marketing, for Husqvarna Group. Article

Luke Pearson has joined Brands2Life‘s consumer team in the newly created role of senior content producer. Article

Springer Nature has hired Atomic to undertake a comprehensive audit and analysis of the media landscape. Article

Strategic communications agency salt is one of the first companies in the UK to be awarded B Corporation status, awarded to companies that meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Article

WPP PR firm Buchanan has hired City PR veteran Giles Sanderson as deputy chairman and partner. Article

Steffan Williams has left Finsbury to join Porta Communications in the newly-created role of group managing director. Article

MediaCom USA announced that it has recruited Tom Cijffers as its new Chief Client Officer. Article

Paris
Grayling has been selected following a competitive tender to drive awareness and attendance for the World Energy Congress in Istanbul this month. Article

Action Global Communications has launched Action Digital, creating an integrated on and offline offer to help clients widen their reach, engage their consumers, amplify the impact of their brand and grow their business across emerging markets. Article

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation has appointed Maxim Behar as its new president during its Global Summit in Milan. Article

A group of ten successful independent PR firms are joining forces to create a new global affiliate network, called the Ecosytem. Article

Saint James has selected Sopexa to celebrate its 250th anniversary through 2015-2016 with a host of festivities on its home island of Martinique as well as an international communications campaign and special commemorative bottlings. Article

Sydney
General Motors India has appointed Swati Bhattacharya as vice president of communications and Pankaj Gupta as vice president of government relations and public policy. Article

Rishi Bhattacharya, the chair of Edelman’s global energy sector practice, is leaving the firm to take on a similar role at Instinctif Partners. Article

TVS Motor Company has appointed Varghese Thomas as vice president of corporate communications. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Australia has added goCatch to its client roster. Article

jack + bill has selected four campaigns to receive $30,000 fee equivalent PR support: Forage Cookbook, a charity cookbook; Danny Burrito, on-demand burrito delivery across Sydney; Olympic Nick: A Donutmentary, a short film about a 76-year-old doughnut maker; and The Rum Diary Bar Spiced Rum. Article

Edelman has hired Amit Narayan for the newly-created role of reputation head in India. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has acquired fast-growing Indian PR firm Six Degrees and its content subsidiary Alphabet Consulting, the latest in a series of investments designed to expand its Asian footprint. Article

Tokyo
Prain Global has appointed Kim Dong Wook as its president and CEO. Article

Nissan has named new corporate communications leadership, with Microsoft’s Jonathan Adashek arriving to become global VP of communications and chief communications officer at the automaker’s HQ in Yokohama, Japan. Article

Toronto
Edelman Canada has announced the opening of an Ottawa office under the leadership of Senior Vice President and Ottawa General Manager Darcy Walsh. Article

PR agency veteran Bob Pickard has returned to his native Canada and plans to launch a new consultancy after departing Huntsworth earlier this year. Article

Vancouver
Yulu Public Relations has become a certified B Corporation, a new type of company that builds positive social and environmental impact into its business model. Article


PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of September 30

October 5, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire

PR Industry Updates

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!

Boston
FleishmanHillard will provide pro bono communications strategy, PR, and social media services for one year to the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program. Article

Cone Communications has hired Kiva Starr as VP in its CSR strategy group. Article

451 Marketing has appointed Michael Tiedemann as EVP and executive creative director. Article

Version 2.0 Communications announced that it is partnering with The Whiteoaks Consultancy and its International PR Network (WIN) to provide international support to Version 2.0 clients and U.S. market support to Whiteoaks clients seeking North American communications services based on the East Coast. Article

Chicago
McDonald’s Corporation has named Jano Cabrera as corporate senior vice president of US communications, global media and public relations.  Article

Hawthorne Strategy Group announced that it has appointed Cynthia McCafferty as President. Article

Public Communications Inc. (PCI) has appointed Grant Fuller as its director of digital strategy. Article

Resolute Consulting announced the promotion of Armando Saleh to Executive Vice President from Vice President. Article

The Archdiocese of Chicago named Grant Gallicho as its Director of Publications and Media, a new position, effective November 1, 2015 Article

Cleveland
Thomas Peloquin joined KeyBank Real Estate Capital as Vice President. Article

DC
Elmendorf | Ryan and Home Front Communications merged to create a new integrated firm, Subject Matter. Article

The Master Limited Partnership Association has hired Capitol Hill veteran Steve Ruhlen as the organization’s first director of federal affairs. Article

Catherine Melquist has joined Sage Communications as senior vice president of its Satellite division. Article

Lisa A. Bushey has newly joined the American Public Education Foundation as Executive Vice President, Communications. Article

MWW Public Relations announced that Erin Bzymek has joined MWWPR as an account supervisor and lead media strategist. Article

The Petrizzo Group announced the hire of Kirk Fordham as senior vice president. Article

Los Angeles
Olmstead Williams Communications has been retained as the agency of record for TaskUs. The firm also has been retained for the national expansion of BankWork. Article

Edelman‘s US Western region president Cricket Wardein has left the agency after six years. Article

Telemundo has selected Santa Cruz Communications as AOR for the first edition of the Latin American Music Awards. Article

Live Nation Entertainment has appointed Carrie Davis as CCO. Article

The National Black Public Relations Society will outline strategies on how the industry can improve diversity, promote professional development and develop partnership opportunities at a daylong summit designed to jumpstart the public relations industry’s diversity efforts. Article

MMKpr is celebrating its 5th year in operation. Article

VAIO Corp. and its sales and operations partner Transcosmos America announced they have enlisted worldwide communications firm Grayling to relaunch the brand and a new line of products in the United States. Article

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced the promotion of Kimi Ozawa to Senior Vice President. Article

JMPR Public Relations announced that Alexia Bunce has joined its team as an Account Supervisor. Article

Miami
Fish Consulting announced it has added Mr. Rooter, Glass Doctor, Aire Serv, Mr. Appliance and Rainbow International to its client roster. The five brands are part of Dwyer Group. Article

Balsera Communications has been named a finalist for the Hispanic Public Relation Association’s (HPRA) ¡Bravo! Awards’ Public Affairs Campaign of the Year for its groundbreaking work with the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA). Article

Nashville
ReviveHealth has added Katherine Brick is vice president in the firm’s health technology practice. In addition, the firm has added Katie Clark is marketing manager; Libby Werner as account supervisor; Carolyn Edwards as senior account executive; and Ashley Webb as account executive. Article

New York
Blogger platform Bloglovin‘ has hired Diffusion as its new PR firm. Article

Ed Dixon has joined consulting giant Mercer, where he serves as communications and public relations leader for growth markets. Article

Lauren Hurvitz has been named executive vice president and chief communications and corporate marketing officer for Turner Broadcasting System. Article

Magrino announced as a client the Willis Tower. Article

Weber Shandwick has brought on journalist Vivian Schiller while also making Jennifer Sosin chair of global strategy and insights and Josh Gilbert executive creative director of global practices. Article

Truffle Pig has named Bloomberg’s Paul Marcum as president. Article

Century 21 Real Estate has named Cara Whitley as its global CMO. Article

Success Communications Group and Proline Communications have inked a strategic alliance in an effort to offer PR, marketing, and positioning services for the tech products and services industry. Article

CHR Group has named Jonathan Zaback as its first chief growth officer and partner. Article

Laura Davidson Public Relations (LDPR) has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Morgans Hotel Group. Article

With four new lifestyle clients this month, J Public Relations is diversely expanding its lifestyle division. Article

Brandon Berger, chief digital officer worldwide at Ogilvy & Mather, will kick off the “Advertising Outlook: Trends in Content & Technology” workshop on November 12. Article

Ruder Finn announced that Katy Kelley has rejoined the company as Senior Vice President, Creative Culture and Global Marketing. Article

Richard E. Cheney, a former Hill & Knowlton chairman who was among the first public relations executives to advise on mergers and acquisitions before resigning to practice psychoanalysis, has died, Bloomberg reports. Article

Loretta Lurie joined ContextMedia:Health as Senior Director of Strategic Solutions. Article

Laura Viscusi joined Penton as Market Leader, Supermarkets & Restaurants. Article

Amir Shub joined Offerpop as Chief product officer. Article

Craig Gorsline was promoted to President and Chief Commercial Officer of ThoughtWorks. Article

Bob DeFillippo has joined Zito Partners in a senior consulting role Article

Muck Rack has welcomed Andrew Mercier as their new Editorial Director. Article

Philadelphia
Pamela Browner White has joined Esperanza as senior vice president of corporate relations and strategic development. Article

San Diego
KCD PR, announced today that it has been named PR agency of record and a member firm of the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE). Article

San Francisco
John Earnhardt has left Visa after joining the company in May as VP of corporate communications.    Article

Method Communications announced Tim Turpin has joined as an executive vice president. Article

Seattle
Jill Mackie will join shipbuilder Vigor as senior vice president of public affairs. Article

Silicon Valley
Eastwick announced that it has promoted Heather Kernahan to president. Article

Chicago & Phoenix
Resolute Consulting announced the promotion of Jenelle Alexander, Ashley Lynch and Claudia Rodriguez to Senior Account Executive from Account Executive. Article

Frankfurt
Uber has brought in MSLGroup to handle PR in Germany, after its main product was banned in the tightly regulated market earlier this year. Article

Hong Kong
Cohn & Wolfe has been appointed by the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation to handle the company’s public and media relations for the next three years and by Dell to provide media relations support for its annual Dell Enterprise Forum. Article

Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) has announced the promotion of Chris Riley to the position of Chairman of O&M Group Singapore. Article

London
Edelman has acquired Smithfield Consultants. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has promoted Jessica Walsh to managing director of the healthcare practice. Article

London Gatwick has appointed Brands2Life as its retained consumer PR agency following a competitive pitch. Article

Premium single-malt whisky brand The Macallan has engaged PR agency The Romans to work across a global communications brief, including content production and social media. Article

W has been appointed as the primary creative agency for Meatsnacks Group. Article

Megan Murray Jones has joined Lansons as a senior consultant to develop its content proposition, providing support and expertise to clients on how they create, optimise and monetise content. Article

Tony Brown has joined Firefly Communications as head of content. Article

Harvard has hired Phil Szomszor as digital engagement director and member of the board. Article

Sydney
Bench PR has added Trend Micro‘s consumer business for Australia and New Zealand to its client portfolio. Article

N2N Communications has created a new partnership structure and promoted Stuart Wragg to associate partner and head of creativity. Article

Lenskart has awarded its PR mandate to Avian Media. Article

Toronto
Philip Steenkamp has been named vice president, external relations and communications, for the University of British Columbia. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World: August 31 – September 20

September 28, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire

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!

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Austin
Cooksey Communications recently announced that Michelle Frith Hargis is rejoining the team to establish the firm’s Austin presence. Article

Crosswind Media & Public Relations announced its ranking as the top agency in Texas for healthcare clients, according to the O’Dwyer’s  annual survey of U.S. PR Firms. Article

Boston
HB Agency will combine with Eric Mower + Associates to create integrated agency with more than 250 professionals and estimated 2015 capitalized billings approaching $250 million. Article

Duffy & Shanley has added jewelry brand Luca + Danni to its client roster. Article

3BL Media announced the acquisition of ReportAlert, a corporate responsibility and sustainability report announcement and dissemination service founded in 2005. Article

marlo marketing announced an array of new food and beverage clients. Article

PARTNERS+simons announced the strategic hires of Jessie Cross and Elizabeth Giuggio as Associate Creative Directors. Article

March Communications has expanded its team of professionals in the Boston office. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has been selected by K4Connect to provide public relations support for its debut platform, K4Community. Article

French/West/Vaughan has acquired a 50 percent interest in Hispanic PR, marketing and branded content agency RGAA PR, which was started by PR industry veteran Raul Gonzalez in 2011. Article

Chicago
Astellas Pharma has named Jamie McGarvey as senior manager, employee communications, within the corporate affairs department. Article

Rob Palmer is the new vice president of government relations at WPS Health Solutions. Article

Henson Consulting is now nationally certified by The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Article

Marvin Windows and Doors has named VSA Partners its new marketing and advertising agency of record. Article

Cleveland
The Kroger Co. has named Jessica Adelman as group vice president of corporate affairs. Article

CareSource has named Jenny Michael as Vice president, marketing and corporate communications. Article

Tyler Durbin has been named Geben Communication‘s new director of business strategy. Article

Dallas
The Frisco Consulting Group has launched to help business owners avoid marketing pitfalls and grow. Article

DC
Denise Hill, an assistant professor in Elon University‘s School of Communications and the former vice president of communications at Delhaize America, joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC). Article

Veteran producers Marcela Salazar and Ben Geldon and communications specialist Emma Shapiro have joined SKDKnickerbocker to support the firm’s corporate and non-profit clients. Article

GYMR Public Relations has added several new clients, including The Advisory Board Company, Child Life Council, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Physician Advocacy Institute, and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Article

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention has named Anthony Lakavage senior vice president, global external affairs. Article

The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) announced that Ted Godbout has joined DCIIA as Director of Communications and Public Relations. Article

The Glover Park Group has added Jocelyn Moore to its government relations practice as a managing director. Article

Crosby Marketing Communications has been selected by Sheppard Pratt Health System to provide strategic marketing services and help build the awareness and impact of its growing continuum of specialized mental health services. Article

Ketchum has begun work on a $400k PR assignment to improve the beleagured Honduras‘ government’s global reputation. Article

The Beer Institute has hired Denise Dunckel as vice president, public affairs. Article

GYMR Public Relations has promoted Mike Warner to senior vice president. In addition, Amy Martin Vogt has been promoted to vice president; Lauren Musiol and Haydn Bush have been promoted to managing supervisor; and Frank Walsh has been promoted to account supervisor. Article

Stanton Communications has promoted Lori Russo to president. Article

Bully Pulpit Interactive has brought on Ann Marie Habershaw as COO. Article

ConnellyWorks announced that the company has moved its headquarters to the Courthouse area of Arlington, Virginia. Article

Consumer Reports has hired Daniel Cluchey as Executive Speechwriter and Advisor. Article

TVP Communications has promoted Kyle Gunnels to Assistant Vice President. Article

Denver
Grayling has hired Roy Palmer as senior advisor to the state and federal government affairs practice. Article

Los Angeles
Kathy Savitt has been named president of digital media at STX Entertainment. Article

Skydance has named Shannon Olivas as senior vice president of corporate communications. Article

NATPE has appointed Matt Palmer to the newly created position of chief marketing officer. Article

Golin CEO Fred Cook has been named director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center (SCPRC). Article

BLAZE announced the addition of Yuneec‘s E-GO electric skateboard to its roster. Article

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients joining its Travel collection: The St. Regis Monarch Beach, Hotel Zephyr and HKS Hospitality Group. Article

Guitar Center announced the appointment of Frank Crowson to the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Guitar Center brand. Article

Audi of America announced that Bianca Bucciarelli has joined the company as West Coast Lifestyle Communications Manager. Article

Shout! Factory has promoted four veteran Shout executives: David McIntosh to senior vice president of business affairs and digital distribution; Melissa Boag to senior vice president of kids & family entertainment; Jordan Fields to vice president of acquisitions; and Tom Chen to vice president of publicity. Article

PMK*BNC announced the promotions of Daniel Martinez to Executive Vice President, Brand and Entertainment Marketing, as well as Joanne Melzer to Senior Vice President, Insights & Analytics. Article

Miami
JeffreyGroup has named Brian Burlingame as its new CEO.  Article

Fish Consulting has added four new clients to its growing roster, including Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, World of Beer, Great Clips and Tin Drum Asiacafé. Article

rbb Public Relations is changing its name to rbb Communications. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has acquired Brazilian public relations, advertising, digital and content firm Ideal, while H+K’s WPP sister agency Ogilvy Public Relations has acquired a majority stake in ConceptPR, a Brazilian public relations and digital content firm. Article

JeffreyGroup has opened its seventh wholly-owned office in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia. Article

3AWORLDWIDE recently named Brenda Sandoval the company’s new Director of Agency Alliances. Article

Minneapolis
Jason Sprenger, president of the Minneapolis-based PR agency Game Changer Communications, announced the public debut of his new Umbrella Model of Public Relations-an innovative way for anyone inside or outside the PR industry to visualize, describe and apply principles of public relations. Article

Gage announced today the hiring of Alisia Davis and Kasey Wellman who will both work on projects for Microsoft. Article

Nashville
Ackermann PR has hired Tommy Smith as vice president of marketing strategy. Article

FleishmanHillard has expanded its crisis communications practice with the launch of FH 2020, a digital media crisis management solution designed to help businesses prepare for, anticipate, detect and mitigate crises in real-time through a combination of people, processes and technologies. Article

Newport Beach
TVGear has selected Bob Gold & Associates to lead its PR activities and help launch its new site, TVGear.com. Article

New York
Amy Palladino has been named senior director of corporate communications by Heineken USA. Article

Debra Forman has been promoted to president of Ketchum Digital. Article

Makovsky has appointed Lee Davies, senior vice president, as director of client services, health practice. Article

MWW Public Relations announced that Matthew Holland has joined the firm’s New York office as senior vice president, corporate healthcare practice. Article

Robin Bigelli will join Falcon & Wolf as senior vice president, brand programs. Article

Lexington Realty Trust has named Claire Koeneman, executive vice president and head of the US central region at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, to its board of trustees. Article

Kwittken has been named North American public relations agency of record for Pantone. Article

Corbin-Hillman Communications announced that the agency has added three new clients to its AOR roster: GoViral, Inc.‘s Diply.com, Zazen Bear and Tommy John. Articl

CRC has been named the agency of record for Nicole Andrews Collection. Article

NBCUniversal has named Caley Gray to the newly created position of vice president, communications, in the NBCUniversal Content Distribution Group. Article

Zeno Group has named John Kerr as its first chief digital officer. Article

Global Strategy Group has hired Glen Caplin as senior vice president. Article

Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations has been named agency of record for Canyon Ranch. Article

Bullfrog + Baum has been named agency of record for Washington, DC-based restaurants Ripple and Roofers Union. Article

Chic Influence has signed celebrity fashion stylist Irma Martinez. Article

Feintuch Communications and Roher Public Relations have joined forces to offer clients expanded senior talent and breadth of services.  Article

Finn Partners has acquired Horn Group. Article

MSLGroup has hired Edelman’s Ron Guirguis as CEO of its US operation.  Article

Ogilvy Public Relations has expanded its executive committee and is creating a new world-wide board. Article

Giorgio Armani has promoted Garine Zerounian to the role of senior vice president of communications for North America, replacing Rod Manley, who recently took up a new role as executive vice president, global communications, for Calvin Klein. Article

The Glover Park Group has hired Paul Hicks as a managing director in the firm’s New York office. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations has named Kerry Sette executive vice president/research director of the research group, based in New York. Article

Porter Novelli’s AIM Sports Reputation Management has introduced a suite of services to help collegiate and professional football players engage on social media without unintended reputational damage to their team’s image. Article

General Electric has named longtime public relations and marketing executive Beth Comstock as company vice chair leading GE Business Innovations. Article

Leslie Campisi has joined the Publicis-owned MSLGroup to lead its digital practice in New York. Article

The Associated Press has launched a division to help brands promote their content and services. The AP Content Services group will offer content-creation and delivery services with the goal of boosting brand awareness and enhancing engagement, it said in a statement. Article

Ruder Finn announced the hire of Sarah Anderson as Executive Vice President and Head of the U.S. Consumer Practice. Article

Madison County Tourism has selected Keegan Associates Marketing & Communications to provide marketing and public relations support for a three-year period beginning in 2015, the Madison County Courier reports. Article

Prosek Partners has been named “Best North American Public Relations Company” by Hedgeweek. Article

The O’Hara Project is searching nationwide for a nonprofit organization to add to their pro bono client list. Article

JONESWORKS announced their representation of Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity. Article

Brandstyle Communications has recently announced representation of Fashion to Figure. Article

Didit announced the acquisition of the marketing and advertising firm Berwald Creativet. Article

London Misher Public Relations announces that Samantha Wenig has been named Vice President. Article

Philadelphia
Local Life Agents (LLA) has hired Flackable as their integrated communications agency of record. Article

Managing Editor Inc (MEI) announced today the promotion of Mark Leister to senior vice president and managing director. Article

Cohn & Wolfe announced the appointment of Laura Ryan as Managing Director of the agency’s U.S. Corporate Practice. Article

Phoenix
Sierra Nevada Corporation has hired Brooke Salkoff as corporate director of communications. Article

Ferraro Group has hired Rachel Wright as a public relations account executive. Article

Blue Global Media announced the promotion of Evette Cecena to director of marketing. Article

San Diego
Jessie Knight, executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy and chairman of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric, will retire November 1.  Steven Davis has been elected to succeed Knight as executive vice president of external affairs and corporate strategy for Sempra Energy. Article

San Francisco
The Blueshirt Group announced that Sarah Segal has joined as Director, Media Relations and Corporate Marketing.  Article

Landis Communications, Inc. announced the addition of several new clients. Article

Access Communications and Emanate PR are to merge, creating a $35m operation that aims to shake up the midsize agency sector. Article

Vevo has named Jon Carvill as vice president of communications. Article

Fineman PR has promoted two company executives to senior leadership positions: Karmina Zafiro to vice president and Serene Buckley to senior director of content strategy. Article

FoodMinds has opened a third office located in San Francisco, to be led by Laura Cubillos. Article

Luxe announced that Stephen Rocco Rodi has joined the firm from Edelman, as its first Director of Communications. Article

Silicon Valley
Coherus BioSciences has appointed Juliana Reed as vice president, government affairs. Article

Austin & New York
Good Scout Group has appointed Erin Dawkins as Managing Director of the organization and Jessica Kirkwood as Senior Strategist. Article

DC & New York
Imre has hired Damian Rintelmann as senior vice president and digital lead. In addition, Jason Burelle has been named associate creative director in the firm’s recently-opened New York office. Article

DC & San Francisco
Chase Communications announced the hiring of former San Francisco Business Times events director Felicia Brown, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s former communications director Jonathan Amar, and communications professional Jill Mierke. Article

 Los Angeles & New York
Ephraim Cohen has been named the general manager of the New York office of FleishmanHillard and Mitch Germann has been named GM for Los Angeles. Article

Frankfurt
MSLGroup Poland CEO Sebastian Hejnowski has been promoted to a newly-created role as CEO of the PR network’s operations across Central and Eastern Europe. Article

SEC Relazioni Pubbliche e Istituzionali, has signed an agreement to acquire a 75 percent stake in Kohl Pr – und PartnerArticle

Hong Kong
FleishmanHillard has appointed Khoo Yin as the new general manager of its Singapore office. Article

The World Economic Forum has selected Ogilvy Public Relations, Beijing, as the official PR partner of its Annual Meeting of the New Champions for the ninth consecutive year. Article

Text100 has been selected by OMRON to provide content marketing services to raise awareness, educate the market and generate leads. Article

Rice Communications has been appointed by the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) as its public relations agency of record. Article

FleishmanHillard has appointed Magdalene Lee as general manager of its Malaysia office. Article

EON has expanded its service offering and rebranded as EON The Stakeholder Relations Group, designed to reflect its broader mandate as well as its tradition of thought leadership in the stakeholder relations space. Article

Kreab has named Martin Alintuck as managing partner of its Singapore operation. Article

London
Cicero Group has appointed Iain Anderson as its new executive chairman. Article

We Are Social has appointed Lise Pinnell as head of strategy. Article

Bite has appointed Matt Whiting as its new head of digital, and Steve Gradidge as digital and social media consultant. Article

Dr Paul Ballman and I AM Self Publishing have retained Literally PR to support the launch of Ballman’s new book, Red Pill: The Truth About Leadership. Article

AMEC, the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, has signed an agreement with Gorkana as the headline sponsor of its International Measurement Summit, to be held from 15-16 June 2016 in London. Article

Ogilvy PR has elevated Michael Frohlich to CEO of its EMEA region. Article

Drayson Technologies has appointed five agency partners to launch its latest venture: CleanSpace, a technology-enabled movement for better air quality. Article

Suzanne Ellis has joined Lansons as a senior consultant to help build on the consultancy’s growing change and employee engagement services. Article

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) has appointed technology PR specialists Firefly Communications to handle international public relations promoting the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge. Article

New Sparta Asset Management has appointed Montfort Communications as its communications adviser. Article

One Green Bean has taken over sister firm Havas PR London. Article

The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) has unveiled a new international framework for measuring communications performance, the Barcelona Principles 2.0. Article

Audi has appointed We Are Social as its retained strategic and creative social media agency in the UK. Article

Cicero Group has appointed Kate McAndrew from Sky News as senior counsel to work across the agency’s corporate and public affairs practices. Article

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners has appointed Montfort Communications as communications adviser after a competitive pitch. Article

Battenhall has appointed three new consultants to its London team, including Bradley Tubb, Dom Whitehurst and Jonny Atter as account manager. Article

Reputation Institute has launched its new Reputation Tracker service in the United Kingdom, providing companies with continuous measurement and quarterly reports on their corporate reputations. Article

Four Communications Group has acquired financial and professional services public relations agency Broadgate Mainland. Article

Paris
Hanover has hired Claudia La Donna to head its digital policy offering in Brussels. Article

Llorente & Cuenca has acquired 60 percent of Cink, a digital innovation consultancy. Article

Sydney
InsideOut Public Relations has been elected a partner in IPREX. Article

Dheeraj Realty has appointed DDB Mudra Group for its creative mandate, GolinOpinion (formerly known as LinOpinion GH) for online and offline PR, and Activ Eight Dimensions for media planning. Article

Edelman has completed its acqusition of Dubai firm Dabo & Co. Article

Talent International has appointed Sefiani as communications agency for the 2015 Talent Unleashed Awards, held in Sydney on 11 September. Article

Etihad Airways has named Hareb Al Muhairy as its new senior vice president, corporate and international affairs. Article

GCC Board Directors Institute has appointed Hill+Knowlton Strategies as content partner for a period of three years. Article

Tokyo
MSLGroup has appointed Sei Naganuma as digital lead and Takakazu Nozumi as consultant in Japan, strengthening the firm’s digital and planning. Article

Toronto
InfiniteLatitude has added a presence in Canada with the addition of ps creative communications in Toronto. Article

Strategic Objectives has been named PR agency of record for DMTI Spatial. Article

International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) has retained Shinn Communications Canada as its Public Relations Agency of Record for both Canada and the U.S. Article

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Taking Stock of the World Media – A Recap of the Global Media Forum

August 27, 2015

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By Kai Prager, Senior Media Relations Specialist – Frankfurt

In crisis situations around the world, the media has an undeniable impact on perception of events. It also shapes public opinion and can even manage to influence political decision makers. With the help of the internet, media access has multiplied and more and more platforms now vie for our attention. It made sense, then, that the topic of this year’s Global Media Forum, hosted by Deutsche Welle, was “Media and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age.” About 2,000 journalists and media workers came from more than 100 countries to take part in the discussions and workshops in Germany’s former capital Bonn.

Participant looking at the Plenary Chamber - Photo by Kai Prager

Participant looking at the Plenary Chamber – Photo by Kai Prager

Many presentations noted that the internet, with its vast platforms of social media, blogs, news sites, etc., has radically changed the media landscape by enabling anyone to participate and creating a demand for speed of information. But the demand for speed also puts pressure on traditional media. This was not lost on Andreas Zumach, a journalist with German paper Die Tageszeitung.

“We have a rat race to see who is first with the most spectacular news,” Zumach said. “That makes it difficult for journalists who cover the efforts to de-escalate or even solve the conflict at a diplomatic level to get coverage.”

Asiem El Difraoui, a researcher for the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, stated, “We run after the news … we don’t do permanent coverage of places which are still potentially dangerous and might explode from one minute to the next.” El Difraoui also lamented that a lot of media reduce its foreign coverage and are later surprised by the consequences. “People are much more interested in what is happening in foreign countries than what we give them credit for.”

Dana Asaad and Asiem El Difraoui - Photo by Kai Prager

Dana Asaad and Asiem El Difraoui – Photo by Kai Prager

At this international forum, the situation of foreign countries was discussed on many levels. It was mentioned that, often, media of countries in transition are not as advanced as media in more developed countries, and this often causes problems. The main problems that were visited and revisited were the lack of quality journalism due to poor training and funding; no freedom of the press; usage of media for propaganda and misinformation; and no access to information.

An example for this problem was shared by Dana Asaad, Editor-in-Chief of Awene.com, who said that a lack of well-trained journalists contributes to the continued conflict in Iraq.

“It’s obvious that covering a post-conflict [Iraq] … we need to have qualified people,” Assad said. “Before 2003, we had few media outlets – you could count them on your hand – and it was the media of the Baathist regime. One color, one opinion, one ideology.  After 2003, suddenly, hundreds of media outlets came out. Every single political party and every single official had its own media. … but we didn’t have journalists.” Asaad continued, “Journalism became the job for jobless people. You fill all those media outlets with people who have no journalism background and they know nothing about the ethics of journalism and those people started to cover the post-conflict time.”

There was also a discussion about propaganda in political reporting within the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Ukrainian journalist Yevhen Fedchenko explained that propaganda tools to promote the government’s message are mainly implemented by Russia to change, omit or manipulate facts. In contrast, the Ukrainian government doesn’t have the same means to promote its propaganda though the media. Instead, news outlets started to target different groups and usually don’t keep up journalistic standards.

Many speakers mentioned problems with authoritarian governments that try to stop unwanted reporting. Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was honored with the Freedom of Speech award at the annual prize competition The Bobs (Best of Online Activism).  In his ceremonial speech, Editor-in-Chief of zeit.de, Jochen Wegner, said the ceremony was “among the most bitter, for Raif Badawi cannot be with us today.” Badawi is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia for criticizing senior religious figures online.

Jochen Wegner holds his ceremonial speech - Photo by Kai Prager

Jochen Wegner holds his ceremonial speech – Photo by Kai Prager

After three days of discussions and workshops, it became clear that media professionals need to band together and work together on a worldwide basis. The Global Media Forum served as a jumping off point for this type of comradery and coordination, and hopes to continue foster international journalistic cooperation into the future.


PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of August 24

August 25, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire

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!

PR Industry Updates

Atlanta
Resolute Consulting announced the promotion of Nick Juliano to Vice President from Senior Account Executive. Article

Dodge Communications announced it has been named to the Inc. 5000 annual rankings of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the seventh consecutive year. Article

Boston
Keds has appointed Emily Culp as chief marketing officer. Article

marlo marketing announced an array of new restaurant and hospitality-focused clients. Article

Charlotte
Boineau & Company has added Dennis O’Neill, Attorney at Law, Frampton Construction and Timberlane, Inc. as new clients. Article

Chicago
Sprout Social announces launch of a new social advocacy platform for employees, Bambu by Sprout Social. Article

DC
Public affairs and communications firm Agenda, along with UK-based marketing and communications partner Engine Group, has been awarded a five-year multiple-award framework agreement by The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Article

Warschawski announced that it was named the agency of record for Biologics Consulting Group. Article

Influent50 is helping businesses connect to an influential consumer group-the 50 and over. Article

Houston
Karen Reynolds is moving into a VP-level global communications role at enterprise IT company BMC Software. Article

Los Angeles
Ranker announced its expansion across content and ad sales with the launch of its video division, Ranker Video, and the addition of key senior executives. Article

Mirrored Media announced the hiring of Chiara Kramer as the new Director of Entertainment Marketing. Article

Kelton Global announced that Amy Snow has joined the Los Angeles office as Vice President of Qualitative Research. Article

Crossmedia announced that it has hired David Heimlich as Executive Director. Article

Miami
3AWORLDWIDE has announced a partnership with a China affiliate which will allow the brand to expand its global services and tap into the Asian market. Article

New York
Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations announced the addition of two clients: The Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester, Vermont and Tribeca Grand in New York City. Article

Try The World has tapped luxury brand public relations agency Issa PR to launch its Fall and Holiday gourmet boxes. Article

MSLGroup has made Guillaume Herbette CEO. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has named Citizen Relations’ Beth Balsam as US CEO. Article

Olya Moskalenko has joined Rubenstein Public Relations as the new Senior Business Development Writer. Article

Magrino announced that seasoned public relations professional, Emily (Emmy) Lambert, joined the agency as Account Director in the Consumer Division. Article

Porter Novelli announced that Catherine Fink has joined its New York office as executive vice president, health and wellness. Article

NBTY announced the appointment of Sonya Soutus to the newly-created position of Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications. Article

Tartaglia Communications has been tapped by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) to launch the Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery, the first prize to specifically recognize scientists working in Alzheimer’s drug development. Article

Elisabeth Rosario has been named director of communications for Spark Capital. Article

Havas Formula announced the hire of Hispanic public relations veteran, Andy Checo, as director at its HavasFORMULATIN division.  Article

LATAM Airlines Group has chosen Interpublic Group as its new global agency network for markets in the Americas, Europe and Oceania where the company operates.  Article

Rubenstein announced the hiring of William Goss to serve as Senior Advisor to its Real Estate Practice. Article

Lisa Rosenblum joined Brooklyn Public Library as Chief Librarian. Article

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) has announced the appointment of Kelley McDonough as its new Director of Public Relations, based in New York. Article

Philadelphia
M Studio announced it was awarded the contract for web development and digital marketing for Simple Shoes. Article

DDCworks has added four industry veterans to its team of branding experts to expand the agency’s capabilities and dedication to building and managing strong campaigns. Article

San Francisco
Matson has hired Keoni Wagner as director, corporate communications. Article

Mercury360 has been selected by WaterFX, a startup that is using solar desalination to generate freshwater for farmers in California’s Central Valley. Article

Eastwick announced that Inc. Magazine has ranked the company No. 4490 on the annual Inc. 5000. Article

Seattle
The Petrizzo Group announced the hire of Charles McCray III as vice president, public affairs. Article

Chicago & Miami
Uproar PR has been selected as the agency of record for three sports technology and human performance companies, Fusionetics, Mio Global and Milestone Sports. Article

Frankfurt
PR.Konektor has appointed Radek Vítek as executive director. Article

London
Ingela Ulfves has been appointed as VP, investor relations and communications in Eltel Group. Article

Grayling has appointed long-serving executives Craig Ling and Hayley Longdin to lead its Midlands team. Article

CubanEight has been appointed by global learning and teaching marketplace Udemy following a competitive pitch. Article

Paris
Mediacraft Associates has formed an affiliation agreement with FleishmanHillard South Africa. Article

Sydney
The India-based IT services company Infosys is in the final stages of selecting a global PR agency to focus mostly on the US and European markets. Article

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Business Wire Gives Back With Contribution to Journalism Scholarship for University of Washington’s LaVendrick Smith

July 21, 2015

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By Matt Allinson, Media Relations Manager, Int’l Markets

Business Wire is pleased to contribute to a journalism scholarship awarded to University of Washington journalism student LaVendrick Smith during the Society of Professional Journalists (Region 10) awards gala on Saturday, June 13. Mr. Smith, an Everett, WA native and a senior at the University of Washington, was one of four students who were collectively awarded over $10,000 in scholarship funds.

LaVendrick Smith

LaVendrick Smith

Mr. Smith spent last term covering the Washington state legislature as an intern for the News Tribune and The Olympian. During his time on staff, he wrote about a wide array of bills, one of which would have required young drivers to place “New Driver” decals on the back windows of their vehicles. He also wrote about House Bill 1021, one that would require the Washington State Patrol to create and implement a system similar to Amber Alerts (called Silver Alerts) for lost senior citizens. He also works on The Daily at the University of Washington and wrote for the Seattle Times in autumn of 2014.

I had a chance to sit down with Mr. Smith after he received his scholarship and ask him a few things about the journalism profession, his life, and what he would do if he were the first person with verifiable proof that Bigfoot exists.

1) Who or what inspired you to study journalism and pursue it as a career?

I’ve always been interested in writing ever since I was a kid, but in high school, a security guard I knew at my school read my work and really encouraged me to pursue journalism because he said I could be really talented at it.

2) How can you and your generation of journalists help to change the negative impression most people have of the industry?

I think the best way to change negative impressions people have of the industry is to make sure people are doing their jobs the right way. Many people have a mistrust of the media, when the role of the media is to foster and maintain trust. If journalists uphold the values and ethics that are central to journalism, I believe people will have a better understanding of the industry. 

3) Where would you like to be in eight years?

I would love to be working at a major daily newspaper covering a major U.S. city. 

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4) What are you doing this summer?

This summer, I’m spending my vacation in Boston, and resting up for my senior year of college.

5) If you were somehow able to capture the first verified photo/video of a Sasquatch, where would you publish it first?

I’d want it to be in TIME magazine because I always like their covers, but anywhere where I can always have credit of being the first person to ever capture the Sasquatch.

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