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COVID-19 Becomes Publishing Industry Crisis

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in news consumption, but the economic impact of the crisis has also devastated the publishing industry, as companies affected by the outbreak scale back their advertising budgets. Already, widespread layoffs have shaken the media world this week, leaving many publishers to wonder if they’re next.

Ex-Clinton Aide Joins Team Biden

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Lily AdamsLily Adams, who was communications director for Kamala Harris’ presidential bid and a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for the White House, has joined Unite the Country, the PAC supporting Joe Biden’s campaign, as chief communications officer.

At-Home Workers Worry About Lack of Exercise

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

G&SThe biggest challenge faced by America’s growing army of people working remotely from home is getting enough exercise, according to a snap poll conducted by G&S Business Communications on March 20 and 21. (1 reader comment)

News of Firms: Lambert & Co. Acquires Fairly Painless Advertising

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Chris CookLambert & Co. has acquired branding, creative and digital agency Fairly Painless Advertising... Hispanicize Wire, a press release distribution service aimed at U.S. Hispanic journalists, influencers and thought leaders, has rebranded as Latinx Newswire... Milldam Public Relations, a Boston-based firm for tech companies, is offering a free one-hour communications consultation to mission-critical providers and vendors.

Commentary

COVID-19 Crisis Highlights Need for Free, Vibrant Press

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Let Journalists Do Their WorkCOVID-19 crisis highlights important role that a free, vibrant and independent media plays in communicating vital information to the public... Bill Gates warns that any premature "opening up" of the economy would result in piles of bodies... Coronavirus pandemic deals PR blow to Bank of America... "Fake news" sites love Google.

News of Firms: Coyne PR Teams with Pacira Bio to Fight Opioids

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

GatewayCoyne PR and Pacira BioSciences have joined forces on a project addressing the effects of the continuing opioid epidemic in the U.S... InkHouse offered a March 25 free virtual briefing on new best practices for communications during the COVID-19 crisis... Sutherlandgold partnered with creative agency Moonshot on a coronavirus communications resource page for CEOs and communicators.

On the Move: Curley Company Hires CTA's Tina Anthony

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Tina AnthonyCurley Company, DC-based PA shop, hires Tina Anthony, who was digital strategy director at the Consumer Technology Assn... TeamSupport, a business-to-business focused customer support software solution, appoints Connie Glover as VP of marketing and communications... I-Mab, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, taps Gigi Feng as VP, global head of corporate communications.

Media News: Former NYT Reporter/Editor Alan Finder Dies of COVID-19

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Alan FinderFormer New York Times reporter/editor Alan Finder dies of coronavirus. He was 72... Esquire, which is owned by Hearst Magazines, is cutting its print circulation from eight issues a year to six... Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, to take major hit from postponement of Tokyo Olympics... Sports journalism ad-free website The Athletic knocks down paywall as it struggles with suspension of pro sports leagues.

LA Community College District Wants Crisis PR Firm

Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Los Angeles Community College DistrictThe Los Angeles Community College District, which serves more than 225K students, wants to hire a firm for crisis communications and emergency information management.

Commentary

More Dangerous Magical Thinking from Trump

Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpDonald Trump told a Fox News town hall today that he wants the US "opened up and just raring to go by Easter." The network provided a two-hour platform for Trump to spread fake news about COVID-19, which may lead to more American deaths. Fox should be held responsible for its reckless action. (8 reader comments)

Mercury Rolls Bailout Dice for Resorts World Casino

Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Resorts WorldOmnicom's Mercury unit is working Washington for Resorts World Casino, which is next to Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, on matters related to gaming in the federal stimulus package.

Employers Trusted Source for COVID-19 Info

Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

EdelmanThe private sector is playing a vital role in informing the public on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Edelman.

Surviving the New Recession

Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

By Rick Gould

Rick Gould The PR industry has come to a sudden halt. Firms are losing clients as companies put a pause on their services and financial obligations. Here are some tips based on the experiences and lessons learned from the Great Recession of 2008 to assist agencies in surviving our “new” recession and, hopefully, thriving when it ends. (3 reader comments)

Accounts in Transit: Workhouse PR Stars in Garden State Film Festival

Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

GSFFWorkhouse PR is representing the Garden State Film Festival, which will kick off as a virtual event on March 26... 5W Public Relations has been named PR agency of record for Manhattan-based walk-in clinic Cure Urgent Care... MSSmedia has been selected as the digital marketing agency for the Minnesota Army National Guard.

New Hampshire Wants Child Care Support PR

Mon., Mar. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Seal of the State of New HampshireNew Hampshire's Dept. of Public Health wants to hire a PR firm to gauge the perception of child support services and then launch a communications campaign to bolster awareness of the program in the Granite State.

COVID-19 Hikes Digital Consumption But Usage Trends Remain The Same

Mon., Mar. 23, 2020

By Alex Lewis and Zach Silber

Alex LewisZach SilberTo access the ever-changing news surrounding COVID-19, people are largely using the same methods they typically have: mobile devices and a mix of channels, including social media, search engines, and browsing news websites. (1 reader comment)

NATO Taps Akin Gump For Federal Bailout

Mon., Mar. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

National Association of Theater OwnersThe National Association of Theatre Owners is using Akin Gump to push for a cut of the federal bailout fund related to the COVID-19 pandemic.