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New U.S. CEO at Burson-Marsteller

Michael LawToday Burson-Marsteller announced the promotion of Michael Law from U.S. president to U.S. CEO, effective September 1st.

Law succeeds political veteran Dave DenHerder, who became CEO in 2012. DenHerder will stay with B-M and parent company WPP in various advisory roles moving forward.

Law first joined the firm in February 2013 to serve as U.S. president, working closely with DenHerder on client service, business development and talent acquisition. He will expand on those responsibilities as CEO.

Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Law spent more than 20 years with Ogilvy, serving various roles in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions; during his career he has worked with clients ranging from Ford and Coors to American Chemistry Council. Law worked at the U.S. Department of Justice before joining the agency world.

The new U.S. CEO will report to Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO.

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Ogilvy Survey: Social and Earned Media Are Inseparable

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This week, another new survey attempts to answer the question at the heart of the public relations discipline in our digital era: how has social media changed the behavior of journalists and the PR teams that interact with them every day?

The survey, released today by Ogilvy PR’s Media Influence unit after conducting interviews with 75 US-based reporters, editors and producers, brought both expected and surprising conclusions. In short: despite certain misconceptions, social has only enhanced the value of earned media. The two are inseparable.

We spoke to friend of the site Jennifer Risi, managing director of Ogilvy Media Influence and head of North American media relations, for conclusions and lessons learned after the jump.

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Malaysia Airlines May Undergo a Name Change as Part of a Major Rebranding Effort

malaysia airAfter the disappearance of MH370 back in March and the attack on Flight 17 over the Ukraine 10 days ago that resulted in the deaths of 298 people, Malaysia Airlines is planning a rebrand that likely includes changing the company’s name.

The airline, which is majority-owned by the Malaysian government, is seeking outside investment, is rethinking its routes and is considering additional outsourcing options for both PR and financial reasons.

The airline is also pressing for an international body to monitor the skies.

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The NSA Wants You…as Its New Director of Strategic Communications

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Ready to absorb the unqualified hatred of the American public and channel it into a robust comms strategy?

Today we learned that the current leader in the “America’s Least Popular Organization of Any Kind” race is looking for a PR professional to revel in such public abuse.

On the other hand, the National Security Agency gig will pay $175K.

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Don’t Buzz Me, Bro: Another Major Plagiarist Bites the Dust

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Why yes. He did go too far.

In what has to be one of the worst trends in journalism today, another national reporter has been fired for plagiarism. This time, it was BuzzFeed’s “Viral Politics” guy Benny Johnson.

This blow to the chronicles of credible reporting is particularly relevant because BuzzFeed also talks a big game regarding the benefits of its native advertising services. Yet here we are, discussing the copying and non-sourcing prowess of a once-respected reporter. Again.

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The New York Times Editorial Board Says ‘Legalize It’; Munchies Ensue

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One green begets another

In what has to be the biggest sign of the inevitabililty of that marijuana legalization, The New York Times editorial board announced this weekend that ”Now is the time!”

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

That sound you hear is America dropping its collective jaw.

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Batkid Begins Trailer Brings Make-a-Wish Hero to the Big Screen

The tiny hero who launched a million* tweets is headed for the big screen.

In case you missed it (yeah right), #SFBatkid was the hashtag of the fall, scoring a whole hell of a lot of attention for sponsor Make-a-Wish, the city of San Francisco and partner-in-crime social media agency Clever Girls Collective.

Now, as revealed at Comic-Con this weekend, social media superhero Miles Scott will soon hit the big–or at least bigger–screen via Batkid Begins, a “feature-length crowdfunded documentary”; the trailer debuted online yesterday.

It’s quite a cinematic effort from “award-winning filmmaker Dana Nachman (Witch Hunt)”, who has raised “$45,500 of a $100K goal to date” in an ongoing Indiegogo campaign. This looks like another big win for both Miles and Make-a-Wish; does anyone doubt that Nachman will reach her goal?

Also: whoa there, Chris Taylor of Mashable. Don’t dive too deeply into our psyches.

One thing we know for sure: this clip will give you a more positive Monday morning buzz than the new Mockingjay trailer.

*Well, 400K tweets. But still.

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Roll Call: Hearst, Maroon PR and the PRSA

Jason Chupick, who you may know as the co-founder of a certain weblog covering the public relations industry, joined Hearst as Director of PR for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, reporting to the President of the division and to the VP of PR. The digital unit of Hearst Magazines is dedicated to creating and implementing the digital strategy for the company’s magazine brands and other sites including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping etc. as well as digital-only sites such as Delish.com and RealBeauty.com. The company also includes iCrossing, a global digital marketing agency. Chupick previously served as VP of editorial operations at MWW and VP of PR at Harper’s magazine.

Columbia, Maryland’s Maroon PR signed Mark Foglesong as Director of News & Multimedia. Foglesong, who previously served as the Bureau Chief & Senior Photographer for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, will handle the creation/development of original content for Maroon clients. He will also advise clients in the sports, nonprofit, hospitality and entertainment sectors on content strategy. In his older role, Foglesong produced news magazine-style shows and documentaries for local sports teams including the Ravens and the Orioles.

The PRSA’s Entertainment and Sports Executive Committee named PR Founder & Sports Publicist Natalie P. Mikolich to its board. Mikolich, who founded both NPM PR and the sports PR blog Sports Publicity Spin, will play ”an active role assisting the Committee with their on-going initiatives and helping practitioners develop public relations and management skills directly relevant to their industries.

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