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Archives: September 2009

Stanley Bing on “9 Reasons Why People Leak to the Media”

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Stanley Bing, aka the pen name of CBS EVP, Corporate Communications Gil Schwartz, looks at why people leak to the media in his latest column for Fortune. The number one reason, according to Bing:

They have a serious legal or ethical concern about some activity of their company, and feel it can only be redressed with the help of the media.

Not known to mince words, Bing gets a bit more hard hitting with number five on his list:

They are powerless little weenies who want to appear more important than they are for the five minutes they are at the center of the information transaction.

Tell us how you really feel, Gil!

Interview: Stephanie Agresta, EVP, Global Director of Digital Strategy and Social Media, Porter Novelli

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Stephanie Agresta joined Porter Novelli this past June, after more than 15 years in online marketing with brands including Microsoft, PepsiCo, iVillage, Barnes & Noble, Register.com and SpaFinder.

In addition to running her own consulting business, Agresta is known to many for hosting “The Techset” social media parties with PR 2.0 blogger Brian Solis. This is Agresta’s first agency gig, so we spoke with her about her first 90 days on the job (“It’s been extremely busy and very reflective for me of what’s happening in the industry.”), how her consulting work fits in with Porter Novelli (“…my work and all of my time is spent on Porter efforts.”) and her take on what should be handled by an agency and what should be handled internally when it comes to social media (“It really depends on what point in the process the brand is at.”)

You joined Porter Novelli in June as EVP and Global Director of Digital Strategy and Social Media. How have the first 90 days been?

The first 90 days have been very exciting.

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Century 21 Marketing, Including PR, Up for Review

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Century 21 Real Estate is reviewing all of its marketing partners, reports PRWeek‘s Aarti Shah. Reached for comment, Century 21′s current PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, declined to comment to PRNewser if they will be participating in the review.

PRNewser reached out to Century 21 media contact Matt Gentile for comment but have not heard back as of the time of this post.

CNN Reporter to Robert Gibbs, “Did You Listen to What I Was Saying?” Gibbs: “We Had the Sound Off.”

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Yesterday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Howard Kurtz assembled a panel to discuss the topic, “Obama vs. Cable News: Does Conflict Drive Coverage?”

At one point in the discussion Kurtz asked panelist Ed Henry, CNN Senior White House Correspondent, “Prime time is the time for the opinion shows, particularly on MSNBC and Fox, as you point out. Do you get a lot of private push back from the White House about the coverage?”

Henry responded:

Sometimes, and I’ll give you one quick story, which is, recently, I was on a health care segment, and I was on Wolf Blitzer‘s show. And I did a segment that was actually pointing out some new poll numbers that suggested maybe the public was turning towards the president. But when I came back to my desk in the White House, on my way back I passed Robert Gibbs‘ office, and Gibbs and some of his colleagues were in there, and they were kind of yelling at me, and Gibbs was calling me on the phone because he was angry about it.

I went into his office. It turned out that the chyron had said on the bottom — the graphic said something like “Desperate move by the president” to have this speech to a joint session of Congress. And I said, “But did you listen to what I was saying?” And Gibbs’ said with a laugh, to his credit, “We had the sound off.”

As Henry points out – at least Gibbs didn’t try to take himself too seriously.

Honduran Govenment Hires D.C. Agency

The political situation right now in Honduras is sticky, to say the least. And the Honduran government has hired well connected D.C. agency Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates help out, via a four-month contract worth more than $290,000, reports The Hill. According to Justice Department documents, the agency will, “advance the level of communication, awareness and media/policy maker attention about the political situation in Honduras.”

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras recently, residing at the Brazilian embassy, after being removed from the country on June 28th, 2009. Yesterday, the Honduran government gave the Brazilians 10 days to decide what to do with Mr. Zelaya. Meanwhile, military has been surrounding the embassy since Zelaya’s return and a nationwide curfew is costing the country $50 million a day.

Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates executives handling the account include Mike Buttry, former chief of staff to former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), and Sharon Castillo, a spokeswoman for President George W. Bush‘s 2004 reelection campaign.

Additional Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates past and present clients include ABC Television, Hyundai, Pfizer and the governments of Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, and Peru, among others.

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Alison Omens Leaves AFL-CIO To Join Its Community Affiliate Working America

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Alison Omens will join Working America as Senior Communications Specialist starting October 5th. Omens was previously Media Outreach Specialist for the AFL-CIO.

The move keeps her involved with the organization as Working America is the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. “We represent 3 million people who don’t have a union at their workplace,” Omens told PRNewser. “They care about the same issues unions do – health care, workers rights, green issues – Working America is bringing new people in and mobilizing them around economic issues and candidates.”

Omens said that the AFL-CIO handles all PR internally and that they will be hiring someone to replace her.

Medialink Shareholders Approve Merger With The NewsMarket

Shareholders of PR video company Medialink (NASDAQ: MDLK) today approved the company’s merger with The Newsmarket. While Medialink continues to use the word “merger” in its releases, The NewsMarket has positioned the deal as an acquisition. News of the deal was first announced on July 2nd, 2009.

In a NewsMarket release from July, the company stated, “For the 12 month period ending March 31, 2009, Medialink recorded revenues of $17.95 million.” The NewsMarket bought shares at $.20, which represented a 100% premium of the from the last trading price of Medialink’s common stock on May 27, 2009.” Ergo Medialink stock last traded at $.10 per share.

Final paperwork is expected to be completed “no later than September 28, 2009,” said Medialink in a release.

Pittsburgh Gets Good Press Around G-20 Summit

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The city of Pittsburgh is busy remaking its image from forgotten industrial city to revitalized hub with a focus on the health care, education and technology industries. With the G-20 Summit of world leaders in town this week, the city is getting its biggest “15-minutes” in quite some time.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told local TV station KDKA, “I’ve done numerous interviews throughout the last couple of weeks, and the first question they always ask is ‘Why Pittsburgh?’ It gives us a chance to tell that message — about the transformation of this region, about the good things that are happening here.”

While increasingly large protests during the Summit have affected local businesses, they pale in comparison to protests at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in 1999, which are generally considered to be some of the largest protests at any U.S. event tied to economics or globalization.

Blago’s Magical Media Tour Continues With Extended Daily Show Appearance

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[Backstage at the Daily Show, via TwitPic]

Glenn Selig/Publicity Agency client, disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich, knocked out dozens of interviews this week to clear his name using his newly-released book as the vehicle. None were as much fun or full of F-bombs as his extended play on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

“You are a charming dude with the best head of hair I’ve ever fucking seen. I want this to be real. I want Pat Fitzgerald, and the entire city of Chicago’s political structure and the entire state of Illinois somehow conspiring to fuck you in the ass as hard as they can. But it’s hard to believe.”

If and when the tapes are released, and what Blago says is true, he’s already scored a great follow-up:

“When this comes out, if it’s true. Please come the show and allow me to hug you personally. To apologize to you personally and publicly and all, because if so, this is one of the great stories. You are Richard Jewell.”

Stewart did get to touch the Governor’s hair in Part 1, but Part 3 is where all the magic happened:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Rod Blagojevich Extended Interview Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Healthcare Protests

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