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Roll Call: ABC News, French/West/Vaughan, DeVries, and FleishmanHillard

Heather Riley has been promoted to vice president, Communications for ABC News. In this new role, Heather will help manage the overall communications strategy for ABC News. She’ll oversee the publicists at GMA and This Week and work closely with the company’s Washington bureau. Heather has been a member of ABC’s PR team since she joined the news division in 2011. Heather is a 10-year PR veteran with experience at the White House, MSNBC and National Geographic magazine.

French/West/Vaughan (F/W/V) announced 10 new hires and six promotions. Associate Creative Director Dawn Marie Strzepek joins the firm from Petco Animal Supplies; Media Director Mibbie Majors joins from Carat, an ad agency based in Detroit; Senior Designer Jarrett Arant served as a designer at Delta Apparel; Senior Account Executive Ryan Roccaforte worked at ASGK Public Strategies and FleishmanHillard; Social Media Analyst Jessica Berinson joins the firm from Ignite Social Media of North Carolina; Digital Media Planner Ben Gartman started his own marketing company called Brokrr; Sally Van Denover will be account coordinator; Molly Ashbaugh will be a production artist; Kathryn DeLong will be an account executive; and Charli McKee will be studio coordinator.

F/W/V also promoted Scott Palmer to digital and social media director, Rachel Wing to group account director, Rich Griffisto art director, Claire Simmons to senior account supervisor, Laura Wallenta to senior account executive and Lauren Towns to account executive.

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GOOD NEWS: Elizabeth Vargas Returns to ABC Following Rehab

A Celebration Of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet

This face used to be on the proverbial milk carton in the ABC News cafeteria — she’s 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

On Halloween night, she makes her return to the show following a stint in rehab for alcoholism. Vargas, who has been brave and transparent with her addiction, has encountered some public turmoil because of this personal issue for her.

Last November, she tried to end her decades-long battle with the bottle. She did so again this past August. Unfortunately for her, the event that sparked the second trip was her husband, Marc Cohn, filing for divorce.

That’s usually what it takes: life stopping on a dime and you finally waking from the haze to pay attention to it.

I know, because I was there more than 22 years ago. It’s my birthday month: clean and sober since Oct. 20, 1992 at 10:42 a.m. (yeah, it was that bad). Many people can go to a bar, have a drink, and go back home with no problem. Good for them.

I couldn’t. Elizabeth couldn’t. And millions of people today still can’t. That’s why seeing people come back is really good news.

Same Channel, Different Show: America Distrusts Mass Media More Than Congress

don't trust the corporate mediaDoes the national news industry read its own press? While networks are busy creating fancy holograms and littering the screen like ESPN during the NFL Draft, America cares less and less about what they actually have to say.

Gallup just came out with a poll that proves it: distrust in national news is an historic low.

According to the poll, things aren’t in a good way. Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40 percent.

Be it due to fear or loathing, people do not believe what the media folks are sharing. No matter what talking point decorates the teleprompter, many viewers feel like they might as well flip the channel.

Should we?

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Roll Call: Burson-Marsteller, Edelman, RLM Finsbury and More

Burson-Marsteller has hired Rowan Benecke to lead its global technology practice. Benecke comes to the firm from Text 100, where he spent almost a decade. He joined Text100 in 2005, after working at Waggener-Edstrom and Zeno. In 2012, he relocated from Europe to New York to lead the Next15 firm’s North American operations. Benecke has played a key operational role at Text 100, leading the firm at successive stops in Asia, EMEA and North America. He takes on the global tech chair role that was previously occupied by Lisa Poulson until her departure from Burson last year. (TheHolmesReport)

Edelman has named Maria Amundson as global chair, Technology sector, effective September 15. Amundson, currently general manager of Edelman Silicon Valley, will lead the agency’s team of 440 technology communications experts in 23 countries and be responsible for client counsel, portfolio management, new business development and sector marketing. She will report to Kym White, global director of sectors and global chair of Edelman’s Health sector, and be based in Silicon Valley. Amundson joined Edelman as an executive vice president in 2006 when the firm acquired A&R Partners, the leading independent Bay Area technology PR firm that she co-owned in San Mateo, Calif. She became general manager of Edelman’s Silicon Valley office in late 2012, counseling technology companies from early stage start-ups to Fortune 50 leaders. (Release)

RLM Finsbury announced that it is opening a San Francisco office, bolstering its global footprint. Doug Michelman, former chief communications officer and global head of Corporate Relations of Visa, Inc. who was most recently a senior advisor to RLM Finsbury, has been named a partner and will lead the new office. Prior to Visa, Michelman served as regional president and senior partner of Fleishman-Hillard, where he managed its West Coast operations. In addition to various roles at Fleishman-Hillard both in the U.S. and internationally, his extensive communications experience also includes staff positions in the press office for two presidential campaigns. (Release) Read more

Roll Call: Alibaba and ABC News

Robert H. Christie, known as Bob the PR Guy on Twitter, will serve as vice president of international media for the China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba as it prepares for its pending IPO.

Christie, who was head of communications at Dow Jones before leaving to run PR at The New York Times in 2010, had his position eliminated as part of the ongoing NYT downsizing plans in 2013. His most recent role was that of managing director at Burson-Marsteller’s New York office; last night on Twitter, he confirmed that he will move to San Francisco to begin his new role on Septememer 1st. The release holds that he will be ”responsible for managing media relations for the company outside of Greater China”. Alibaba looks to go public soon after Labor Day, so Mr. Christie will be very busy. (Capital New York)

Tom Cibrowski has been promoted to senior vice president, ABC News Programs, News Gathering and Special Events. A veteran producer who has spent nearly 25 years at ABC, Tom has been part of the Good Morning America (GMa) team for 13 years, the last seven as senior executive producer and executive producer. Tom joined ABC as a desk assistant and then served as a producer for our bureaus in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Seattle, covered the wars in Bosnia and Iraq, produced interviews with Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton. (Release) Also at ABC News, Michael Corn will become GMA’s new senior executive producer. Michael leaves World News as the program where he has spent the past three years as executive producer. Michael has deep ties at GMA, having been part of the morning team for nearly 10 years. (TVNewser)

Bad News: Poll Shows Confidence in News Media Very Low, Right Above Congress

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500 channels and nothing on…

There is nothing more mesmerizing than our ability to ignore fact, figure, and logic.

Collectively, there are groups of people who can be so dense that one would think every highfalutin group walks around in wifebeaters drenched in sweat and beer stains. For example: It is no secret that the current Congressional body has the lowest approval rating in U.S. history, yet there they are, re-elected and sitting pretty.

Glowing in the spotlight of that single-digit love is one other group that just can’t take a hint: National Network News.

The numbers we have to share have nothing to do with ratings, but they probably should.

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Roll Call: OgilvyOne, Millward Brown and ABC News

OgilvyOne Hong Kong has promoted Sheilen Rathod to managing director, effective immediately. Rathod’s focus will be to drive client growth through the development of creative and effective customer engagement strategies, working alongside Chris Brewer, head of Customer Engagement and Scott McBride, head of Digital. Rathod will continue to work with clients to guide them in navigating the ever-changing digital, CRM and e-commerce landscape. (Release)

Millward Brown has announced it has acquired EffectiveBrands Holding B.V. (“EffectiveBrands”), one of the world’s leading global marketing strategy consulting firms. Millward Brown will combine EffectiveBrands with Millward Brown Optimor, its strategy consulting unit, to form Millward Brown Vermeer. Millward Brown Vermeer will work with the world’s leading CMOs and brands to align the “why, what and how” of marketing strategy to drive brand-led business growth. EffectiveBrands was founded in 2001 by Marc de Swaan Arons and Frank van den Driest. The founders, along with the firm’s 65 employees, bring extensive brand marketing experience to client engagements. EffectiveBrands’ Marketing2020 study is recognized as the most global and comprehensive CMO research program ever conducted and helps global CMOs align marketing strategy, structure, and capability with business growth. (Release)

Subrata De has joining ABC News as vice president, Multi-Platform Newsgathering, with oversight of our domestic, foreign, digital and social media newsgathering. Subrata’s new role will unify the editorial operation—expanding cooperation across broadcast and digital platforms to improve reporting and to use resources more effectively. Subrata has spent the last 15 years working for NBC News and MSNBC, most recently as the executive producer of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and senior producer for “Nightly News.” She has traveled the world with Brian Williams, often tasked with getting in and out of chaotic and dangerous places while covering major news events with distinction. She has overseen remotes from 20 countries, including Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, China, Iraq, Iran, Haiti and Afghanistan, and all over the U.S. (Release)

No Joke: ‘The Colbert Report’ Voted ‘Most Informative U.S. News Source’

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Hey national news, you think your ratings are bad now?

I haven’t seen a survey but I would be willing to bet that most journos and PR peeps watch Comedy Central … for news.

Why? How much drive-by shootings, domestic disturbances, child abuse cases, political scandals, and weather reports can one person take in a day? We need some levity so we read blogs with a tinge of snark and watch TV with a bit more.

Thank you Comedy Central for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

While they joke wonderfully about the world around us, they educate America by giving a no-nonsense approach to what “breaking news” obfuscates on a minute-by-minute basis. And now, there’s proof: Stephen Colbert has been voted the “most informative U.S. news source.”

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Here’s Your Favorite ‘Hack-to-Flack’ Twitter Wedding Proposal

When we first saw this social media wedding proposal yesterday we thought “that’s too personal to blog”. But then we realized that ABC News tech journalist Joanna Stern tweeted it not only to her now-fiancee Michelle Barna of Deep Focus but also to her 35,000 followers.

It was literally a case of a “hack” proposing to a “flack” over Twitter. Oh, and the flack said yes.

Also: it was far smoother than our own proposal.

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Hack to Flack: A Former Journalist’s Guide to Better PR Pitches

Today we’re happy to bring you a guest post by Lindsay Goldwert, a senior program executive at a global tech PR firm. Before she leapt to the dark side, Lindsay worked at the New York Daily News, ABCNews.com, CBSNews.com, CourtTV, Glamour and Redbook. In her spare time, she writes short stories.

As a communications vet who’s worn both the “journalism” and “PR” hats, she provides us with a very unique take on the delicate dance that we call “media relations.” Enjoy!

I have a confession: until very recently I was a working journalist–and I was very cruel to PR people.

Who could blame me? Tasked with writing and producing “life & style” content for the New York Daily News’s bustling website, I could not be bothered with endless email pitches that had nothing to do with my beat. I got snippy when people called to ask me if I had received their e-mail, yet every time I cleared my inbox it managed to fill up again within the hour.

By mid-morning every day, I already had a slate of content to work on–most of it stories that bounced off the day’s news. Yet PR people still called me (always when I was on deadline) to ask whether I might have time for a desk-side client interview or a three-hour lunch event.

Didn’t they know that, as a digital reporter, I never left my desk? Soon, I didn’t just ignore emails from PR people — I deleted them en masse without reading them. Eventually, I got so frustrated with the ill-timed telephone calls that I just stopped picking up my phone altogether.

Sound familiar?

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