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PR ‘Matriarch’ Ruth Edelman, 1929-2013

Ruth EdelmanToday brings news that in some way touches everyone in the public relations industry: Ruth Edelman, who helped build husband Daniel’s eponymous firm into the world’s largest, died this weekend at 84 after a brief battle with leukemia.

The Chicago Sun-Times describes Ruth as the firm’s “matriarch”, but of course her role went well beyond “pick[ing] out the lamps and furniture” for Edelman’s first Chicago office.

In fact, she was something of a bellwether for powerful women in the industry, and her networking skills were legendary. Son and current president/CEO Richard Edelman explains:

“She was my dad’s kind of silent partner…In the present generation, she would have been an executive, but in the ’50s she was the corporate wife. She never had a formal title while my dad was alive, but everybody knew she was the power behind the throne.”

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Revolving Door: Occupy Wall Street in the News, ‘WSJ Europe’ in Hot Water, and More

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Pew Research Center data shows that coverage of Occupy Wall Street has reached early Tea Party levels. The research indicates that, after a slow start, the turning point was a question posed to President Obama during a presser last week. During the first week of October, OWS consumed seven percent of news coverage.

The Wall Street Journal Europe may be in hot water over allegations it sold copies of the paper in bulk to a consulting company it has close business ties to in order to maintain circulation numbers. In other News Corp. news, more investors are calling for Rupert Murdoch to get dumped from the company board. Investors are also questioning the board members’ ability to effectively and lawfully run the company because of its deference to Murdoch.

Rachael Ray is moving her magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray from Reader’s Digest Association to Meredith. Reader’s Digest Association has experienced the turmoil of multiple CEOs over the past five months. And EDWRR has taken hits in circ and advertising numbers recent months. [via NY Post]

The New York Times has announced plans to cut 20 newsroom staffers. The paper hopes that 20 candidates will volunteer for buyouts. The company is also seeking to save some money in its business units. The NYT will announce third quarter earnings next Thursday.

Click through for more of this week’s media changes.

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Chicago Sun-Times Columnist: Ad Agency PR Departments Have Been “Decimated”


Lewis Lazare, advertising columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times was the guest on mediabistro.com’s Morning Media Menu podcast today. One of the topics discussed was whether or not advertising and marketing publications focus too much on “peripheral” industry issues, as opposed to “core” business issues such as creative campaigns and ideas.

“Are we being spun, are the PR teams doing their job too well, or are we not pushing hard enough?” AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven asked Lazare.

“You don’t have to worry about the spin, you can ignore that if you want,” he replied. “Not that most agencies even have great PR departments anymore, they basically decimated those…”

Listen to all past Morning Media Menu podcasts archived at mediabistro.com or download episodes for free on iTunes.