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Which Public Companies Got the Most Media Mentions in 2013?

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Here’s a cool interactive infographic via Dow Jones: a list of the publicly held companies that received the most media mentions in 2013.

The biggest news: Google beat Apple. The biggest surprise: no Facebook or Twitter.

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Roll Call: SHIFT Communications, SHADOW PR, Smithsonian Media and More

SHIFT Communications has announced the addition of Victoria Shaw as vice president in its San Francisco office. She joins SHIFT with more than 14 years of communications and marketing experience working with organizations of all sizes — from start-ups through Fortune 500 companies. She will be responsible for building SHIFT’s growing portfolio of B2B and B2C emerging brands. (Release)

SHADOW PR, a full-service fashion, beauty, lifestyle and hospitality publicity agency based in New York City, has announced that Liza Bychkov and Michelle Davidson have been named partners. Bychkov and Davidson, formerly Vice Presidents of the Fashion/Beauty and Hospitality/Lifestyle divisions, respectively, have worked with the agency’s Principals, Brad Zeifman and Lisette Sand-Freedman for nearly a decade and were instrumental in the company’s development and overall success. (Release)

Ricky Lee has been named communications director at Leila Heller Gallery. He had been president/founder at Press Secretariat. (MB)

Lori Erdos has been named business development director of digital at Smithsonian Media. She had been VP of advertising sales at Gannett. (MB)

Ben Schneider has been named leader of the media measurement and analytics team at Edelman Berland, the insights and analytics subsidiary of Edelman. Schneider previously worked as director of strategy and business development at Report International, and in the past he held positions at Dow Jones, Cision and CARMA International. Schneider will report to James Turner, UK Managing Director. (Release)

Ogilvy’s MediaXchange Mixer Was a Blast

This week the people of Ogilvy PR’s Media Influence group did a bit of what they do best: hosting an informal get-together for representatives from some of New York media’s biggest brands and inviting your humble editor along for the ride!

The third quarterly MediaXchange event took place at the East Side’s Club A Steakhouse, a restaurant known for its prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, its low-light atmospherics, and the strategically placed mirrors that make its upstairs lounge area look even more spacious than it actually is.

The event included representatives from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fox News, Fast Company and more, and its main concerns were networking and discussing the shifting influence of “traditional” media on the national conversation.

Jennifer Risi, EVP of Ogilvy Media Influence and director of content creation, explained the purpose of the series: “Despite the emergence of social media, events such as the MediaXchange series are proving to be an invaluable forum for promoting the stories of our clients and establishing lasting connections with key influencers.  The informal setting fosters an ‘old school’ environment where we are able to promote, share and collaborate with some of the leading reporters and conference organizers in the industry today.”

There was indeed quite a bit of healthy fraternizing going on: Read more

Roll Call: Dow Jones, SHIFT, and APCO

Bethany Sherman, SVP and chief comms officer at Dow Jones, is among the executives leaving the company. A new chief comms officer will be announced soon. The string of executive changes at the company goes all the way to the top. Dow Jones president Todd Larsen, a 13-year Dow Jones vet, has resigned. Alisa Bowen and Joe Lanza have been promoted to head of products and head of the data strategy unit, respectively. [via, via]

Catherine Allen has been promoted to SVP at SHIFT Communications, the first time that position has been filled at the firm. Allen has been with SHIFT since its founding in 2003.

Jennifer Houston, president of Waggener Edstrom‘s WE Studio D group focused on digital and social media work, is leaving the firm. She announced her departure on Twitter this week. Scott McLaughlin, VP of corporate communications for the firm told PRNewser in a statement that Jenny Moede, North American EVP for the firm will assume that role.

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Former ‘NotW’ Employees Turning to PR

PRWeek UK reports that former News of the World reporters have been seeking new jobs in PR. The newspaper’s closure left 200 staffers out of work.

Edelman‘s European CEO Robert Phillips is among those saying that former NotW reporters have been in touch for a job. But some say that a market rife with candidates, particularly ex-journalists, will make it difficult for these reporters to find public relations employment.

“It’s a saturated market already. It’s unlikely that PR agencies will be falling over themselves for a News of the World journalist,” said one unnamed recruitment specialist.

Also out of a job: Les Hinton, Dow Jones CEO who resigned late yesterday afternoon. Hinton was head of News International, the group that publishes the British newspapers, from 1995 to 2007. His resignation letter as well as Rupert Murdoch’s response, are here.

Dow Jones Analyzes Which Firms Got the Most Press

Dow Jones has released results from its analysis of which firms in the U.S. and U.K. got  the most media attention in traditional media outlets in 2010. The organization used its proprietary media analysis tool, Dow Jones Insight, to conduct this analysis.

On top for U.S. large firms (those with more than $50 million in annual fee income) were Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller, Weber Shandwick, Fleishman-Hillard and Porter Novelli. Twenty-five firms were designated large.

For mid-sized firms (those with fee income ranging between $10 million to $50 million), Frank Public Relations, Allison & Partners, Makovsky & Co., 5W Public Relations, and Padilla Speer Beardsley were on top. Seventy firms were included in this analysis.

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A Look Inside Dow Jones PR

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“A reporter accused of being a CIA agent falls under me,” says Robert Christie, Vice President, Communications for Dow Jones, when talking about the various PR challenges he’s faced over the years. “And that has happened before.”

Christie has been with Dow Jones since 2003, during which he has seen the company’s in house PR team grow from two to six people, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Beijing. He was previously with Sony Electronics. In terms of outside help, Dow Jones works primarily with New York-based agency Goodman Media, but also has various contracts for global work including with Ketchum-Pleon in Europe and Burson-Marsteller in India. Agencies bring a “fresh perspective” as well as “arms and legs,” he said.

Asked if PR should keep going with the “we’re cheaper than advertising” pitch during tough times, Christie agreed and said, “the PR option is a value added benefit, it helps get the message out but costs less,” than other marketing disciplines. He says the marketing budget at Dow Jones has not decreased. “We just keep spending and doing things.”

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While the company name is Dow Jones, Christie acknowledged that The Wall Street Journal is “the property that defines the brand.”

Christie’s team monitors an average of 5,000 TV and radio appearances per year by Dow Jones employees.

But when it comes to pitching Dow Jones’ breaking news stories and intriguing editorial content to other reporters, Christie says the PR team lets reporters help them out. “Editors don’t want to hear from the PR department,” he said, adding that pitching breaking news and scoops is viewed as a “peer to peer activity.”

In terms of Q1 and Q2 plans, expect to see more enterprise products from Dow Jones such as this past fall’s “The Wall Street Journal Professional” offering.

Dow Jones Re-Org Will Have “No Effect” On Editorial, Company Says

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FishbowlNY has the latest on a big re-org underway at Dow Jones. “The restructuring combines the company’s consumer arm — which includes the Journal, MarketWatch and Barron‘s — with its newswire and Factiva businesses,” reports Amanda Ernst.

A Dow Jones spokesperson tells PRNewser the re-org will have “no effect” on editorial staffing at Dow Jones publications.

In related news, part of Dow Jones’ enterprise operations is its foray into the PR services industry. The company launched Media Relations Manager, a “news-enabled media database and contact management tool,” this past November.

Dow Jones Launches Media Database and Management Tool

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Throwing their hat into the crowded media measurement, monitoring and management space, Dow Jones launched Media Relations Manager, a “news-enabled media database and contact management tool,” this week. According to the company, Media Relations Manager taps Dow Jones’ “vast global collection” of traditional and social media coverage with “journalist, broadcast and blogger contact information, profiles, beat and pitch data.”

The new service, “helps media relations professionals build media lists and personalized, highly relevant and more effective pitches based on the stories the journalists or bloggers have actually written or communicated,” said Martin Murtland, managing director, Dow Jones Solutions for Communications Professionals in a statement.

As PRNewser exclusively reported last week, Dow Jones is one of five vendors vying to win the measurement and metrics RFP recently sent out by Yahoo. The company is up against established players in the space, including Cision and Vocus.

Wall Street Journal Selects Ketchum Pleon As Agency Partner For Future of Finance Initiative

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Ketchum Pleon, which is the recently combined Omnicom agencies Ketchum and Pleon, won work with the Wall Street Journal to promote the publication’s Future of Finance Initiative conference, which takes place December 7-8th, just outside London.

“Ketchum Pleon was tapped for this prestigious assignment because of its extensive knowledge of the European media market and its growing strength in financial communications,” said Robert H. Christie, vice president of communications, Consumer Media Group, Dow Jones & Company in a statement.

The conference speakers include 100 CEOs, financial executives, officials from G-20 nations and economists including investor George Soros and Paul Volcker, chairman, President’s Economic Recovery Advisory and Board Former Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve. The topic of debate will be “international financial regulation and coordination.”

Dow Jones did not comment as to the other agencies who pitched the business as of the time of this post.

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