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Affect’s ‘New York Job Project’ Turns the Application Process Social

Current PR students and recent college grads: are you stressed about turning your great internships into a full-time entry-level gig? Do you embody the phrase “shameless self-promotion”? Are you an expert in all things social media? (Come on, you know you are.) If you answered “yes” to any of those three questions, then you may be an ideal candidate for Affect PR‘s “New York Job Project“–a program designed to simultaneously encourage talented applicants and promote the firm itself by “crowdsourcing” the hiring process.

This all started more than two years ago when Affect, a small-ish Manhattan firm, started the “New York Intern Project” because, according to president and founder Sandra Fathi, they were “having trouble attracting interns in one of the country’s most competitive markets.”

Applicants’ resumes often boasted of college gigs with brands like MTV, Def Jam and Glamourbut Affect wanted to find dedicated public relations professionals. Affect’s b2b (that’s “business to business”) services are crucial to the industry at large, but they’re also not quite as flashy as those big names–so Fathi created the intern project in order to “make [the internship] more attractive to people around the country.”

A quick look at 2011′s entries will tell you that the project worked better than expected.

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Win A Paid PR Internship in New York City

PR firm Affect is holding its second annual contest to find its next PR and social media summer intern. That person will receive $5,000 along with a $2,500 housing stipend to live in New York City. Last year’s contest, which produced Affect employee Patrick Gotham, received more than 100 entries and 14,000 votes. Applicants submit a video or photo entry here explaining why they should be awarded a paid internship at Affect in New York City that will jump-start their career.

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Bolton Named Arthur Page President Following Hood’s Departure

Roger Bolton has been named president of the Arthur W. Page Society, taking the reins from Julia Hood, who is returning to her old stomping ground, Haymarket Media, to serve as EVP and board member. Haymarket owns PRWeek. She will oversee that publication as well as DMNews beginning November 21.

Bolton has served as the chairman of the organization and on the board of trustees. He was also co-chair of the Society’s “Authentic Enterprise” report, which he talked about with us back in January. He was previously the SVP of comms at Aetna, has served as secretary of the Treasury for public affairs during the George H.W. Bush, and worked in the Reagan administration.

In this new role, Bolton be working with the Society’s chairman, FedEx’s Bill Margaritis. Margaritis will turn over that position to IBM SVP of marcomms Jon Iwata on January 1, 2012.

B-M Throws a Birthday Party

Burson-Marsteller celebrated the 90th birthday of namesake Harold Burson at Guastavino’s in New York City on Tuesday. (Beautiful space, BTW, if you’re looking for a new place to host an event.)

Among the distinguished guests we saw: Mark Penn, Karen Hughes, Kelly Cutrone (who like our funky-fresh bird sweater!), Julia Hood, and, of course, Mr. Burson himself.

A couple of other snapshots after the jump.

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Erica Iacono Leaving ‘PRWeek’ for Ketchum

Update: PRNewser had a brief conversation with PRWeek EIC Steve Barrett, who had no further comment besides the one submitted via e-mail by Haymarket MD Lisa Kirk. In addition, he said we’ll “soon see adverts” to fill the position. A quick scan of the Mediabistro job board didn’t turn up any postings as yet.

Exclusive: PRWeek executive editor Erica Iacono is leaving the publication and heading to Ketchum to fill the newly-created position of account supervisor, senior new business specialist. Her final day with the magazine is November 12 and she will join the firm later that month. Iacono has been with PRWeek since 2004.

For Ketchum, Iacono tells PRNewser she will work on new business and handle content creation for clients in the corporate practice.

On Friday, we reported on the departure of Kimberly Maul, PRWeek‘s corporate reporter. In June, PRNewser spoke with Julia Hood, who announced she would be leaving the publication to become president of the Arthur W. Page Society. Hood had served as editor-in-chief of the magazine from 2002 to 2008 and was publishing director of both PRWeek and DMNews when she left.

Steve Barrett joined PRWeek in March as editor-in-chief, a position that was open for nearly a year after the departure of the previous EIC, Keith O’Brien.

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‘Democratic’ PRSA Petition Gains Some Traction; Will It Be Enough to Force Change?

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In early May, a group of PR industry executives, including Edelman CEO Richard Edelman, started a petition to “democratize’ the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

The petition calls on PRSA to to remove accreditation — known as APR — as a requirement for being a national director or officer in the organization.

While the group is seeking 1,000 names for the petition, only 329 have signed up so far.

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PRWeek Publisher Julia Hood Leaving to Join Page Society As President

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Julia Hood, publishing director of PRWeek and DMNews and former editor-in-chief of PRWeek, is leaving the publication to join the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional organization for Chief Communications Officers, as president.

Hood served as editor-in-chief of PRWeek from 2002-2008. Prior to that, she was the San Francisco Bureau Chief and a reporter for the publication.

PRNewser caught up with Hood today for a brief interview.

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PRWeek Names Steve Barrett Editor-in-Chief

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After almost a year without an editor-in-chief, PRWeek has named Steve Barrett as its new editorial leader.

Barrett previously served as editor-in-chief of fellow Haymarket Media owned publication Media Week in the UK.

“Steve presents the perfect combination of extensive editorial leadership experience, deep marketing knowledge and insight, and a keen interest in developing editorial brands across all channels,” said PRWeek publishing director Julia Hood in a statement.

We’ve heard that PRWeek executive editor Erica Iacono was also in the running for the position. PRWeek‘s previous editor-in-chief Keith O’Brien left the publication last April to join social media focused agency Attention.

Should PR Pros Continue To Pile on Advice For Tiger Woods?

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Countless PR professionals are using the Tiger Woods news as a way to get themselves some media attention. Yesterday, we reported on Ken Sunshine‘s appearance on the CBS “Early Show.” That was just the tip of the iceberg.

Sunshine appeared on MSNBC’s “Harball With Chris Matthews” yesterday evening (video above). Ron Sachs, president and CEO of Ron Sachs Communications sounded off to the Orlando Sentinel. Gene Grabowski, senior vice president with Washington-based Levick Strategic Communications spoke with the Associated Press. 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian went on the record with the Business Mirror.

Not everyone thinks it’s the right thing to do. “The inevitable ‘PRs offer advice to T. Woods’ stories begun. Why take part? You don’t see lawyers piling on with free advice without the facts,” said PRWeek and DMNews Publisher Julia Hood on Twitter yesterday. Actually, a number of lawyers and legal counselors have weighed in. Not surprisingly, those speaking from a legal background tell Woods to stay quiet, while PR pros advise him to tell his story, and quickly.

What’s your take – should PR pros seize the opportunity to offer advice, or is it better to stay out of a story like this?

PRWeek’s Last Weekly Issue

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After this week PRWeek will join Adweek as a marketing industry publication with the word “week” in its name that is not printed weekly. Adweek – owned by Nielsen Online Business Media – currently prints 36 issues per year, while PRWeek – owned by Haymarket Media – will scale back to a monthly print edition.

Writes The New York TimesStephanie Clifford, “[PRWeek] is now in the embarrassing position of all businesses that choose a too-specific moniker – think of the chef who christens his restaurant “8 Jones” after its street address, only to perplex customers when 8 Jones later moves to 14 Chestnut Street. So may the PRWeek subscribers feel confused when they receive a monthly magazine called PRWeek.

“We definitely had a debate about that, but the PRWeek brand is very strong and we’re very attached to it,” publishing director Julia Hood told Clifford.

[image courtesy The New York Times]

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