Canadian Public Relations Society Foundation Launches New Scholarship for Indigenous Students in PR/Communication

Five PR executives challenge new donors with a dollar for dollar match

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2020 /CNW/ – The CPRS Foundation today announced the launch of a scholarship for Indigenous people studying to become public relations professionals, a first of its kind in Canada. The Foundation will partner with Indspire, a national Indigenous registered charity, to administer the scholarship program.

“Five generous Canadian public relations executives will match the first $25,000 of individual donations, to the scholarship fund, dollar for dollar,” said Anita Wasiuta, board chair, CPRS Foundation. “Donations must be received no later than December 31, 2020 to attract the matching contribution. Our goal is to establish a fully endowed fund of $50,000 which will allow us to give two scholarships annually – and forever, starting in 2021.” 

The donors spearheading the matching contribution are Bruce MacLellan, President & CEO, Proof Strategies and a past

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Funding public interest journalism requires creative solutions. A tax rebate for news media could work

It has been a long time since an Australian government turned its mind to policy concerning the news media — other than the removal of outdated ownership regulations.

Now, thanks to the government’s intention to make Google and Facebook pay a negotiated price to news media organisations for using their content, policies to safeguard the health of the news media are front of mind.

The government has accepted journalism is a public good, deserving of public support. All sides acknowledge the future of the news media is under threat from the collapse of the advertising-based business model that has traditionally paid for most journalism.

To its credit, the government has shown determination to push ahead with its proposed news media bargaining code in the face of a concentrated campaign by Google and Facebook against it. By doing so, it has taken on a position of global leadership.

But there is

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Canadian Public Relations Society Announces its 2020-2021 National Executive and Board of Directors

TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2020 /CNW/ – Following its 2020 Annual General Meeting, the Canadian Public Relations Society is pleased to announce its 2020-21 National Executive and Board of Directors.

As determined by its Nominating Committee on June 24, the CPRS National Board and membership welcomed Wayne Knorr, APR, Communications Manager, City of Fredericton as the Society’s 64th national president. Similarly, following his re-election to the Board, Cam McAlpine, APR, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group, assumed the role of vice-president and treasurer.  

Past-president Victor Vrsnik, MCM, APR, FCPRS, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs & Business Development, 7-Eleven Canada will remain on the Board to serve his remaining term.

Newly elected to serve three-year terms were Peggy Kulmala, MBA, APR, Comms Lead for BC Transit and Highways (North), B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Guy Versailles, ARP, FSCRP , President, Versailles Communications. Along with McAlpine, Vincent Power

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‘It just created a public relations nightmare’: Inside Michael Caputo’s time at HHS

Wagner was also involved in the agency’s botched rollout of blood plasma as a coronavirus treatment, an episode that eventually led FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to apologize for making claims that overstated the treatment’s benefits. Caputo this month reassigned Wagner to work in the department’s preparedness and response agency on efforts to rush a coronavirus vaccine.

Meanwhile, at the CDC, he punctuated an ongoing feud with the agency by helping install the agency’s new top communications officer in June with little notice to the agency’s senior leadership team.

That official — Nina Witkofsky, who had previously served as a communications contractor helping arrange trips for Verma — in August became the CDC’s acting chief of staff. Witkofsky did not respond to a request for comment about her work or communications with Caputo.

But the Caputo aide who attracted the most controversy was Paul Alexander, an unpaid, part-time professor at McMaster

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Ridgeland Tourism names new Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission announced the selection of Savannah Tirey as its new director of marketing and public relations, effective Aug. 17, 2020.

Tirey brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the realm of public relations, having served for four years as a public relations specialist at Mississippi Development Authority. In this role, she served as the Visit Mississippi marketing and public relations liaison, fostering key relationships with tourism industry partners and executing marketing strategies at the state, regional, national and international level.

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She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi, and prior to working with MDA, she served as director of communications for the Mississippi Energy Institute.

“The Commission’s board of directors is excited about its selection and anticipates continued success in the facilitation of Visit Ridgeland communication activities under Mrs. Tirey’s leadership,” said Ridgeland Tourism Commission Board President Lan

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CLMBR, Maker of the World’s First Connected Vertical Climbing Machine, Selects 5W Public Relations as Agency of Record

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 5W Public Relations, one of the 15 largest independently-owned PR firms in the U.S., announced today it has been named PR agency of record for CLMBR, makers of the vertical climbing machines CLMBR Connected for the home and CLMBR Pure for gyms and fitness studios. The workout equipment has reimagined the traditional climbing machine, combining a modern design with state-of-the-art technology for an efficient full-body workout.

CLMBR’s interface offers users on-demand classes, as well as real-time metric visualizations including elevation, power, tempo, and reach. With multiple resistance settings, it allows users of any level to participate in CLMBR workouts, and session summaries offer users the insights to track their improving fitness.

“We’ve spent countless hours and research to develop a product that hasn’t been reinvented in more than 40 years.  We’re thrilled to bring CLMBR to the forefront of the fitness industry

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Joe Puglia, journalist and public relations executive, dead at 75 | News

Joseph Mark Puglia, a newspaperman and public relations executive, died Aug. 21 of Parkinson’s disease at St. Margaret’s at Mercy Nursing Home. He was 75.

Joe Puglia

Joe Puglia

A New Orleans native, he was a member of the family that used to own Puglia’s Grocery Store on the edge of the French Quarter. He graduated from De La Salle High School and LSU, where he majored in journalism and was social chairman of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Based on his success as social chairman, Puglia formed JMP Enterprises after graduation to book rhythm and blues bands. He enjoyed it, said his sister Kathleen Puglia, but he abandoned that endeavor because he wanted a steady income.

That desire led him to The West Bank Guide, a now-defunct weekly newspaper, where he became editor in chief.

In 1973, he moved to Pineville to be editor and business manager of The Red

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KGBTexas Communications Ranked No.1 Public Relations Firm

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KGBTexas Communications has been ranked the No. 1 Public Relations firm by the San Antonio Business Journal for the 17th consecutive year. These annual rankings are based on local PR fee income and highlight KGBTexas’ position as one of the leading PR firms in Texas.

“KGBTexas was built on our public relations work, and that work paired with the exceptional service we deliver to our clients has allowed us to grow into the full-service communications agency we are today,” said Katie Harvey, founder and CEO of KGBTexas Communications. “It is an honor to be ranked as the No. 1 PR firm in San Antonio for the 17th consecutive year, and to be recognized as an industry leader in our hometown among so many admirable peers. We have been fortunate to grow alongside this city and to witness firsthand the positive changes that have been made

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Tom Mulcair: Public relations versus public health

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McCann, of course, was an easy scapegoat. A highly respected senior administrator with a profound knowledge of our health system, she appears to have done everything possible to deal with a health crisis that exposed all of the weaknesses of that system, which had been bashed to splinters by Liberal minister Gaétan Barrette. Most positions for public health professionals that existed in his master plan were never filled. It was simply not considered a priority.

But beyond the failure of a series of hapless “reforms,” there is simpler reason for the abject handling of the pandemic. Here in Quebec, unlike British Columbia, for example, the person in charge of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, was merely an assistant deputy minister. He sat at every press conference alongside his boss, the health minister, and her boss, the premier. He was in charge of nothing. Every decision was, first

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Mayor addresses concerns about Uniform Public Offense Code – News – The Leavenworth Times – Leavenworth, KS

Leavenworth’s mayor said the city will not be granting additional authority to the county health officer by approving a provision in the 2020 Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities.

“The city of Leavenworth has no authority to grant power to the county health officer,” Mayor Mike Griswold said.

His comments came Tuesday during a meeting of the Leavenworth City Commission.

Griswold addressed concerns people have raised about the 2020 Uniform Public Offense Code, which city commissioners reviewed last week.

Each year, the League of Kansas Municipalities produces an updated Uniform Public Offense Code, which establishes criminal offenses that can be enforced at the municipal level. And the Leavenworth City Commission traditionally adopts an updated version each year.

Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens reviewed changes to the UPOC with commissioners last week. He noted that the 2020 version includes language he said clarifies a law enforcement officer’s authority to enforce

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