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By News Account on 8/20/2014 5:00 AM

Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that Dan Mellon will be the general manager of D.C.'s WJLA (ABC) and local cable news network, NewsChannel 8 ("NC8").  "I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the entire WJLA team as Sinclair expands its footprint to our nation's Capital," commented Mellon.

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By News Account on 8/19/2014 4:24 PM

Bethesda-based RP3 Agency has partnered with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company to evolve its brand identity and visual style. The new work – which consists of a logo, style guide and show season artwork – marks the first identity refresh for the organization in more than a decade.

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By News Account on 8/19/2014 3:42 PM

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the subject of a high-profile domestic violence case, is no longer part of the M&T Bank ad campaign which began airing TV spots this week. Instead, Head Coach John Harbaugh and Ravens President Dick Cass are seen in the spokesman role.

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By News Account on 8/19/2014 3:26 PM

- Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman announced the appointment of Meredith L. Thompson to the position of Public Information Officer;

- Jessica Fast joined Abel Communications in Hampden as an account manager;

- At Himmelrich PR, Dennis Mizzoni has been promoted to account coordinator and Catherine Rinaldo joined as an account associate; and,

- Lainie Troutman now is director of marketing at JRS Architects in Baltimore.

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By News Account on 8/19/2014 9:56 AM

- Benjamin Moore launched a new paint collaboration that is likely to be a home run for Red Sox fans, reports Ad Age. The brand, along with The Martin Agency, which is based in Richmond, has debuted the "Fenway Collection" of Red Sox-themed paints;

- Children’s National in D.C. added Lauren Fisher as VP/communications, PR and marketing; and,

- Rebecca Noel joined the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America as digital media and communications manager.

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By News Account on 8/18/2014 4:05 AM

Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) invites you to nominate a female public relations professional for the 2014 Washington PR Woman of the Year award. The award will be presented at WWPR's 25th Washington PR Woman of the Year Award Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 14.

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By News Account on 8/12/2014 5:19 PM

- Richmond-based CarMax named Jim Lyski its chief marketing officer and senior vice president;

- BUBBLES engaged Hunt Valley-based Harvey to lead a rebrand effort;

- Weitzman in Annapolis added Lauren DeGeorge as traffic manager/project coordinator;

- Ruppert Landscape in Baltimore added Britni Cook as PR specialist; and,

- Nikki Bracy was promoted to senior account executive at Vitamin in Baltimore.

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By News Account on 8/7/2014 6:42 PM


LMO Advertising engaged with F.C. Internazionale Milano (known as ‘Inter’), a European soccer club based in Milan, Italy. LMO led efforts to grow engagement in the team’s social media fan base in the U.S. during its tour with the bulk of the campaign taking place during the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup tournament, which began July 24 and culminated at the championship game on Aug. 4.

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By News Account on 8/5/2014 8:38 AM

- MGH in Baltimore announced hires and promotions;

- Baltimore-area nonprofit Vehicles for Change, Inc. added Carroll Hynson, Jr., president of the Annapolis-based Image Power, Inc., to its board of directors; and,

- PRSA Richmond will provide pro bono support to CCHASM.

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By News Account on 8/5/2014 6:53 AM


Gannett Co., Inc., announced that it plans to spin off its print operations, including USA Today, becoming the latest media company to break itself up, reports the New York Times. The separation follows in the footsteps of many other media companies – from Rupert Murdoch‘s empire to Time Warner Inc. to E.W. Scripps – that have spun off their print arms in recent years, continued the Times story. Such transactions are intended to free faster-growing television and other media operations from less profitable newspaper and magazine businesses, stated the Times.



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By News Account on 8/5/2014 4:07 AM


More than 60 communications professionals met at the Maryland Historical Society recently to discuss collaborative message opportunities during Star-Spangled Spectacular taking place in Baltimore from Sept. 10 – 16. The communications professionals, from local and state agencies and the private sector, met to map out the Spectacular week, learn about Media Room and Social Media Command Center opportunities and share best practices from other large-scale events.

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By News Account on 8/4/2014 11:09 AM

- Direct Impact (DI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller, added Ralph Posner as executive vice president in D.C.;

- Allison+Partners’ corporate practice in D.C. added Marcel Goldstein as senior vice president; and,

- HBI (Home Builders Institute) appointed Lynne Harris as VP/corporate communications.

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By News Account on 8/3/2014 2:05 PM

The finals of the Citi Open tennis tournament took place Sunday at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in D.C. It was also the final tournament for Charlie Brotman, the legendary voice that has announced the event for the past 46 years, who is retiring, reports WTOP.  Brotman, 85, also known as the "presidential announcer", has provided "play- by-play" of the inaugural parade since President Dwight Eisenhower was reelected in 1956.

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By News Account on 7/31/2014 9:32 AM


The Getting Schooled in Infrastructure Bus, a school bus crushed by a replica of a fallen bridge – part of a campaign created by Capitol Communicator sponsor Elevation - is in D.C., through Aug. 1, as the U.S. House of Representatives considers a vote on the Senate version of an extension of the Highway Trust Fund authorization that would force consideration of a long-term full investment Highway Bill this year.

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By News Account on 7/30/2014 4:03 PM

The Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) will induct Jody Powell and Sheila Tate to its Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place during PRSA-NCC’s Annual Thoth Awards Gala on Sept. 9 at Artisphere in Arlington, VA. Powell, who passed away in 2009, is being honored posthumously and his wife Nan will accept the award on behalf of the family. Sheila Tate, who will be in attendance, will be introduced by Pam Jenkins, president of Weber Shandwick.

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By News Account on 7/30/2014 3:53 PM


The Washington Redskins have hired Burson-Marsteller, reports Reuters, as it battles criticism that its name is a racial slur. Burson, which has long experience handling public relations crises, will run the website redskinsfacts.com, continued the Reuters report. The site was launched this month and is billed as a grass-roots effort to defend the team's contentious name. The Reuters story also stated:

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By News Account on 7/30/2014 3:27 AM

Post–Newsweek Stations changed its name to Graham Media Group. Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said: “Much like our parent company, Graham Holdings, this new name better reflects the diversity of our creative and innovative company

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By News Account on 7/29/2014 12:55 PM

- Sharon Nevins joined Baltimore magazine as director of sales and marketing;

- Harris Media Group added Megan Unterschute as director of marketing and development;

- Warschawski added Allison Beers as designer; and,

- Anita Brightman has been elected to PRSA's College of Fellows.

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By News Account on 7/29/2014 11:35 AM

Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) is accepting applications from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations serving women and children for consideration as its pro bono client for the Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2016 term. The WWPR Pro Bono Committee has been in existence since 1996. Every two years, the committee provides a nonprofit with communications planning and assistance at no charge in order to help raise awareness of the organization. Donated services can include

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By News Account on 7/29/2014 6:49 AM

- Ken Quaglio has been named president and chief operating officer at Reston, VA-based Siteworx;

- Mark Foglesong joined Columbia MD-based Maroon PR as director of news and multimedia;

- Veteran D.C. communicator Dani Mackey, who had been with Ogilvy for 15 years, launched Dani Mackey Communications; and,

- Jay Ell Alexander is the new public information officer in Petersburg, VA. Read More »

By News Account on 7/28/2014 5:02 AM


BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson, who was the keynote speaker at Capitol Communicator’s recent Convergence in Communications Conference and is set to speak at the upcoming Sept. 19 Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit in Baltimore , has been fired for plagiarism. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter users began pointing out instances in which a Johnson had lifted phrases and sentences from other websites. BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith wrote:

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By News Account on 7/27/2014 4:00 AM

BurellesLuce reports that the process to find the right media monitoring and analysis package can be time- and resource-intensive for both the requestor and requestee, and many organizations either don’t have the resources, or are choosing to allocate them elsewhere, therefore making final decisions based on partial data. To strengthen the ability to make a quick, comprehensive comparison of media monitoring and analysis services, BurrellesLuce, a Capitol Communicator sponsor, created

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By News Account on 7/25/2014 7:30 AM

Allbritton Communications, based in Rosslyn, VA, will sell eight television properties, including WJLA and NewsChannel 8, to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $985 million, a blockbuster deal that ends a 40-year era in D.C. media, reported The Washington Post.

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By News Account on 7/25/2014 6:43 AM

iStrategyLabs was the Silver Award Winner for the SouthEast region in Ad Age magazine's 2014 Small Agency of the Year competition. In promoting the national recognition, the DC-based agency which just opened an office in Brooklyn, said they never have been "over the top with awards submissions – but this year (they) felt iStrategyLabs was really hitting its stride so (they) submitted to the Ad Age Small Agency Awards in the biggest, baddest, most prestigious category: SMALL AGENCY OF THE YEAR.”

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By News Account on 7/24/2014 5:48 AM

DC Ad  Club is holding its annual golf outing on Sept 26 at Worthington Manor Golf Club. Enjoy 18 holes of golf on a U.S. Open qualifying course as you slice, hack, and have fun with members of the area's advertising community. This event, stated DC Ad Club, is a great way to get out of the office and spend a fun-filled day with your colleagues, clients, and friends. This event draws a diverse mix of agencies and clients, creatives and account managers, from CEOs to interns. Treat your staff, your clients, and yourself to an enjoyable outing or just come to network.

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By News Account on 7/22/2014 4:14 PM


Washington Women in Public Relations held its 2014 Emerging Leaders Awards (ELA) on July 22 and recognized “six young women who have already made their mark on the communications industry, while also dedicating their time and effort outside of the office to other organizations, nonprofits and groups.” The six ELA finalists were:

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By News Account on 7/22/2014 10:59 AM

- Crosby Marketing Communications, based in Annapolis, promoted Julian Hernandez and Abebe Kebede;

- Annapolis-based Weitzman opened an office in Easton, MD; and,

- At the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, Advertising and Promotions Director Frank DiVenti has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer.

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By News Account on 7/21/2014 5:12 PM

Since the early 1960s, Ad 2 chapters across the nation have been providing pro-bono advertising and marketing campaigns to nonprofits in their communities. Ad 2 DC’s 2013-2014 campaign placed second nationally, providing the nonprofit with advertising, social media, public relations, fundraising and infrastructure support.

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By News Account on 7/21/2014 4:13 PM

D.C.-based creative agency Design Army and swimwear brand Karla Colletto have taken their long-running creative partnership to the next level with a unique capsule collection, set to debut with Karla Colletto’s Cruise 2015 collection at SwimShow in Miami.

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By News Account on 7/21/2014 10:42 AM

- Ogilvy Public Relations in D.C. will provide pro-bono support to the Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project;

- Carousel30 announced several promotions - including Greg Kihlström being named CEO - and staff additions; and,

- Hampton Shaddock launched PRxAdvocacy in D.C.

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