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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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By News Account on 7/17/2014 9:05 AM

PRWeek released its list of 50 “power players (who) have the blueprint for effective global strategies as companies expand into new markets to increase growth and agencies promote their integrated business models. PRWeek enlisted mentors, colleagues, and friends to best describe what puts these influential PR pros in a class by themselves.” The top-five are:

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By News Account on 7/16/2014 3:42 AM

- The Martin Agency has opened its first office outside the U.S. — at a London address less than half a mile from Buckingham Palace;

- Environics Communications announced that Jake Lynn has joined the agency’s D.C., office as a VP; and,

- Steven J. Schupak has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Maryland Public Television.

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By News Account on 7/15/2014 12:17 PM

Super Early Bird Savings end July 16 for the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit in Baltimore. All past Summits have sold out!  This day-long Summit, set for September 19 at Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore, is the region's premier event in marketing, technology and communications. This event will bring together over 300 marketing and communications executives to discuss high-level issues through a series of panels, keynotes, presentations and networking.

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By News Account on 7/15/2014 9:49 AM

After more than six months of hunting for its next chief executive, The Washington Post reports that D.C.-based deals company LivingSocial named a new leader Tuesday: Gautam Thakar, the CEO of Shopping.com and general manager of eBay’s advertising business.

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By News Account on 7/15/2014 9:29 AM

- Therese Hessler, the Leffler Agency’s media director, left to launch TMH Agency in Baltimore; 

- Hollis Thomases joined Digital Clarity Group, a research-based advisory firm as Principal Analyst;

- David Kalvar joined Harrison Communications; and,

- PRSA Maryland chapter president Craig Campbell has accepted a position in Raleigh, NC, and the chapter now is looking for members interested in taking on a leadership role with the organization.

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By News Account on 7/14/2014 11:29 AM

The call for entries for PRSA-Maryland's Best in Maryland Awards is underway. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on August 1 - or July 18 if you want to get the early-bird rate. Awards will be presented at the Best In Maryland Gala on Dec. 4, 2014. The Best in Maryland Awards is presented annually to public relations practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a communications challenge with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

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By News Account on 7/8/2014 4:46 PM


Paul Duning, publisher of Capitol Communicator, a media company for professionals in marketing, advertising, public relations and digital media - as well as co-producer of the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summits - has formed a strategic alliance with Mike Gardner, president of Thinkinghire, a D.C.-based firm. Thinkinghire uses

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By News Account on 7/8/2014 9:48 AM

- John F. Burk III, a former Baltimore art director and creative director, died following a body surfing accident;

- Cary Hatch, head of MDB Communications, is featured in a story in Spark Business IQ; and, 

- The D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development named Andre Dahlman
as its July 2014 filmmaker of the month.

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By News Account on 7/7/2014 4:10 PM


MGH announced that its contract with the Ocean City, Maryland Department of Tourism has been extended for three years, through Dec. 31, 2017. Ocean City’s City Council voted to extend the contract after a unanimous recommendation was made by the Tourism Commission to renew the contract for three years.

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By News Account on 7/7/2014 3:54 PM

Kim Kingsley, CEO of POLITICO, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2014 Emerging Leaders Awards (ELAs).  The Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) event will be held July 22 at Zentan Restaurant in D.C. Kingsley oversees all of POLITICO's strategic and business operations. Since joining the company in 2006 as one of its first senior managers, she has 

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By News Account on 7/7/2014 5:35 AM


The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the nation, named Environics Communications as its PR agency. NVTC is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. The council serves approximately 1,000 companies representing approximately 300,000 employees from all sectors

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By News Account on 7/6/2014 5:19 PM


- iStrategyLabs is opening an office in Dumbo in Brooklyn;

- Hager Sharp announced the appointments of Lynne Doner Lotenberg as CEO and Jim Healy as president;

- Jason Young has been named chief communications officer at APA; and, 

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By News Account on 7/6/2014 4:17 PM

- Jody Zafrir joined CBS Radio in Baltimore as account executive;

- Kacey Bidnick joined Planit
as an account executive; and,

- Weber Shandwick’s Baltimore
office promoted two.

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By News Account on 7/1/2014 8:24 AM

Longtime Baltimore ad executive William G. "Bill" Evans, known for the "Charm City" ad campaign of the early 1970s, died at age 83. Evans began his advertising career in New York City and came to Baltimore in 1961 to work for W.B. Doner & Co. as a writer, eventually becoming the agency's creative director, according to an obituary in The Sun.


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By News Account on 7/1/2014 5:41 AM


WTOP 103.5 FM today announced the results of its most recent “Beltway Poll” measuring the public’s opinion on the Washington Redskins name change controversy.  The poll, conducted by Heart and Mind Strategies, surveyed residents of the D.C. area and found that more than 60 percent believe the Washington Redskins should not change their name. In addition, a large majority of residents would not support a boycott of Redskins sponsors such as FedEx; and, when it comes to Redskins’ tickets and merchandise, the name change controversy has not influenced their decision to buy.

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By News Account on 6/30/2014 11:50 AM

- The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts named Robert Pflieger EVP of communications;

- DPR Group, Inc., in Germantown, Md, adds St. Louis-based Engage;

- Outreach Strategies adds Elizabeth Curwen and Evan Carlson; and,

- ADG Creative in Columbia, Md, adds Nate Bailey as chief operating officer.

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By News Account on 6/30/2014 4:59 AM

OmniStudio is seeking independent creative entrepreneurs to share space and build a dynamic collaborative working group within their open office on 19th Street, NW, in D.C.’s Dupont Circle/Farragut Square neighborhood.  They are especially interested in talking to individuals with creative skills that will complement OmniStudio’s core graphic design offerings and provide input for mutually beneficial collaborative projects.  Areas of expertise sought include:

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By News Account on 6/30/2014 3:41 AM

The Washington Post’s Capital Business has a report on the 150 "Top Workplaces" in the D.C. area - organizations  that received the highest ratings from their employees. A number of communications firms made the list, including:

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By News Account on 6/30/2014 3:08 AM

The Nigerian government has signed a contract worth more than $1.2 million with D.C.-based Levick to deal with the fallout from the kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls, reports The Hill. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is up for reelection in February, is seeking to counter the perception that he has not done enough to combat the Islamic extremists in his country who abducted the schoolgirls in April, continued The Hill report.The firm said the work will be more than just PR

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By News Account on 6/27/2014 3:46 AM

- iStrategyLabs is Kroger’s new social media agency of record and now will handle all social media activities for Kroger and 10 other brands in the U.S.;

- PCI and Stratacomm partnered to win a BPA from FMCSA;

- Ketchum moved to 1615 L St.; and,

- Fixation Marketing adds two.

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