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Where the PR Jobs Are: Digital and Healthcare Pros In Demand

1 Mar

Maryanne Rainone, SVP and MD at Heyman Associates tells PRWeek magazine that CEO counselors, digital media specialists, public affairs pros and healthcare communicators are among the roles that have increasing security in the current PR job market. Here’s a quick look at each:

CEO Counselor:  C-suite reputation management gurus will be increasingly needed given the state of the current economy.

Digital Media Specialist: PR pros who know how to best leverage digital tools to engage online audiences will continue to be sought after.

Public Affairs Pros: Federal public affairs jobs supporting Obama’s comms strategy are still being filled.

Healthcare Communications:  Demand in the converging areas of regulatory, product PR and digtal healthcare comms is holding steady.

Sources: Maryanne Rainone, PRWeek

Obama Seeks a Cure for Cancer: Makes Historic Commitment to Health Care Reform

24 Feb

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“The time to take charge of our future is here,” Obama proclaimed this evening in his first address to a joint session of Congress, where he outlined his agenda for rebuilding America. He focused on  three priorities– energy, health care and education. President Obama made a historic commitment to comprehensive health care reform and said that he will seek a cure for cancer.

Here are the health care highlights from today’s address:

Already, we’ve done more to advance the cause of health care reform in the last 30 days than we’ve done in the last decade. When it was days old, this Congress passed a law to provide and protect health insurance for 11 million American children whose parents work full-time.

Our recovery plan will invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy, and save lives.

It will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American, including me, by seeking a cure for cancer in our time.

And — and it makes the largest investment ever in preventive care, because that’s one of the best ways to keep our people healthy and our costs under control.

This budget builds on these reforms. It includes a historic commitment to comprehensive health care reform, a down payment on the principle that we must have quality, affordable health care for every American.

You can read the full transcript here.

Sources: Politico, CNN

As California Goes, So Goes the US: How California Became France

21 Feb

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California leads the nation on economic and fiscal dysfunction and its problems are self-inflicted and avoidable,  writes Matthew Kaminski in today’s Wall Street Journal.  He  goes on to say that the Golden State “is in a French-like bind: unable to afford a welfare-type state, and unable to overhaul it.” Here are some of his California versus France parallels:

In the last three decades, California expanded the public sector and regulation to Europe-like dimensions. Schools, state employees, health care, even dog kennels, benefited from largesse in flush times. Government workers got 16 official holidays, everyone else six. The state dabbled with universal health care and adopted strict environmental standards. In short, California went where our new president and Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco want America to go.

The French have long experienced the unintended consequences of a large public sector. Ask them about it. As the number of people who get money from government grows, so does the power of constituencies dedicated to keep this honey dripping. Even when voters recognize the model carries drawbacks, such as subpar growth, high taxes, an uncompetitive business climate and above-average unemployment, their elected leaders find it near impossible to tweak the system.

This, according to Kaminski,  has been the story of France for years; and now it’s true for California. Read the entire article here.

France and California are among my favorite places. I’m cheering California on — hopefully our government leaders can turn it around.


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19 Feb

Obama Signs Economic Stimulus Bill Into Law: New Tools to Better Understand What’s Inside

17 Feb

President Barack Obama signed his $787 billion economic stimulus package into law today in Denver. He touted the bill’s investments in health care, infrastructure, energy, education and  job creation.

Here’s a sortable chart to help you understand what’s in the Stimulus Bill. You can also read the full transcript of Obama’s remarks at the signing ceremony or watch CNBC’s TV coverage.

Sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC

Search the Stimulus Bill: New Online Resource

8 Feb

A searchable version of the stimulus bill is available online. Now you can find the documentation and detail you’ve been looking for, but this time, in an easy-to-use format. Check it out here.

Search the Madoff List: Now Available Online

6 Feb

The US Federal Court just published online the Madoff victims list. Today, The New York Times has made available the full database saying:

The list of customer account names found by the court-appointed trustee in the records of Bernard L. Madoff’s wealth management firm, as well as names of people who contacted the trustee to say they believed they had been Madoff customers and wanted to file a claim. Some of the names on the list are those of lawyers, accountants, foundation trustees and agents who set up the accounts on behalf of the actual investors in the Madoff fund, which investigators are calling the biggest Ponzi scheme ever. Some people on the list have said publicly that they were included in error.

Check out the searchable database here.

Source: The New York Times