This Week In PR | No. 8

This week (as are most weeks) was pretty full of major current events and changes in the public relations world. Here are just a few to give you a quick recap of what you may have missed.

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  • Remember Malaysia Airlines? As predicted, they have recently launched a social media campaign in an effort to restore consumer trust. Take a look and/or participate in the conversation using #FlyingHigh on Twitter. (Mashable)
  • Ladies, it would seem that we aren’t the only one’s whose body image is heavily affected by the media; men are also subjected to “fat shaming.” While women are subliminally (or not so subliminally) told to get smaller, men are equally told to get more buff. It’s great that the media is treating both sexes equally, but perhaps they should do so while being encouraging instead of discouraging. (TIME)
  • President Obama has officially issued an order for air strikes to be launched over Iraq as well as air drops with aid for “religious minorities threatened by extremists.” For his full statement, click the following link. (Associated Press)
  • Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle-blower, has officially been granted a three-year stay in Russia. His temporary asylum came to an end on July 31st, but he has since requested it to be extended. On August 1st, his request was granted and Snowden will now have Russian residency for another three years. (CNN)
  • It’s no secret that the Chinese government can be fairly strict so it should come as no surprise that they’ve recently enacted tighter restrictions on instant messaging applications. Their reason? They were put in place in an effort to “help build a clean cyberspace.” Hopefully they reach their goal. (Wall Street Journal)
  • In light of the massive breach of security that compromised around 1.2 billion usernames and passwords, the Associated Press has a few tips on how to make your information a little more secure…at least until this Russian hacking ring has been caught. (Associated Press)
  • To end on a lighter note, Kentucky State University’s interim president, Raymond Burse, has agreed to a salary cut of $90,000. Why? The money will instead be going to 24 minimum wage campus workers in order to raise their hourly salary to $10.25 an hour, a pretty significant jump from their previous salary of $7.25 an hour. When explaining the bold move Burse simply explains, “I did it to bring the lowest wage employees up to a level where I think they should be.” (CNN Money)

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