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Breakfast Briefing: The stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 6.24.2016

Breakfast Briefing: The stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 6.24.2016

What Brexit means for PR pros in the U.K. and the E.U.; Holding company chiefs agree to support U.N. initiative; Clinton rolls out first Spanish-language TV ad; Volkswagen close to massive reimbursement deal for diesel-car owners.

Seismic shock for UK PR as country votes out but practitioners highlight opportunities to help clients adapt

Seismic shock for UK PR as country votes out but practitioners highlight opportunities to help clients adapt

As the UK awoke to the news that Britain had voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent and that Prime Minister David Cameron will leave office in the autumn, UK PR firms told PRWeek what they think the implications are for their businesses and their clients.

Brexit: EU PRs see uncertainty, a public affairs boost and an opportunity for Dublin

Brexit: EU PRs see uncertainty, a public affairs boost and an opportunity for Dublin

The UK's imminent departure from the European Union leaves an uncertain future for PR firms based in EU states - but there may also be a short-term boost for public affairs specialists, and an opportunity for Dublin to host non-European firms looking for an entry into the market.

After months of behind-the-scenes messaging, U.S. companies prepared for 'Brexit'

After months of behind-the-scenes messaging, U.S. companies prepared for 'Brexit'

Corporations based in the U.S. have communicated under-the-radar about the ramifications of the U.K. leaving the European Union.

There's no such thing as gay blood, says campaign from FCB Health

There's no such thing as gay blood, says campaign from FCB Health

After the Orlando shooting, gay men were turned away from blood drives. A campaign explaining why had to reexamine its strategy.

California puts four-year, $2.6m anti-smoking contract up for bid

California puts four-year, $2.6m anti-smoking contract up for bid

The state's Public Health Department is planning a campaign to raise awareness among diverse populations in California about the dangers of smoking.

An editor's view of 2016's big political ads

An editor's view of 2016's big political ads

Tried-and-true editing techniques take center stage in the most memorable ads of the primaries, writes the founder of post-production company PS260.

Breakfast Briefing: The stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 6.16.2016

Breakfast Briefing: The stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 6.16.2016

Sanders to address supporters via live-stream; Obama to visit Orlando; Clinton previews economic plan of attack on Trump; Volkswagen CEO: Automaker needs billions in investments to transform company; Connecticut senator's marathon filibuster forces gun votes.

Orlando PR pros describe a city coming together after tragedy

Orlando PR pros describe a city coming together after tragedy

Amid their grief, Orlando residents are pulling together in response to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, according to agency executives who work in the city.

LGBT, gun-control groups respond quickly to Orlando mass shooting

LGBT, gun-control groups respond quickly to Orlando mass shooting

Pro-LGBT-rights groups quickly released statements in solidarity with the victims of Sunday morning's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Many gun-control groups did the same.

Anti-EU campaign group deletes tweet warning of 'Orlando-style' attack in UK

Anti-EU campaign group deletes tweet warning of 'Orlando-style' attack in UK

Leave.EU, one of the groups campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union, has removed a tweet saying the country's ongoing membership of the EU created the risk of an "Orlando-style atrocity", following criticism.

Watch: Obama responds to Orlando mass shooting

Watch: Obama responds to Orlando mass shooting

The president said the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was "an act of terror and of hate" while addressing the nation on Sunday.

De Blasio ups Eric Phillips to press secretary

De Blasio ups Eric Phillips to press secretary

He is replacing Karen Hinton in the role.

Dan Hill launches crisis comms, government affairs firm

Dan Hill launches crisis comms, government affairs firm

Hill left his role as president of Ervin Hill Strategies this month.

Penn Schoen Berland brings on Jack MacKenzie to lead media, entertainment practice

Penn Schoen Berland brings on Jack MacKenzie to lead media, entertainment practice

MacKenzie was most recently a senior adviser to Oxford Road and an EVP at Frank N. Magid Associates.

Analysis

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

Germany has been an economic standout in the European Union. What's more, CEOs there recognize the value of communications.

Gun-control groups focus on changing the conversation at the state level and with new allies

Gun-control groups focus on changing the conversation at the state level and with new allies

Faced with well-funded opponents and an unfriendly Congress, gun-control groups are bringing new advocates into the fold as they find more success in state capitals than at the national level.

Experts: Facebook's olive branch to conservatives is only a good first step on transparency

Experts: Facebook's olive branch to conservatives is only a good first step on transparency

Experts say Mark Zuckerberg has Facebook on the right path by responding to allegations of political bias - but the social network must follow through.

A clash in styles between Clinton, Trump comms teams

A clash in styles between Clinton, Trump comms teams

Clinton has a team of experienced political hands on board, while Trump has a smaller campaign apparatus with many faces new to a national campaign. Expect their messages to contrast just as much.

China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

Tired of being blamed for economic volatility and labor problems in the U.S., China's government has realized it needs to shift comms strategy for reaching out to the West, experts say.

DC Influencers

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

Alison Kanski talks to VMR's general counsel on regulation, international trade, and more.

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

John Hesse II, a consultant on law and government affairs at The McCormick Group, discusses lobbying and PR.

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.

Aluminum Association puts the spotlight on its feature metal

Aluminum Association puts the spotlight on its feature metal

Joe Quinn, VP, public affairs, the Aluminum Association, describes how he is putting the pedal to the metal's unique positioning.

From the front lines of a $1.8 trillion national budget deal

From the front lines of a $1.8 trillion national budget deal

Steve Ellis, VP of Taxpayers for Common Sense, talks about his work on the budget deal - the good, the bad, and the ridiculous

Commentary

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Health insurance marketplace Access Health CT's CEO, Jim Wadleigh, on making a health exchange work.

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma teamed up with Marina Maher Communications to ignite conversations about facial aging across generations.

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Live Unlimited means daring to live beyond your perceived limitations and redefining what's possible, says Muscular Dystrophy Association goodwill ambassador Joe Akmakjian.

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

A mentoring gap affecting 16 million youth has a direct impact on AT&T's talent pipeline, and as a business with more than 250,000 employees, we know we can help.

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

"This generation speaks their own language. No one can speak it better than they can - so we let them do the talking."

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom VP of corporate social responsibility Ali Jannello Tuck says over the next few months, the brand will empower viewers to go out and tell their own stories and those of their communities

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

In its fourth year, the DC-based campaign has helped promote elementary school attendance, writes Alexandra Caceres

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Laura Nichols looks at how some universities reacted after a study shed light on campus sexual assaults.

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Founder and CEO of the Institute of the Economic Empowerment of Women Terry Neese on how the organization empowers women through business opportunities.

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

Inside the Planned Parenthood hashtag campaign to help dispel stigma around birth control.

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

The former Walmart comms VP on getting in front of a personal crisis and overcoming it. Plus, five reputation management must-dos.

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Public affairs experts and advocates attribute several communications factors to the campaign's success and its overwhelming public support.

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

Campaign encourages early intervention by parents because kids weigh pros and cons of alcohol as early as age 8.

Steve Dowling: Power List 2015

Steve Dowling: Power List 2015

VP, communications, Apple

Autism advocacy group keeps issue in the spotlight after lighting it up blue

Autism advocacy group keeps issue in the spotlight after lighting it up blue

Millions of people participated in Light It Up Blue, an international, grassroots movement to raise awareness and drive action for the global autism community.