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The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.29.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.29.2016

Protesters disrupt traffic outside Trump event in California; Brands try for the spotlight at the NFL Draft; Volkswagen CEO apologizes to Obama; Clinton sends 'woman cards' to her supporters; Emergency approval granted for first commercial Zika test.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.26.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.26.2016

'Acela primaries;' Kelly Ripa returns to 'Live!' Mitsubishi investigates 25 years of faulty fuel-economy data; Twitter makes it easier to report multiple instances of abuse; Charter-Time Warner deal moves along.

Watch: The Guardian teams up with Patrick Stewart for Pythonesque EU parody

Watch: The Guardian teams up with Patrick Stewart for Pythonesque EU parody

The Guardian has released a sketch entitled 'What has the ECHR ever done for us?' starring Patrick Stewart as the battle between pro- and anti-EU campaigners heats up.

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Ruwan Kodikara will join Amazon UK as its senior manager of corporate comms next month.

McBee Strategic heads up digital practice with Garth Moore

McBee Strategic heads up digital practice with Garth Moore

Moore previously worked at the One Campaign.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 4.25.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 4.25.2016

Kasich and Cruz team up; HBO fixes streaming errors during Game of Thrones premiere; Critics praise Lemonade; Trump comments at odds with those of convention guru; Snapchat's role in the 2016 election.

Five global agencies pitch for Chinese government brief

Five global agencies pitch for Chinese government brief

Five global agencies have made pitches to China's State Council Information Office for work on a potential campaign to improve the country's image, the news agency Reuters reports.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.22.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.22.2016

China hears out U.S. PR agencies for image-boosting account; Interpublic earnings; Brands flub Prince tributes; Uber settles critical class-action lawsuits; Earth Day 2016.

Direct Impact promotes Connie Partoyan to top job

Direct Impact promotes Connie Partoyan to top job

The seven-year veteran of Direct Impact was upped to CEO last month.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 4.20.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 4.20.2016

Clinton, Trump win New York; E.U sues Google; McDonald's tests new Big Mac sizes; Target's inclusive move on store bathrooms.

Twitter on the back foot over new China MD's credentials

Twitter on the back foot over new China MD's credentials

Concerns have been expressed over Kathy Chen's military background and tweets embracing Chinese state media.

Disney ups Rena Langley to public affairs SVP, replacing Brian Besanceney

Disney ups Rena Langley to public affairs SVP, replacing Brian Besanceney

Besanceney left the company to join Wal-Mart at the beginning of this month as chief communications officer and SVP.

Your call: Between Clinton and Sanders, who won the ninth Democratic debate?

Your call: Between Clinton and Sanders, who won the ninth Democratic debate?

The two faced off in a heated exchange in Brooklyn.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.15.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.15.2016

Clinton, Sanders face off in Brooklyn debate; Twitter names first China market leader; Microsoft sues Justice Department over secret searches; Verizon says strike is slowing down orders.

Troubled German airport's PR man 'sacked for straight-talking interview'

Troubled German airport's PR man 'sacked for straight-talking interview'

A press spokesman for Berlin's delayed new airport has left his job after reportedly telling a trade magazine that plans for the development were "screwed up" and that "billions of euros had gone down the drain".

Analysis

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.

A Cuban PR revolution is not imminent

A Cuban PR revolution is not imminent

U.S. companies are rushing to take advantage of improved relations with Cuba. Yet brand building on the island nation remains a long-term proposition for most.

What's next in the legal fight between the PR industry and New York State

What's next in the legal fight between the PR industry and New York State

Legal experts say the next 10 days are critical if the industry wants to turn back efforts by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics that would redefine some PR activities as lobbying.

Davos 2016 takeaways for communicators: Issues of gender, income inequality

Davos 2016 takeaways for communicators: Issues of gender, income inequality

Income inequality and gender imbalance are underlying issues in nearly every topic discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

San Diego, Oakland must step up comms game to keep NFL teams

San Diego, Oakland must step up comms game to keep NFL teams

The St. Louis Rams are now the Los Angeles Rams. San Diego and Oakland will have to talk more actively with the public about the value of an NFL franchise to avoid the same fate, say comms experts.

DC Influencers

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

NFL Players Association highlights the good in the game

NFL Players Association highlights the good in the game

George Atallah, NFLPA assistant executive director, external affairs, discusses the group's goals and strategies.

How NASA brings excitement about outer space to social space

How NASA brings excitement about outer space to social space

Jason Townsend, NASA's deputy social manager, explains how the agency builds buzz around science and discovery on social media.

Commentary

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.

Wolfson: How safety initiative educated parents about dangers to children in pools

Wolfson: How safety initiative educated parents about dangers to children in pools

When pool-owning parents were asked about the risks of drowning to children, many seemed disconnected from the danger.

How star power helped feed New Yorkers over the holidays

How star power helped feed New Yorkers over the holidays

Food Bank For New York City needed a strong call to action to provide 1.5 million struggling New Yorkers with emergency food and services during the holiday season.