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Edelman's McIntyre to lead Ketchum's DC office

Edelman's McIntyre to lead Ketchum's DC office

The former chief spokesman for the National Rifle Association will oversee Ketchum's operations in the nation's capital.

Jeb Bush takes first step towards the White House - on Facebook and Twitter

Jeb Bush takes first step towards the White House - on Facebook and Twitter

The son and brother of former presidents said on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday that he's considering a bid for the White House himself. He's believed to be the first to announce his intentions on social media.

Connect Communications targets global expansion

Connect Communications targets global expansion

London-based Connect Communications has announced plans to enter new markets including the US, EMEA, Australia, China and India, expanding beyond its longstanding focus on Westminster and Whitehall.

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday, 12.12.2014

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday, 12.12.2014

Passed spending bill gets rage from right and left; Best Buy apologizes for 'Serial' podcast; Former Korean Air Lines exec says sorry for case of "nut rage."

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting has recruited former Labour health secretary Patricia Hewitt as part of six new appointments to its UK Public Affairs practice.

Eric Garner's family enlists the National Action Network for media support

Eric Garner's family enlists the National Action Network for media support

The family of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer in July, has been receiving media relations support from the National Action Network.

Fortitude Partners advises Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

Fortitude Partners advises Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

Reputation management consultancy Fortitude Partners has won a retained brief to advise a Trinidad-based diplomatic services academy on its comms strategy.

MRM appoints US campaign specialist Brittney Parker to public affairs arm

The public affairs division of financial specialists MRM has hired Brittney Parker to its ranks ahead of next year's general election.

UKIP recruits BBC veteran Paul Lambert as comms director

UKIP recruits BBC veteran Paul Lambert as comms director

UKIP has appointed veteran BBC producer Paul Lambert as the party's director of communications.

FBI ramps up Twitter use to fight crime and inform public of crises and threats

FBI ramps up Twitter use to fight crime and inform public of crises and threats

Through the years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has always met the public where it is communicating - whether with fliers in post offices, on TV, or in print - and now the agency is strengthening its social media strategy to reach broader audiences.

Judge rules in Chevron's favor in case against Ecuador, MCSquared

Judge rules in Chevron's favor in case against Ecuador, MCSquared

US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has allowed Chevron to conduct discovery, or obtain information and facts from MCSquared.

Weber Shandwick opens its doors in Sacramento

Weber Shandwick opens its doors in Sacramento

Weber Shandwick is expanding into California's capital.

GOP comms staffer steps down after criticism of Obama kids

GOP comms staffer steps down after criticism of Obama kids

The communications director for Tennessee Republican Stephen Fincher stepped down on Monday, a few days after dressing down the first daughters on social media for looking bored at the annual "turkey pardoning" ceremony.

Three experts on why announcing the Ferguson grand jury's decision at night was a mistake

Three experts on why announcing the Ferguson grand jury's decision at night was a mistake

Crisis communications experts who spoke with PRWeek agreed: prosecutor Robert McCulloch erred by revealing the Ferguson grand jury's decision at night.

Ferguson prosecutor's blame of social media draws Twitter's ire

Ferguson prosecutor's blame of social media draws Twitter's ire

Many Twitter users took issue with St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch's blame of the news cycle and social media during the first part of his Monday night press conference.

How the media reacted to Chuck Hagel's surprise resignation

How the media reacted to Chuck Hagel's surprise resignation

Some speculated on whether he was pushed out. Other reporters said Joe Biden's face tells the real story.

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed Julie Minns, head of public policy and corporate responsibility at mobile operator Three, as a partner in its political team.

Media offers mixed reviews of Obama's immigration plan

Media offers mixed reviews of Obama's immigration plan

On Thursday night, President Barack Obama told the nation his plan to prevent deportation of some four million undocumented immigrants, an announcement that earned vastly diverse reactions from media.

White House releases trailer previewing immigration address

White House releases trailer previewing immigration address

But will the speech itself be a blockbuster or bust with viewers?

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

Rhodri Williams has been named VP of communications and public affairs for EMEA at AIG.

Analysis

TransCanada looks for fresh strategy, and new agency, post-Edelman split

TransCanada looks for fresh strategy, and new agency, post-Edelman split

The energy company is talking with prospective agency partners to replace Edelman as it considers how to move forward after a strategy document leak brought widespread - and unwanted - media attention.

Why the next six to nine months are crucial to rebuilding Detroit's reputation

Why the next six to nine months are crucial to rebuilding Detroit's reputation

But are the many disparate efforts promoting the city's revitalization without a centralized communications hub actually hurting its chances?

The topic that will matter most in November's midterm elections

The topic that will matter most in November's midterm elections

From ISIS to Ebola abroad and Ferguson and immigration at home, there's no shortage of hot topics this election cycle. But one topic will trump all the rest, according to public affairs experts.

Public figures exploit 'right to be forgotten' at their own peril

Public figures exploit 'right to be forgotten' at their own peril

It might be tempting for business executives or celebrities to take advantage of the "right to be forgotten" ruling in Europe. But they risk the "Streisand effect" if they do so.

Internal comms key to fixing 'corrosive' VA culture

Internal comms key to fixing 'corrosive' VA culture

If confirmed to lead the VA, former P&G CEO Robert McDonald will have to focus on listening as much as leading, comms experts tell PRWeek.

DC Influencers

DC Influencer: Legacy CEO says the anti-smoking campaign is back to #FinishIt

DC Influencer: Legacy CEO says the anti-smoking campaign is back to #FinishIt

Robin Koval, president and CEO, Legacy, says the Truth campaign is back with a call to action for the celebrity in all of us to #FinishIt.

Bossed Up CEO: How women can have healthier careers

Bossed Up CEO: How women can have healthier careers

Emilie Aries, CEO and founder of Bossed Up, discusses how women can close gender gaps in leadership by having healthier, sustainable careers.

DC Influencer: Celia Fischer, America’s Natural Gas Alliance

DC Influencer: Celia Fischer, America’s Natural Gas Alliance

Celia Fischer, VP, strategic comms, America's Natural Gas Alliance, discusses how the group's Think About It effort has cut through the noise.

DC Influencer: Avery Mann, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

DC Influencer: Avery Mann, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Avery Mann, VP of PR and comms, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, on telling survivors' stories on their terms.

DC Influencer: Erin Streeter, National Association of Manufacturers

DC Influencer: Erin Streeter, National Association of Manufacturers

Erin Streeter, SVP, comms, National Association of Manufacturers, outlines the campaign to maintain intellectual property protections.

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Public Affairs Commentary

McGruff hasn't lost his bite in keeping crime prevention top of mind

McGruff hasn't lost his bite in keeping crime prevention top of mind

After 30 years, we're still finding fresh ways to share the information people need to make the right personal safety choices.

No More leverages celebs to break silence on sexual assault and domestic violence

No More leverages celebs to break silence on sexual assault and domestic violence

To help break through the silence and dispel the stigma that surrounds them, No More partnered with media giant Viacom to launch a new series of powerful No More PSAs.

Rozett: Supporters' efforts keep Keystone XL project top of mind

Rozett: Supporters' efforts keep Keystone XL project top of mind

The Keystone XL pipeline has been called the most studied pipeline project in history. It's also arguably the most popular.

Lowe: Red Cross initiatives at local level lead to successful efforts on a national scale

Lowe: Red Cross initiatives at local level lead to successful efforts on a national scale

While the American Red Cross is best known for blood collections and responding to disasters large and small, we are making a new push to save lives and reduce injuries by helping to prevent emergencies from occurring.

Rebrand helps conservation nonprofit double its revenue, engage new audience

Rebrand helps conservation nonprofit double its revenue, engage new audience

For Rainforest Trust's anniversary, the nonprofit wanted a new identity that would help raise its profile, attract new donors, and advance its mission.