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Burson-Marsteller adds Benenson Strategy Group to network

Burson-Marsteller adds Benenson Strategy Group to network

Cofounders Joel Benenson and COO Carl Rossow will continue to lead operations for the firm, which is conducting research and polling for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

The WPP firm's European arm is providing comms support to the country on issues related to its participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Burson-Marsteller hires Jeremy Gaines, Benjamin Chang for MD roles

Burson-Marsteller hires Jeremy Gaines, Benjamin Chang for MD roles

Both have experience in the executive branch.

What the PR industry is saying about the Obama administration's new overtime rules

What the PR industry is saying about the Obama administration's new overtime rules

PRWeek asked industry and agency leaders what they think of the Obama administration's new rules on overtime pay, which are set to go into effect on December 1. The regulations will make millions more employees across the country eligible for overtime pay.

Global Strategy Group rolls out corporate impact practice

Global Strategy Group rolls out corporate impact practice

The agency is debuting the group as more consumers are looking to the private sector to take the lead on hot button political and social issues.

Obama's new overtime rules are here

Obama's new overtime rules are here

The updated salary threshold is lower than expected, but agencies have only seven months to comply.

Chamber of Commerce's Margaret Shepard moves to D.C.-based incubator 1776

Chamber of Commerce's Margaret Shepard moves to D.C.-based incubator 1776

She was most recently executive director of communications and strategy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.17.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.17.2016

Today: Democratic primaries in Kentucky, Oregon; Reporter says he was denied Trump interview for speaking Spanish; Twitter names BET CEO to its board; NASA uses Snapchat to document milestone orbit; Rubio tweet-storms about WaPo story.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 5.12.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 5.12.2016

Brazilian president to step aside amid impeachment trial; Theranos president to step down; Clinton uses the words of other Republicans in early anti-Trump ads; Nissan takes controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors; Instagram tests business analytics.

Lyft's Austin campaign with a human face ultimately comes up short

Lyft's Austin campaign with a human face ultimately comes up short

The ride-hailing service and rival Uber threw their weight behind defeating regulations that called for greater restrictions on their drivers but ultimately failed at the ballot box.

Should advertisers care if Facebook suppresses right-wing news?

Should advertisers care if Facebook suppresses right-wing news?

Three social media experts speak about potential impact on brands.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.10.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.10.2016

Airbnb protests advertising-banning bill; Facebook says it doesn't censor conservative news; Three dozen Americans named in latest Panama Papers data drop; White House cleans up mess after Ben Rhodes profile; West Virginia votes.

North Carolina risks further brand backlash with 'bathroom bill' lawsuit

North Carolina risks further brand backlash with 'bathroom bill' lawsuit

The state said Monday that it is filing suit against the Justice Department, accusing it of "baseless and blatant" overreach.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.9.2016

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.9.2016

Foreign press complains about Trump event access; Twitter bans intelligence services from using Dataminr; Uber, Lyft shut down in Austin; Takata warns of huge net loss for the year; North Carolina faces deadline from federal government on bathroom law.

Freuds advises Saudi royals on modernisation programmes

Freuds advises Saudi royals on modernisation programmes

Saudi Arabia's ruling family has recently begun using British PR agency Freuds to communicate its new programme of economic and cultural modernisation, it has emerged.

Analysis

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.

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.

DC Influencers

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

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.

Commentary

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.

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.