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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.

US Army solicits firms for marketing account worth millions

US Army solicits firms for marketing account worth millions

The Army generally spends about $200 million per year on marketing and advertising.

Fleishman plans message blitz to keep Rams in its hometown

Fleishman plans message blitz to keep Rams in its hometown

The firm's early game plan: "St. Louis has been, is, and always will be an NFL city by every measure."

Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday, 11.13.2014

Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday, 11.13.2014

White House releases new anti-campus sexual assault PSA; Twitter's mission statement panned; How one brand also tried to #BreakTheInternet.

Greenpeace activists stage daring counter-advertising campaign against Shell

Greenpeace activists stage daring counter-advertising campaign against Shell

Greenpeace activists took their battle against Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic to a new level this morning with a daring counter-advertising campaign as bemused commuters looked on.

How brands saluted vets on Veterans Day

How brands saluted vets on Veterans Day

Showing gratitude through action is a common theme across brands and organizations this Veterans Day as companies look to honor those who've served.

Five questions for Stephanie Cutter on why the GOP won big and what it means for Democrats

Five questions for Stephanie Cutter on why the GOP won big and what it means for Democrats

Stephanie Cutter, who helped to shape President Obama's message on the campaign trail, explains how the Republicans took back the Senate, how the Democrats can rebound, and how aspiring 2016 contenders - including one in particular - should shape their messages.

Celebrity influencers can't turn out enough voters for Democrats in midterms

Celebrity influencers can't turn out enough voters for Democrats in midterms

Republicans got the results they wanted in Tuesday's midterm elections, giving the party control of the Senate along with the House.

Five things PR pros need to know Wednesday morning, 11.5.2014

Five things PR pros need to know Wednesday morning, 11.5.2014

GOP routs Democrats in midterm elections; latest Rob Lowe-DirecTV ad not funny to all; GM offers gift cards as part of recall.

FTI's former finance director Leigh named Bell Pottinger CFO

FTI's former finance director Leigh named Bell Pottinger CFO

Tom Leigh has been named as chief financial officer at Bell Pottinger after leaving rival FTI Consulting this summer.

Seven things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 11.4.2014

Seven things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 11.4.2014

Election Day previewed; Levy on PR effects of Sapient deal; Verizon, AT&T track users with "supercookies," Sprint plans major layoffs.

Why Obama's China visit is crucial for every global business

Why Obama's China visit is crucial for every global business

Every PR pro and marketer can gain from President Obama's impending trip to China.

Uber sees departures in EMEA comms team

Uber sees departures in EMEA comms team

Recent departures from the regional comms team at new-generation taxi service Uber include EMEA head of comms Rachel Channing and EU head of policy Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, PRWeek understands.

SABMiller corporate affairs director Catherine May to leave in shake-up

SABMiller corporate affairs director Catherine May to leave in shake-up

SABMiller corporate affairs director Catherine May is to leave the global brewer following a shake-up in executive responsibilities that will see general counsel John Davidson take charge of communications.

Analysis

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.

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Americans' news-consumption habits are changing quickly, and with them, so is the job of White House press secretary.

DC Influencers

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.

DC Influencer: Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging

DC Influencer: Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging

Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging partner, talks about how Drunk Dial Congress was created and how it helped people vent their anger.

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Public Affairs Commentary

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.

King: Plant the seeds early when looking to change long-term recycling perceptions

King: Plant the seeds early when looking to change long-term recycling perceptions

Changing the attitudes and actions of the public requires patience and persistence, writes Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association's Jackie King.