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Press reacts to White House barring news outlets from briefing

Press reacts to White House barring news outlets from briefing

Several prominent news organizations were blocked from a press briefing with Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon.

GLAAD creates chief communications and digital officer roles amid trans student reversal

GLAAD creates chief communications and digital officer roles amid trans student reversal

Rich Ferraro, previously at Viacom, will take on the chief communications officer role; and Jim Halloran, previously at Twitter, will serve as chief digital officer.

Tech sector leads corporate pushback against trans student reversal

Tech sector leads corporate pushback against trans student reversal

Apple, Microsoft, and Salesforce were among the companies that expressed their displeasure with the White House's decision to roll back protections for transgender students on Wednesday night.

Enterprise Ireland names Brand Definition North America AOR

Enterprise Ireland names Brand Definition North America AOR

The agency will promote Ireland as a good place to do business.

5 facts about new White House communications director Mike Dubke

5 facts about new White House communications director Mike Dubke

Meet the man who will be leading communications for the Trump White House.

Breakfast Briefing, 2.17.2017: White House to call in Dubke as communications director

Breakfast Briefing, 2.17.2017: White House to call in Dubke as communications director

The Trump administration is about to take some heat off Sean Spicer by hiring Mike Dubke as communications director, according to reports. Several Trump loyalists aren't happy.

Former DNC CEO Amy Dacey joins MWWPR

Former DNC CEO Amy Dacey joins MWWPR

Amy Dacey will head up the firm's issues management and public affairs practice and manage the Washington, D.C. office.

Breakfast Briefing, 2.15.2017: More questions about Trump team ties to Russia

Breakfast Briefing, 2.15.2017: More questions about Trump team ties to Russia

New reports by The New York Times and CNN on Tuesday night said Trump's campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Look for reporters to pepper White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer with questions about it on Wednesday.

Breakfast Briefing, 2.13.2017: McCarthy as Spicer, round two

Breakfast Briefing, 2.13.2017: McCarthy as Spicer, round two

Melissa McCarthy returned to Saturday Night Live, which also took on Kellyanne Conway and Super Bowl advertisers.

Spicer: An impossible job

Spicer: An impossible job

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has found himself one of the most recognized people on the planet after last weekend's Saturday Night Live - no matter how funny the sketch was, it can't be good for Spicer or the perception of public relations.

Nordstrom's non-response to Trump: Love it or hate it?

Nordstrom's non-response to Trump: Love it or hate it?

Nordstrom found itself in President Donald Trump's crosshairs this week after it dropped a line by his daughter, Ivanka. Grade the retailer's response below or tweet at @prweekus with your thoughts.

Rasky Baerlein's founders dish on what's next after the split

Rasky Baerlein's founders dish on what's next after the split

Rasky Baerlein president Joe Baerlein, principal Ann Carter, and cofounder Larry Rasky discuss the different visions of their respective agencies going forward.

Nordstrom is latest brand to face Trump's wrath on Twitter

Nordstrom is latest brand to face Trump's wrath on Twitter

But investors don't seem to care.

Interel buys US agency AMG - a 'significant step to becoming a global player'

Interel buys US agency AMG - a 'significant step to becoming a global player'

Belgium-based public affairs agency Interel has acquired US association management services and government affairs consultancy AMG for an undisclosed sum.

How the ACLU is helping people affected by the travel ban tell their stories

How the ACLU is helping people affected by the travel ban tell their stories

"Everyone here is a communicator and digital advocate," says Marcus Benigno, director of communications and media advocacy at ACLU of Southern California.

Analysis

Engage or walk away? Brands' dilemma after a Trump Twitter attack

Engage or walk away? Brands' dilemma after a Trump Twitter attack

Experts are split on whether brands should push back against or placate the president if he mentions them on Twitter. Yet they agree all brands should be prepared for the scenario.

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

In an ultra-politicized world, Silicon Valley has to choose between angering the world's most powerful man or a vindictive consumer market. Since last weekend, it's picked the former.

Government social media blackouts worry public affairs pros

Government social media blackouts worry public affairs pros

The communications freeze could be attributed to a new administration getting settled. Or it could be a sign of more tensions ahead between the press and the White House.

Double duty: Can Sean Spicer pull off two prominent White House jobs at once?

Double duty: Can Sean Spicer pull off two prominent White House jobs at once?

Can Sean Spicer, incoming White House press secretary and communications director, handle both the podium and the playbook? Experts say it may not matter. Donald Trump is his own communicator-in-chief.

Campaigns must demonstrate value or be drained from the swamp

Campaigns must demonstrate value or be drained from the swamp

Federal departments will have to show the worth of their communications campaigns to keep their funding and staff during the Trump presidency.

DC Influencers

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

Jamie Hennigan VP of strategic communications at the National Association of Manufacturers on the NAM's digital campaign, #TruthOnTheTrail.

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

We're a small manufacturer and work primarily with lobbying firms or industry groups doing the lobbying. We provide a strong voice to industry associations such as the American Wind Energy Association and Distributed Wind Energy Association.

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.

Commentary

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

As a teen, I was the target of relentless bullying. Anti-gay slurs were lobbed at me daily, and I lived in constant fear of just being myself.

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