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DC experts offer advice for Secret Service following Tuesday's hearing

DC experts offer advice for Secret Service following Tuesday's hearing

The Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, where Secret Service director Julia Pierson shouldered the blame for an intruder entering the White House.

Five things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 9.30.2014

Five things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 9.30.2014

eBay to spin off PayPal; Secret Service faces scrutiny; Netflix to release first original movie

Ferguson drops Devin James Group due to CEO's prior conviction

Ferguson drops Devin James Group due to CEO's prior conviction

Devin James Group, the agency handling PR for Ferguson, Missouri following the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown, was let go when news surfaced about the CEO's prior conviction.

On Twitter: Surprise at Holder's resignation - and at who broke the news

On Twitter: Surprise at Holder's resignation - and at who broke the news

NPR got the scoop Thursday morning that Attorney General Eric Holder will step down. The White House has scheduled a press conference for this afternoon.

Bell Pottinger hires former diplomat Mark Canning to boost growth in Asia

Bell Pottinger hires former diplomat Mark Canning to boost growth in Asia

Bell Pottinger has recruited a former British diplomat, Mark Canning, in Asia to help expand the company's client base in the region.

Weber Shandwick boosts public affairs team with Wendy Mitchell hire

Weber Shandwick boosts public affairs team with Wendy Mitchell hire

Weber Shandwick has hired Wendy Mitchell, former deputy CEO of the Charity Retail Association, to join its public affairs team in London as Tamora Langley steps up to become acting head of public affairs.

Seven things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.22.2014

Seven things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.22.2014

Hundreds of thousands march against climate change; Secret Service under scrutiny; EMC, HP call off merger talks; Alibaba's IPO wows; UFC cuts ties with fighters accused of domestic violence.

Eight things for PR pros to know Friday morning, 9.19.2014

Eight things for PR pros to know Friday morning, 9.19.2014

Scots vote to stick with UK; GSK found guilty, fined by Chinese court; Home Depot breach to affect 58 million accounts; Christie supports Goodell; Ellison steps down at Oracle.

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Stephanie Lvovich, most recently global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, was named global chair of Edelman's public affairs practice. She starts next month.

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Former Edelman Brussels director and climate change specialist Bas Batelaan has been hired by Aspect Consulting.

Four things for PR pros to know Friday, 9.12.14

Four things for PR pros to know Friday, 9.12.14

How Yahoo fought the government on surveillance; Brands keep close eye on the NFL; Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa.

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator

The former White House press secretary will start work at the network Wednesday night, analyzing the president's speech on action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Hume Brophy snaps up FTI's Simon Elliott to lead international expansion

FTI MD Simon Elliott has been hired by Hume Brophy to lead its new international corporate practice.

MWW claims vindication in Stronger than the Storm campaign award audit

MWW claims vindication in Stronger than the Storm campaign award audit

A Housing and Urban Development audit found that MWW's bid for what became the Stronger than the Storm campaign was lower than those of competitors and that it did not initially propose to feature Governor Chris Christie in the ads, as critics had charged.

Legacy gives teens social tools to advocate against smoking

Legacy gives teens social tools to advocate against smoking

Legacy, the public health foundation that directs and funds the Truth campaign, is tapping into teens' online influence to stop their peers from smoking.

Illinois gives FleishmanHillard $25.6m extension for Get Covered contract

Illinois gives FleishmanHillard $25.6m extension for Get Covered contract

Fleishman initially won the work to promote the state's health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, last year in a contract worth up to $35 million.

Nevada seeks agency to boost state tourism

Nevada seeks agency to boost state tourism

The budget on the account is $12.6 million over two years.

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Sarah Richardson, a director at Edelman and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, is to join Centrica Energy in the newly created role of director of public affairs.

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

David Plouffe "will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, wrote in a blog post on the hire.

Gun-control group petitions Kroger to ban open carry in stores

Gun-control group petitions Kroger to ban open carry in stores

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is turning to a tried-and-true formula to campaign against the open carry of firearms in Kroger stores.

Analysis

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.

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

The future of the Internet hangs in the balance due to an ongoing battle between telecoms giants and the technology industry - and each side is taking a very different approach to telling their story.

DC Influencers

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.

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

Bill Thorne, SVP of comms and public affairs, National Retail Federation, talks about changing the perception of retail and reaching young people

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Public Affairs Commentary

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.

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

The Software & Information Industry Association has devised a new content compliance initiative aimed at ensuring that companies who are copying, distributing, posting, and using their content are properly licensed.