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NFL joins chorus concerned over Indiana Religious Freedom bill

NFL joins chorus concerned over Indiana Religious Freedom bill

The NCAA is also concerned about the law's implications.

White House brings on Goldman as first chief digital officer

White House brings on Goldman as first chief digital officer

Goldman launched Obvious Corporation with Twitter cofounders Ev Williams and Biz Stone in 2011.

Five things PR pros need to know on Monday, 3.23.2015

Five things PR pros need to know on Monday, 3.23.2015

Sen. Ted Cruz announces candidacy via Twitter; Starbucks ends part of Race Together campaign; Uber signs marketing deal in India.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies opens Nigeria office with Tokunboh Durosaro as MD

Hill+Knowlton Strategies opens Nigeria office with Tokunboh Durosaro as MD

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria and appointed Tokunboh Durosaro as managing director for the country.

Five things PR pros need to know on Friday, 3.20.2015

Five things PR pros need to know on Friday, 3.20.2015

PRWeek Awards winners; BlueFocus reports profit; Hillary Clinton faces more scrutiny.

Ohio taps Marcus Thomas, Cult Marketing for creative and media services

Ohio taps Marcus Thomas, Cult Marketing for creative and media services

Fahlgren Mortine is the PR agency partner on the account.

Prospective presidential candidates shuffle comms staffers

Prospective presidential candidates shuffle comms staffers

Team Clinton ramped up, and team Walker downsized.

Ogilvy PR, Michael Baker team up for $130m FEMA account

Ogilvy PR, Michael Baker team up for $130m FEMA account

The new joint venture is named Resilience Action Partners.

Ketchum's divorce from Russia was inevitable - but amicable

Ketchum's divorce from Russia was inevitable - but amicable

Who jilted who is top of many people's minds, but in the end both Russia and Ketchum realized their continuing partnership was becoming ineffectual and counterproductive.

Your call: Should Ketchum have ever signed on to represent Russia in the first place?

Your call: Should Ketchum have ever signed on to represent Russia in the first place?

Was it a shortsighted decision by the agency? Or just another case of two entities whose positions drifted over time?

In-state firm Bradley Reid set to hold on to Alaska tourism account worth up to $75m

In-state firm Bradley Reid set to hold on to Alaska tourism account worth up to $75m

Work on the account will begin this summer.

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 3.13.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 3.13.2015

Obama takes serious, comical turns on 'Jimmy Kimmel;' Bush emails also under scrutiny; Snyderman steps down as NBC News medical editor.

LinkedIn appoints Westbourne Communications for UK public affairs brief

LinkedIn appoints Westbourne Communications for UK public affairs brief

Professional network LinkedIn has retained Westbourne Communications as its first UK public affairs agency, following a three-way pitch.

MWW turns to campaign veteran Tencher to run global public affairs

MWW turns to campaign veteran Tencher to run global public affairs

Paul Tencher previously led winning campaigns for Sens. Gary Peters of Michigan and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

Why the NBA joined the Lean In movement

Why the NBA joined the Lean In movement

The NBA teamed up with the Lean In Together initiative because it matches up well with the league's own efforts toward gender equality.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.12.2015

Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.12.2015

Police officers shot in Ferguson; KFC could face criticism over chicken; Secret Service investigated again, this time for incident after late-night partying.

Ketchum calls it quits on Russia work

Ketchum calls it quits on Russia work

Ketchum has ended its high-profile and controversial media relations work for the Kremlin.

Clinton email press conference raises more questions

Clinton email press conference raises more questions

Saying she deleted personal messages only further piqued the interest of reporters in attendance.

Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.10.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.10.2015

Gigaom shuttered; Reaction to Apple Watch showcase event; Clinton could respond to email story this week.

Eight things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.9.2015

Eight things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.9.2015

WPP PR, public affairs up 5.1% in Q4; What to look for at today's Apple Watch event; Iconic ads altered to mark International Women's Day.

Analysis

Why a traditional, fact-based approach on vaccine comms isn't working

Why a traditional, fact-based approach on vaccine comms isn't working

While a straight-to-the-point, fact-based approach is often effective in healthcare PR, it's not the best option for trying to convince skeptical parents that they should vaccinate their children.

2016: When campaign comms will leave its comfort zone

2016: When campaign comms will leave its comfort zone

Interviews with quirky YouTube stars. Snapchat Q&As. Appearances on Internet comedy shows. That's just a taste of where digital campaign communications could go by November 2016.

Snowmageddon: Communicators back 'better safe than sorry' approach

Snowmageddon: Communicators back 'better safe than sorry' approach

It's easy to criticize officials for overhyping the Blizzard of 2015, but it's better to have residents and travelers ready than unprepared, say crisis communicators.

Colleges ramp up policies to curb student sexual assaults

Colleges ramp up policies to curb student sexual assaults

Talking about sexual assault comes with a new set of challenges when that conversation rises to university administration level.

Three ways police are communicating to regain public trust

Three ways police are communicating to regain public trust

Fatal incidents involving officers tore the Band-Aid off the often-tense relationship between the public and police in many American cities. Law-enforcement communicators explained three ways they are working to bridge the divide.

DC Influencers

Fliflet: How digital outreach is raising sexual violence awareness

Fliflet: How digital outreach is raising sexual violence awareness

Katherine Hull Fliflet, VP, comms, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, details how digital has helped the group promote its message.

National Action Network rallies people around police reform

National Action Network rallies people around police reform

Janaye Ingram, executive director, National Action Network, discusses the group's Washington rally and plans to engage people about police reform.

United Nations Foundation CEO: Telling the UN's story to a global audience

United Nations Foundation CEO: Telling the UN's story to a global audience

Kathy Calvin, president and CEO, United Nations Foundation details how the organization leverages its skills to support the work of the UN.

DC Influencer: How small shops can stand out in Washington

DC Influencer: How small shops can stand out in Washington

Small Business Government Communicators Network founder James Krol details how smaller shops are getting more government dollars.

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.

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Public Affairs Commentary

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.

How star power helped feed New Yorkers over the holidays

How star power helped feed New Yorkers over the holidays

Food Bank For New York City needed a strong call to action to provide 1.5 million struggling New Yorkers with emergency food and services during the holiday season.

Love is a Gift celebrates those who matter most

Love is a Gift celebrates those who matter most

#LoveIsAGift allowed us to give back and celebrate the work Easter Seals does in providing help, support services, and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, their caregivers, and veterans.

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.