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Five things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.5.2015

Five things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.5.2015

Taco Bell consolidates PR work with Edelman firms; Clinton: "I want public to see my emails;" Leading female Twitter execs form investment group.

Health and Human Services Department mulls organ donation account

Health and Human Services Department mulls organ donation account

The potential contract is expected to run for five years.

Six things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 3.4.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 3.4.2015

Clinton fires up Emily's List crowd, avoids email talk; Obamacare to go before Supreme Court, again; Bogusky to launch 'social impact' firm.

White House shows little love for press corps, study shows

White House shows little love for press corps, study shows

The gap between the president and press is the largest it's been in 50 years, according to the report.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.3.2015

Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.3.2015

Clinton emails at State Department scrutinized; All eyes on Netanyahu address; IPG's Roth: We don't do "Sapient-sized" deals.

Five things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 2.27.2015

Five things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 2.27.2015

Dress debate nearly breaks Internet; BlueFocus profit surges; More claims O'Reilly fudged reporting record.

Jay Carney to join Amazon in role overseeing PR, public policy: Politico

Jay Carney to join Amazon in role overseeing PR, public policy: Politico

The online retail giant will place both departments under the former White House press secretary.

Nine things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 2.26.2015

Nine things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 2.26.2015

Identity of "Jihadi John" revealed; FCC to vote on Net Neutrality; Publicis buys South Africa's Epic Communications.

Global Strategy Group grabs Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's Canter

Global Strategy Group grabs Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's Canter

Matt Canter has also served as a communications director for two senators and Wisconsin's former governor.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 2.25.2015

Seven things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 2.25.2015

Southwest grounds dozens of planes; Progressive is up to something on Twitter; NFL stadium plan for greater Los Angeles approved; More O'Reilly claims under the microscope.

Biggest PR issue of our time could be battle against online extremists

Biggest PR issue of our time could be battle against online extremists

ISIL has got a head start on the West and used sophisticated modern social media and comms techniques to do so.

The Oscars, and four other things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 2.23.2015

The Oscars, and four other things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 2.23.2015

Oscar marketing winners and losers; Former colleagues dispute O'Reilly's war-reporting record; Walker shifts to the right on abortion.

Bush campaign-in-waiting sets communications director

Bush campaign-in-waiting sets communications director

America Rising PAC executive director Tim Miller would step into the communications director role for the former Florida governor if - or when - he makes his campaign official.

Astellas expands CCO Winton's role to lead government affairs

Astellas expands CCO Winton's role to lead government affairs

CCO Jeff Winton will oversee a team responsible for state and federal government affairs, among other communications disciplines.

Psaki returns to White House as communications director

Psaki returns to White House as communications director

She's a veteran of both Obama presidential campaigns, the State Department, and Global Strategy Group in DC.

Six things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 2.19.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 2.19.2015

Obama speech on extremism draws partisan reaction; Ello names first CMO; More investors back Uber.

Eight things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 2.18.2015

Eight things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 2.18.2015

Rand Paul eyes early April announcement; Snapchat valuation could hit $19 billion; Maxim redesign.

Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 2.17.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 2.17.2015

State Department grows comms team fighting ISIS' message; ACA signup period extended; Broad NSA computer spying program exposed.

Obama grabs a selfie stick to promote Healthcare.gov

Obama grabs a selfie stick to promote Healthcare.gov

BuzzFeed filmed Obama doing things we all do but won't admit, such as using a selfie stick or checking himself out in the mirror.

The 'nerve-racking' experience of placing a client on 'The Daily Show'

The 'nerve-racking' experience of placing a client on 'The Daily Show'

Booking a client for an interview with Jon Stewart wasn't for the faint of heart.

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

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.

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.

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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.