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Visit California seeks digitally savvy global agency partner

Visit California seeks digitally savvy global agency partner

The annual contract for the account is worth $300,000.

Tunheim brings on Axvig as public affairs consultant

Tunheim brings on Axvig as public affairs consultant

He was previously communications director for the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council.

Jeb's Iraq fail blows GOP race even more wide open

Jeb's Iraq fail blows GOP race even more wide open

How did he not know a question on Iraq was coming?

Memorial Day Weekend edition: Which 2016 contender won the week in the media?

Memorial Day Weekend edition: Which 2016 contender won the week in the media?

Get ready for three days of intense local campaign politics.

NYC Mayor de Blasio names Hinton press secretary

NYC Mayor de Blasio names Hinton press secretary

Karen Hinton previously ran her own firm for more than 15 years.

More media=more stress for DC insiders

More media=more stress for DC insiders

A growing number of Washington insiders say they feel "overwhelmed" by too many media options, according to a study by National Journal.

Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.19.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.19.2015

Clinton emails to be released just before Iowa, New Hampshire; Consumer groups say YouTube Kids has inappropriate content; FIFA investigating journalist arrests in Qatar.

'Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really!' Obama gets his own account

'Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really!' Obama gets his own account

After six years in office, another social media first for the Obama White House.

GSG promotes Meck to lead public affairs and comms

GSG promotes Meck to lead public affairs and comms

Meck previously served as EVP and MD at Global Strategy Group.

What (early) 2016 contender won the week in the media?

What (early) 2016 contender won the week in the media?

Everyone agrees: It was definitely not Jeb Bush.

Uber hands UK public affairs account to Portland

Uber hands UK public affairs account to Portland

Uber has appointed Portland to manage its public affairs brief, PRWeek has learned, following this week's news that former Google comms chief and Portland partner Rachel Whetstone has joined the online taxi booking service.

Google's Whetstone joins Uber to lead policy and communications

Google's Whetstone joins Uber to lead policy and communications

Whetstone will become SVP of policy and communications at Uber.

Top Boehner press aide joins Bush campaign-in-waiting

Top Boehner press aide joins Bush campaign-in-waiting

Michael Steel, press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, tweeted Monday morning that he's taking his talents to South Beach.

Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.11.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.11.2015

More questions on Clinton Foundation donors; ESPN, ABC look to create morning-show synergy; Carly Fiorina's 'Meet the Press' win.

It's handled: How Judy Smith had to manage her own reputation when Scandal debuted

It's handled: How Judy Smith had to manage her own reputation when Scandal debuted

And how she fixed the problem, according to the former presidential aide and famed reputation management guru herself.

Voters prefer Cameron to nice guy Miliband

Voters prefer Cameron to nice guy Miliband

The narratives woven by British political party leaders over the past few weeks of campaigning produced vastly different results and culminated in three of them resigning soon after the election ended in triumph for the Conservatives.

Your call: With a bunch of new faces in the race, which 2016 candidate won in the media this week?

Your call: With a bunch of new faces in the race, which 2016 candidate won in the media this week?

Ben Carson threw his hat in the ring, as did Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee.

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 5.8.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 5.8.2015

UK's Conservatives, Cameron stun pollsters with election win; Obama visits Nike to push Pacific free-trade pact; Brady shakes off Deflategate report; What to watch for in the April jobs numbers.

APCO Worldwide wraps short-term Kazakhstan outreach work

APCO Worldwide wraps short-term Kazakhstan outreach work

The firm focused on educating US audiences about the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Sanders harnesses power of Obama campaign alum to lead digital

Sanders harnesses power of Obama campaign alum to lead digital

Revolution Messaging will lead all digital and social media for the campaign.

Analysis

How to dodge a confetti attack, and other tips for hosting a safe press conference

How to dodge a confetti attack, and other tips for hosting a safe press conference

Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush. And now Mario Draghi. They've all had press conferences or public events interrupted. Here's how to stop that from taking place, and what to do if it happens.

The campaign tech to watch as the 2016 race gets underway

The campaign tech to watch as the 2016 race gets underway

Will 2016 be the Periscope election? The Meerkat election? Or the even bigger data election? It's not that simple, but new platforms will help campaigns perform faster and more consistently across media than ever before.

Why it's smart for big business to take a stand on 'religious freedom' laws

Why it's smart for big business to take a stand on 'religious freedom' laws

Companies in Indiana and Arkansas say opposing "religious freedom" laws in their states wasn't just the right thing to do; it was also the right thing for their businesses.

As gun-violence activists speak out, is America still listening?

As gun-violence activists speak out, is America still listening?

Gun violence has become a routine headline in the 24/7 news cycle.

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.

DC Influencers

Campaign urges know-it-all teens to think about The Real Cost of using tobacco

Campaign urges know-it-all teens to think about The Real Cost of using tobacco

The Real Cost takes a different approach to the dangers of tobacco use.

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.

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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.