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HHS agency awards $7m underage drinking campaign to Synergy

HHS agency awards $7m underage drinking campaign to Synergy

The contract covers the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration campaign Talk. They Hear You.

Breakfast Briefing, 5.26.2017: White House considers rapid-response team to counter leaks

Breakfast Briefing, 5.26.2017: White House considers rapid-response team to counter leaks

The latest rumor about a White House comms shakeup involves the creation of a "war room" to counteract leaks from the #RussiaGate investigations and other negative news.

Most people don't like it when brands get political, finds 4A's study

Most people don't like it when brands get political, finds 4A's study

Thirty percent of ad agency professionals said they've advised clients to stay out of politics.

Breakfast Briefing, 5.25.2017: Election eve shock in Montana; Advertisers distance themselves from Hannity

Breakfast Briefing, 5.25.2017: Election eve shock in Montana; Advertisers distance themselves from Hannity

News for PR pros to know on Thursday morning: A Republican candidate in Montana allegedly "body-slammed" a reporter covering the special election there; Marketers are stepping away from Fox News' Hannity; and journalists are taking Sean Spicer's side for once.

Teneo buys Brussels-based agency Cabinet DN

Teneo buys Brussels-based agency Cabinet DN

Teneo Holdings has continued its acquisition spree by buying Cabinet DN, the Brussels-based public affairs and strategic communications firm.

The PR Week 5.19.2017: Global Awards, Hill+Knowlton promotes Jutkowitz, White House comms

The PR Week 5.19.2017: Global Awards, Hill+Knowlton promotes Jutkowitz, White House comms

PRWeek's editorial team discusses the news of the week.

Poll: Have we seen the last Sean Spicer White House press briefing?

Poll: Have we seen the last Sean Spicer White House press briefing?

Politico reported on Thursday that President Trump is planning to shake up his communications operation by pulling Sean Spicer from his on-camera role and putting his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in the briefing room instead. What say you?

Politico: Trump weighs reducing Spicer's airtime

Politico: Trump weighs reducing Spicer's airtime

Several officials have said that Trump is looking to shake up his comms team, including taking Spicer off-camera, Politico reports.

Breakfast Briefing, 5.18.2017: Mueller named special prosecutor; Chobani wins retraction from Infowars

Breakfast Briefing, 5.18.2017: Mueller named special prosecutor; Chobani wins retraction from Infowars

On one hand, a special prosecutor isn't good news for President Trump, for obvious reasons. Yet some say it could stem the leaks coming from congressional investigations into Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential election.

Breakfast Briefing, 5.17.2017: Struggling to keep up with the latest on Trump

Breakfast Briefing, 5.17.2017: Struggling to keep up with the latest on Trump

The New York Times and Washington Post are locked in an old fashioned newspaper war for the biggest scoop on the Trump administration. The latest: Tuesday's NYT report that Trump pressured former FBI director James Comey to drop the inquiry into Michael Flynn.

'Doesn't the guy own a dark suit?' 5 times Trump was quoted about his comms team

'Doesn't the guy own a dark suit?' 5 times Trump was quoted about his comms team

Reading the tea leaves for a hint on whether President Donald Trump will dismiss Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Communications Director Mike Dubke--or the entire White House comms team? Here are five times the president chatted about his press shop to members of the media.

Breakfast Briefing, 5.16.2017: Another day, another crisis for White House comms staff

Breakfast Briefing, 5.16.2017: Another day, another crisis for White House comms staff

The Washington Post's story saying President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials sent the White House communications team into overdrive on Monday. They didn't respond to the stress well, according to several reports.

Andre Banks to lead social impact practice at BerlinRosen

Andre Banks to lead social impact practice at BerlinRosen

"I'm hoping to help people figure out how to break through the noise and connect not just on the coasts, but in every part of the country," he said.

Breakfast Briefing, 5.15.2017: Melissa McCarthy roasts Spicer for third -- and last? -- time

Breakfast Briefing, 5.15.2017: Melissa McCarthy roasts Spicer for third -- and last? -- time

The comedian portrayed the White House press secretary for the third time since January, and the show got in a few jabs at his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, too.

Turkish Embassy hires Burson-Marsteller ahead of Erdogan visit

Turkish Embassy hires Burson-Marsteller ahead of Erdogan visit

The country's president, Recep Erdogan, won sweeping new powers last month in a national referendum.

Analysis

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Organizations such as the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society have teamed up to fight the latest iteration of healthcare reform in Congress.

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

"Defund Planned Parenthood" is a common rallying cry in Washington, DC, in the early months of the Trump administration. How the organization is fighting back.

How organizations targeted by the Trump budget are pushing back

How organizations targeted by the Trump budget are pushing back

Arts and science groups are using integrated marketing campaigns to help supporters reach members of Congress in what could be a make-or-break moment for many groups.

Reconnect and pick the right battles: Campaign vets outline the DNC's to-do list

Reconnect and pick the right battles: Campaign vets outline the DNC's to-do list

The Democratic National Committee's new leadership team has a lot of work ahead after Hillary Clinton's stunning November loss.

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.

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