Six things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 4.29.2015

PRWeek Global Awards winners revealed; Hillary Clinton to address criminal justice reform; Twitter's earnings disappoint.

Weber Shandwick won Global Agency of the Year at last night’s second annual PRWeek Global Awards in London, which celebrates the best in PR from around the world. MSLGroup, working with Procter & Gamble’s Always, won Campaign of the Year for #LikeAGirl, which also picked up the top award in the Global Brand, Healthcare, Product Brand Development, and Global Citizenship categories. #LikeAGirl was also a big winner at the PRWeek US Awards in March.

Hillary Clinton will deliver a speech about criminal justice reform on Wednesday, her first major policy address since announcing her 2016 presidential bid. Speaking at an event at Columbia University, Clinton will call for an "end to the era of mass incarceration" and an overhaul to a system that disproportionately targets black men. She will propose changes such as more support for mental health and drug treatment, and body cameras for every police department to increase transparency. The speech comes amid unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died in police custody. Clinton addressed the tensions in Baltimore during a fundraising event on Tuesday.

Twitter’s first-quarter earnings were leaked early yesterday by financial analytics firm Selerity, causing the social media company to ask the New York Stock Exchange to temporarily halt trading while it published its report. The results fell short of analysts’ expectations and the company’s forecasts, with revenue growing by 74% to $436 million. User growth also slowed down. Twitter shares fell 18% after the report. "Management will again have to address credibility concerns," wrote RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahoney in a note to investors.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is implementing a hiring freeze. Executive chairman Jack Ma told staff the company has "developed too quickly," and Alibaba will only replace employees who leave. The company is due to report its earnings on May 7.

Bud Light apologized and withdrew a slogan from its Up for Whatever campaign after the tagline triggered a wave of protests on social media. The label read, "The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night." Critics said it evoked an alcohol-fueled rape culture on college campuses.

Hulu has struck a deal to stream reruns of Seinfeld, one of the biggest programming acquisitions in the company’s history. Other bidders for the sitcom included Amazon and Yahoo. Netflix initially expressed interest but later went after Friends instead.

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