Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Monday morning

The PRWeek Hall of Fame's newest class; WPP freezes hiring; What Republicans would much rather be talking about on midterm election eve.

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Here’s a primer on the six industry legends who are set to be inducted into the PRWeek U.S. Hall of Fame next month, including one honoree’s advice to her 20-year-old self: "Eat the cheeseburger, moisturize, and don’t sweat the small stuff." Go here for Q&As with all six of the Hall of Fame’s newest members.

WPP has put a hiring freeze into effect through early next year. Instead of bringing on 2,000 new staffers, managers at the world’s largest marketing services holding company have been told to stop recruiting immediately, according to Bloomberg. WPP reported disappointing Q3 results last month, though PR outperformed other sectors.

NBC is feeling the heat from both sides of the political divide this morning. Critics want Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson to apologize for a lame and tasteless joke made about a Republican congressional candidate from Texas, who wears an eyepatch due to injuries suffered while serving in Afghanistan. Others are upset it aired an ad, which was deemed to be racist by some networks, about the migrant caravan in Mexico during Sunday Night Football.

On that note… Some congressional Republicans would much rather be talking about booming economic numbers than demonizing migrants. GOP candidates are concerned the Trump-driven messaging about the caravan could have an adverse effect on their chances in Tuesday’s midterms, according to Politico.

Amazon has reportedly held very detailed discussions with officials in Crystal City, Virginia, about placing its second headquarters in the Washington, D.C., suburb. Talks have included how and when the much anticipated HQ2 selection would be announced to the public.

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