Public Affairs

Latest News

TJ Ducklo resigns from White House post

TJ Ducklo resigns from White House post

Ducklo was handed a week’s suspension on Friday after Vanity Fair reported he had threatened a female reporter.

Deputy White House Press Secretary suspended for week for threatening reporter

Deputy White House Press Secretary suspended for week for threatening reporter

T.J. Ducklo reportedly said he would “destroy” a Vanity Fair reporter who was writing about his personal relationship with a journalist.

Riot Games hires Gaude Lydia Paez to lead communications

Riot Games hires Gaude Lydia Paez to lead communications

Paez is a veteran of Hulu and Fox Broadcasting.

Color of Change uses AR to replace confederate monuments with Civil Rights activists

Color of Change uses AR to replace confederate monuments with Civil Rights activists

The campaign, which will run on Instagram, celebrates Black History Month.

‘A breath of fresh air’: PR pros rate Jen Psaki’s first White House briefing

‘A breath of fresh air’: PR pros rate Jen Psaki’s first White House briefing

She even got praise from comms executives on the other side of the aisle.

New White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asks Americans what they want to know

New White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asks Americans what they want to know

The Biden administration’s top spokesperson says she will answer questions in a video this week.

Ahead of Inauguration, consumers seek bipartisanship from brands and CEOs

Ahead of Inauguration, consumers seek bipartisanship from brands and CEOs

A poll conducted by Golin shows people want to hear unifying messages from companies and leadership.

SEC Newgate buys Newington outright and merges it with sister shop

SEC Newgate buys Newington outright and merges it with sister shop

SEC Newgate has increased its stake in Newington to 100 per cent and merged it with sister shop SEC Newgate UK – the first step to rebranding all its agencies SEC Newgate by the year end, excluding consumer-focused Publicasity.

Twitter suspends Trump account permanently

Twitter suspends Trump account permanently

The handle had been a primary way of communicating with the public throughout Trump’s campaigns and term in office.

Advertisers pause media spend in wake of Capitol Hill riots

Advertisers pause media spend in wake of Capitol Hill riots

Brand safety concerns abound as the U.S. reels from Wednesday’s chaos.

Social media platforms clamp down on Trump

Social media platforms clamp down on Trump

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter take action after outgoing U.S. president stokes violence in lead up to handover of power.

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham resigns after Capitol riots

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham resigns after Capitol riots

Grisham was Trump’s third press secretary, preceding Kayleigh McEnany.

Richard Edelman: CEOs must reassure employees after Capitol Hill riot

Richard Edelman: CEOs must reassure employees after Capitol Hill riot

Edelman posted a similar message on his blog for agency employees.

Walmart apologizes to Josh Hawley after tweet calls him ‘sore loser’

Walmart apologizes to Josh Hawley after tweet calls him ‘sore loser’

The retailer said a social media manager posted it by mistake.

SKDKnickerbocker names Erin Weinstein to co-lead healthcare comms

SKDKnickerbocker names Erin Weinstein to co-lead healthcare comms

Loren Riegelhaupt also leads the agency’s healthcare work.

Analysis

A return to the Obama comms playbook? Not exactly

A return to the Obama comms playbook? Not exactly

The Biden administration will be night and day from the Trump White House, but also distinct from the last Democratic president.

How agencies are helping employees go to the polls

How agencies are helping employees go to the polls

In a year marked by uncertainty, PR firms are making Election Day slightly less stressful.

Inside Planned Parenthood’s push to stall a Supreme Court pick

Inside Planned Parenthood’s push to stall a Supreme Court pick

The organization moved quickly after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday to remind the public what’s at stake.

‘America has no one left to trust’: Former HHS comms staffers on COVID-19 report meddling

‘America has no one left to trust’: Former HHS comms staffers on COVID-19 report meddling

“You don’t renegotiate a bible when you teach it,” says one ex-HHS official.

Talk to everyone: Breaking down Fauci’s media relations strategy

Talk to everyone: Breaking down Fauci’s media relations strategy

The most trusted man in America on COVID-19 is taking his authenticity wherever Americans consume media, from Vanity Fair to Desus & Mero.

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.

News by email...