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Parody campaign tells women to 'eff urself' as abortion restrictions tighten

The campaign by Women that Fight, a coalition of advertising creatives, takes the dystopian view that women can protect themselves from abortion restrictions by abstaining from sex – and using a sex toy instead.

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PR can help fix the world’s addiction to fossil fuels

The PR industry must push back against the narrative played out at this week’s UN General Assembly where the profession was portrayed in pejorative fashion as a dark art practiced by spin doctors.

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Project Everyone pushes world leaders to achieve the UN’s Global Goals

The campaign by Accenture Song UK asks world leaders attending the UN General Assembly in New York this week to do their part in creating a sustainable world.

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Period tracker app Flo turns on ‘anonymous mode.’ Will it ease user privacy concerns?

Such measures may not totally shield users of period trackers and fertility apps from post-Roe privacy worries.

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Omnicom PR Group names Michael Fleischer DDC CEO

Fleischer assumes the top executive position with DDC founder B.R. McConnon set to exit the firm.

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Finn Partners continues shopping spree, acquires Winston Agency

WA will tap into Finn Partners’ geographic footprint, which stretches across three continents and 33 offices.

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House Democrats hold hearing on PR firms’ work for oil companies

None of the agencies under investigation attended the hearing.

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The Trust Project and Microsoft team up to fight fake news

A news literacy campaign from the global network of media organizations teaches people how to spot misinformation using Microsoft’s platforms.

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‘Try our pillowy biscuits’: Why Hardee’s is poking fun at MyPillow’s CEO

The fast-food chain quickly responded cheekily after one of its restaurants ended up at the center of a news story.

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Strategic Elements hires Kathy Didawick

Didawick worked at Blue Cross for two decades.

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Plus Communications brings on KC Jones Dennehy to boost grassroots work

Jones Dennehy will help to also lead the firm's third-party engagement work.

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Zola invites senators to vote for marriage equality

An ad styled after a wedding invitation in today’s Washington Post urges lawmakers to pass the Respect for Marriage Act.

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Booking.com hires Maryam Mujica as Americas public affairs head

Mujica was most recently Shopify’s VP of global government affairs.

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HIV, diabetes groups challenge HHS over no-copay rule

Three patient groups are contesting the national rise of a payer tactic that blocks copay discounts from counting against patients’ deductibles.

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5 things to watch post-Labor Day

With COVID-19 finally disappearing into the rear-view mirror the PR industry is returning from its summer break with plenty of items on its to-do list.

Analysis

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey with supporters of the Inflation Reduction Act outside the Capitol.

Get ready for a flood of green public affairs spending

For companies in sustainability industries, it’s time to spend, due to funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

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The government has a monkeypox comms problem

Healthcare PR experts are unimpressed by messaging about the virus, demanding more urgency and clarity as cases rise.

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Uncomfortable or not, companies have to talk to employees about abortion

Many employees are scared, or at least unsure of how state laws could affect them, and they’re looking for clarity from their employers.

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Buckle up: Even more wage inflation is coming for agencies

Employees are paying more at the pump, the grocery store and everywhere else, and they’re looking to companies to make up the difference.

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Pride 2022: Brands forge deeper connections with LGBTQ community, while activists hold them to their word

Running a Pride activation but also donating to anti-LGBTQ politicians? Activists are making sure brands can’t have it both ways.

DC Influencers

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

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

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

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

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.