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FEMA retains Ogilvy joint venture for $250 million IDIQ contract

FEMA retains Ogilvy joint venture for $250 million IDIQ contract

The partnership between the WPP agency and Michael Baker International will focus on risk communication and community engagement.

The Vaccine Project Newsletter: So much hanging in the balance

The Vaccine Project Newsletter: So much hanging in the balance

This edition of the Vaccine Project Newsletter is 2,716 words long and will take eight minutes to read.

Washington Post’s Anne Gearan to join Finsbury Glover Hering

Washington Post’s Anne Gearan to join Finsbury Glover Hering

The veteran journalist who has covered four administrations will join FGH as a partner in DC.

Phil Elwood joins Ogilvy as North America MD of corporate media and issues

Phil Elwood joins Ogilvy as North America MD of corporate media and issues

Elwood was previously a MD at SEC Newgate and has worked across industry sectors including tech, health, retail and financial services.

Bully Pulpit Interactive hires Northrop Grumman alum Yolanda Murphy as MD

Bully Pulpit Interactive hires Northrop Grumman alum Yolanda Murphy as MD

Murphy will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC, office.

Sandy Hook Promise shows real gun violence victims who lost their ‘Teenage Dream’

Sandy Hook Promise shows real gun violence victims who lost their ‘Teenage Dream’

The powerful PSA, created by BBDO New York, puts a somber spin on Katy Perry’s hit song.

Precision hires crisis expert Mitchell Schwenz as SVP

Precision hires crisis expert Mitchell Schwenz as SVP

Schwenz was previously senior director at APCO Worldwide.

Dentons Global Advisors hires partners from Edelman, Finsbury and Milltown

Dentons Global Advisors hires partners from Edelman, Finsbury and Milltown

Dentons Global Advisors has made a trio of senior hires in the UK and US with the appointment of Ryan Toohey, Humza Vanderman and Yim Wong as partners.

How communicators can reach the vaccine-hesitant

How communicators can reach the vaccine-hesitant

Those who are skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine or refuse to get one altogether are politically disengaged, and therefore best reached through unconventional channels.

Obama campaign manager’s firm, Messina Group, acquires Segal Communications

Obama campaign manager’s firm, Messina Group, acquires Segal Communications

The acquisition expands the Messina Group's West Coast presence and strengthens its strategic comms capabilities.

VIP StarNetwork partners with NYPD and National Action Network on COVID-19 vaccine push

VIP StarNetwork partners with NYPD and National Action Network on COVID-19 vaccine push

The mobile health company hosted a Brooklyn block party to reach communities of color.

UK-based Alva teams up with US policy, public affairs shops

UK-based Alva teams up with US policy, public affairs shops

The partnerships, bolstered by investment in Alva from Falfurrias Capital Partners, follows investments the firm made in both Ballast Research and HPS

9/11 Memorial & Museum wants the next generation to ‘Never Forget’ on 20th anniversary

9/11 Memorial & Museum wants the next generation to ‘Never Forget’ on 20th anniversary

The PSA campaign launches in conjunction with The Never Forget Fund, a new fund supporting 9/11 educational programs.

Comms pros react to Biden’s Afghanistan speech: 'Too little, too late'

Comms pros react to Biden’s Afghanistan speech: 'Too little, too late'

What industry experts were saying before and after the president’s statement.

‘Don’t blame others and pat yourself on the back’: PR pros react to Cuomo resignation speech

Analysis

Facebook is once again failing at crisis response. Will it matter this time?

Facebook is once again failing at crisis response. Will it matter this time?

Experts say the company’s point-by-point rebuttal of a Wall Street Journal investigation is missing the point: empathy.

No crisis plan for this: PR pros recall how 9/11 shaped their lives and careers

No crisis plan for this: PR pros recall how 9/11 shaped their lives and careers

For many, the images of the day are still fresh and informing the work they do today.

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.

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.