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Breakfast Briefing: White House considers shrinking communications staff

Breakfast Briefing: White House considers shrinking communications staff

Plus: A key executive is leaving United Airlines.

GDPR and direct marketing: an opportunity for PR and comms?

GDPR and direct marketing: an opportunity for PR and comms?

The impact of GDPR on the direct marketing industry could present a huge opportunity for the PR and comms industry to meet clients' needs in a brave new world.

6 questions for American Gaming Association's Sara Slane on sports betting decision

6 questions for American Gaming Association's Sara Slane on sports betting decision

Slane, AGA's SVP of public affairs, sat down with PRWeek to talk about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down an act banning legal sports gambling in most of the country, following the association's campaign to legalize sports betting.

Weber Shandwick UK head of corporate, financial and public affairs leaves after 21 years

Weber Shandwick UK head of corporate, financial and public affairs leaves after 21 years

Jon McLeod, the chair of Weber Shandwick's UK corporate, financial and public affairs practice, as well as of its Manchester office, is leaving the company after putting in place various new hires in the areas he oversees.

Why Chicago hopes this installation will spark discussion around gun crime

Why Chicago hopes this installation will spark discussion around gun crime

A row of 10 replica rifles have been installed in a bike-sharing station in Chicago to show how easy it is obtain a weapon.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires George Tagg to lead new global government, public sector practice

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires George Tagg to lead new global government, public sector practice

Tagg previously served as an adviser for the State and Defense departments.

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

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

A big optics win for Trump; Ford halts production on its most popular brand; More from AT&T, Novartis on Cohen payments.

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman has created two brand and social purpose roles in its UK team, with the new practice represented on its executive committee.

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

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

Netflix gave five stars to a tweet from the Senate majority leader's office. Plus: the Mormon Church has cut ties with Boy Scouts of America.

Sorrell praises Trump economy, warns about Amazon, China

Sorrell praises Trump economy, warns about Amazon, China

The former WPP CEO shared his view on technology, the economy, and politics on Tuesday at Techonomy NYC 18.

Andrew Bowins joins Entertainment Software Association as SVP

Andrew Bowins joins Entertainment Software Association as SVP

His team is overseeing partnerships, events, media outreach, and digital and online comms.

Breakfast Briefing: United Airlines hires Josh Earnest as comms chief

Breakfast Briefing: United Airlines hires Josh Earnest as comms chief

The White House press secretary under former President Barack Obama will start at the airline this month.

Marcomms pros: Cambridge Analytica will launch under new brand

Marcomms pros: Cambridge Analytica will launch under new brand

Twittersphere cynical about data firm's decision to shut its doors after media siege.

Edelman hires Joe Lockhart as vice chairman, public affairs

Edelman hires Joe Lockhart as vice chairman, public affairs

Lockhart has been White House press secretary for President Bill Clinton, cofounder of Glover Park Group, and, until recently, comms chief for the NFL.

Breakfast Briefing: Comey memos; Another YouTube brand safety crisis

Breakfast Briefing: Comey memos; Another YouTube brand safety crisis

Plus: What did Scandal get right about crisis comms? Email us your thoughts.

Analysis

Rudy can fail: Comms pros say Stormy strategy too late with payment truth

Rudy can fail: Comms pros say Stormy strategy too late with payment truth

The about face by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani last week isn't how communications pros would advise their clients to act.

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

The Facebook CEO did not wilt during Tuesday's marathon Senate session.

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

Students from Parkland, Florida, are impressing veteran activists as they take the gun control fight to legislators.

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

Some are going to observe a clash of cultures. Others to get a jump on the trends that will define the year. Despite the rise of populism, agency CEOs are not crossing the World Economic Forum off their to-do lists.

Ready for an uneven playing field: Marketers prep for a post-net neutrality world

Ready for an uneven playing field: Marketers prep for a post-net neutrality world

Does the end of net neutrality mean communicators will have to work harder to get their message out? Or will it be a boon in disguise for PR agencies?

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.

Commentary

'Corbyn has slowly plodded up behind May as the finish line approaches': GE Panel week six

'Corbyn has slowly plodded up behind May as the finish line approaches': GE Panel week six

The PRWeek General Election Panel draws together some of the best public affairs practitioners in the industry, from both sides of the political divide, to dissect the campaign as it unfolds between now and 8 June.

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

As a teen, I was the target of relentless bullying. Anti-gay slurs were lobbed at me daily, and I lived in constant fear of just being myself.

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Health insurance marketplace Access Health CT's CEO, Jim Wadleigh, on making a health exchange work.

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma teamed up with Marina Maher Communications to ignite conversations about facial aging across generations.

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Live Unlimited means daring to live beyond your perceived limitations and redefining what's possible, says Muscular Dystrophy Association goodwill ambassador Joe Akmakjian.

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

A mentoring gap affecting 16 million youth has a direct impact on AT&T's talent pipeline, and as a business with more than 250,000 employees, we know we can help.

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

"This generation speaks their own language. No one can speak it better than they can - so we let them do the talking."

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom VP of corporate social responsibility Ali Jannello Tuck says over the next few months, the brand will empower viewers to go out and tell their own stories and those of their communities

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

In its fourth year, the DC-based campaign has helped promote elementary school attendance, writes Alexandra Caceres

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Laura Nichols looks at how some universities reacted after a study shed light on campus sexual assaults.

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Founder and CEO of the Institute of the Economic Empowerment of Women Terry Neese on how the organization empowers women through business opportunities.

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

Inside the Planned Parenthood hashtag campaign to help dispel stigma around birth control.

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

The former Walmart comms VP on getting in front of a personal crisis and overcoming it. Plus, five reputation management must-dos.

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Public affairs experts and advocates attribute several communications factors to the campaign's success and its overwhelming public support.

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

Campaign encourages early intervention by parents because kids weigh pros and cons of alcohol as early as age 8.