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PR pros: The White House comms team is harming industry's reputation

PR pros: The White House comms team is harming industry's reputation

A study from USC Annenberg asked 900 PR pros about the White House comms team's performance.

Spicer's future (again) up in the air: reports

Spicer's future (again) up in the air: reports

Bloomberg has reported the administration is deciding whether to move Spicer into a "more senior role focused on strategy."

'As serious as a heart attack:' PR power players on fake news

'As serious as a heart attack:' PR power players on fake news

And some think PR is powerless to stop it.

Global Power Book: Sean Spicer is influential, but with a caveat

Global Power Book: Sean Spicer is influential, but with a caveat

Eighteen executives in the PRWeek Global Power Book named press secretary Sean Spicer when asked who the most influential PR professional in the world is, and agreed he was bad for the industry.

Mercury brings on Fernando Espuelas as co-chair

Mercury brings on Fernando Espuelas as co-chair

Espuelas has worked as a TV host, political commentator, and advertising and media executive.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.9.2017: How May lost the election; how the Diamondbacks won the hearings

Breakfast Briefing, 6.9.2017: How May lost the election; how the Diamondbacks won the hearings

And President Donald Trump is back on Twitter claiming the Comey hearings as a win.

May failed to connect as social media came into its own: PR chiefs dissect UK election

May failed to connect as social media came into its own: PR chiefs dissect UK election

After an evening of drama, PR experts discuss where the General Election was won and lost, the lessons for comms and campaigning - and the impact of the new political landscape on our industry.

Trump doesn't tweet, but allies do during Comey hearing

Trump doesn't tweet, but allies do during Comey hearing

The official GOP Twitter account, reportedly supported by 60 rapid-response staffers, as well as Donald Trump Jr. and White House social media director Dan Scavino, tweeted throughout the hearing. Here's a rundown of their most-used attack lines.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.8.2017: RNC plans counter-programming barrage during Comey testimony

Breakfast Briefing, 6.8.2017: RNC plans counter-programming barrage during Comey testimony

It's a huge news day on both sides of the Atlantic, with U.K. voters going to the polls in a snap election and many U.S. employees putting work aside for a few hours to watch James Comey's testimony. Here are several marketing angles to watch.

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Jenkins is replacing Ranny Cooper. Paul Massey is taking on the role of president of Powell Tate, and Peter Carson is moving into the position of head of public affairs for North America.

HSBC external comms and public affairs remits reassigned as Katja Hall departs

HSBC external comms and public affairs remits reassigned as Katja Hall departs

HSBC is handing its global external comms and public affairs remits to Pierre Goad and Sherard Cowper-Coles respectively, after Katja Hall announced her departure.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.5.2017: Leaders call for social media to do more to fight terror

Breakfast Briefing, 6.5.2017: Leaders call for social media to do more to fight terror

In response, one Facebook executive said the social network wants to be a "hostile environment" for terrorists.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.2.2017: CEOs no longer cowering from Trump on Twitter

Breakfast Briefing, 6.2.2017: CEOs no longer cowering from Trump on Twitter

Business executives don't seem worried about being called out on Twitter by the president anymore.

Obama administration veteran Frank Benenati joins United Airlines

Obama administration veteran Frank Benenati joins United Airlines

Benenati was most recently director of public affairs for the Environmental Protection Agency before joining the airline.

Burson plans defence and security sector push with former NATO commander

Burson plans defence and security sector push with former NATO commander

A former NATO commander is spearheading Burson-Marsteller's attempts to win more work in the defence and security sectors.

Analysis

Can the White House insulate itself from Russia questions? That depends on Trump

Can the White House insulate itself from Russia questions? That depends on Trump

The Trump administration has adopted a comms tactic from an old political adversary as it tries to contain the #RussiaGate scandal. DC-based communications pros are skeptical it will work.

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Organizations such as the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society have teamed up to fight the latest iteration of healthcare reform in Congress.

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

"Defund Planned Parenthood" is a common rallying cry in Washington, DC, in the early months of the Trump administration. How the organization is fighting back.

How organizations targeted by the Trump budget are pushing back

How organizations targeted by the Trump budget are pushing back

Arts and science groups are using integrated marketing campaigns to help supporters reach members of Congress in what could be a make-or-break moment for many groups.

Reconnect and pick the right battles: Campaign vets outline the DNC's to-do list

Reconnect and pick the right battles: Campaign vets outline the DNC's to-do list

The Democratic National Committee's new leadership team has a lot of work ahead after Hillary Clinton's stunning November loss.

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.