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Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Philip Peck, one of the Bell Pottinger staffers who worked on its infamous Oakbay account, has been hired by Sans Frontières Associates, PRWeek has learned.

Beyoncé lends protest anthem to Project Everyone campaign for girls' equality

Beyoncé lends protest anthem to Project Everyone campaign for girls' equality

A chorus of girls raise their voices to Beyoncé's protest song 'Freedom' in a campaign launching on International Day of the Girl to back the U.N.'s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Monica Lewinsky stars in 'Real Life' anti-bullying PSA

Monica Lewinsky stars in 'Real Life' anti-bullying PSA

Lewinsky worked with Dini von Mueffling Communications and BBDO on the video.

How 6 women's health organizations responded to the birth control mandate rollback

How 6 women's health organizations responded to the birth control mandate rollback

The Trump administration widened the range of exemptions on Friday that employers can claim to end coverage of contraceptives.

How 6 gun advocacy groups reacted to the Las Vegas massacre

How 6 gun advocacy groups reacted to the Las Vegas massacre

Pro-gun and gun-control advocates have ramped up their messaging since a mass shooting took the lives of 59 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Army miscues blamed for McCann dismissal from $4b account pitch

Army miscues blamed for McCann dismissal from $4b account pitch

In newly released details of last month's decision to sustain McCann's protest of its dismissal from the lucrative pitch, the GAO cited several mistakes made by the Armed Forces branch. Weber Shandwick has worked with McCann on the account.

Breakfast Briefing, 10.2.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning

Authorities are using social media to communicate with the public after a mass shooting in Las Vegas left 50 dead overnight.

Breakfast Briefing, 9.29.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning

Breakfast Briefing, 9.29.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning

Where to get free coffee today; Twitter's Russia briefings called "inadequate"; Elon Musk's new plan for rocket travel between cities; Judge rules Black Lives Matter social movement, hashtags can't be sued; and other news to know this morning.

Veterans' organizations speak out on #TakeAKnee

Veterans' organizations speak out on #TakeAKnee

VoteVets and The American Legion took opposing stances on the NFL players' protests on Sunday.

Uber loses licence in London

Uber loses licence in London

Transport for London has refused to renew Uber's private hire license to operate in London because it is "not fit and proper" and has demonstrated a "lack of corporate responsibility."

Marketers react: Uber may deserve to lose license but it sends the wrong message about London

Marketers react: Uber may deserve to lose license but it sends the wrong message about London

Uber's past behavior hasn't helped its case with Transport for London but does revoking its license send the wrong message about the capital?

Breakfast Briefing, 9.22.2017: London transit authority deletes Uber

Breakfast Briefing, 9.22.2017: London transit authority deletes Uber

But the ride-hailing company has three weeks to appeal the decision.

Edelman gets ex-Number 10 adviser and Sun journalist Craig Woodhouse as director

Edelman gets ex-Number 10 adviser and Sun journalist Craig Woodhouse as director

Craig Woodhouse, formerly a senior political journalist and latterly a press aide to the Prime Minister, will join Edelman UK next month.

Francis Ingham: Bell Pottinger expulsion not enjoyable; 'toughest' decision ever for PRCA

Francis Ingham: Bell Pottinger expulsion not enjoyable; 'toughest' decision ever for PRCA

PRCA director general Francis Ingham will tell delegates at the association's national conference this morning (22 September) that expelling Bell Pottinger was the "toughest decision the PRCA has ever made".

Theresa May to challenge Google, Facebook in front of UN

Theresa May to challenge Google, Facebook in front of UN

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to tell the world's technology giants that they must do more to remove extremist content at the United Nations general assembly on Wednesday.

Analysis

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

As the debate around ethical practice in PR continues, have trade bodies done enough to rid the sector of bad eggs and enhance its overall reputation? And what does it say about the value of associations to the industry in general? PR pros give their views.

Lessons from Katrina: How FEMA learned to focus its disaster messages

Lessons from Katrina: How FEMA learned to focus its disaster messages

The government disaster-assistance agency had a busy summer responding to hurricanes in the Southeast and Texas and wildfires in the West. Here's how it's changed communications strategy in the past dozen years.

'You must leave any association'; Experts urge brands to break with Trump

'You must leave any association'; Experts urge brands to break with Trump

No longer scared of the president's attacks on Twitter, companies are publicly breaking with Donald Trump over his remarks after last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Corporate communications experts are cheering them on.

No, Trump TV isn't the beginning of North Korea-style state media

No, Trump TV isn't the beginning of North Korea-style state media

But it is a new take on the tried-and-true tactic of going around the media, this time with a Trumpian twist.

Why the coming fight over tax policy will have an '80s beat

Why the coming fight over tax policy will have an '80s beat

Cut taxes? Or solidify social programs? Advocacy organizations are pulling out all the stops for the upcoming tax-reform debate.

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.