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(Real) White House resurrects (fictional) West Wing press secretary for anti-drug message

The press secretary from the real West Wing met the fictional one for a serious message at Friday's press briefing.
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29 Apr 2016 | 11:32 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.29.2016

Protesters disrupt traffic outside Trump event in California; Brands try for the spotlight at the NFL Draft; Volkswagen CEO apologizes to Obama; Clinton sends 'woman cards' to her supporters; Emergency approval granted for first commercial Zika test.
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29 Apr 2016 | 3:42 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.26.2016

'Acela primaries;' Kelly Ripa returns to 'Live!' Mitsubishi investigates 25 years of faulty fuel-economy data; Twitter makes it easier to report multiple instances of abuse; Charter-Time Warner deal moves along.
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26 Apr 2016 | 3:47 am PDT

McBee Strategic heads up digital practice with Garth Moore

Moore previously worked at the One Campaign.
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25 Apr 2016 | 8:06 am PDT

Watch: The Guardian teams up with Patrick Stewart for Pythonesque EU parody

The Guardian has released a sketch entitled 'What has the ECHR ever done for us?' starring Patrick Stewart as the battle between pro- and anti-EU campaigners heats up.
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25 Apr 2016 | 7:53 am PDT

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Ruwan Kodikara will join Amazon UK as its senior manager of corporate comms next month.
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25 Apr 2016 | 7:07 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 4.25.2016

Kasich and Cruz team up; HBO fixes streaming errors during Game of Thrones premiere; Critics praise Lemonade; Trump comments at odds with those of convention guru; Snapchat's role in the 2016 election.
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25 Apr 2016 | 3:44 am PDT

Five global agencies pitch for Chinese government brief

Five global agencies have made pitches to China's State Council Information Office for work on a potential campaign to improve the country's image, the news agency Reuters reports.
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22 Apr 2016 | 5:10 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.22.2016

China hears out U.S. PR agencies for image-boosting account; Interpublic earnings; Brands flub Prince tributes; Uber settles critical class-action lawsuits; Earth Day 2016.
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22 Apr 2016 | 3:53 am PDT

Direct Impact promotes Connie Partoyan to top job

The seven-year veteran of Direct Impact was upped to CEO last month.
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20 Apr 2016 | 12:31 pm PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 4.20.2016

Clinton, Trump win New York; E.U sues Google; McDonald's tests new Big Mac sizes; Target's inclusive move on store bathrooms.
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20 Apr 2016 | 3:44 am PDT

Twitter on the back foot over new China MD's credentials

Concerns have been expressed over Kathy Chen's military background and tweets embracing Chinese state media.
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18 Apr 2016 | 10:03 pm PDT

Disney ups Rena Langley to public affairs SVP, replacing Brian Besanceney

Besanceney left the company to join Wal-Mart at the beginning of this month as chief communications officer and SVP.
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15 Apr 2016 | 10:04 am PDT

Your call: Between Clinton and Sanders, who won the ninth Democratic debate?

The two faced off in a heated exchange in Brooklyn.
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15 Apr 2016 | 8:29 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.15.2016

Clinton, Sanders face off in Brooklyn debate; Twitter names first China market leader; Microsoft sues Justice Department over secret searches; Verizon says strike is slowing down orders.
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15 Apr 2016 | 3:47 am PDT

Troubled German airport's PR man 'sacked for straight-talking interview'

A press spokesman for Berlin's delayed new airport has left his job after reportedly telling a trade magazine that plans for the development were "screwed up" and that "billions of euros had gone down the drain".
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14 Apr 2016 | 6:19 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 4.14.2016

Sanders, Clinton to debate for final time tonight; Media reports say Trump campaign manager won't be charged for altercation with Breitbart reporter; Oxfam accuses biggest U.S. companies of hiding trillions offshore; Former Reuters journalist gets two years in jail for hacking.
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14 Apr 2016 | 3:54 am PDT

8 tweets equally in favor of ending the pay gap on #EqualPayDay

Companies and organizations took to Twitter to call attention to the wage gap between men and women and showcase their efforts toward pay equity.
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12 Apr 2016 | 1:29 pm PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.12.2016

#EqualPayDay; F8; Anti-LGBT counseling bill advances in Tennessee; Study: 40% of NFL veterans suffer traumatic brain injury; CDC ratchets up Zika response.
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12 Apr 2016 | 3:43 am PDT

Young Arabs increasingly reject ISIS and call for regional stability: ASDA'A BM study

Ever greater numbers of Arab youth are spurning the extremist group and believe it will fail, despite it being their biggest concern, according to an ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller report.
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11 Apr 2016 | 10:57 pm PDT

RF|Binder adds Edelman's Aman Singh as brand purpose senior managing editor

She started in the role this week, reporting to Scott Beaudoin, who joined the firm in January as chief strategy officer and executive MD of the corporate and brand purpose practice.
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29 Apr 2016 | 8:06 am PDT

Cisco veteran Melissa Selcher joins LinkedIn

She had served in numerous roles at Cisco since joining the company in 2008.
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29 Apr 2016 | 7:54 am PDT

Take Your Kid to Work Day might be distracting, but these 9 brands show why they embrace it

Brands used the national day to inspire children, showcase workplace flexibility and employee perks, and playfully engage consumers.
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28 Apr 2016 | 10:32 am PDT

News agency and PR firm 72 Point's owner admits 'tension' between sister firms

The owner of a UK newswire agency that incorporates transatlantic agency 72 Point has admitted that "tension" exists between the two businesses after reporters were sent a memo asking them to weigh up the effect of negative news stories about PR clients.
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28 Apr 2016 | 5:44 am PDT

PR pros: Target's brand is loud and clear

As the retailer stays on target in messaging -- with near silence -- in the face of a growing boycott, PR pros analyze the brand and its low-key response, including Deborah Hamilton, who handles PR for the boycott's organizer.
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27 Apr 2016 | 12:14 pm PDT

Omnicom unveils offering One Hundred to aid nonprofits' philanthropic efforts

One Hundred comprises the following agencies from across the DAS portfolio of brands: Changing Our World, Critical Mass, Interbrand, Ketchum, Porter Novelli, and Russ Reid.
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27 Apr 2016 | 12:05 pm PDT

Arizona State University hires former Edelman CEO Hass as comms professor

Hass says he aims to impart more business thinking and awareness to students going into careers in PR.
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27 Apr 2016 | 10:47 am PDT

Data from 200,000 offshore firms in Panama Papers to be made public next month

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will publish a searchable database next month with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that formed part of its Panama Papers investigation into widespread tax avoidance.
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27 Apr 2016 | 1:00 am PDT

ISEBOX survey: Corporate newsrooms are a drag

Updated and accurate contact information for phone and email topped the list of a corporate newsroom's most important features followed by the ability to easily view and download media content. Both areas were cited as those in most need of improvement
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26 Apr 2016 | 10:50 am PDT

Corporate crisis? There's an app for that

Ogilvy PR has teamed up with RockDove on an app that will help organizations manage the first hours of a corporate crisis.
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26 Apr 2016 | 9:38 am PDT

Elliot Sloane hands reins of eponymous firm to Darren Brandt, Whit Clay

Six years after Sloane & Company was acquired by MDC Partners, founder Elliot Sloane is stepping aside.
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25 Apr 2016 | 10:57 am PDT

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Ruwan Kodikara will join Amazon UK as its senior manager of corporate comms next month.
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25 Apr 2016 | 7:07 am PDT

Tyson brings on food industry veteran Felicia Collins as corp comms VP

Collins is a veteran of Ventura Foods and Edelman, where she worked on the Wal-Mart foods account.
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22 Apr 2016 | 10:37 am PDT

Cohn & Wolfe brings on McCaffery as Atlanta office MD

McCaffery stepped into the role in February.
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22 Apr 2016 | 9:28 am PDT

Visa comms chief Michele Quintaglie to step down

The company is searching for a replacement for Quintaglie, who joined Visa in 2014 following the departure of Doug Michelman.
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21 Apr 2016 | 7:41 am PDT

Porter Novelli's Darlan Monterisi to top comms role at CA Technologies

The Omnicom Group agency's New York office leader will join CA on May 9.
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21 Apr 2016 | 6:37 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 4.21.2016

Volkswagen agrees to deal with U.S. authorities; Trump professionalizes campaign ahead of convention, general election; ESPN fires Curt Schilling for latest offensive comments; Facebook unveils group calls for Messenger; Barbie sales drop again in the first quarter.
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21 Apr 2016 | 3:40 am PDT

Target emphasizes support for inclusivity with transgender bathroom policy

Target reiterated that it "welcomes" transgender employees and customers to use the bathrooms and dressing rooms corresponding to their gender identity.
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20 Apr 2016 | 11:52 am PDT

Hudson's Bay Company invests in new comms team amid international expansion

The company bought Galeria Kaufhof last summer to expand into Europe and acquired online retailer Gilt early this year.
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19 Apr 2016 | 11:02 am PDT

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove to headline 2016 PRWeek Conference

GE CMO Linda Boff and CCO Deirdre Latour will also share strategy at the October event
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19 Apr 2016 | 5:55 am PDT
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