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SNL puts Sean Spicer (back) in a bunny suit for Hitler comments

An Easter treat for everyone: Melissa McCarthy yells at kids at an Easter egg roll.
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16 Apr 2017 | 7:13 am PDT

FDA awards $625m tobacco-education contract to FCB-Rescue partnership

The five-year contract went into effect this week. Work will include traditional and paid media, social media, mobile, community outreach, and partnerships with organizations.
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14 Apr 2017 | 9:15 am PDT

Your call: How long will Sean Spicer last as White House press secretary?

Weeks or months? Or out by Easter? Vote below or tweet at @prweekus with your vote.
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14 Apr 2017 | 6:20 am PDT

FEMA taps VR to bring flooding risks to life

The government agency teamed with Ogilvy and Brightline Interactive to develop the virtual reality program, called Immersed, for educating local officials.
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12 Apr 2017 | 10:43 am PDT

Build the wall? The reputational questions never end for companies considering it

The most controversial government project in recent memory is a quagmire of questions about reputation, stockholder and activist anger, and media coverage for contractors applying for the work.
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7 Apr 2017 | 7:14 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 4.7.2017: World reacts to U.S. airstrikes in Syria

Foreign leaders and global markets are reacting to President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes in Syria on Thursday night, while opponents of the president are re-publishing his old tweets opposing military action in the country.
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7 Apr 2017 | 4:04 am PDT

Design agency uses secret weapon to press Congress on Trump's budget: The fax

Use All Five is faxing art to Congress to try to save funding for the National Endowment for the Arts with its Artifax push.
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5 Apr 2017 | 9:29 am PDT

Aaron Sherinian joins Aga Khan Development Network as global comms head

Sherinian is departing the U.N. Foundation on June 1.
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3 Apr 2017 | 5:07 am PDT

8 questions: Shannon Watts on United's PR strategy and #LeggingsGate

"[United] is a great company that has a poor PR and female communications strategy," says Watts, who chatted with PRWeek to explain why she ignited this debate and how she thinks United should have responded.
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31 Mar 2017 | 10:28 am PDT

LGBT groups rally to fight 'backroom deal' HB2 repeal

The organizations say the repeal bill does not go far enough to get rid of the state's so-called "bathroom bill," which was passed a year ago.
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30 Mar 2017 | 9:09 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 3.30.2017: NC lawmakers reach 'bathroom bill' compromise

However, LGBT groups aren't happy with the bill, saying it's only window dressing.
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30 Mar 2017 | 4:09 am PDT

What 'Trump in a truck' means for the American Trucking Associations

Mocking memes or not, the 'Trump Truck' event was a net positive for the American Trucking Associations, said EVP of communications and public affairs Sue Hensley.
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29 Mar 2017 | 9:49 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 3.28.2017: Environmental groups get ready for executive order

Groups including the Sierra Club are calling for emergency action on Tuesday morning in anticipation of a White House executive order rolling back several Obama-era policies.
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28 Mar 2017 | 4:04 am PDT

Targeted Victory hires Direct Impact CEO Connie Partoyan as president

Partoyan is joining the firm to lead its new corporate practice.
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24 Mar 2017 | 11:29 am PDT

JPA launches Coalition to Save NIH Funding

The agency, which specializes in healthcare and public affairs, wants organizations to come together to show the importance of NIH medical research funding.
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23 Mar 2017 | 10:02 am PDT

Trek Bicycle brings on M Booth as PR AOR to promote rider safety message

M Booth is responsible for the company's earned media, social media, events, and thought leadership efforts.
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23 Mar 2017 | 8:37 am PDT

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.23.2017

The latest on the London attack; Verizon, AT&T join Google ad boycott; Mercury names six agency leaders as partners; Nominations open for PRWeek's 40 Under 40 2017; and other news to know.
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23 Mar 2017 | 3:21 am PDT

Mercury elevates six MDs to partner

Six MDs in California, New York, and Washington, D.C., have been named partner at the firm.
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22 Mar 2017 | 1:23 pm PDT

Wait Wait... Don't Cut Me! campaign fights arts, public media cuts

Wait Wait... Don't Cut Me! was launched by Creative Majority PAC, Revolution Messaging, and Los Angeles-based PR agency TaskForce.
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22 Mar 2017 | 8:26 am PDT

Women's March co-chair Bob Bland on communicating about gender equality

Women's March co-chair Bob Bland; Isabel González Whitaker, deputy editor at Billboard magazine; and Burson's Alan Sexton discussed the best way to communicate about women's issues at a panel Tuesday.
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21 Mar 2017 | 1:40 pm PDT

Viacom hands comms reins to Julia Phelps

Phelps most recently served as EVP of comms for Viacom International Media Networks.
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21 Apr 2017 | 7:50 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 4.21.2017: Uber aims to wrap up investigation by Memorial Day

The inquiry began in February after former engineer Susan Fowler's blog post.
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21 Apr 2017 | 4:20 am PDT

McDonald's quietly builds a team of in-house 'storytellers'

The fast-food chain is forming a team of "creative, innovative, and disciplined storytellers" with the aim of changing perceptions of its brand, according to a job post.
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19 Apr 2017 | 11:07 am PDT

Cision brings on former Nasdaq VP Michael Piispanen as COO

The company also named Pat Galvin as chief revenue officer for the U.S.
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19 Apr 2017 | 8:04 am PDT

Brands' integrated briefs on rise but still not enough for agencies

Global brands are sending out more integrated briefs to pitch than three years ago, but agencies say there are still too many briefs with specific channels or outputs in mind.
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19 Apr 2017 | 7:31 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 4.18.2017: Another top exec steps out of Uber

One of the executives behind Uber's self-driving car program has departed, the company said Monday.
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18 Apr 2017 | 4:02 am PDT

PR firm Kreab accused over Estée Lauder heir 'fake news' smear campaign

International PR agency Kreab has been accused of establishing a think-tank to publish "fake news" about Ronald Lauder, heir to the Estée Lauder cosmetics business.
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18 Apr 2017 | 1:25 am PDT

Brunswick set to open fifth US office in Chicago led by consumer industries specialist

Brunswick is opening its fifth US office in Chicago, led by New York partner Jayne Rosefield with Edelman alumnus Christopher Hannegan.
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18 Apr 2017 | 12:47 am PDT

Jenny Dervin joins Pratt & Whitney from Qatar Airways

Dervin is serving as head of media bureau and strategic messaging for the United Technologies subsidiary.
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17 Apr 2017 | 7:58 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 4.17.2017: United crisis prompts policy changes at airlines

Three airlines have changed their policies to give customers a little more security that they won't be violently dragged from their seats.
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17 Apr 2017 | 3:57 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 4.14.2017: United pilots 'infuriated' by Dao incident

The union repping the airlines' pilots wants to be clear: they're just as angry about David Dao's violent removal from a Sunday flight as everyone else.
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14 Apr 2017 | 3:53 am PDT

United has 'destroyed' its brand among furious Chinese

Chinese consumers are unlikely to forget the manhandling incident anytime soon.
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12 Apr 2017 | 7:25 am PDT

Ketchum global corporate lead Rod Cartwright to leave firm

Rod Cartwright, who has lead Ketchum's global corporate practice from its London office for nearly six years, is leaving the firm next month.
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12 Apr 2017 | 7:09 am PDT

Oscar Munoz on GMA: 'I did not express the proper sentiment initially'

In his first television interview since passenger David Dao's removal from a Sunday flight, the United Airlines CEO again said he felt "shame" about the incident.
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12 Apr 2017 | 6:32 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 4.12.2017: Whetstone out at Uber

The former Google executive has left the embattled ride-hailing company as it faces a series of scandals.
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12 Apr 2017 | 4:03 am PDT

What should United Airlines do next? 6 crisis experts weigh in

Can United bounce back and fix its reputation? Here's what six experts said.
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11 Apr 2017 | 10:55 am PDT

United Airlines needs to do better

The airline's communications response to Flight 3411 so far is tone deaf and is doing nothing to resolve the situation.
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11 Apr 2017 | 9:25 am PDT

Sprint corporate comms head Doug Michelman to lead 1Million Project

David Tovar, VP of corporate communications, will step into Doug Michelman's role as SVP of corporate comms.
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11 Apr 2017 | 8:55 am PDT

McDonald's honors Al Golin

McDonald's told the story of the brand's relationship with the Golin founder and thanked him and his family on Facebook and Twitter.
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11 Apr 2017 | 7:48 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing, 4.11.2017: Twitter users pick new slogans for United

Maybe "Fly the Friendly Skies" isn't a great fit for the airline anymore.
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11 Apr 2017 | 3:45 am PDT
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