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Fri., Oct. 21, 2016
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
By Patrick Hirigoyen
Patrick HirigoyenIf Thursday night’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is any indication, our two presidential candidates share a needed room for improvement in one important category: humor.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016
PR Lessons From the Political Campaign
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonThe Donald Trump/Billy Bush “Access Hollywood” saga offers several truisms that apply to the PR profession today. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
By Robert Dilenschneider
Robert DilenschneiderClinton or Trump will invoke “executive privilege,” “executive orders” and “executive actions” to advance their agenda, but each of these is quite different. (2 reader comment)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Why the VP Debate Could be a Four-Year Story
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonDespite pundits' declarations, the October 4 vice presidential debate won't fade from relevance anytime soon. (1 reader comment)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Words Mean Things
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickDonald Trump's response to years-old references he made to women is an indication of the candidate's overall communications strategy. (12 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016
Trump is Running Out of Time to Sell His Story
By Bodine Williams
Bodine WilliamsHollywood could not have produced a better trailer for the second presidential debate than a 2005 video from the vaults of NBC. (6 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016
Becoming a Well-Informed Voter
By Arthur Solomon

arthur solomonA guide for paying attention to the candidates and the issues during what has been called the most important election of a lifetime. (13 reader comments)

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Sep. 29, 2016
Trump Must Check Habit of Personalizing Responses
By Bodine Williams
Bodine WilliamsTrump lost the debate because he failed to pivot from “I” to the presidential ”we” which made the evening more about him than the American people. (3 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Sep. 23, 2016
The Bully Pulpit Isnít for Bullies
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickAmerica presents a platform every four years for worthy political opponents to debate and articulate their plans for the nation’s future. It’s not, as the name suggests, intended to be a forum for bullies.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Sep. 23, 2016
Election PR Opportunity: Show Who Benefits!
By Ronald N. Levy
Ronald N. LevyTrump and Clinton must argue not that what they want is more fair, but that it will give the public more benefits. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Sep. 22, 2016
How Hillary Wins the Debates
By Fraser Seitel
Fraser P. Seitel What Hillary Clinton must do to win the upcoming Presidential debates with Donald Trump. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Sep. 21, 2016
Cable TV: Not on Top of the News
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonYou don’t have to be an experienced journalist to know that cable TV breaks few news stories.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Sep. 12, 2016
What ĎAilesí Trump Might Get Him Elected
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickHow former Fox News head Roger Ailes could affect Donald Trump’s performance during the presidential debates this fall.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Sep. 6, 2016
Anticipating Drama for the Presidential Debates
By Joe Honick

Joe HonickPerformance is set to parallel content during the upcoming Presidential debates.

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Sep. 1, 2016
Have We Forgotten How to Think Critically?
By Jon Gingerich
Jon GingerichWe have more information at our disposal than any time in history. So why do so many of us remain so uninformed on current events?
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016
Donald Trump's 'Apology'
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonDonald's Trump's quasi-apology in North Carolina Aug. 18 for sometimes saying "the wrong thing" was a mistake.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
The Commonality Of PR People And Donald Trump
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonThere's no doubt that PR people are kindred to Donald J. Trump. Here's why. (1 reader comment)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
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Fri., Dec. 2
Wearing Blinders: The Sports Sponsors Playbook
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Thu., Dec. 1
A Vote is Only the Beginning of Democracy
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Tue., Nov. 29
Taxes and Identity Theft
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Tue., Nov. 29
Storyshowing 2.0: Catering to Instantaneous Need
By Rory Schaff
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Mon., Nov. 28
Anti-Trump Journalist Group Has Banquet Sans Humble Pie
By Jack O'Dwyer
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Mon., Nov. 28
The Art of Trump’s Failed NYT Deal
By Eric Starkman
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Mon., Nov. 28
Lufthansa Flies Into PR Nightmare
By Ronn Torossian
Ronn Torossian

Mon., Nov. 28
Matching the Vision of PR Buyers with PR Sellers
By Rick Gould
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Mon., Nov. 28
Corporations Look to White House for Top Comms. Pros
By Nick Kalm
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Wed., Nov. 23
Double Spaces Are Dead. Here’s Why You Should Care
By Rachel Thomas
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Mon., Nov. 28
Rhode Island Issues RFPs
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

Tue., Nov. 22
BK Navy Yard Wants Site Redesign
By Jon Gingerich
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

Fri, Nov. 11
Barbados Tourism Looks for Agency of Record in US
Barbados RFP

Fri., Nov. 4
Vidalia Onion Committee Requests Marketing Proposals
Vidalia Onion Committee

Thu., Nov. 3
Wiki Education Foundation Wants Communications Help
Wiki Education Foundation

Fri., Oct. 28
AR Dept. of Parks and Tourism Seeks AOR
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Thu., Oct. 20
Santa Monica Seeks Marketing Help
Santa Monica

Mon., Oct. 17
Redmond, WA Wants Creative Services
City of Redmond

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