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Last Updated: Fri., Jun. 14, 2019 @ 6:09 pm

Social Media Engagement Down as Facebook Use Declines

Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

FacebookThe total daily time Americans spent on social media networks took a dip last year, the result of Facebook users now spending less time on that platform, according to a recent eMarketer analysis.

ACLU Retains Raben Amid Border Crisis

Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

BorderThe Raben Group is working on behalf of the ACLU's Texas branch to lobby Congress in an effort to protect the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers and fight abuses at the U.S. border with Mexico.


O'Dwyer's Podcast

PR in the Age of Trump

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's PR Word on the Street PodcastJohn O’Dwyer and Fraser Seitel on where we stand in this new normal. The White House PR team and worst hire in the history of mankind. Will this top-of-the world team’s strategies trickle down to folks just starting their communications careers? Trump’s Achille’s heel and what he should be trumpeting about his accomplishments.

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Fulton County, GA Schools Float Marketing RFP

Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Fulton County School SystemThe Fulton County School System, the school district serving Atlanta, Georgia’s Fulton County, is looking for a marketing firm to promote a communications campaign to help teens in crisis.

SKDKnick Burnishes Prince Albert II's 'Green' Cred

Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Prince AlbertSKDKnickerbocker has signed on to promote the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its effort to protect the environment and promote sustainable development.

MPAA's Bennett Enrolls at AU

Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Matt BennettMatt Bennett, who had been executive VP, global communication at the Motion Picture Association of America since 2016, has been named VP and chief communications officer at American University, effective June 24.

LGBT Community Must Remain Vigilant

Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

By Scott Widmeyer

Scott WidmeyerThe LGBTQ community has made tremendous progress since the Stonewall uprising 50 years ago but we must remain vigilant as anti-choice forces gain strength, infringe upon women's rights and potentially threaten marriage equality.

On the Move: Kristina Adamski Joins Tilray, Cannabis Company; Travis Parman Upped at Nissan NA; Colton Henson and Maggie McNerney Shift to Dezenhall Resources

Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Kristina AdamskiKristina Adamski, who was Nissan North America's VP-corporate communications, has joined Tilray Inc., a cannabis enterprise...Travis Parman takes VP–communications North America and international communications and global engagement post at Nissan North America... Colton Henson and Maggie McNerney join Dezenhall Resources. Henson joins from Swing State Strategies and takes the senior director slot. McNerney, a Marriott and and Qorvis MSLGroup alum, is senior counselor.

Huckabee Sanders Exits White House

Thu., Jun. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah Huckabee SandersSarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, is stepping down at the end of the month, according to a tweet from Donald Trump. (1 reader comment)

Carmen Group Pilots Lockheed’s F-35 Fighter Push

Thu., Jun. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

F35Carmen Group is spearheading the lobbying push for Lockheed Martin’s controversial F-35 fighter jet program, which represents the Pentagon's biggest deal ever. (1 reader comment)

Most Consumers Still Trust Tech

Thu., Jun. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

John SaundersDespite the reputational hits that the tech sector has been taking recently, a new study from FleishmanHillard finds that in the US and UK trust in tech remains surprisingly high.

Schmidt Stays on Team Schultz

Thu., Jun. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Steve SchmidtSteve Schmidt, former Edelman vice chairman and campaign strategist for John McCain’s presidential run, will continue to advise former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has suspended his long-shot run for the White House.

PR Teams Need a Seat at the Data and Privacy Table

Thu., Jun. 13, 2019

By Gary Davis

Gary DavisData security and privacy are brand currency in today’s digitally driven market, and now more than ever, brands should leverage communications and marketing teams to showcase their data and privacy efforts and manage any potential situation that may come their way.

News of Accounts: C&R Checks in at Thompson Nashville; Pollack PR Marketing Group Produces Fangirl Sports Network Content; Foodmix Marketing Adds B&W Quality Growers

Thu., Jun. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Thompson NashvilleC&R has checked in at Thompson Nashville, Thompson Hotels’ first property in the US South... The Pollack PR Marketing Group’s LAB186 digital marketing and content creation team will produce a bi-monthly online show and weekly podcast for Fangirl Sports Network... Foodmix Marketing Communications is agency of record for B&W Quality Growers.

News of Firms: Blue Engine / JDA Frontline Rebrands; PR World Alliance Names Marianne van Barneveld President; Solebury Trout Unveils Environmental / Social / Governance Group

Thu., Jun. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Erik SmithBlue Engine Message & Media + JDA Frontline is rebranding as Seven Letter... PR World Alliance elected Marianne van Barneveld, founder of Marcommit, The Netherlands, as president at its annual general assembly meeting in Paris... Solebury Trout IR/financial communications firm has launched an environmental, social and governance practice.

Hope Hicks to Spill the Beans

Wed., Jun. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Hope HicksHope Hicks, former White House communications director and confidant to Donald Trump, has agreed to testify to a closed session of the House Judiciary Committee, according to its chairman Congressman Jerry Nadler. (1 reader comment)

CLS Strategies Covers DC for Al Jazeera

Wed., Jun. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Andrew KoneschuskyCLS Strategies is providing Washington support for Al Jazeera Media Network, which runs the Arab-language satellite TV network that is based in Qatar. (2 reader comments)

McFadden Takes Top Comms Spot at AFSA

Wed., Jun. 12, 2019

By Steve Barnes

AFSAEd McFadden, former spokesman for the the Archdiocese of Washington, has been named vice president of communications for the American Financial Services Association, the national trade association for the consumer credit industry.

Commentary

Google, FB Thwart 'Old Media' Investment in Quality Reporting

Wed., Jun. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

David PitofskyGoogle, Facebook and other dominant online platforms have destroyed the traditional advertising and revenue models of news organizations and “financially dis-incentivized” spending for quality reporting, David Pitofsky, general counsel of News Corp, told Congress on June 11.

Media Maneuevers: Maven Buys TheStreet; Bauer Media Explores Distribution Options; CNN Yanks 'Anderson Cooper Full Circle' From Facebook Watch

Wed., Jun. 12, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Jim CramerTheStreet has been acquired for $16.5 million in cash by Maven, a digital publishing, advertising and distribution platform used by such publications as History, Maxim and Yoga Journal... Bauer Media retains FTI Consulting to lead RFP process soliciting bids to deliver Woman's World and First for Women... CNN is taking its “Anderson Cooper Full Circle” daily news program off Facebook Watch as the cable network looks to beef up its own streaming strategy.