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David Axelrod to work for UK Labour Party in next general election

David Axelrod to work for UK Labour Party in next general election

The man who helped President Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 elections will work for the UK's Labour Party along with members of his team.

Friday's Breakfast Briefing: Former Samsung marketing chief defects to HTC

Friday's Breakfast Briefing: Former Samsung marketing chief defects to HTC

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Former White House press secretary Myers to join Warner Bros.

Former White House press secretary Myers to join Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has appointed former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers as EVP for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs, effective September 2.

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: Bloomberg backs gun control nationally; Alibaba numbers impress

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: Bloomberg backs gun control nationally; Alibaba numbers impress

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Former Blair press aide backs global contest to give Albania image makeover

Former Blair press aide backs global contest to give Albania image makeover

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has launched a contest to rebrand the country and move its image away from stereotypes of corruption and communism, with the help of Alastair Campbell, the one-time chief press aide to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Qorvis MSLGroup brings on Raytheon's Strubhar as SVP

Qorvis MSLGroup brings on Raytheon's Strubhar as SVP

Qorvis MSLGroup has named Keith Strubhar as SVP.

Monday's Breakfast Briefing: Ukraine worries the markets; Layoffs at Citi; 'Mad Men' returns

Monday's Breakfast Briefing: Ukraine worries the markets; Layoffs at Citi; 'Mad Men' returns

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High-tech government contractor Civergy begins agency search

Civergy and its subsidiary companies are looking for agency support for PR, advertising, and marketing services, according to search documents released this month.

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.11.2014

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.11.2014

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Virginia youth foundation seeks help with obesity, tobacco efforts

Virginia youth foundation seeks help with obesity, tobacco efforts

RICHMOND, VA: The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is seeking one or more firms to help with its campaigns against youth tobacco use and obesity.

European Commission seeks international development forum help

European Commission seeks international development forum help

The European Commission is on the lookout for promotional and organizational assistance for a major event addressing the role it plays in international development.

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.10.2014

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.10.2014

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The Breakfast Briefing: 4.9.2014

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.9.2014

Everything you need to know to start your day.

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.8.2014

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.8.2014

Everything you need to know to start your day.

Ecuadorian Embassy taps Ketchum to promote trade, tourism

Ecuadorian Embassy taps Ketchum to promote trade, tourism

WASHINGTON: The Embassy of Ecuador has appointed Ketchum as its PR agency to promote the country's economic development, trade, and tourism.

WPP takes wraps off international government-sector practice

WPP takes wraps off international government-sector practice

WPP Group launched a cross-disciplinary government and public-sector practice on Monday that will be supported by agencies Ogilvy Public Relations, Burson-Marsteller, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.7.2014

The Breakfast Briefing: 4.7.2014

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Demand for PR pros is high despite flat unemployment rate

WASHINGTON: While the US unemployment rate was unchanged in March, demand for PR professionals is high, according to a recruiter for the PR and marketing industries.

Edelman UK public affairs MD quits to go into politics

Edelman UK public affairs MD quits to go into politics

Stephen Lotinga has quit his role as MD of public affairs at Edelman in the UK, only weeks after joining from Bell Pottinger, to take the position of communications director to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

USAID awards contract to firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina for domestic work

USAID awards contract to firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina for domestic work

The USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina has awarded a contract to the agency Fabrika Doo Sarajevo to create public awareness campaigns in the country.

Analysis

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

The pro-life versus pro-choice debate is reigniting as the 2014 midterm elections near.

Despite detractors, 'Ferns' appearance a win for White House

Despite detractors, 'Ferns' appearance a win for White House

Public affairs pros tell PRWeek that President Barack Obama's appearance on Between Two Ferns was a knockout, but they disagree on the level of risk involved in the White House making Zach Galifianakis a part of its healthcare communications strategy.

Agencies, brands stay the course despite Russia-Ukraine tensions

Agencies, brands stay the course despite Russia-Ukraine tensions

Russia may have angered the western world by its actions in Crimea in the past week, but PR agencies are largely sticking it out in Ukraine despite the tension between the two countries.

Lessons learned from a decade of climate change messaging

Lessons learned from a decade of climate change messaging

With climate science back in the spotlight, environmental communicators are putting less emphasis on statistics and giving more weight to local impact.

Obama takes cautious approach to State of the Union

Obama takes cautious approach to State of the Union

PR executives gave President Barack Obama mostly positive reviews for the constructive nature of the State of the Union Address, but panned the stale format of the speech.

DC Influencers

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

Bill Thorne, SVP of comms and public affairs, National Retail Federation, talks about changing the perception of retail and reaching young people

DC Influencer: Jonathan Grella, US Travel Association

DC Influencer: Jonathan Grella, US Travel Association

Jonathan Grella, SVP, public affairs at the US Travel Association, talks about customs reform and leveraging social platforms to raise key issues.

DC Influencer: Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

DC Influencer: Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Barbara Arnwine, executive director and president, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, talks about protecting the rights of voters in 2014.

DC Influencer: B.J. Talley, Exelis

DC Influencer: B.J. Talley, Exelis

B.J. Talley, corporate comms director at Exelis, discusses how to create effective communications strategies in a challenging defense environment.

DC Influencer: Lisa Clough, WomenHeart

DC Influencer: Lisa Clough, WomenHeart

Lisa Clough, VP, public and patient programs, WomenHeart, discusses how celeb outreach helped the group educate women about heart disease.

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Public Affairs Commentary

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

The Software & Information Industry Association has devised a new content compliance initiative aimed at ensuring that companies who are copying, distributing, posting, and using their content are properly licensed.

Leveraging digital technology to create the chemistry set for the 21st Century

Leveraging digital technology to create the chemistry set for the 21st Century

Remember the old chemistry set that allowed kids to mix chemicals together and learn about science?

Rebranding effort ensures the mission does continue for service veterans

Rebranding effort ensures the mission does continue for service veterans

More than 5 million US troops fought in the war on terror. Their homecoming has sparked the creation of a new generation of veterans service organizations to support the 1% of Americans who have served.

Broadcasters aim to create national dialogue about mental health awareness

Broadcasters aim to create national dialogue about mental health awareness

Working with a team at Ogilvy Washington, we set out to produce a campaign with a simple message: It's OK to talk about how you're feeling.

Influential, diverse leaders help expand Fix the Debt's campaign nationwide

Influential, diverse leaders help expand Fix the Debt's campaign nationwide

In July 2013 more than 50 members from 19 state chapters of the Campaign to Fix the Debt traveled to Washington, DC, to speak with members of Congress about how mounting debt problems impact them.