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January 24, 2016

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets (Sunday, Mar. 6, $80 each)

Gridiron_Club_(logo)For 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 6, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2pm and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm.

PF readers will have a ball again at this one-of-a-kind show, one of the capital's signature events. It is a reprise of an occasion they have held since 1885, regaling an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists too. They perform the Sunday show for friends like PF readers.

Gridiron RepriseWhat PF readers will see during the show is Gridiron members -- well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing hilarious songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

Dress for the event is business casual. They do NOT allow cameras, videotaping, or audio taping of the program. However, there are no restrictions on taking photographs at the reception.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. Checks should be made out to “Gridiron Club and Foundation,” and mailed to Gridiron Reprise, c/o Carol Stevens, 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington VA 22207. Tickets cannot be reserved until payment is made. Please note that they are not refundable. (PF exclusive)

January 21, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: AAA, PR Manager (Washington, DC)

AAA logoAAA is looking for an energetic and experienced PR Manager to serve as a national media spokesperson, pitch reporters and develop communications strategies for the Association’s priority issues.

The PR Manager will join AAA’s award-winning media relations team, which regularly earns mentions in 150,000 news stories per year on topics as diverse as traffic safety, infrastructure, fuel prices, travel and automotive technology. Requirements: -Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field and a minimum of five years of experience in public relations or journalism. -A dynamic self-starter who enjoys developing new story ideas and pitching them to the media. -Experience writing and implementing communication plans, news releases, talking points, pitches and messages. -On-the-record experience with television, radio, and print media. -Experience working with government affairs/public affairs staff. -Knowledge of transportation, automotive engineering, traffic safety and energy issues a plus.

TO APPLY: Please visit: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AMERAUTO&cws=1&rid=138 (Mediabistro)

Former Walker, RNC flack Kukowski to Manage Communications at 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland

Kirsten KukowskiKirsten Kukowski has been named Communications Director for the 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland.

Kukowski was Communications Director for Scott Walker’s presidential campaign, and served as Press Secretary for the RNC and on Mark Kirk’s U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois.

January 20, 2016

Former Clinton WH Press Secretary Lockhart joins NFL at EVP, Communications

Joe LockhartFirst reported in Politico’s “Playbook,” Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary in the Clinton White House, is leaving Glover Park Group (GPG) to join the NFL as Executive Vice President of Communications.

According to Politico’s Mike Allen, GPG has been a consultant to the NFL for several years. He will join the NFL in New York after the Super Bowl. (Politico “Playbook”)

January 18, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker, Senior Associate

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker is looking for candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C. The senior associate position work with account managers on a range of corporate, association, nonprofit and issue advocacy clients. Ideal candidates are driven self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly and work well within teams. Other qualifications include:

  • Experience placing national print and broadcast stories, drafting op-eds, press releases, media advisories, Q&A, talking points, statements, as well as other communications documents.
  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns.
  • A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to handle multiple deadlines.
  • Strong research and writing skills, and a strong knowledge of AP Style.

Candidates should have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in a related positions. Candidates with robust media relations experience are preferred. This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: If you are interested in joining the SKDKnick team, send your resume to: jobs@skdknick.com. (PF tipster)

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