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July 29, 2010

Rosen to SKDNickerbocker

Leave it to Politico's Mike Allen to break the story.  He tweets:  

From: @mikeallen
Sent: Jul 29, 2010 10:58a

Hilary Rosen, one of Washington’s best-connected strategists, jumping from Brunswick Group, where she heads DC office, to SKDKnickerbocker

July 26, 2010

A New Trend ??? We Hope So.

Peter_SnyderNew We knew New Media Strategies was a great place to work.  But ... not only did it just throw a black tie party at the W rooftop for its employees, it also dispersed $80-100k in checks to those who were with the company in 2007 when it was sold to Meredith Corp.  CEO and Founder Pete Snyder wanted to make sure his people were taken care of and  Saturday night was a celebration of the checks, which finally came through.  And, in this economic drought, it doesn't seem to touch NMS - they've hired 40 people this year alone.  (PF Tipster)

July 23, 2010

Story Partners Adds Julia Wanzco Lawless to DC Team

Story Partners

Julia Wanzco Lawless has joined Story Partners as a Director in the DC office.  Lawless most recently has served as Press Secretary for Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), where she crafted and executed public relations strategies to communicate Snowe’s public policy priorities. Prior to joining Senator Snowe, Lawless was Communications Director to former Congressman Phil English (R-Pa.) and Northeast Regional Communications Leader for the House Republican Conference.

Story Partners, a leading public affairs firm providing tactical guidance on critical issues confronting business and industry, was launched early this year by Gloria Story Dittus. This is the third communications firm launched by Dittus - she previously founded Dittus Communications and co-founded Direct Impact.

July 16, 2010


US Chamber Logo To apply online at www.uschamber.com/careers

POSITION OVERVIEW: Conduct pro-active print, broadcast, and online media outreach efforts, with the goals of strengthening relationships with reporters and creating public awareness of the Chamber’s top policy priorities.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Executing both short- and long-term media campaigns, including the Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise; writing press releases, media advisories, op-eds, and executive briefings daily; pitch to cable news and talk radio producers; gain an understanding of Chamber policy issues; and offer insight about leveraging new and emerging media technologies; working hours that are flexible.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: College degree and 3-5 years’ related experience in media or public relations, or as a press secretary; experience working in a trade association, on a political campaign, Capitol Hill or other policy-intensive environments is a must; ability to effectively pitch and place stories; have of a variety of contacts in the Washington media; highly effective written and verbal communications skills and the ability to accurately write about policy issues under intense deadlines. Experience with Vocus or similar media database is preferred. A writing test will be administered.


July 02, 2010

Former NRCC, NAB Aide Collegio Named Communications Director at American Crossroads

American Crossroads logoJonathan Collegio has been hired as Communications Director for American Crossroads, a conservative fundraising group.  Collegio was Vice President of strategic initiatives at the National Association of Broadcasters.  He previously served as Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee (CQ’s “People on the Move” column).

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