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August 27, 2010

Senate Banking Flack Brost Hired by SpaceX

SpaceXKirstin Brost, formerly the Communications Director of the Senate Banking Committee has been hired as Communications Director for SpaceX and will manage all press inquiries and communication matters.  Before working in the Senate, Brost was a spokeswoman with the House Appropriations Committee and before that the Democratic party in Washington State. (PF tipster)

August 18, 2010

Howard Consulting Group Promotes Four, Adds Clients

Hgc Howard Consulting Group (HCG), a Washington, D.C. based public affairs firm, announced the promotions of former RNC all-star communicator Dan Ronayne to Vice President, Erin Thurston to Account Manager, and Erica Hiar and Erin Oldfield each to Account Executive. The firm also has added two new clients: the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and 24 Hours of Booty, a charity cycling event in Columbia, Md. benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. PFCD is a national coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease. '24 Hours of Booty' is the official 24-hour charity cycling event of the Lance Armstrong Foundation taking place in Columbia, Md. August 28-29.

API Adds Two New Hires

Api API has added Eric Wohlschlegel as Director of Media Relations and Carlton Carroll as Media Relations Representative.  Jack Gerard, president and CEO of API said of the new hires, "These new staff additions will have key roles in our growing education outreach efforts on behalf of the oil and natural gas industry—a critical component for our economy and millions of American jobs."

Wohlschlegel will lead media outreach on all issues important to API members. Prior to joining API, Wohlschlegel served as Executive Director of Communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a spokesman for the House Commerce Committee.

Carlton Carroll joins API from the American Forest & Paper Association where he served as Press Secretary. He also served four years in the White House Press Office.

August 04, 2010

JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Capitals: Director, Media Relations

W_Capitals_primary_red_withRegistered_redMatteDirector, Media Relations - Washington Capitals (Ballston, VA)

Overview: Leads the day-to-day media relations efforts for the team and assures effective communications between the Capitals organization and the local and national media. The objective of the Director, Media Relations is to enhance the company's reputation and the image of the players through the execution of the team’s communications strategies.

Reports to: Vice President, Communications


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


• Manage day-to-day media interaction with players, coaches and members of the media at team practices and games. 

• Travel with the team on a regular basis and attend a majority of practices and morning skates as well as all home games. 

• Supervise and lead the other members of the team’s media relations staff.

• Responsible for facilitating all media interviews at practices, pregame availability, intermission TV interviews during games and postgame locker room access. Oversee all interviews for the head coach at practice and games. 

• Provide access to local and national TV rights holders as well as reporters in compliance with the NHL’s media access policies. 

• Coordinate, evaluate and respond to media requests for players, coaches and general manager as well as assist in the preparation of media interviews.

• Liaison between players/coaches and front office for various media, promotional, community relations and sponsorship appearances. 

• Assist with editorial for various publications, including media guide, game notes, game program, yearbook and postseason guide. 

• Develop and place stories (traditional and nontraditional) to increase the awareness of players, coaches, community relations projects and business-related activities. 

• Play an active role in executing the team’s social media strategy and in developing content ideas for WashingtonCaps.com.

• Assist in the hiring, training and managing of game-night staff and interns.

• Serve as team’s liaison with off-ice officiating crew. 

• Assist in coordination of player and team awards, milestones and ceremonies. 

• Related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, public relations, journalism or related field

• 5-7 years experience in a communications, public relations or media capacity


• Excellent computer skills

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Excellent writing and editing skills

• Experience working with professional athletes, preferably while traveling with a team

• Ability to work on deadline

• Ability to handle multiple tasks


Note: This position was originally posted on the NBA Team Jobs employment site. To ensure that your application is considered for this position, please click here to apply for this job. (PF tipster)

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