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Archive for November, 2014

A Lesson for Democrats in Election Results: Don’t Forget the Vision

From Maryland to Colorado, Democrats lost big this month. Before the polls were even closed, the postmortem began. Why, pundits and pollsters asked, did so many Democrats lose, even in states where progressive ballot initiatives passed on issues from higher minimum wage to guaranteed paid sick leave to background checks… (read more)

Spitfire Announces New Talent from Coast to Coast

Spitfire Strategies has tapped Erin B. Hart as its new managing director, based in its San Francisco office. Erin’s background in the advocacy, communication and philanthropy fields make her the ideal match for supporting Spitfire’s focus on providing communication and campaign strategy and services to its nonprofit and foundation clients. … (read more)

Color Me Purple

Dennis Poplin

By Dennis Poplin
Senior Vice President

I was recently clicking through my favorite Tumblr sites when my finger froze mid-scroll. Sometimes, you stop to get a better look or maybe read a caption. Rare is the post that actually makes you stop and think. But there I was, staring at a Venn diagram and suddenly I… (read more)

Webinar Series: Opposition Messaging – Nov. 19, 2014 at 1pm ET

Most nonprofit groups that stand for something typically find there are groups on the other side of the fence.  When faced with opposition, you must be strategic in your response, remain in control of the conversation and stay on message. During this webinar, participants will learn how to anticipate and… (read more)

Post-Election Insights: Top Five Questions to Assess Your Campaign Goals

The midterm elections are over and news channels are already talking about 2016. But in social change organizations, campaign teams are sitting around tables or on conference calls reassessing how the election results could impact their campaign goals. This includes any organization or coalition that’s working to make a change from… (read more)

“This has been a tremendous eye opener. It shows us how to pull the aspects of communications skills, from the message, to the audience. It forced us to identify our strengths and our weaknesses in an effort to become more strategic in how we prepare our messages and communicate them.”

- Training Participant

Getting Your Story Covered: Tips for Top-Notch Media Pitching Part Two

Mike Carter-Conneen

By Mike Carter-Conneen
Director

  In the first installment of this two-part series, I shared some insights from my years working in TV news and media relations, focusing on the best methods to get your pitches seen by reporters. In this part, I review some strategies for increasing the odds those reporters will actually… (read more)

Making Your Pitches Count: Tips for Top-Notch Media Pitching Part Three

Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross
Account Executive

  Communication professionals are no strangers to the challenges that journalists are facing today, from the demands of the 24-hour news cycle to budget shortfalls and understaffed newsrooms. We respect them for their tenacity and commitment to uncovering the truth, and we value being able to build relationships with them… (read more)

Finding the Words to Champion the Greater Good

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  An interest in politics isn’t new to Paige Swanson, a Karel Fellow who is working at Spitfire this summer before returning to Yale University for her senior year. But what is new to Paige is using strategic communication to make the case for political and social change. “I’ve worked… (read more)

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