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Archive for February, 2015

How The Web Was Won

On February 26th, the Federal Communications Commission made history by saving the Internet and all Americans from the telecom giants by protecting net neutrality—the principle that all communications and data should be treated equally. This victory has wide reaching implications for progressive organizers on every issue. If our opponents had… (read more)

Winning the Web

February 26, 2014 As the FCC passes historic rules to protect the Internet from telecom giants like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, the nonprofit groups who organized millions of Americans to engage on this issue issued the following statements. Center for Media Justice, home of the Media Action Grassroots Network“The passage… (read more)

Same Song, Different Day: Last Ditch Efforts from Republicans to Smear Real Net Neutrality

A day before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed net neutrality rules, House Republicans attempt what’s been reported as a last ditch effort to smear real net neutrality. During two hearings, one held by the Energy and Telecommunications Subcommittee and the other by the Oversight… (read more)

Back in the Fight!

One of the best things about working at Spitfire is the chance to be part of truly inspirational campaigns. In the four years since I joined Spitfire, I’ve had the privilege of working with amazing activists to advance their work on everything from expanding access to health care to curbing… (read more)

Optimize Your Online Communications

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

As your inbox probably reflects, the majority of nonprofits use digital newsletters or emails to communicate regularly with their members or supporters, sharing the latest news, campaign wins and opportunities to get involved. In fact, 61 percent of nonprofits sent monthly e-newsletters in 2014. Unfortunately, many organizations are losing the… (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)

An E.D.’s Guide to Essential Strategic Communication Know-How, Compliments of Spitfire’s Executive Leadership Program

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  I’ve been working with a number of new executive directors this past year. After years of hard work, or in some instances, after waking up from a dream about a new organization that MUST exist, these people found themselves with all eyes on them. From the moment they updated… (read more)

COAL + ICE: Overcoming Barriers to Spark Climate Action

AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

  “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from the [IPCC] report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working… (read more)

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