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Archive for March, 2016

Shifting Attitudes Create Watershed Moments for Animals

Last week, SeaWorld’s announcement that it would end all orca breeding flooded social media feeds and news sites. It also signaled a game-changing victory for the animal protection movement. Many say strong criticism stemming from the documentary Blackfish made SeaWorld’s decision inevitable. The 2013 film spotlights Tilikum, a SeaWorld orca… (read more)

What’s Your Conference ROI?

Is the conference in Bali? Sign me up. When considering whether to invest your organization’s resources and your own (valuable) time in participating in a conference, location may be the most tempting criteria, but it’s definitely not the most strategic. Just like communication or campaign planning, when it comes to… (read more)

Mastering Your Spiel

  “So, what do you do?” If you’re headed to a big conference or event, you’ll be asked that question more times than you can count. A well-crafted elevator speech, or quick spiel about who you are, what you do and why it’s important will help you cut through all the clutter at… (read more)

300 Public Interest Communicators Walked Into a Bar – No, it’s frank2016

Last week, I participated in frank, an annual gathering that Spitfire supports to bring together movers and shakers who use strategic communication to drive positive social change. Trends and best practices constantly evolve as change makers test new campaign strategies, develop new technologies and conduct new research. frank focuses on… (read more)

Rounding the Q1 Digital Curve: Tips to Keep Up Speed

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

Congratulations! You have two months of 2016 under your belt. The rush of the New Year is gradually morphing into a consistent breeze and the slew of 2016 trends emails is quieting in your inbox. While others may be content to coast on the momentum of the New Year digital… (read more)

“This is a truly transformative program and there is no question that it is preparing leaders to be courageous communicators.”

- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

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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