The Role of Public Relations in Advocacy

It’s time for The Brand Ambassadors to roll their sleeves up and tackle the topic of public relations in advocacy. What’s the difference, if any, between advocacy and lobbying? What are the ethical and legal responsibilities for PR pros? This week Merritt and Gary welcome Dennis Willard, President of Precision New Media, to discuss public relations in advocacy and political campaigns.

Midterm Election Polls -- Accuracy and Relevancy?

Merritt Hamilton Allen, Vox Optima Executive Director and Owner

Merritt Hamilton Allen, Vox Optima Executive Director and Owner

In the latest episode of New Mexico In Focus’ The Line, Vox Optima Executive Director and Owner, Merritt Hamilton Allen, talks political polling in NM races, its recent results, and the relevance of polling in today’s political environment.

The panel also debates the benefits of Albuquerque’s recent reacquisition of local rail yards for a revitalization project, as well as the economic impact of Intel’s announcement that it is bringing 100 additional jobs to its Rio Rancho facility.

Hosted by Gene Grant, this episode’s panel also includes, Dan Foley, former New Mexico House of Representatives minority whip, Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP, and Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management.

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As the national midterm elections draw near, the panel discusses The Albuquerque Journal’s recently commissioned poll for governor, senate, and two of three NM congressional districts.

The City of Albuquerque took back the Albuquerque Rail Yards with its own plans for revitalization. The Line discusses the benefits and drawbacks of the City’s move.

The Line panel discusses the economic impact of Intel Corporation’s announcement of 100 new jobs in Rio Rancho.

Listen to Merritt and her fellow panelists on The Line as they dig into the political, social, economic and other issues facing the people of New Mexico and the surrounding region.  

New Mexico In Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show appearing every Friday at 7 p.m., as well as every Sunday at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturday at 5 p.m. on Channel 9.1. All broadcast times are local.

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Videos: New Mexico In Focus YouTube Channel

Planning a Fundraising Campaign for Nonprofits

What does it take to successfully plan and execute a campaign or an event? When should you begin? Who needs to be involved and how do you divide responsibilities? How do you measure success? All questions faced by solopreneurs, large corporations, government agencies and nonprofit charities.

Making Your Own Brand Ambassadors

Most experts will tell you that there are no better cheerleaders for your brand than the people who help make and keep it a reality. But the question is how do you turn employees into “brand ambassadors”? The answer lies in solid internal communication and what Use Conflict author and this week’s guest, Dave Gerber, calls “positive conflict.”