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Sheltered From Reality: We Need Real Dialogue About The North Korean Threat

Yesterday morning in Hawaii, the unthinkable seemed to be happening: A ballistic missile was incoming, the text and highway civil defense systems were warning; with fifteen minutes until impact the citizenry was implored to take cover. Many fled to interior rooms, underground parking garages and even bathtubs to await the worst. Thirty-eight agonizing minutes later, … Continued

Who Really Watches TV News?

TV news used to epitomize what we used to call “mass media.” While TV newscasts still draw audiences larger than just about anything else in news, it has become something of a niche product. Now, we have a closer look at that niche. A new study from the Pew Research Center gives us a snapshot … Continued

Three Billboards, More Life Lessons.

If you have not already seen “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” you should. More than just a movie with an interesting plot garnering rave reviews since its release in recent weeks, the dark comedy is also an examination into the human psyche including how we interact, judge and communicate with each people. As we prepare … Continued

Media’s “Land Of Confusion” Needs Its Own PR

The business of media ends 2017 in worse shape than it started and that’s bad news for our society. Many of the challenges are financially-driven and there are few, if any, clear ways around that. But some of the issues are driven by factors that PR has traditionally been asked to help resolve – trust … Continued

PR: What Both Sides of a Lawsuit Can Have in Common

If you’re trying to learn about litigation communications, the best examples won’t be found in the obvious places. Most communications case studies focus on the defendant side of a lawsuit, perhaps rightly so for the important fact finding and nuances of speech necessary to successfully navigate the turbulent waters of crisis communications. But in the … Continued

Sexual Harassment: Our Double Standard Is Nothing New, But Growing Old

With the explosion of sexual harassment stories in recent weeks, it feels like the longtime culture of secrecy around the subject is finally starting to erode. But there’s one aspect of this culture that should be discussed more and that’s the double standard between politicians and just about everyone else when it comes to sexual … Continued