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“Straight Up,” MSU’s President Made Her PR Situation Worse

After months of news coverage about a doctor on her school’s payroll who has been convicted as a serial molester, receiving national attention, Michigan State University’s President, Lou Anna Simon finally answered questions from reporters yesterday. It happened during day two of a sentencing hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar. After day one, Simon was criticized … 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

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

Purdue Lets Football PR Crisis Simmer

Even in the sport of Big Time college football, where it feels like every play is tweeted during the game and every take is amplified afterward, there can be a bombshell story. The Detroit News had one in recent days, as the parents of University of Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight trusted reporter Angelique Chengelis with … Continued

Notes from 2007 Reveal Media and PR Change

Among the interesting finds from the Tanner Friedman office move earlier this year was two pages of notes used for a presentation about media change in October 2007. Now, ten years later, reexamining what I shared with an audience of professionals from various businesses then and comparing it with today’s environment serves as a reminder … Continued