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Has Corporate PR Been Reduced To Gatekeeping?

Sometimes, journalists can write about PR better than many PR types. Case in point, this analysis from The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein. If you work in news or PR, or just have curiosity about what we do, please read it before continuing. Thank you. This piece reflects a trend we see far too often. Corporate … Continued

Would You Buy A Used Car From This PR Firm?

A week after the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, it’s still easy to think about the 2018 Conference pillar of trust. In full disclosure, the Conference’s organizer, the Detroit Regional Chamber is a Tanner Friedman client and I serve as a primary media contact for journalists covering the annual gathering of Michigan’s business, political and nonprofit … Continued

Be Careful Not To Paint “The Media” With A Broad Brush

After nearly 30 years of working in and around “The Media,” it’s interesting to hear the perspective of professionals from other disciplines after experiencing what it’s like to be interviewed by journalists, especially inside newsrooms. This week, I arranged for multiple interviews, editorial meetings and journalist briefings in advance of a major business event. All … Continued

Evaluating Alma Mater In Crisis

It’s one thing to analyze the crisis response of a university. In 20 years, I’ve had the privilege to work with more than a half-dozen institutions to help them through times of bad news. Those are often the first stories I jump on to evaluate responses, so as to provide the most current counsel possible … Continued

Don’t Confuse Government PR With Political PR, Especially In A Crisis

Political PR is often about making one person look good, no matter what. But it was reinforced, at least to me, today that government PR can be something altogether different. I had the privilege of moderating a session on crisis communication, as part of a special day-long conference for public information officers or “PIOs,” on … Continued

MSU President’s Resignation Letter Actually Deepens Crisis

Michigan State University’s President appears to have accomplished a PR first. When can you ever remember a resignation letter worsening a crisis? Take it from someone who pays attention to such things, this is unfathomably awful. Before you read the rest of this post, please make sure you read the resignation letter here. There is … Continued