A year ago, nearly to the day, I sat in an exam room at the doctor’s office during an annual physical and heard words I didn’t expect. “Your blood pressure is high.” Just as the doctor started to talk about how he was surprised, given I had shown no signs of it before and how … Continued
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Over the past dozen or so years, newspaper job cuts have become like a sad version of Hanukkah. You know they’re going to probably happen in December, even if you don’t know exactly when. The latest comes from Crain’s Business Reporter Bill Shea, who reports that Detroit’s two legacy newspapers have once again this season … Continued
From the earliest days of press agentry (Boston Tea Party anyone?) to the current unwavering appetite for transparent communication expected by online audiences, the public relations field has prevailed as critical to informing stakeholders and creating mutually beneficial relationships. Despite this longstanding tradition, even the most “Pollyanna” of PR professionals recognizes the field’s enduring perception … Continued
Ironic as it may be, the PR agency business has worked very hard to earn its reputation as greedy and superfluous. Now, for the eyes of the nation to see, one of the largest firms in the world has been caught fleecing a public institution in crisis. If only this was an aberration. This Lansing … Continued
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
Media Training, once a staple of PR service, particularly from those of us who once worked as journalists, had become, as we put it in this 2013 post, “Kona coffee in a 7-11 world.” Clients didn’t want to pay for special sessions to be prepared for media interviews, viewed the service as a luxury item … Continued