Once upon a time, maybe 15 or so years ago, the word “transparency” was part of a laudable communications message. It told audiences that you weren’t going to hide from the truth. It was a signal that you would put information, even uncomfortable facts, forward. It was a word that communicated you were going to … Continued
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In recent days, I was honored to be asked to speak – virtually of course – to the Central Michigan University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Interacting with our next generation via schools and contiguous organizations has always been one of my greatest joys. Such audiences are always interested and … 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
The news outlet that broke the Catholic Church scandal in 2002 – the venerable Boston Globe – has once again gotten the story right in a just published editorial, “Law Enforcement Must Clean Up the Catholic Church.” The first line of the piece says it all: “Time’s up for Pope Francis and the leaders of … Continued
What happened this past week to one businessperson and community leader should never happen anywhere. Media executives and communications professionals should pay attention and agree that it crossed a line. We know that media, both traditional and social, can be powerful tools for expressing and shaping opinion. But when tactics cross over into acts of … Continued
In recent days I’ve been watching, listening and reading about the latest trials and travails regarding Russia and the Trump administration; simultaneously biting my tongue on commenting and chomping at the bit to weigh in. So without bringing politics into it (if that is at all possible, really), let’s take a look at what has … Continued