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Missing Mackinac During Memorial Week: Some Perspective

Memorial Day is one of the days of this year that was planned, almost to the hour, many months ago. I was going to wake up early, for a holiday, drive about four hours to Mackinaw City, Michigan, enjoy whitefish for lunch at the Keyhole bar, then get on a ferry for Mackinac Island, check … Continued

Warning: Crisis Clickbait Is Near. Here’s What To Do About It.

It’s like a flashback to the last recession. We’re starting to see headlines that claim to tell you what exactly life will be like post-pandemic. The clickbait looks something like this: DEATH KNELL: THING YOU MISS IS GONE FOR GOOD AND NEVER COMING BACK! It’s all reminiscent of the “…Is Dead” headlines we saw years … Continued

To Politicians, Is Hate Speech Actually Good PR?

Here we are in 2020. We’re 155 years past the Civil War. We’re 75 years past the end of World War II. Shouldn’t the easiest thing in PR be to decry, denounce, condemn or disavow any use of hateful symbols such as Confederate flags or Nazi images? We would think. But apparently for some political … Continued

Crisis Brings Collaboration That Should Be A Media Model

Every once in while, we get to work on something that’s truly exemplary. This is one of those projects. Some of the fiercest competitors in media are laying down their arms, so to speak, for the greater good. It has been a privilege to help communicate this first-of-its-kind effort and it’s worth sharing throughout our … Continued

News Looks Different. Is That Here To Stay?

During these days filled with uncertainty, there’s one sure thing we can share from our vantage point. Journalists are working harder than ever to bring you the information that the audience numbers prove you’re relying upon to stay informed to what’s going on outside your home. In many cases, they are also doing their jobs … Continued

To See Crisis Fundamentals In Action, Keep It Local

This isn’t just PR shoptalk. Crisis communication is actually what every one of us needs and wants right now. We need information to help us make decisions about our lives. We want leadership from the officials we have elected, who we expect to be closest to the experts and have access to decision-making tools that … Continued