On Election Night, while setting up a press conference at Detroit’s TCF Center, where a record number of absentee ballots were being counted, I couldn’t help flashing back 26 years. As a TV news writer/producer in Atlanta, I arrived for my 1994 Election Night shift to find I wasn’t writing a lead election story, as … Continued
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The top priority in a crisis that affects the public is providing public information. For decades, our team has worked with clients in their crisis preparation, including simulations for a range of scenarios that have included hostage-taking standoffs, aviation disasters and chemical spills. Those situations mirror the illness of a U.S. President because suddenly, private … Continued
Because of the coronavirus, the first wave of crisis communications started in March and continued into April. What started with “an abundance of caution” led to a slew of communicating bad news like event cancellations, layoff notices, positive tests, closures and even deaths. Then came some stability in May, as cases waned and “pivots” took … Continued
If you’re doing it right, part of the job in PR is to bust myths. Too often, clients, executives and anyone else we’re supposed to be helping think because they consume news, they understand how and under what circumstances news is made. They think the way the way things worked at one time still holds … Continued
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
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