If you’re lucky enough to have a job these days and it’s in communications, chances are you’re spending at least some conference calls or Zoom meetings analyzing social media posts like they are chemical particles for the awaited vaccine. During the pandemic, we’ve seen an acceleration in sensitivity to what’s posted on social media platforms. … Continued
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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
In the wake of nationwide protests and continuing calls for racial justice, new tech tools have emerged that are providing individuals with new mediums for communication and taking action: Signal and Citizen. Both are worth a look. Signal is particularly intriguing. The encrypted messaging service has long been favored by journalists as a means to … 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
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
Just as he made headlines upon his conviction on 24 of 30 counts of public corruption back in March of 2013, Kwame Kilpatrick was back on the front page this week with reports that he may soon be freed from federal prison. If it happens it will not be through appeal nor acquittal but, rather, … Continued