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Category: Crisis CommunicationsReturn to Latest News
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016
Is Common Courtesy Dying?
By Rene Henry
Rene HenryA lack of common courtesy today is causing us economic, social and psychological harm.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016
Public Relations Miscues at the DNC
By Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian A rundown of the public relations snafus that occurred during the Democratic National Convention.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jul. 27, 2016
Crisis Pro Stepno Exits Booz for APCO
By Editorial Staff
kelly stepnoKelly Stepno, a senior associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, has moved to APCO Worldwide as senior director for crisis management and litigation communication.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Jul. 26, 2016
Montieth & Co. Aids Embattled Hedge Fund
By Editorial Staff
platinum partnersEmbattled hedge fund Platinum Partners is relying on Montieth & Company for PR support as it faces prosecutors and regulators amid accusations of a bribery scheme and fraud.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jul. 25, 2016
Cleveland Looks Great After GOP Convention
By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianBased solely on impressions left by the Republican National Convention, one thing is abundantly clear: Cleveland rocks.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jul. 22, 2016
Tupelo Gets PR Help After Police Shooting
By Editorial Staff
danny blantonThe City of Tupelo, Miss., has engaged crisis PR counsel after the June 18 police shooting of an African-American man following a traffic stop drew national attention.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jul. 21, 2016
Elon Musk: You’re Doing it Wrong
By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianElon Musk’s response to the death of a driver who was using Tesla’s autopilot feature shows a lack of skill in handling pressure and the press.

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jul. 18, 2016
Pokémon Go Players Disregard Property Lines and Rights
By Ronn Torossian
Ronn TorossianPokémon Go has taken the nation by storm, but some aren’t amused by the unwanted foot traffic the game encourages on their property.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jul. 8, 2016
Tips for Avoiding a Johnny Football Fumble of Your Own
By Aaron Gordon

Aaron GordonJohnny Manziel’s attorney accidentally sent damaging texts to an Associated Press reporter. Here’s how you can avoid making the same mistake.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jun. 22, 2016
Disney’s Reputation Will Endure Tragedy
By Ronn Torossian
Ronn TorossianThe “happiest place on earth” doesn’t take its reputation lightly, and because of that, Disney will weather the recent events in Orlando with little loss to its bottom line.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jun. 16, 2016
Disney Tragedy Holds Important Lessons for PR
By Bill Huey
bill hueyThe tragic death of Lane Graves, the two-year-old-boy from Nebraska who was attacked by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort this week, holds some important lessons for PR practitioners. (2 reader comments)
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jun. 8, 2016
Lawsuits, Scandalized Biz Associates, Hit MWW Group
By Jack O'Dwyer

Michael KempnerMWW Group, which is suing McDonald’s for $5.2M and is itself being sued for $830,177 by two suppliers, also is getting bad ink by ties to lobbyist Patricia Lynch and ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner. (2 reader comments)

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jun. 8, 2016
Kenneth Starr Turns Sex Scandal into Bigger PR Crisis
By Ronn Torossian
ronn torossianBaylor president and chancellor Kenneth Starr was grossly unprepared to deal with that university’s negligent handling of a sexual assault scandal.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., May 24, 2016
CRF Calls in kglobal for Recall PR
By Editorial Staff
CRF Frozen FoodsCRF Frozen Foods, the Pasco, Wash.-based processor of frozen vegetables and fruits, has engaged kglobal for PR support as it faces a massive recall across 42 brand names over an outbreak of listeria.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., May 20, 2016
Burson-Marsteller Aids Russia Amid Olympic Scandal
By Editorial Staff
Russian athleteBurson-Marsteller Europe is advising Russia as the country faces allegations of state-sponsored doping and potential bans of its athletes from the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., May 16, 2016
Tyson Chicken Combats Bathroom Rumors
By Ronn Torossian
Ronn TorossianWhile half of the country is busy arguing about who should be able to use the restroom, certain Tyson chicken employees are now claiming they can’t go to the bathroom at all. (1 reader comment)
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., May 3, 2016
Attorneys, Food Bloggers and the New Definition of Greenmailing
By Patrick Hillmann
Patrick HillmanNo industry has experienced the new greenmailing phenomenon with the same volume and intensity as natural products, primarily the food industry.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 28, 2016
Dealer in 'Bouvier Affair' Gets PR Help
By Editorial Staff
Yves BouvierThe Swiss art dealer at the center of a global scandal that rocked the art market has reportedly engaged PR counsel in the ongoing perception battle. (2 reader comments)
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Apr. 18, 2016
AMC Crosses Fans with Texting Suggestion
By Ronn Torossian
Ronn TorossianAMC Theatres learned the hard way that when you try to woo one group, sometimes you upset everyone else.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Panama Papers Fiasco Reveals Operational Security Failures
By Ian Christopher McCaleb
Ian McCalebv Eric Lebson
The recently exposed 40-year trove of internal materials belonging to the Panama City-based law firm Mossack Fonseca offers plenty of security takeaways in today’s ever-evolving digital landscape.
Category: Crisis Communications
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Thu., Oct. 20
Healthy Reputations Essential in Healthcare
By Gil Bashe &
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Wed., Oct. 19
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
By Robert Dilenschneider
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Wed., Oct. 19
PR Lessons From the Political Campaign
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Wed., Oct. 19
Keeping Pace in an Evolving Marketplace
By Dan Martin
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Tue., Oct. 18
PR’s Role in Patient Engagement
By Sharon Reis
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Tue., Oct. 18
Year-End Tax Planning and Developments
By Richard Goldstein
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Mon., Oct. 17
HP Job Cuts May Hurt Brand
By Ronn Torossian
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Mon., Oct. 17
Marketing Medical Cannabis, Like it’s Medicine
By Jonathan Bloom
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Fri., Oct. 14
Communicating Healthcare in a Mobile-First World
By Johnathon Briggs
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Thu., Oct. 13
Why the VP Debate Could be a Four-Year Story
By Arthur Solomon
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Tue., Oct. 11
Trump is Running Out of Time to Sell His Story
By Bodine Williams
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Mon., Oct. 17
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Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
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Tue., Oct. 11
FL Airport Seeks PR Pitches
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Thu., Oct. 6
Nassau Health Care Seeks Ad Agency

Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
Hawaii Tourism Authority

Tue., Oct. 4
Upstate NY DOT Seeks Broadcast, Media Buying Help
Warren County Tourism Department

Mon., Sep. 19
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