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Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
Blog: PR Owes Debt of Gratitude to North Korea's Kim Jung Un
By Kevin McCauley
 
Kim Jung UnKim Jung Un, North Korea's off-kilter leader, demonstrates the vulnernability of companies to hacking, need for crisis planning and power of word-of-mouth communications. He's a PR superstar.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
No Company is Immune to a Data Breach
By Denise DesChenes
 

Cyber-attackData breaches continue to dominate the headlines, as cyber-criminals find new ways to infiltrate computer systems and wreak reputational havoc.  No industry — and no consumer — is safe from the potentially devastating impact of these crimes.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
Blog: Sony Entertainment Chief Lynton Snags PR Chutzpah Award
By Kevin McCauley
 
Michael LyntonThere are a few precious days left in 2014, but it looks like Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has locked up the PR Chutzpah of the Year Award.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
What if North Korea Attacked a Toymaker Rather than Sony?
By Bill Huey
 
hueyWhat if North Korea attacked a maker of bobbleheads rather than high-profile Hollywood studio? The Obama Administration's response to Sony hack shows White House is woefully unprepared for cyber-war on commercial sector.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
O'Dwyer: Review of 2014 - Economic, Racial, Media, PR Upheavals Marked the Year
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

midtermsIncome disparity was one of the engines driving the protests that were ignited by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police. GOP victory, PR and media changes, Sony, GM and others made headlines. 

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
SKDKnick Reps Freed US Contractor
By Kevin McCauley
 
alan grossSKDKnickerbocker is repping Alan Gross, the jailed American contractor released by Cuba following the move to normalize diplomatic ties between it and the US.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Sony's Guide to Not Handling a PR Crisis
By Fraser Seitel
 
fraser seitelThe best thing that can be said about Sony Pictures Entertainment's crisis management is that it is "consistent."
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Blog: Big Four TV Nets Should Rally Around Sony
By Kevin McCauley
 
interviewThe Big Four TV Networks should ride to Sony's rescue and broadcast "The Interview," which would attract a huge audience and build goodwill for CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Hacked Sony Relies on Rubenstein
By Greg Hazley
 
sonySony Pictures Entertainment is leaning on Rubenstein Communications as it faces the unprecedented cyber attack and publication of its internal communications and intellectual property.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Sard Drives PR for Embattled Airbag Maker Takata
By Greg Hazley
 
takataTakata Corp., the airbag maker enmeshed in a massive recall over exploding inflators, has hired Sard Verbinnen & Co to guide communications after criticism over its weak response to the crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
5W Handles $72M High School Senior Fraudster
By Kevin McCauley
 
5W Public Relations handles Manhattan high school senior who deceived press about earning $72M through stock trades made at lunch breaks.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
PR-Challenged SeaWorld Demotes CEO
By Kevin McCauley
 

jim atchisonJim Atchinson, 48, will step down as CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment and move into a vice chairman slot at the PR challenged theme park operator on Jan. 15.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 10, 2014
CIA Torture Report: Shock, Sadness and a New Opportunity
By Joe Honick
 
honickRelease of gruesome CIA torture report demonstrates that America is strong enough to deal with this stain on the national reputation.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 4, 2014
Watch Those Backdrops!
By Bill Huey
 
bill hueyThe White House could have used the late imagemeister Mike Deaver after an embarrassing backdrop relocated President Obama to "The White Tribal Nations" conference.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Dropping the PR Hammer on Daddy Huxtable
By Fraser Seitel
 

cosbyBill Cosby is finished. No matter what he does or says from here on in, PR-wise, his professional reputation -- like Lance Armstrong's or Tiger Woods' or Bill Clinton's -- will forever be tarnished by his personal failings.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Nov. 28, 2014
TransCanada Splits With Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
 
energy eastTransCanada dropped Edelman following widespread reports that the independent PR firm is waging a "smear campaign" to win support for the controversial Energy East Pipeline project.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
A Hamlet-like Decision and a PR Teaching Tool
By Arthur Solomon
 
solomonThe O'Dwyer site has an interesting poll regarding what action Bill Cosby should take regarding the allegations against him.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
Cosby and the Non-Answer
By Ronn Torossian
 
torossianBill Cosby's worries are not about rape allegations beyond the statute of limitations. They are about public scorn and the collapse of an iconic image built over nearly six decades.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Mayor de Blasio's PR Blind Spot
By Fraser Seitel
 
noerdlingerThe saga of a media-battered aide reveals a blind spot for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that threatens to plague his mayoralty; namely, his lack of understanding or respect for the value of PR.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 18, 2014
Blog: Edelman Gets Slammed for Doing PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
pipelineSkewed coverage of Edelman's PR program to win support for TransCanada's controversial Energy East Pipeline shows media's lack of understanding of modern communications and what PR firms do.
Category: Crisis Communications
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