Super Bowl XLIX will be remembered more for 'Deflategate,' which is the latest black mark against the NFL and its embattled commissioner, that the epic game contest that played out in the Arizona desert.
In the age of digital communications, crises incubate, hatch and unfold before an audience of millions of consumers, investors and businesses at near-blinding speed. But what happens when the company crisis is your own?
Even before the recent Rolling Stone article on a UVA student who alleged she was sexually assaulted by fraternity brothers imploded, frequent and hard-hitting media coverage had put an increasingly sharper focus on a challenging reality facing colleges and universities across this country.
The prevalence of shareholder activism signals a new frontier for crisis communications. The practice of activism has evolved, its players have grown more sophisticated, and companies and their communications teams must evolve in turn to effectively defend themselves from potential attack.
The 27-year-old domestic partner of a powerful Massachusetts politician quit well-connected Regan Communications and blamed a string of stories about their relationship in the Boston Globe for his departure.
Data 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.
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