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Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
Chen Chooses Corallo for PR Help
By Kevin McCauley
 
Chen GuangchengChen Guangcheng, the Chinese political dissident who claims he is being booted from his post at New York University because the always expansion-minded school is trying to curry favor with China’s government, is using Republican media strategist Mark Corallo for PR support.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jun. 10, 2013
Report: UNC Crisis PR Tab Pushes $500K
By Greg Hazley
 
FleishmanHillard earned $367K for a 22-month assignment working PR for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in an academic fraud scandal that cost the school $500K in PR invoices.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., May 24, 2013
Natural Disasters as Reality TV
By Renzi Stone
 
renzi stoneWe are entering a new era of real-time reporting in American journalism as public surveillance increases, crowdsourcing becomes commonplace and technology becomes widely available.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., May 17, 2013
Families of Cleveland Victims Get PR Support
By Greg Hazley
 
clevelandThe families of the Cleveland kidnapping victims have engaged a Cleveland PR firm to handle the crush of media attention after they were dramatically freed/escaped this month.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., May 16, 2013
Crisis Genius; NYU 'Resort' in Abu Dhabi; Nall Speaks
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
Helen Armstead, a character in the new book, A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee, is portrayed as a "genius for crisis management."
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., May 16, 2013
AZ Eatery Gets PR Help After Social Media Meltdown
By Greg Hazley
 
amysThe Arizona eatery that's become a living case study in social media and crisis management this week has brought in PR counsel amid the national spotlight.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., May 10, 2013
Law Firm Dentons Goes into Crisis Mode
By Kevin McCauley
 

Dentons, which was formed in February via a mash-up of three international law firms, now offers crisis management expertise via an alliance established with Wirthlin Worldwide International.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., May 10, 2013
Heritage Foundation, Under Fire, Mulls PR Help
By Greg Hazley
 
heritageConservative think tank The Heritage Foundation is mulling the hire of a "high-profile" PR firm, according to a report, as it is bombarded with criticism over a report that said immigration reform could cost $6.3T.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., May 1, 2013
Embattled Colorado Prison Agency Brings in PR Help
By Greg Hazley
 

prisonsColorado, reeling from national scrutiny after the brazen killing of its prisons chief possibly by a former inmate, has brought in PR counsel for its Dept. of Corrections.

 
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 25, 2013
Obstacle Race Producer Handles Racer Death
By Greg Hazley
 
Tough MudderThe global obstacle race phenomenon suffered a setback April 21 after the death of a 28-year-old racer in a West Virginia event run by Tough Mudder, one of the fast-growing industry's top producers.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 25, 2013
Rutgers Hires Crisis PR Help
By Greg Hazley
 
RutgersRutgers University, embroiled in a scandal that led to the ouster of its basketball coach and athletic director, has brought in crisis PR support.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
FBI-Raided Pilot Flying J Relies on PR Help
By Kevin McCauley
 
Jimmy HaslamKnoxville PR firm is helping long-time client Pilot Flying J deal with the media crush connected to this week's FBI raid of its headquarters, CEO Cynthia Moxley told O'Dwyer's.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
Boston PR Firm Aids Family of Boy Killed in Bombing
By Greg Hazley
 
Martin RichardA Boston PR and public affairs firm is aiding the family of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Apr. 16, 2013
Journalist, PR Pro Braykovich Moves to HBC
By Kevin McCauley
 
mark braykovichOne-time business editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins Hellerman Baretz Communications, a corporate/crisis PR boutique, as senior VP.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 11, 2013
Full Employment for Crisis Pros
By Richard Nicolazzo
 

Richard NicolazzoBad decision-making at the senior management level at Rutgers, Boeing and JPMorgan Chase shows a disturbing, reoccurring pattern as we are seeing large organizations make decisions that impact their institutional integrity. It's as if they have lost their moral compass. Despite the world of communications we live in, senior executives and administrators are not protecting the integrity of management and the brands of their institutions.

How does crisis management play into this dynamic?
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Apr. 5, 2013
Struggling Fisker Taps Sitrick
By Kevin McCauley
 
Struggling Fisker Automotive today laid off 160 staffers (80 percent of its employees) and handed its PR account to crisis firm Sitrick & Co. as the electric car company continues to negotiate a buyout deal with Chinese investors.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Mar. 20, 2013
Embattled Dem Donor Said to Call in PR Help
By Greg Hazley
 
Salomon MelginThe Democratic political donor at the center of a simmering Washington scandal has brought in crisis communications and new legal counsel.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Mar. 19, 2013
ICR Covers Yoga Pants Crisis
By Kevin McCauley
 
lululemonICR is handling media and investor relations for Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica as the trendy marketer of yoga gear is recalling its "see through" exercise pants.

In its March 18 recall announcement, Luluemon said the quality of its pants remains the same but the "coverage does not, resulting in a level of sheerness in some of our women’s black Luon bottoms that falls short or our very high standards."
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Feb. 13, 2013
Crippled Ship Hobbles Carnival PR
By Greg Hazley
 
Gulf of Mexico. Crisis. Social media takes over story. Tarnished brand. 

No, we're not talking about BP this time. Carnival Cruise Lines is the global company facing a steady stream of negative press since its cruise ship Triumph suffered an engine fire Feb. 10 and lost most of its power with 4,200 tweeting, Facebooking and texting passengers on board.

Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill appeared and apologizedat a news conference two days later, which, ABC News noted, was the first time a company representative had spoken publicly.

But there was plenty of news for media to run with in the two-day span -- the fire broke out Sunday Morning and the press conference was held Tuesday night -- of silence from Carnival. Passengers on board were more than happy to share their deteriorating experience with the outside world. Word that some were sleeping on deck to avoid the heat and smell inside the ship, and that plastic bags were being used for bathrooms traveled widely.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Feb. 5, 2013
S&P's Brash PR Defense
By Greg Hazley
 
Standard & Poor's made a gutsy PR call to announce expected federal fraud charges on Feb. 4, before the Justice Dept. could pull the trigger.
Category: Crisis Communications
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