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Category: Crisis CommunicationsReturn to Latest News
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016
Benjamin Franklinís Crisis Wisdom Still Applies Today
By Michael Fineman
Michael FinemanBenjamin Franklin’s adages and aphorisms remain relevant in our complex media landscape today, and can be used as a guideline for reputation management and crisis communications.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Jan. 19, 2016
Failure to Plan Guarantees a 'Crisis Within a Crisis'
By Ron Sachs
Ron SachsLife is often about solving problems, but an actual crisis that can be triggered by internal or external forces poses a distinctly separate set of more severe dilemmas. 
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 15, 2016
Crisis Planning for the Greek Life
By Ashley McCown
Ashley McCownRecent incidents involving the hot button issues of race and campus sexual assault have put Greek life under a microscope.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
Managing the Cybersecurity Threat
By Heather Wilson
Heather WilsonThe likelihood of being victim to a cybersecurity attack isn’t a matter of if, but when.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Jan. 12, 2016
Washington and Crisis, a Unique Relationship
By Michael Robinson
Michael RobinsonCrisis communications and Congressional hearings are inevitably intertwined, proving the adage that the most dangerous place to be in Washington is between a politician and a TV camera.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jan. 11, 2016
The Fall of the Columbia Journalism School
By Fraser Seitel
Fraser SeitelUnder its current dean, former Washington Post reporter Steve Coll, the once mighty bastion of fairness and objectivity has increasingly become a willing spear-carrier for liberal political causes.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jan. 11, 2016
Crisis Preparation in a Digital Age
By Brandon Andersen

Brandon AndersenCrisis communication has changed from a primarily reactive tactic, to one that requires speed and proactivity. 

Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 7, 2016
Chipotle Splits with Edelman, Notes Media Impact, Criminal Probe
By Editorial Staff
chipotleChipotle, which was decimated in the fourth quarter over a norovirus outbreak that followed an E. coli incident earlier in the fall, has parted ways with Edelman amid a conflict.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jan. 6, 2016
Social Media in a Crisis: To Respond or Not to Respond?
By Kayla Hamberg
Kayla HambergWhen a corporate crisis occurs, should a company respond on social media or remain silent?  As is often the case in complex situations, the answer usually lies somewhere in between.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Jan. 5, 2016
Blog: Imagining a PR Plan for the Oregon Militia
By Jon Gingerich

U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceIf the militiamen occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge building in Oregon had a communications plan in place to share their anti-government grievances with the media and public, what, hypothetically, would some of those talking points be?

Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 31, 2015
Crisis In an Age of Instant Gratification
By Ronn Torossian
Ronn TorossianSmart, effective communications are fraught with challenges in an era where technology compels us to share everything and respond without thinking.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 30, 2015
Social Media Crisis Lessons Learned from 2015
By Maggie O'Neill
Maggie O'NeillLooking back at some of the bigger PR gaffes from 2015 can leave crisis professionals better prepared for what to expect in the coming year. 
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 30, 2015
"The Big Short" Attacks Wall St., Feds, Banks, Media, Rating Firms
By Jack O'Dwyer

The Big Short“The Big Short,” a film on the 2008 financial meltdown that affected millions, skewers banks, Wall Street itself, the Fed, rating services such as Standard & Poors, and media such as the Wall Street Journal that failed to out the villains.

Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 29, 2015
Crisis Management Predictions for 2016
By Louise Harris
Louise HarrisAirlines, banks, car companies, retailers, restaurant chains, pharma companies, dating sites, fantasy football and even the governing body of international football found themselves under attack and off guard in 2015.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 29, 2015
Adelson Gets Crisis Help for Review-Journal Purchase
By Editorial Staff
Las Vegas Review-JournalA company controlled by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson has brought in crisis PR counsel to navigate its controversial purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 28, 2015
Peyton Manning Enlists Fleischer for PR Amid PED Report
By Editorial Staff
manningFootball superstar Peyton Manning has turned to Ari Fleischer for PR help as the Denver Broncos quarterback pushes back against an Al Jazeera report that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
Converting Miss Universe Lemons to Lemonade
By Fraser Seitel
Miss UniverseFormer Miss Universe Owner Donald Trump’s suggestion that the annual, international beauty pageant crown two winners this year because host Steve Harvey messed up isn’t a bad suggestion. It’s a horrible one!
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 22, 2015
DCI Prescribes PR for Turing, Shkreli
By Editorial Staff
ShkreliTuring Pharmaceuticals and its ousted CEO Martin Shkreli are relying on PR counsel from DCI Group, the Washington-based right-leaning PR and public affairs firm.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
Wen Styles PR for Wen Hair Products in Crisis
By Editorial Staff
WenWen Haircare has engaged Abernathy MacGregor Group as the direct-marketed hair product line faces legal and PR woes amid allegations of hair loss among its users.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
Valeant Bolsters PR
By Greg Hazley
VianovoValeant, the US pharma facing scrutiny over its drug prices, has brought in Washington's Vianovo for PR support.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 4, 2015
Burson Confers with Ridge on Cybersecurity
By Greg Hazley
Ridge GlobalBurson-Marsteller has aligned with the security firm of former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge to provide cybersecurity and risk services to clients.
Category: Crisis Communications
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Tue., Oct. 25
NBC Doubling Down on Buzzfeed
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Tue., Oct. 25
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
By Arthur Solomon
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Tue., Oct. 25
Leveraging Technology to Shape Health Messaging
By John Carnett
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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
By Stephanie DeViteri
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
By Bodine Williams
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Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
By Patrick Hirigoyen
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Fri., Oct. 21
It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know
By Loren Antonio Duran
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Fri., Oct. 21
Defenders of the Healthcare Brand
By Lisa Kersey
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Thu., Oct. 20
Healthy Reputations Essential in Healthcare
By Gil Bashe &
Kristie Kuhl
Gil BasheKristie Kuhl

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
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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
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Thu., Oct. 6
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Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
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Tue., Oct. 4
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