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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
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Keillor Retires with Crisis Averted
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Mon., Aug. 22
Brazil, Olympics Officials and Media Savage Lochte; Accuser Is Accused
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Mon., Aug. 22
It's Time to Show Some Respect for Our Flag
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Fri., Aug. 19
Donald Trump's 'Apology'
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Thu., Aug. 18
What Roger Ailes Should Tell Trump
By Fraser Seitel

Thu., Aug. 18
What PR Can Learn From This Election Cycle
By Wendy Glavin

Tue., Aug. 16
The Commonality Of PR People And Donald Trump
By Arthur Solomon

Fri., Aug. 12
Business Lessons Learned from Rio Olympics
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New York Times Decries “Vanishing” Jury Trials
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Mon., Aug. 8
“Branded” Media Content Fights Facebook (and Loses)
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