A bright PR spotlight on the bulging refugee camps of the Palestinians is one unexpected outcome of the latest bloodbath is Gaza. Israel's shelling of a United Nations-run school sheltering Palestinians on Wednesday turned on that beacon. It was the second attack on a UN facility.
USA Track & Field didn’t exactly cover itself in PR glory with Monday’s decision to reinstate Gabriele Grunewald as 3000-meter indoor champion and Team USA representative at the world championships in Poland next month. It had no choice.
Income disparity is a political football that will get kicked around plenty in 2014 and it’s a topic that PR students and grads as well as working PR practitioners should follow. PR operates against this economic background.
A behind-the-scenes expose of what it’s like to work for the rich has been written for the January Harper’s by John P. Davidson, novelist who has written for Fortune, Rolling Stone, Elle, Gentleman’s Quarterly and other media.
Saturday, July 27 was the first "PR National Awareness Day" in the U.K. in case you missed it. Almost everyone missed it in the U.K. and there is no evidence anyone at all knew about the effort in the U.S.
It was with some satisfaction that we saw IRS agent Lois Lerner being bounced from her active duties May 23, the day after she took the Fifth Amendment on whether her office improperly targeted conservative groups. Asking questions and not getting them acknowledged or answered is highly annoying and that’s just how the Senators felt who got snubbed by Lerner.
The attention to and discussion of the new Pope is without precedent. One has to ask, why?
Surely one reason is that there are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, 77 million in the United States. A second reason is that there are so many issues surrounding the Church and the Vatican and associated elements. Above both these reasons there are tens of millions that are looking for directions to a better life.
You have to give newsman Rupert Murdoch credit. Pressured by Wall Street's demands for higher returns, the media titan is spinning off his collection of newspapers with a $2.6B in cash and no debt.
He’s giving the papers a fighting chance. The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Times of London, Sun and Australian newspapers will have a fat financial cushion to deal with the rocky transformation of the media world.
It also puts CEO Robert Thomson, a news hound in the mode of Murdoch, in position to pick up some of the available properties in the Tribune Co. bankruptcy auction.
He recently dined in New York with ESPN president John Skipper, who felt that Olbermann was "looking to see if there was an entry point to come back.” Skipper didn’t sound too upbeat about the process of hiring loose cannon Keith.
I feast on the writings of WPP chief Martin Sorrell, who provided his unique take on the world in the ad/PR firm’s 2012 earnings report. Sorrell never disappoints. He’s good for a creative, informative, funny and sometimes baffling read.
Here is why U.S. multinationals, sitting on a combined $2T cash trove, are so-tightfisted when it comes to spending for communications:
“But while clients were certainly in better shape than pre-Lehman in September 2008, they still lacked the necessary confidences given the ‘grey swans’, or known unknowns. Black swans are the unknown unknowns which by definition we do not know what they are.”
It isn’t often that a CEO admits to mistakes, which is why J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson earns my Stand-Up Guy of the Month award.
Congratulations, Ron. Accept the kudos while you can.
The Plano, Tex.-based department store chain’s sales had been tanking since 2007, but went into free-fall once Johnson, who was Apple’s retail genius, put his “growth” strategy into place on Feb. 1, 2012. Things hit the fan yesterday as Johnson released his report card.
Every time Apple’s no longer new CEO opens his mouth, the stock goes down. (Full disclosure: I own the stinkin’ stock!)
Cook took over the world’s most respected high-tech franchise for the iconic Steve Jobs a year-and-a half ago. After riding a residual crest of post-Jobs approval, the new CEO has presided, shockingly, over the dismantling of the Apple reputation and the crumbling of the Apple stock.
When former U.S. Representative Bob Barr and I met last week at the Marietta, Georgia Rotary Club luncheon to debate gun safety, we had a polite exchange of views on the issue. I was invited because of the gun safety opinions I’ve expressed in a weekly column I write for the local newspaper.
Barr did take exception to my invoking the National Rifle Association when I observed that the organization has, for years, engaged in a relentlessly bellicose misinformation campaign designed confuse and scare gun owners.
When the Carnival Triumph finally docks in Mobile, the entire cruise-ship industry should have a PR triage team in place to meet them.
The team should be armed with statistics, fact sheets, talking points, B-roll, available spokespeople at the highest levels of the industry, social media toolkits and a video crew to document the whole thing.
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