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PR’S Top Pros Talk COVID-19

Wed, May 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series
 
Putting together a playbook for agency life in the post-COVID world is the topic of the two latest video interviews produced by D S Simon Media in partnership with O’Dwyer’s. This week features MWWPR founder and CEO Michael Kempner and Ketchum partner and managing director Tamara Norman.

Shirley & McVicker Fights Michigan's Lockdown

Tue, May 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

BusinessShirley & McVicker Public Affairs is promoting the push against Michigan's lock-down strategy designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. (1 reader comment)

Preparing for a Pandemic

Fri, May 22, 2020

By Thomas P. Butler

Thomas P. ButlerHow one PR agency found itself controlling the messages for two high-profile COVID-19 news stories on the same day, proving the adage that there’s no template for a crisis.

Navigating COVID-19 with PR's Top Pros

Tue, May 19, 2020

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series
 
O’Dwyer’s has joined forces with Doug Simon, CEO and founder of D S Simon Media, on a series of video interviews to provide an up-close look at the insights and opinions of some of the most innovative and original figures in the PR field. This week features BCW global president Jim Joseph and Edelman chief operating officer Lisa Ross. (1 reader comment)

Airlines Weigh in on Masks Issue

Mon, May 18, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianU.S. airlines have begun taking different stances on the issue of passenger face mask requirements, positions that could be met with either public praise or peril.

Rubenstein Readies for NYC's Reopening

Fri, May 15, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

RubinsteinRubenstein will help develop messaging for the Coalition for NYC Hospitality & Tourism Recovery, which launched May 13 to promote the Big Apple when it opens for business in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. (1 reader comment)

Weber Shandwick Makes COVID-19 Cuts

Wed, May 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Gail HeimanWeber Shandwick has cut and furloughed staff to counter client cutbacks across various sectors, according to an internal memo from CEO Gail Heimann.

 

Blue Bell Responds to Latest PR Crisis

Tue, May 12, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe third negative story in five years has ice cream and frozen treats maker Blue Bell Creameries back in the news and once again struggling to regain consumer confidence.

Small-Business Loan Program Puts Corporations, Financial Institutions in Crisis Crosshairs

Tue, Apr. 28, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

medium splashPublicly-traded companies are facing backlash after taking millions in PPP loans intended for small businesses. Now, the banks that processed the loans have become targets as well, after a series of class-action lawsuits accused these lenders of deliberately leaving cash-strapped small businesses in limbo. (2 reader comments)

Don't Inject Lysol, Pleads Reckitt Benckiser

Fri, Apr. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

LysolReckitt Benckiser Group, maker of Lysol and Dettol, swings into action after president Trump suggests people inject themselves with disinfectants. (3 reader comments)

NASCAR Driver Suspended After Racist Remark

Mon, Apr. 20, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianProfessional stock car racing driver Kyle Larson lost his team and his sponsors after using a racial slur during a recent virtual race.

Wells Fargo Indy Directors Bank on Harbinger

Mon, Apr. 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Wells FargoThe committee of independent directors of Wells Fargo has hired Harbinger Strategies to deal with ongoing Congressional oversight of the scandal-tainted bank.

Dr. Drew Apologizes After COVID-19 Comments Backlash

Mon, Apr. 13, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianCelebrity doctor Drew Pinsky is apologizing after statements he made downplaying the potential threat of the COVID-19 outbreak went viral on social media. (5 reader comments)

Business Leaders, Employees Divided on COVID-19 Messaging

Thu, Apr. 9, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Orangefiery Most companies seem to understand the importance of communicating with employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a discrepancy exists between what information employees want to hear and what they’re actually being told, according to a new study.

Compassionate Communications in the Time of Coronavirus

Wed, Apr. 8, 2020

By Valerie Di Maria

Valerie DiMariaThe speed and scale of the coronavirus pandemic is beyond the crisis plans companies have developed in the past. It’s not business as usual, and the number one lesson in making decisions and crafting communications is to be compassionate. (1 reader comment)

Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary

Tue, Apr. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Stephanie GrishamStephanie Grisham out as White House press secretary after eight months during which she held no regular press briefings. Kayleigh McEnany, 31-year-old Trump campaign spokesperson, will take over for Grisham. (3 reader comments)

New York Hardest Hit by PR Layoffs

Tue, Apr. 7, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

New YorkNew York’s public relations sector has endured the brunt of the layoffs and lost revenues that’ve shaken the industry in light of the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new survey. (1 reader comment)

PR Industry Sees Spike in Salary Cuts, Revenue Losses

Mon, Apr. 6, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

LayoffAs clients scale back their marketing budgets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PR firms are reporting an upswing in employee layoffs and salary cuts, as well as terminated client contracts and campaigns put on hold, according to a Gould+Partners survey.

CEO Interviews in the Midst of COVID-19

Mon, Apr. 6, 2020

By Alexis E. Blais

Alexis BlaisA summary and analysis of how CEOs are positioning themselves in response to the media’s appetite for insight into how businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoom CEO Admits It ‘Fell Short’

Mon, Apr. 6, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianRemote video-conferencing platform Zoom has seen usage surge in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a series of recent privacy and security concerns has the service falling short of users’ expectations.

Amazon Memo Details PR Plan to Smear Fired Worker

Fri, Apr. 3, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

AmazonA leaked memo shows Amazon resorting to brass-knuckle tactics against a former employee who claimed he was fired for organizing a strike at the e-commerce giant’s Staten Island fulfillment center.