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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.

How PR Can Combat the COVID-19 Fake News Crisis

Fri, Apr. 3, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

KyneThe communications industry is uniquely poised to respond to the spread of misinformation that’s surged in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

BGR Represents Ex-Carlos Ghosn Aide

Mon, Mar. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

BGR GroupBGR Government Affairs is working for Greg Kelly, who was arrested in Japan in November for allegedly helping former Nissan CEO now fugitive Carlos Ghosn hide compensation. (1 reader comment)

Employers Trusted Source for COVID-19 Info

Tue, Mar. 24, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

EdelmanThe private sector is playing a vital role in informing the public on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Edelman.

Misinformation Abounds Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Fri, Mar. 20, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

HannityA majority of Americans believe the news media are exaggerating the risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a Pew Research Center survey. (4 reader comments)

Companies Must Communicate Coronavirus Response

Thu, Mar. 19, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

coronavirusThree-quarters of Americans are currently satisfied with how U.S. companies have handled the COVID-19 crisis. But that could change. (1 reader comment)

Giuda Exits State for Return to Weber Shandwick

Wed, Mar. 18, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Michelle GiudaMichelle Giuda, who exited the top global communications and marketing post at Weber Shandwick in February 2018 to head the State Dept.'s PA strategy as assistant secretary, has returned to the Interpublic unit.

Coronavirus Perceptions Split Along Partisan Lines

Tue, Mar. 17, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

virusAmericans’ political beliefs have influenced their attitudes regarding the threat of the coronavirus as well as Trump’s response to the crisis, according to a recent poll. (1 reader comment)