Looked at clinically, we know that the president’s communications skills can’t help but influence the tone of civic discourse online and, to a lesser degree, in person. Individuals and organizations must swim in, navigate and adapt to these incivil waters.
At the PR People Awards luncheon, which will be held Dec. 5 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C., PR News will announce the winners of categories such as Crisis Manager of the Year, Digital Leader of the Year, Marketer of the Year, PR Intern of the Year and Media Relations Professional of the Year, among others. And as we celebrate these champions, we’ll also raise a glass for the future and shine a spotlight on the 2017 Rising PR Stars.
The infrastructure renewal plan for New York’s Penn Station could’ve been a PR nightmare for Amtrak, which owns the station. But after the work was completed and service resumed as usual in early September, commuters seemed to come through the other side unscathed. Amtrak’s communications team can claim some of the credit for that success.
Let’s start with this morning’s initial apology from a powerful man accused of sexual assault: “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”
All politics is local. Our author argues all digital storytelling is, too, with local translating to familiarity. He also urges communicators to spend more time shaping story ideas instead of expending a lot of effort on deciding what digital medium will best convey their stories.
What should brands do when an employee says something controversial and headlines result? Is the consequence immediate suspension? Should there be a warning first? What about issuing a public warning that not only puts the employee on notice but serves to inform all other staff? The examples of Shepard Smith and Bob Costas bring these questions to light.
This year, Cards Against Humanity’s annual Black Friday stunt takes a political direction. It bought a plot of land on the U.S./Mexico border that would obstruct the building of a border wall, and is sending its customers “an illustrated map of the land, a certificate of our promise to fight the wall, some new cards, and a few other surprises.”
Launching a thought leadership program at your company is relatively easy. Getting an organization’s thought leaders to participate in the program and give you what you want? That can be painful on many levels. Here are some tips that have worked well and will for you, too.
Audio can be a thankless craft. When it’s done well, people don’t notice it. But placing emphasis on sound is a crucial part of telling engaging stories. Here are an Emmy-award-winning video producer’s five tips for stepping up your audio game and bringing your videos to life.
Every communicator know the holy grail of media pitching is establishing a relationship with a journalist. But how is that done in the digital age? Michael Smart offers two examples of how his clients made a personal connection with a reporter that resulted in coverage for the client’s brand.
A weekly roundup of trends, news and personnel moves in communications and marketing. This week’s stories include the downfall of Louis C.K., the hubbub over Judge Roy Moore and brands pulling advertising off the Hannity show on Fox News Channel and another scare for Chiptole.