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As Media Continues to Fragment, Communications Pros Take Note

January 5th, 2009 by

Funnyman Jay Leno’s recent announcement that he’s leaving his late-night throne for a prime-time spot on NBC has all media buzzing about the move’s larger implications. After all, it’s the first show of its kind… Continued

Tip Sheet: Advocacy Advertising: More Than Slightly Alive

September 22nd, 2008 by

By Michael Schick In this digital media age in which two-way communications and social media tools continue to grow in use and influence, it’s tempting for a client to conclude that a less "cool" media… Continued

Hoax-Busting: Managing Gossip and Rumors Online

September 22nd, 2008 by

We’ve all seen our share of Internet hoaxes. The random e-mail calling for a boycott of a major oil company; the forwarded message of a worried mother whose daughter was sickened by a popular food;… Continued

Olympic Evolution: New Media Stage Requires PR Execs to Shift Strategies

September 8th, 2008 by

During the past six weeks, three of the most widely viewed events of the year–the Olympics in Beijing, the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul–took the world stage… Continued

Surprise Attack: Executing a Crisis Simulation to Plan for the Unknown

September 8th, 2008 by

On Aug. 1, 2008, Peppercom employees learned that four senior managers were missing following a quarterly summit in Singapore, leaving only one member of the management team– co-founder and managing partner, Steve Cody–in New York… Continued

Recession Obsession: Repositioning Brands Around a Troubled Economy

August 18th, 2008 by

You know times are tough when "fuel" is a four-letter word and the word "staycation" has a good chance of being inducted into the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Every facet of business has felt the effects of… Continued

Green Business: From Risk Management To Opportunity Capitalization

August 11th, 2008 by

When the first wave of environmentalism washed ashore in the 1980s and early ’90s, it was easy to cite the increase in regulation as the main driver. Businesses implemented green practices out of necessity and… Continued

When Media Goes Too Far: How to Handle Unethical Reporters

August 4th, 2008 by

Everyone expects journalists to be pushy. To a significant extent, that’s their job and those of us who respond to the media "dance the dance" with them and hope for some balance in the resulting… Continued

Tip Sheet: Ethics & PR: Communications With a Conscience

July 28th, 2008 by

By Frank Ovaitt Is there such a thing as public relations ethics? Shannon A. Bowen, Ph.D., of Syracuse University, poses that question in the Institute for Public Relations Essential Knowledge Project’s "Ethics and Public Relations"… Continued

How To…Manage a News Conference

July 28th, 2008 by

News conferences have come under renewed scrutiny lately; they’re the 21st century communications tool that gets no respect. With the advent of social media and other tools that enable people to "gather" and communicate remotely… Continued