Crisis Management

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Shaun White’s Press Conference Bridging Technique Won’t Win Him Any Gold Medals

February 14th, 2018 by

“Honestly, I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip,” gold medal winner Shaun White said in response to a reporter’s inconvenient question about a sexual harassment accusation that eventually was settled out of court. But reporters aren’t paid to stick to a star’s script, usually—the Olympic champion knows that now.

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Own It, Wear It, Apologize: How Toronto’s Transit Commission Handles Crises

February 9th, 2018 by

It’s not often we get a close-up look at how communicators handle crises. Brad Ross, executive director of communications for Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), takes us through a difficult week, day by day. In the end, TTC feels that being honest and transparent and apologizing will re-build the reputation hits it absorbs after a difficult week on the rails. It might take a little bit of time, though.

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Jim Carrey Wants You to Dump Facebook. Crisis or Bad Day for Mark Zuckerberg?

February 7th, 2018 by

Comedian/actor Jim Carrey has begun a campaign to dump Facebook due to the company’s profiting off fake news and ads it sold to Russian agents during the U.S. presidential election. Part of Carrey’s beef is that Facebook still isn’t doing enough to stop it. He’s removed his Facebook page, given up his Facebook shares and urges concerned investors to do the same. Should Facebook consider Carrey’s actions a crisis or a bad day?

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5 PR Views of the Stock Market Plunge

February 6th, 2018 by

A day after experiencing the biggest one-day point drop in its history, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continues its wild ride—and investor relations pros are likely working overtime to minimize the damage. So, how should communicators calm jittery stakeholders? We asked five communicators who specialize in investor relations and crisis communications how they’re approaching messaging during today’s stock market crisis.

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A Bit of Good News for Communicators: Crises Are Predictable and You Can Plan for Them

February 6th, 2018 by

Is there anything new under the Sun when it comes to PR crisis management? Absolutely a pair of veteran crisis communicators tell us. One is to upgrade your planning and take an holistic approach. What you’re not planning? Oops.

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USA Gymnastics, USOC, MSU and the Nassar Sentencing: Behind the Messaging

January 25th, 2018 by

There’s no crisis management cure-all for organizations linked to heinous, life-destroying and unchecked behavior like Larry Nassar’s, but there should be a guiding principle—learn from your errors, and show that you’re learning and changing. Two crisis management experts weigh in.

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Ann Curry Finally Gets the Last Word—and the Word is ‘Culture’

January 17th, 2018 by

It seemed that the Matt Lauer scandal was behind us now that the former star was gone and his replacement, Hoda Kotb, was installed in his anchor chair. In addition, Katie Couric said the ousted Lauer was “not the Matt we knew.” But this morning former Today Show anchor Ann Curry said the Lauer incident was not a surprise to her and that there was a culture of verbal abuse at NBC. Has the network really moved on from this scandal?

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H&M Under Fire, Loses Brand Collaborator The Weeknd

January 8th, 2018 by

H&M’s media relations team told PR News that a controversial marketing image of a young boy wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with “Coolest Monkey In the Jungle” resulted from internal procedures that had not been followed properly and that the item would no longer be for sale.

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A New Year’s Resolution for All Brands, Courtesy of Apple

December 29th, 2017 by

Accusations that Apple slows down the processing power of older iPhones in order to force customers to buy new versions has accompanied almost every new product launch. The rumors never attracted much news cycle traction until this holiday season, and now Apple is paying for it.

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How Erie, Pa., Is Communicating After Record Snowfall

December 28th, 2017 by

The city of Erie received 65 inches of snow from Christmas Eve through Dec. 27—breaking a 59-year-old record for a two-day snowfall in the state. And this PR News reporter just happened to be visiting Erie for the holidays. Here are a few observations on Erie’s communications around the storm.