Archive: August 2012

A Solid PSU Football Season Might Be the Best PR

August 31st, 2012 by

I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day weekend. Where did the summer go? Labor Day conjures up mixed emotions with me, and I would guess, many others. On the one hand it’s a time to pause and reflect on the achievements of the American worker. These days, because of the number of people out of… Continued

LiveStrong Continues to Pedal Forward Behind Armstrong

August 29th, 2012 by

Yes, an organization can withstand a PR hit when a crisis happens. Just ask the people at LiveStrong. Since 1997, LiveStrong has been working to improve the lives of those affected by cancer and has become the largest athlete charity in the world. In the wake of company founder Lance Armstrong being banned for life… Continued

When Going On the PR Offensive is Just Plain Offensive

August 24th, 2012 by

On Wednesday, August 22, Dr. Graham Spanier, former president of Penn State University, and his lawyers went all attack-dog on former FBI director Louis Freeh and his report that blasted Spanier for failing to stop Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse on campus. Spanier used a variety of platforms Wednesday to vent against Freeh and the report—holding… Continued

11 Supplies for Your Back-to-School (PR) Backpack

August 22nd, 2012 by

One of my favorite childhood memories is of the annual shopping excursion for school supplies, with the coveted “list” in hand and my finagling extra items to buy, such as scented Magic Markers or a locker mirror (Mom: “Are they on your list?” Me: “They should be.”).  So much promise is stuffed into the backpack… Continued

Did I Say the World Was Flat? Sorry, I Misspoke

August 20th, 2012 by

We’ve all said some pretty outrageous things that have no basis in fact or in any kind of reasoned analysis. Most of what college sophomores say, if I remember correctly, falls into that category. And when you think about it, the rhetoric during a heated political campaign season sounds a lot like the late-night rantings… Continued

‘Social Games’ Notwithstanding,Traditional Media Packed an Olympic Punch

August 15th, 2012 by

Now that the London Olympics are just a memory, I never thought I’d write this: I’m going to miss them. Not just the athletes and their performances that often gave me goosebumps—like “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, British heptathlete hero Jessica Ennis and swimming sensations Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin. No, I’m also going to miss… Continued

Streaming Network Makes HuffPost More Social

August 13th, 2012 by

Just went you thought there weren’t enough social media platforms for communicators to pitch stories to, here comes yet another option. On Monday, August 13, The Huffington Post unveiled HuffPostLive, a video streaming network with expectations of leveraging its online community and social platforms by having the option of engaging in an online conversation via… Continued

Public Relations is a High-Stress Profession

August 8th, 2012 by

With Chick-fil-A’s same-sex marriage controversy nearly played out, the one thing about that crisis that made PR pros pause was the tragic death by heart attack of the restaurant chain’s longtime head of PR, Don Perry. While we don’t know if the controversy and the stress associated it had some bearing on what happened to… Continued

NBC: Taking a Lickin’ and Keeping on Tickin’

August 6th, 2012 by

By Jamar Hudson, PR News Writing about the Olympics has been pretty much unavoidable the last two weeks. It’s been one of those events in which every day there seems to be an opportunity to take a look at the London games and find some sort of PR angle to examine. And this post is… Continued

The Most Annoying Sayings, At the End of the Day (Add Yours to this Epic List)

August 3rd, 2012 by

So here goes: I personally despise, at the end of the day, when people drop the ball, because, at this moment in time, it is what it is. Just sayin. In that paragraph above I include what I and countless others find to be among the most annoying sayings shared by the English-speaking world and… Continued