Stories by cbarnes

Managing Planning for an Olympic-Sized Event

October 2nd, 2009 by

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the host country will a South American nation: Brazil. The announcement was made today amidst considerable fanfare around the globe, as Rio de Janeiro beat out Tokyo, Chicago and Madrid to win the title of 2016 Summer Olympic Games host. The Games are still… Continued

Oops, He Did It Again: John Edwards Continues His Epic Fall From Grace

September 22nd, 2009 by

Disgraced former senator and almost-Vice President John Edwards can’t seem to find his way out of the bottomless hole that is his current baby mama drama. And what a drama it is: Over the weekend, news of recent developments in the Edwards scandal began to circulate, all of which were damning of his assertion that… Continued

Running the Gauntlet: Communicating Your Way into—and out of—Sticky Situations

September 11th, 2009 by

If you thought you or one of your clients had a bad run in media coverage recently, think again. Or, more specifically, think of Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose record-breaking 800-meter sprint at last month’s World Athletics Championships prompted an investigation into whether she was actually a he. If that wasn’t bad enough… Continued

The Kennedys Take on Twitter

August 28th, 2009 by

Ted Kennedy’s August 25 passing marked the end to his year-long battle with brain cancer, and preparations for his funeral and Arlington Cemetery burial immediately began in earnest. Given the Kennedy family’s historical prominence and long-standing notoriety, it was no surprise that traditional and social media platforms began buzzing with coverage and conversations. What was… Continued

Say What? Marines Ban Social Media for One Year

August 7th, 2009 by

It wouldn’t come as a shock that the military might be skittish about social media, but some branches are surprisingly forward-thinking—namely, the Air Force, whose “Web Posting Response Assessment” is often used as a best-in-class example of how to manage negative conversations in the blogosphere. Not so much with the Marines, though. Cyberspace was all… Continued

Will Social Media Eliminate Need for Lobbyists? Or Will Lobbyists Eliminate the Need for PR?

July 31st, 2009 by

I recently came across an interesting article in BusinessWeek about the game changers in the lobbying world that have emerged since Obama’s inauguration, the most influential of which include heightened standards for transparency and disclosure. Alongside this transition has come another one: Traditional lobbying shops tweaking their services to instead call themselves “strategic advisors,” as… Continued

Apparently the Nice Guy Still Finishes Last–At Least, He Does If He Works for Yahoo!

July 17th, 2009 by

Poor Yahoo! The communications execs there just can’t seem to catch a break—or, if you’re coming at it from a more cynical standpoint, they just can’t seem to do much right. In the wake of a handful of missteps—among them leaked footage of former VP of corporate communications Brad Williams sleeping during the company’s annual… Continued

Palin’s Friday Resignation: Was the Timing Smart or Suspicious?

July 10th, 2009 by

Exactly one week ago, Sarah Palin surprised many by announcing her resignation from Alaskan governorship. A controversial figure ever since being nominated as John McCain’s running mate, her decision has only fueled the media firestorm, raising a number of questions that remain unanswered: Did she resign so she could start raising money to run for… Continued

Absent Without Leave, Communications-Style

June 25th, 2009 by

What do you do when your client or CEO pulls something that even you, the PR professional, didn’t see coming (or that, even if you did see it coming, blind-sided you anyway)? It’s a question that the communications team behind disgraced South Carolina governor Mark Sanford must be asking right about now. Sanford’s undoing has… Continued

Pardon Me, but Would You Mind Working for Free?

June 18th, 2009 by

When I was in college, I would gladly work for free. Call it what you will (naiveté, paying my dues, idealism, boredom), but it turned out to be profoundly strategic; by the time I graduated, I had a laundry list of internships that made me poised for full-time employment. Now, had I not been 17,… Continued