Stories by Scott Van Camp

Catholic Church Now in Crisis Mode

April 29th, 2010 by

After reading in today’s Wall Street Journal that the Roman Catholic Church is now trying to craft consistent messaging in order to deal with the allegations of abuse among its priests, I don’t know whether to say “Hallelujah” or just shake my head in disbelief. After all, this huge problem for the church has gone… Continued

Andrew Cuomo: Tough Guy

April 14th, 2010 by

There’s an interesting story in yesterday’s New York Times about a different, “old style” media relations approach practiced by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Eschewing a media relations posse and outside image shapers, Cuomo prefers to do is own outreach to the press, often calling them individually after hours, and speaking off the… Continued

Nestle’s Facebook Conundrum

March 30th, 2010 by

I’ve read—and written myself—so much about the great results social media can generate that when you hear about Nestle’s current social media woes, it comes as kind of shock. Sure, there are the occasional stories like Domino’s/YouTube that gives one pause, but those are few and far between. Nestle’s situation is interesting because the company’s… Continued

Google’s Chinese Dilemma

March 17th, 2010 by

Like a lot people, I find the technology sector fascinating to read about. Which is good because the press puts out a couple of stories an hour about Steve Jobs, Google and Microsoft—with a little dab of Larry Ellison and his thrifty ways thrown in for variety. These days the tech giants are often in… Continued

Let’s Make A Deal, Please!

March 5th, 2010 by

In the movie Network, Peter Finch shouted the famous line to the world, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Well, that’s the way I’m feeling about the current Cablevision and ABC brouhaha. Seems ABC wants Cablevision (of which I’m a customer) to pony up millions more for the right… Continued

Toyota’s Troubles Run Deeper Than PR

February 25th, 2010 by

While at the venerable National Press Club in DC yesterday, handing out our 2010 CSR Awards, I couldn’t help notice another PR event being played out two meeting rooms over—and it didn’t involve happy executives receiving kudos for their good work. No, the Press Club had the Congressional hearings on Toyota playing on the big-screen… Continued

‘Eggs In One Basket’ Theory Strikes Again

February 11th, 2010 by

It happened with Tiger, now it may be happening again. I must admit my disappointment to hear that U.S. Winter Olympic figurehead Lindsey Vonn may be unable to ski in Vancouver because of a very painful bruise to her shin. Or, she may ski but the injury might prevent her from being in the running… Continued

Facebook Frenzy?

January 26th, 2010 by

As you may have noticed, we cover social media comprehensively in PR News. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help feeling the excitement that flows from hearing about  a great integrated campaign with a successful social media result—the Aflac Facebook effort that I wrote about in the Jan. 25th issue that garnered $1.2… Continued

How Can PR Help the People of Haiti?

January 15th, 2010 by

As I read about the death and destruction in Haiti, like many people around the world, I’m wondering what I can do to help. On that end, there a many options, but one is Wyclef Jean’s Web site,, which is devoted to helping the people of Haiti. A text message “YELE” to 501501 will… Continued

Apology Accepted?

January 13th, 2010 by

I grew up in the Bay Area and as a kid attended many Oakland A’s games featuring the Bash Brothers—Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. My, were they physical specimens! Those Popeye arms and gargantuan legs really stood out, and we’ve known the reason why for  quite some time. The Bashes eventually went their separate ways,… Continued