Stories by Scott Van Camp

Cloistered Penn State Program Causes Crisis

November 8th, 2011 by

It wouldn’t be going out on a limb to say that Penn State University has a monumental crisis on its hands. The revelations of alleged sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno’s defensive coordinator for 22 years until he retired at age 55 in 1999, has now put the university in a defensive position. That’s… Continued

Herman Cain’s Problem: He Could Have Used Eli Gold

November 1st, 2011 by

Surprise: a scandal of a sexual nature has hit a major political campaign. The accusation of sexual misconduct in the 1990s by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has caused a media firestorm, with every response from Cain being dissected, analyzed and criticized. When I first heard about this, my reaction was “this is life imitating… Continued

Raising the PR Bar

October 27th, 2011 by

Most every day we read about some PR effort to squelch a big-brand crisis; or communications work on Capitol Hill to get a bill passed; or a cause campaign among the public to help save some endangered species. All noble PR efforts in their own ways, for sure. But I may have found a campaign… Continued

Perusing Gossip Sites for the Greater Good

October 21st, 2011 by

Okay, I admit it: I’m a junkie for entertainment gossip sites—particularly (I appreciate the snarky humor) and TMZ (it’s like gossip central). But it’s not the posts that usually catch my eye (except for any George Clooney girlfriend pics)—it’s the comments below the post. People never cease to amaze me when it comes to… Continued

Is Tim Tebow Football’s A-Rod?

October 14th, 2011 by

The Denver Broncos have a bye this Sunday, so for one more week the nation can ponder quarterback Tim Tebow’s ascension to the team’s starting QB spot. By ponder, I mean either celebrate his promotion or rip the heck out of the guy. Curiously, with Tebow there is no in between. When the Broncos announced… Continued

Were Steve Jobs’ PR Skills a Mixed Bag?

October 10th, 2011 by

Since Steve Jobs’ passing on October 5, much has been written about his influence. The public outpouring of grief and admiration after Jobs’ death was announced was huge, to say the least. But what of Jobs’ relationship with public relations? He’s been called one of the marketing greats—for his ability to know what consumers want… Continued

60 Minutes’ NYPD Anti-Terror Story Raises Interesting Comms Questions

September 29th, 2011 by

Living in New York and commuting to downtown Manhattan to work, I’ve always been curious about the city’s behind-the-scenes anti-terrorism efforts. So the 60 Minutes story that ran on Sunday, 9/25/11 featuring NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly definitely piqued my interest—not only from a security perspective, but from a media relations view as well. I would… Continued

As Report on BP Spill Hits, Case Study to Chronicle Tourism Crisis Campaign

September 16th, 2011 by

It’s fitting to me, at least, that the U.S. government report on the BP oil spill in the Gulf was released this week (on Sept. 14), blaming BP for the disaster but affixing some blame to other companies involved. Eleven people died in the explosion and 200 million gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf… Continued

Platinum PR Awards Highlight the Best of PR

September 1st, 2011 by

Even though this is prime vacation time with the Labor Day holiday approaching, we’ve been pretty busy here at PR News. As we prepare for our 2011 Platinum PR Awards luncheon on Sept. 14 in New York, I’ve been putting together the special issue that complements the event. Going through all 40 categories (can’t reveal… Continued

Jobs’ Exit Leaves Apple’s Cool Factor in the Lurch

August 26th, 2011 by

Except for the hurricane that is moving its way up the East Coast, one of the biggest stories of the week is Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of Apple. A few posts ago I wrote about the image of Warren Buffett and how he manages to be fairly forthright and accessible to the media… Continued