A PR pro muses about the importance of authenticity at a time when we ‘see’ cardboard and digitized fans at sporting events during the pandemic. Authenticity communicates respect. The sooner real, living fans replace digitized and cardboard representations of fans, the better for authenticity and sports.
Stories by Sandra Harbrecht
Similar to nearly all businesses, hospitals have had to adapt during the pandemic to succeed. This has put a premium on hospital communicators, who are applying a bevy of PR basics to the situation. Two senior directors at APCO Worldwide discuss the sector and how its insights can apply to communicators and business across industry.
A team of international researchers used AI to detect patterns in how real news and fake stories propagate. The team discovered several signs about how stories spread that may help to determine authenticity. Fortunately, these signs can be detected early, before a fake news story spreads too far. Learning to spot some of these signs can benefit PR pros, argues Michael Burke of MSR Communications.
As PR pros celebrate Ethics in Communication month, PRSA’s chair Garland Stansell urges communicators to redouble their effort to always do the right thing. Advocating for truth and responsibility is a key, if not the key, element of a communicator’s daily role, he writes.
Nobody enjoys having difficult conversations. Sometimes, as PR pros, we have difficult exchanges with those who pay our salary and can influence our career. Being direct, empathetic and solutions-oriented can help make such exchanges less difficult and, most important, help build trust and understanding.
In the latest article in this series with the Institute for PR, veteran communicator Geoff Curtis discusses how a three-day off-site helped change his life. 10 years later, he’s still applying the lessons he learned during the off-site as he continues on a journey toward self-awareness.
With so many companies deciding to stay with virtual work arrangements, what you used to budget for office costs/overhead now is available for other uses. How should communicators spend this new-found money? Our author, a veteran of remote work, has several ideas.
Many PR firms, media companies and advertising agencies have noticed the Department of Justice (DOJ) increasingly is targeting these sectors for enforcement under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). A trio of attorneys tells communicators what they need to know about this statute.
Do you know the history of PR? If so, you should be able to handle this quiz with ease. Be prepared to learn something (who the first Black woman to own a PR firm was, who is considered to be the “father of PR,” or which legendary PR pro helped conceive the celebration for the first Earth Day in New York).
There seems to be a new story everyday with TikTok, the popular video-sharing app that’s in a battle against the White House for survival. The most recent story is that new CEO Kevin Mayer is leaving after just four months. Still, TikTok is fighting back, deploying weapons that are familiar to PR pros. Can it win?