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A Special Message for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Muddled

January 17th, 2022 by

A slew of activities and messages overshadowed an aspect of this year’s observance of MLK Jr. Day.

Crisis Prep and Reputation Don’t Count, or Do They?

January 10th, 2022 by

In the long run, do crisis prep and reputation mean anything? 2022 may provide early answers.

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PR Predictions for 2022 from the PRNEWS Team

December 20th, 2021 by

Communications continues to be an essential function, particularly as companies, organizations and individuals continue to wade through pandemic challenges. The PRNEWS editorial team highlights some innovations and predictions we predict will be important for 2022. 

61% of PR Pros Ready for Crisis; Besides COVID, Top Worries: DEI, Cyber, Disinfo

December 20th, 2021 by

Some learnings emerged from our survey of nearly 300 communicators conducted in October and November 2021. The most newsworthy was what issues are concerning crisis pros. Besides COVID, they include: DEI, misinformation/disinformation, activism, cyber, natural disasters and employee/executive misconduct.

Crisis PR Needs Diverse Talent in ’22, Quick Response from Humanitarian Comms Pros

December 20th, 2021 by

This month’s dialogue takes a slight variation from our usual route. We won’t explore an operational topic, such as ‘What to do during a crisis when your CEO goes off-script.’ Instead, as it’s nearly 2022, we’ve asked two crisis communicators to consider 2021 trends and discuss what they believe 2022 will bring. Our dialoguers are Sonia Diaz, SVP, Balsera Communications and president, Hispanic Public Relations Association USA (HPRA) and Jenelle Eli, senior director, media relations + international communications, American Red Cross.

Native Americans Were Influential Communicators Without Formal Titles

November 1st, 2021 by

If you search ‘Native American PR pioneers,’ you will be hard-pressed to find one name, let alone a list. Not because there haven’t been Native Americans who excelled in PR, but because most never held a traditional PR title. But suppose you are willing to dig a bit deeper and look at PR not as a title but as a role or a mission. In that case, you will find that there are many Native Americans who not only practiced PR, but helped shape the world through the spoken and written word.

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As Walkout Looms, Netflix ‘The Closer’ Crisis Spirals

October 18th, 2021 by

Netflix is in a prolonged internal-turned-external communications crisis following controversy over comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special, “The Closer.” In it, the comedian doubled down on dismissive remarks he has made about the transgender community.

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[VIDEO] Brandon Espinosa, VP Brand and Partnerships at Bronx Brewery, Discusses DEI and Meeting Your Community

October 14th, 2021 by

PRNEWS Live welcomed Brandon Espinosa, VP of brand and partnerships for The Bronx Brewery. Espinosa discussed how the craft beer industry is focusing on DEI, as well as communications and meeting consumer needs throughout the pandemic.

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Hispanic Diversity in PR: A Slow Work in Progress

October 13th, 2021 by

The prominence of multiculturalism in media is very noticeable. Still, it has been painfully slow. As Latinos conclude celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month this week, emphasizing representation is as relevant as ever.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021: Communication Takeaways

October 11th, 2021 by

For Indigenous Peoples’ Day, President Biden issued a proclamation that included some communication best practices. Some brands weaved celebration of Indigenous culture and acknowledgement of centuries-long displacement and discrimination throughout their internal and external communication.