For many, it’s difficult living through an economic downturn. No doubt, times are hard, but there are signs that despite the chaos, some communication and marketing executives continue to look ahead with a positive attitude. We bring you several examples of PR and media pros who are confounding the naysayers and establishing new businesses in the midst of the pandemic and its economic morass.
Weber Shandwick did a very good thing last week. It released diversity data for its senior levels. The data were dismal and the agency said as much. It also made the correct point that benchmarks are needed before you can make improvements. Though the agency needs to offer detail about how it will improve, Weber has taken a bold first step.
Here’s a column that you should make time to read. What? You’re too busy? Seriously, PR pro Jamie McLaughlin had the same problem. That’s before he resolved to become less busy. His story offers hope to harried PR pros everywhere. And smile. This is a very quick read.
We’re living in difficult times. Yet, the events of 2020, for good or ill, are shaping up to be storytelling gold. It’s a time for brand storytellers to gather and capture real-time history and to think more broadly about how these stories can be used.
In this continuing series about career lessons, veteran communicator Dale Bornstein discusses how to unleash a PR pro’s career passion. While it is hard work for management and the staffer in question, there’s nothing more satisfying. The first step is asking the employee to describe their dream job.
With health and economic pandemics gripping the country, many PR shops have suspended summer intern programs. On the other hand, some continue. A trio of research associates at kglobal write that a virtual internship is better than none at all. Our three authors relate lessons learned and offer tips for PR pros on communicating, virtually, with interns.
An article on recruitment and retention? Now, in the midst of record unemployment? As it happens, PR is moving ahead with recruitment, though on a reduced level, yet retention is alive and well. We find out how two firms, one large, the other mid-size, are doing.
In honor of Pride Month, the Museum of PR held a forum where PR pros who are members of the LGBTQ+ community discussed how the industry has helped raise awareness around Pride. In addition, they spoke about their experiences being PR pros and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
A new survey from PRNEWS shows the industry upbeat about the future. In the survey of 200 PR pros last month, 88 percent told us PR and communication will come back as strong if not stronger after the pandemic. Still, there’s concern for the future and diversity & inclusion content is lacking in industry messaging.