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With Elections Looming Worldwide, Here’s How to Identify and Investigate AI Audio Deepfakes

By Rowan Philip for NiemanLab In October 2023, an AI-synthesized impersonation of the voice of an opposition leader helped swing the election in Slovakia to a pro-Russia candidate. Another AI audio fake was layered onto a real video clip of a candidate in Pakistan, supposedly calling on voters to boycott the general election in February 2024. Ahead of […]


Swift’s Billion-Dollar Beat: Eras Tour Shakes Up Global Economy

Introduction by Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has transcended mere musical performance to become a sweeping cultural and economic force, projected to gross over $1 billion and potentially injecting $5 billion into the global economy through related consumer activities. This surge in economic activity, termed “Taylornomics,” underscores the immense influence Swift and […]


The Best 2024 Super Bowl Ads & How to ‘Write Tight’

Introduction by Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications… Every year, our Crisis Management Today newsletter emphasizes the power of brevity in communication. We advocate for “writing tight” — a skill crucial for captivating an audience with notoriously short attention spans. To influence, motivate or inspire change effectively, embracing conciseness is key. One of the most impactful ways […]


‘The Voice We Woke Up To’: Bob Edwards, Longtime ‘Morning Edition’ Host, Dies at 76

By Lynn Neary, for NPR… Bob Edwards, the veteran broadcaster and longtime host of Morning Edition who left an indelible mark on NPR’s sound, has died. He was 76 years old. NPR’s Susan Stamberg says Edwards’ voice became part of the morning routine for millions of Americans. “He was Bob Edwards of Morning Edition for 24 1/2 years, and […]


How AI Deepfakes Threaten the 2024 Elections

By Rehan Mirza, The Journalist’s Resource Last month, a robocall impersonating U.S. President Joe Biden went out to New Hampshire voters, advising them not to vote in the state’s presidential primary election.  The voice, generated by artificial intelligence, sounded quite real. “Save your vote for the November election,” the voice stated, falsely asserting that a vote in […]


Protecting Reputation: Steps to Take in the Face of Leaked Internal Memos

By Eric Rose for PRNews This recent headline would make any crisis communicator cringe: “Amazon’s plans to advance its interests in California laid bare in leaked memo.” The story, which unfolded through a leaked internal memo, shed light on Amazon’s growth strategy in the Southern California region and its 2024 internal community outreach plans. As the […]


An Influencer Evolution, Starring the NFL (Taylor’s Version)

By Gillian Janicki and Logan Trautman for PRNews In the dynamic world of marketing and brand promotion, the traditional approach to influencer partnerships is evolving. Conventional influencer relations strategy involves identifying and collaborating with influencers deeply rooted in a particular niche, such as food, travel or fashion. However, an alternative approach is emerging—one that involves […]


Why CEOs Botch Media Interviews—and Ways You Can Help Them

By Brian Ellis at PR Daily It seems not a week goes by that we don’t hear of one CEO or another taking heat for something they’ve said. With all the business acumen many have demonstrated in leading their businesses, you would think being a company spokesperson would be a no-brainer, yet many CEOs don’t […]


It’s Time to Curtail “Horse Race” Coverage of Elections: What You Can Do Introduction by Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications Dear Valued Readers, In our continuous effort to enrich your understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of crisis communications, we bring to your attention a significant piece published by the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School and the Shorenstein […]


Want to Survive Your Next Crisis? Have a Plan

By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications Only 49% of U.S. businesses report they have a formal crisis communications plan, according to Capterra’s Crisis Communications Survey, conducted in January 2023 with 243 U.S. business executives, all of whom held leadership positions of director or above. Another 28% said they have an informal or undocumented crisis communications plan – although […]


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