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The Stakes are Higher for Women in Charge of Safety

By Rachel Schallom, writing for Poynter: The first time I made a security decision, my stomach was in knots from the moment I said yes to the second I got the text confirming the reporter was home safely. This wasn’t an international story. The reporter took a short car ride to the assignment and would […]


Crisis Management Hot Seat: The Ambush Interview (and How to Survive it)

By Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications:   There are a few surefire ways to ensure you, as a representative of your organization, can get on TV: Run as fast as you can from a reporter and videographer Grab the videographer’s camera lens and wrestle with it Jump in your car and floor it Slam your front […]


The Hashtag That Became a Movement Marks its First Anniversary

From Nora Jacobs at Hennes Communications:   After this week’s events, if there is a place in America where the issue of sexual misconduct is not top-of-mind, it is a place without access to the internet, television and newspapers. Although the phrase “Me Too” dates back to 2006, it wasn’t until October 2017, when it […]


How the Media Encourages – and Sustains – Political Warfare

By Kyle Jensen and Jack Selzer, writing in The Conversation.   Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has been waging war against the American press by dismissing unfavorable reports as “fake news” and calling the media “the enemy of the American people.” As a countermeasure, The Washington Post has publicly fact-checked every claim that Trump has […]


Lanny Davis is More Proof That 2018 is Year of Lawyers Living Dangerously

From Jonathan Turley, writing for The Hill: For lawyers, it has been a year of living dangerously. The scandals swirling around Washington have left a pile of attorneys accused of false statements, leaks or other improper conduct. The latest casualty appears to be Lanny Davis, who just admitted to not only spreading a false story […]


Is the NFL Invincible?

It’s football season.  Does the National Football League still own Sundays? Rolling Stone write Ryan Bort interviewed author Mark Leibovich about his new book,‘Big Game.’  You can read their chat about Trump, Goodell and the dysfunctional group of billionaires presiding over America’s most popular sport here. The Reporter Who Won’t Let the NFL Go Off-the-Record […]


A National Debate Grows Louder: The Free Press Makes Its Case For The Free Press

By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications Spurred by The Boston Globe, more than 300 newspaper editorial boards answered the call to stage a coordinated effort to publish editorials on the same day, August 16, defending the role of a free press and, in many cases, decrying President Trump’s attacks on the news media. “We are not the […]


How LeBron James Mastered the Media

From Bryan Curtis, writing in The Wringer: After Game 3 of the NBA Finals, reporters surrounded Kevin Love in the Cavaliers’ locker room. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst stood at the group’s outer edge. This is an advantage of working for the Worldwide Leader; Windhorst can tap into the company’s boom mics and hear the interviews from […]


Crisis Management Requires Truth, Not Obfuscation

By Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications There are some people who believe President Donald Trump and his closest advisers committed illegal acts by conspiring with Russian officials before and after the 2016 presidential election. Others believe the president and his advisers indeed had contacts with Russian officials, but that those contacts were benign and not criminal. […]


Once a Social Media Crisis Hits, the Reputation Management Clock is Ticking

From New York Times staff writer Michael Grynbaum: The toppling of Roseanne Barr — from her racist late-night tweet to the early-morning backlash and ABC’s axing of her highly rated show — took less than 12 hours. That is the equivalent of hyperspeed for businesses and brands that are accustomed to taking their time when […]


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