Removing Joe Paterno’s statue: A PR No-Brainer.

As if the conviction of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was not enough of a PR nightmare, the release of the Freeh report detailing Penn State officials’ involvement in the covering up of Sandusky’s crimes made things much worse. The 267-page report  released on July 12 named Penn state officials such as university president … Continue reading Removing Joe Paterno’s statue: A PR No-Brainer.

Is Penn State’s THON now a PR Tactic?

It has been quite the year for Penn State with Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse charges and the death of Joe Paterno. From a human perspective, it has been a year full of tragedy but from a public relations stand point, it has been a year of crisis management. Everyone’s question: Can Penn State recover?While the … Continue reading Is Penn State’s THON now a PR Tactic?

Susan G. Komen Bows to Controversy with Planned Parenthood

Last Tuesday, it was announced the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States, pulled funding from Planned Parenthood. People were outraged; many felt that it was the charity bowing under the political pressure associated with abortion that caused the retraction. A Republican congressman had questioned … Continue reading Susan G. Komen Bows to Controversy with Planned Parenthood

A Year’s Review in Crisis Communications

As 2011 quickly comes to a close, I realize I have written several blog posts this year concerning Crisis PR. To wrap-up the semester, I'd like to include a short recap of some of the more popular cases that have affected how we all see crisis communications today.Netflix: When they split their business, there was … Continue reading A Year’s Review in Crisis Communications

WE ARE…in need of Crisis Management.

With the current scandal surrounding the sexual abuse allegations by Penn State's former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, it is crucial to observe how the University handled the situation from a PR standpoint. Some events stand out specifically in the beginning stages of the case that have continually failed for the University.Before the news of the … Continue reading WE ARE…in need of Crisis Management.