Monday, March 21, 2011

PR New Round-Up ~ March 21, 2011

From PR Daily News Feed
Big change in AP style announced: E-mail is now email
The Associated Press hasn’t seen a change like this since it changed ‘Web site’ to ‘website.’ It’s huge—for reporters, AP style-abiding PR pros, and language nerds. Read story.

From PR Daily News Feed
10 writings tips from the Associated Press
The AP Stylebook on Twitter offers a steady stream of advice for writers of all stripes. Here are 10 of the best to help improve your craft. Read story.

From PR Daily News Feed
10 incredibly useful Facebook search tips and tools for PR pros
You never knew your social networking life could be so easy. PR Daily contributor Adam Vincenzini shares a plethora of tools you need to check out—today. Read story.

From PR Daily News Feed
10 everyday decisions that will lead to social media success
Looking for a little inspiration on a Tuesday? Who isn’t? Here’s some advice to help motivate your social media efforts. Read story.

From PR Daily News Feed
Consulting firm paid college profs to write positive op-eds about Libya
Scandal rocks prestigious universities after reports surface that professors were involved in a PR scheme on behalf of Muammar Qaddafi. Read story.

From Ragan's Daily Headlines
10 things to include in your company’s social media policy
By Priya Ramesh
Inflammatory online updates can land your employees—and your organization—in hot water, so set a clear protocol. Read story.

From Ragan's Daily Headlines
Infographic: The next 25 years of emerging technology
What’s the tech industry going to look like in 2036? Here’s a sneak preview. Read story.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Communicating the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Don’t miss this interview of Gerald Baron, founder and director of PIER, and Neil Chapman, a BP communicator. In a conversation by the For Immediate Release podcast, they discuss the communication efforts since the event and consider the lessons for crisis communication. It’s a fascinating conversation where you’ll hear what really happened in communications.

The For Immediate Release podcast is hosted by Neville Hobson, ABC, and Shel Holtz, ABC. Here is a little more about their guests (as posted on the FIR website for the show).

Gerald R. Baron is the president and founder of Baron & Company, a marketing and public relations firm in Northwest Washington, USA, and authors the Crisisblogger blog. He created the PIER System, the only completely integrated Internet-based communication management system for crisis communications, issue management, and ongoing press and public information management. A frequent speaker at conferences, he has served as a strategic and marketing consultant, corporate communications director, publisher, college professor, and entrepreneur.

Gerald is the author of three books on business and marketing, including Now is Too Late 2, one of the best books available on crisis communication in the digital era. More recently, he wrote the white paper, "Unending Flow: Case Study on Communications in the Gulf Oil Spill," available for download as a PDF (free) or as a Kindle ebook ($6.99).

Neil Chapman has worked on high profile public affairs issues in different parts of the world for more than 25 years. He has responded to major crises in the US and UK including the Deepwater Horizon event, legal cases, helicopter crashes, trading scandals, hostage taking and natural disasters. From January 2011 he will run his own communications consultancy, Alpha Voice Communications, focused on crisis communications readiness and presentation/media training.

Neil has been on the communications front line for controversial industrial projects, company takeovers, restructuring and lobbying campaigns. He also has experience working on developments for growing business in Latin America, Africa and Asia. As an oil company executive, he was PR chair for three energy associations - the US Natural Gas Supply Association, Center for LNG and the UK Offshore Operators Association - when they each faced some of their most difficult communications challenges. He has trained and counseled scores of business people at all levels on honing their communication skills, particularly when delivering hard messages or facing hostile audiences.

Neil was a journalist in the UK, working for newspapers, TV and radio.