Case Study – Media relations for a social service organization

Background: Following the announcement of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the brothers of the Pi Zeta and Epsilon Psi Sigma Chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. decided to host a community forum to address the aspects of the case directly related to the Las Vegas community (i.e. “Stand Your Ground” laws, community-police relationships, organizing, etc). Due to verdict being announced on a weekend, the Men of Sigma** had a short window of time (four days) to put an event together and alert the media and community. Continue reading “Case Study – Media relations for a social service organization”

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4 things Chris Christie did right

Disclaimer #1: Politics and religion are said to be the two topics off limits for discussion. This blog is about neither, but happens to center on a politician. That said, this entry isn’t about politics, it’s about communication.

Disclaimer #2: No matter how you feel about Chris Christie’s current calamity, this is about a specific event in said scandal and should not be taken as an endorsement of Christie.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a political rock, it’s been impossible to avoid the recent scandal involving New Jersey Governor (and possible 2016 presidential candidate) Chris Christie. The (apparent) political decision to close a key bridge in the state to (allegedly) get back at a mayor was at best, an inconvenience and, at worst, life threatening. Continue reading “4 things Chris Christie did right”

JP Morgan, R. Kelly and Michelle Rhee: When Twitter attacks

As a communications professional, having a boss that really gets communications, understands the value of having a good communications plan and doesn’t interfere too much with said plan is like heaven on earth. Having a boss that does the exact opposite and insists on walking off a cliff is the exact opposite.

So many social media blunders make me wonder if a public figure was simply given bad advice or if said figure insisted on walking off the cliff. Today was one of those days. Continue reading “JP Morgan, R. Kelly and Michelle Rhee: When Twitter attacks”

Are you afraid of success?

I haven’t written in a while. Not because I’ve been having writer’s block (though that certainly helps), but because I’ve been pondering the direction of my life. “I’m almost 30” is a phrase I’ll be using until I turn 30 to justify any number of things I don’t want to do anymore. However, it’s also got me thinking things I’ve never thought.

A few months ago, I had my employment plan for the foreseeable future planned out. And then everything changed. The details aren’t important. The outcome is that what was secure is now insecure. Continue reading “Are you afraid of success?”