Friday Wrap #150: Gaming Wikipedia, BuzzFeed ethics, FM’s fade, greenwashing, news by GIF

Friday Wrap 150
Pixabay photo courtesy of FraukeFeind

The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Another object lesson on gaming Wikipedia—Grant Sharps is the chairman of the conservative (or Tory) party in the UK. He’s also been blocked from Wikipedia after the only encyclopedia’s… Read More »

As news evolves, PR must be as accountable to the public as it is to its clients

The Future of News

People who don’t understand PR tend to conflate it with media relations. While earning media coverage is just one of many PR activities, the profound changes shaking the news business are good news for public relations. There’s hardly an online news outlet that hasn’t taken steps to offer native advertising. The decimation of the ranks of paid journalists means more opportunity for brands to influence what gets coverage. The ability for companies to go directly to their audiences, bypassing the filter of the media, has reduced reliance on hostile outlets to tell company stories.

If you think all this presages a rosy future for the PR… Read More »

Friday Wrap #142: Another tweet gone bad, Google’s about-face, AP podcast deal, Android for Work

Friday Wrap #142
Flickr photo courtesy of Andy Carter
The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories (like the FCC’s decision to classify the Internet as a public utility). I collect the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. 

News

Another company apologizes for another tweet—News organizations could save themselves some time by creating a template that begins:… Read More »

Is a quiz that inspires kids to become engineers unethical just because ExxonMobil paid for it?

Last September, as one small part of an outreach program aimed at getting schoolchildren interested in engineering, ExxonMobil paid for one of those BuzzFeed quizzes. You know the ones I’m talking about: Answer a series of questions in order to learn whether you’d be Belle or Aurora if you were a Disney princess.

In this case, the answers determined what kind of engineer you should be. Readers were presented with nine multiple-choice questions and statements, like “What was your favorite part of summer camp?”, “What do you look forward to most on a road trip?”, and “Pick a cell phone case.” (I undertook the exercise. I’d make a great… Read More »

Friday Wrap #135: Ethics-challenged PR, 360-degree videos, tracking “Dark Social,” Zuck goes Oprah

Friday Wrap 135
Flickr photo of Cristo art at the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995
courtesy of Zug55
The Friday Wrap is my weekly review of news items, blog posts, reports, and studies from the last week that could be useful to communicators but weren’t the stories that got the big headlines. I collect items from which I draw the Friday Wrap’s selections in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

TV anchor suspended over PR activities—Another case of challenged ethics has emerged with the suspension of Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts. A Toronto Star investigation found that Roberts secretly has been a part owner of a small PR firm,… Read More »

Companies should look to PR to ensure strong characters before crisis hits; just ask Sony and Uber

Brands need PR to solidify high-integrity culturesA brand’s reputation can rise or fall based on how it reacts to unplanned events. Having a crisis plan in place is a good start, but it’s not enough. The right response has to be part of the organization’s character, part of its DNA.

Two companies have hurt themselves and eroded their own reputations with woefully tone-deaf responses to events. As these cases are analyzed in the days and weeks to come, crisis planning will undoubtedly be invoked. In both cases, though, all the planning in the world wouldn’t have stopped these businesses—Uber and Sony—from reacting based on their core nature.

When an unbalanced gunman with a long… Read More »

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