SMEM vs. Cabin Fever

Millions of people have been affected by the blizzard that hit the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region during the weekend, with the storm’s after-effects still being felt days after the last snowflake fell. Here, in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region, schools and local government offices are closed, hazardous driving conditions persist on secondary roads and emergency managers are busy […]

The Better Way to Give Affected Masses Crisis Info

Here’s today’s public service announcement from me to you: if you have bad news or risk information to communicate to people affected by crisis, don’t ever (ever, ever, EVER) choose to hold a town hall meeting to do so. Some people look at me like I’m crazy when I say this – even veteran communicators – so […]

5 Things Every College Comms Major Should Hear

This spring I filled in as an affiliate professor, teaching Intro to Public Relations, at Loyola University in Baltimore. The department chair seemed sheepish at the prospect of asking someone with my experience to teach the basics to freshmen, “I understand this may be rudimentary and not very interesting for you, but we could use […]

Armchair Communicators (redux)

It’s been a busy few weeks for us. Brandon’s been finishing a summer session in pursuit of his philosophy degree and I’ve been traveling. Brandon calls it my Vision Quest (any Matthew Modine fans out there? Of course there are.) We’ve also been busy trying to turn this love affair of ours into a business. […]

Armchair Communicators

If your experience in public relations is anything like mine, you routinely encounter managers who know how to do your job. Sure, they hired you, but not because they can’t do PR – anybody can do PR – but, because they don’t have the time so they give the job to you. Don’t worry, they’ll […]