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‘Levitating’ Through Crises – Even When They Aren’t “Yours”

Collaboration is at the forefront of culture right now. Companies are partnering with celebrities to release limited edition products, like Travis Scott’s “Cactus Jack” meal at McDonalds. Brands like Disney and Coach are also teaming up to bring their signature looks to clothing and accessories. And, of course, a flood of musical mashups is extending the life of hit songs.   …

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Politics, Social Movements and PR: Strategies During an Age of Social Activism

If you’re a consumer of news and information online (and if you’re reading this blog, you almost certainly are), it won’t come as a surprise that the Dictionary.com People’s Choice Word of the Year for 2020 was “unprecedented.” Unprecedented. It seemed like that eyebrow-raising adjective was everywhere. From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial equity and…

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Insights From The Wiki-World: Interview with an Anonymous Wikipedia Editor

The world of Wikipedia editing can be an inscrutable one for the uninitiated. A massive, online, open-collaborative environment with more than 55 million articles and 94 million registered users, any of whom can edit almost anything they choose, sounds like the stuff of nightmares for PR professionals. After all, the critical words of just a…

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2020 – The Year of Crisis

What a year. 2020 might as well have been “the year of crisis.” Or maybe it was just one big 365-day crisis. It certainly felt like it, as The Castle Group’s crisis communications practice managed more than 100 crises for 57 clients in 19 states and two countries. As we reflect on 2020, we all spent the…

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Test, Trace and Communicate: K-12 and Higher Ed Crisis Communications in the Pandemic Era

The confluence of events is nearly overwhelming: a once-in-a-century pandemic, a once-in-a-generation movement for racial equity and justice, and a presidential election that is already proving to be unlike any other in our lifetime. The turbulence created by each of these epochal episodes is impacting every corner of American life. But one could argue that…

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Crisis on Campus: Is Your School Prepared?

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the 2020 Presidential Elections, this school year is unlike any other. As students and faculty continue to adjust to a new academic year and environment, whether in-person on campus or virtually, it’s more important than ever before for colleges and universities to have a comprehensive crisis communications plan in place….

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From Reporting on PR Crises to Managing Them, Preparation Is Paramount

“My name is Steve Tellier, and I’m an investigative reporter.” Those are the last words most people want to see in their inbox or hear on their voicemail. But it’s how I began countless emails and phone calls during my time as an investigative journalist, when I would seek information, answers and official statements from…

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Eight Critical Things Businesses Must Consider Before Reopening

As businesses nationwide contemplate whether, when and how to reopen, they need to overhaul many of their existing policies and physical locations and also develop new safety and contingency plans. COVID-19 is impacting every facet of our daily lives, and the eventual return to business as usual will be exceptionally unusual for many employees and…

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Best Practices for Communicating Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 is unlike anything any of us have seen in our lifetimes. With the pandemic undoubtedly impacting most, if not all industries, crisis communications experts can help us get through and overcome ever-evolving communication challenges associated with this public health emergency. Philip Hauserman, director of crisis communications at The Castle Group, discusses best practices for…

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COVID-19 Public Relations and Events Resources

As with any business during this unprecedented time, we’ve been pivoting quickly and engaging clients in new ways to deliver the most informed and effective strategies. We’ve created a number of specialty services and content that we hope will be useful for organizations seeking new resources and fresh thinking. In partnership with leading infectious disease…

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