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FIR Podcast #89: Learning Nothing at Penn State

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Richard Binhammer and Gerard Braud join host Shel Holtz for a conversation on these topics:

  • Why hasn’t Penn State learned anything about crisis communications in the five years since the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal? They seem to be operating out of the same playbook following the death of a fraternity pledge.
  • More CEOs are being shown the door over ethical lapses. Why is this happening and is there anything communicators should be doing to prevent it (especially given some of the Global Alliance’s Melbourne Mandate and the Arthur W. Page Society’s Corporate Character… Read More »

Friday Wrap #216: MP3’s demise, influencers at risk, Medium exodus, CMO promotions, snark’s appeal

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FCC votes to end net neutrality—The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 to open debate on a proposal to reverse the Title II designation used to enforce net neutrality and on whether the FCC should impose net neutrality rules through other mechanisms. The takeaway: Make your voice heard. Leave a comment on the FCC’s public comment page. Without net neutrality, the ability of small companies to compete against those who can pay for faster access will be… Read More »

FIR Podcast #87: Gray Hair on the Digital Team

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

The conversation on this special episode of the show focused on a single theme: ageism in PR and digital/social media. Guest co-hosts Jennifer Stauss and Mark Story joined host Shel Holtz to explore several dimensions of the issue, including…

  • Whether digital media deserves its own seat the C-suite table and, if it does, what kind of experience needs to be represented there.
  • Do you really need to hire somebody under 25 (or 40) for social media jobs?
  • Why ageism seems to be the acceptable form of discrimination

Connect with our guest co-hosts on Twitter at @jenniferjstauss and… Read More »