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The importance of crisis communications: Duke case study

March Madness has a new meaning at Duke University. The heavily favored Blue Devils exited the NCAA Basketball tournament early with a loss to LSU. Duke fans were in mourning. But this pales in comparison to the turmoil the University finds itself in today with allegations that members of the lacrosse team sexually assaulted a more »

Categories: PR musings 3 Comments

The first rule of public relations

One afternoon last fall, I stood before my Public Relations Writing students a couple days after we had a guest speaker and I offered a confession that went something like this: “In case you were wondering, I inform our guest speakers beforehand of the broad topic, but I never tell them what to say. And, more »

Categories: PR tips 4 Comments

If it looks like a blog and smells like a blog…

As a young writer, we learn that it’s important to take pride in your craft. We’re taught to prepare perfect copies of work before presenting it in public. With these teachings, it’s hard not to become conceited when comparing your work to the work of ‘non-writers,’ but it’s time for writers everywhere to concede that more »

Categories: Blogging 3 Comments

Are we watching you?

I’m a regular reader of Al’s Morning Meeting on Poynter.org. I confess, I regularly skim the headlines to see if something pops out at me rather than read the entire thing. Something popped out this morning, though. (It’s the item at the end.) Is This What You Want Your College (Or Future Employer) to Know more »

Categories: Miscellaneous 3 Comments

Another analogy: Artwork vs. doodles?

You may have seen my guest essay, in which I did some flogging on blogging and wrogging, in the op-ed section of the Democrat and Chronicle on March 27. If you’ve been following the discussion here the past couple weeks—particularly the one surrounding my March 17 post, “Writing vs. blogging: Why they’re not the same more »

Categories: Blogging 6 Comments

The WWW is the blog to my internet

I’m in a dusty cubicle in the center of a nearly windowless buidling. The color scheme is rich with almonds, yellows, and faded browns. The colors of a fading photograph. The chair I’m in isn’t comfortable and I’m drinking coffee I don’t even like. My name is Pete Karl. I’m a web developer for University more »

Categories: Miscellaneous 4 Comments
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