October 20, 2016

Don’t Take My Newspaper Away

Earlier this week multiple people in Rachel's circle posted an article from POLITICO Magazine, “What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake?” on Facebook. As someone who still enjoys reading a physical newspaper, she had to chime in. Click the link to read her thoughts and share your own.
October 13, 2016

Happy Birthday, Abbie – Top 10 List of Great Things About You

Happy Birthday, Abbie! We think you are great! If you all agree, click the link and share your thoughts!
October 4, 2016

#TipForTuesday – PRSA Phoenix Media Relations

The next #MediaBreakfast for PRSA Phoenix is on Oct. 11, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., at CO+HOOTS. The media breakfasts are a great way for public relations professionals to network and build their media relations “rolodex” (let me know if you still use an actual rolodex!)! [Click below for more]
September 27, 2016

No Pardon for You! You Know Nothing Edward “Snow”den

Earlier this week I came across a blog post from Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, titled WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer), which was in response to The Washington Post’s editorial column, No pardon for Edward Snowden. [Click below for more]
September 22, 2016

Crisis Communications and Its Ethical Implications

At the PRSA Phoenix luncheon yesterday we had the pleasure of listening to Michael Pooley, metro operations lieutenant and former PIO for the City of Tempe Police Department. He was responsible for operations during the 2013 Pat Tillman Run at ASU, just weeks following the bombing during the Boston Marathon.
September 12, 2016

#MediaMonday – SPJ Valley Publicity Summit 2016

The Valley Publicity Summit 2016 presented by the Valley of the Sun Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is being held this Saturday, Sept. 17 at Arizona State University. Since receiving the list of attendees, the team at HMA has been busy preparing and we thought it might be helpful to share the list, including some participants who have been featured on past HMA Public Relations #MediaMonday profiles. Click on the link for the full list and many of their stories.
September 1, 2016

Pokemon A No Go

Imagine my shock and surprise when I found out that Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston is asking for all Pokémon Go related times be remove from the park. I first read about it in a Houston Press article titled Discovery Green Officials Removing Everything Pokemon Go-Related. After reading this article I was simply blown away by the comments from Discovery Green President Barry Mandel, including comments about safety, cost and security.
August 23, 2016

Crisis Communications – I’m sorry Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

On my drive into work last Friday I was listening to KTAR and they mentioned that swimmer Ryan Lochte had issued an apology via Instagram and Twitter, for “confusing” the details of being robbed in Rio during the Olympics. I’m not really concerned about the fact that he “confused” the details of what happened but I am more interested in the fact that he took to Instagram to issue his apology (an apology, which by the way was not sincere, which is an entirely different blog post). He later completed an interview with Matt Lauer in which he sounded even more insincere, adding more fuel to the fire. But, I had to immediately ask myself, “when did a social media post become the way to issue an apology?” To see more from Rachel on this topic, click on the link for the full post.
August 12, 2016

Crisis Communications – Sexist Olympic PR Problems

All this week I have been planning to write about the Olympics, since I really enjoy watching them (and no, not just the tennis portion). At first I was going to write about the Russian athletes who were banned from the Olympics for failing drug tests. I had written earlier in the year about Sharapova’s Drug Crisis and thought I would expand on that. However, as I watched the swimming competition where Katinka Hosszu won the gold medal (and broke a world record) and heard the commentator credit her husband for her win I knew what I wanted to write about. At that time I actually said out loud “what in the world, was he in the pool swimming, too, perhaps pushing her along?” Not knowing at that time that this was one of many sexist comments that were to come. So as you probably figured out, this post is going to focus on the sexist comments made by the commentators at the Olympics! A few of the others that caught my attention? Click below to read more.
August 3, 2016

It’s a Dog Eat PR Dog World

Recently, when Alison told me that she was writing a blog post on PR people as cats or dogs, I knew for sure that she was going to side on the cat! After reading her blog post “Getting Catty about PR,” which was in response to Susan Payton’s blog post “When It Comes to PR, Be Like a Cat, Not a Dog,” I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t all about the cat! To read this post in its entirety, please click the link below.