Category Archives: Issue Management

Fake news is not the only threat to truth

In our so-called post-truth society, fake news is a well-recognised danger to democracy and informed public debate. But there is another less well-known risk which threatens to contaminate legitimate issue management, and that’s the rise of the ‘non-fact’. Unlike lies, … Continue reading

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Since when has age disqualified issue activism?

Whatever you think of Greta Thunberg and school students around the world marching to protest about climate change, there is an important underlying question: Do young people have a valid voice in important issues of the day? There were plenty of … Continue reading

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Has Alan Jones finally stirred the corporate conscience?

Should corporations try to position themselves on the side of the Angels? We know from research that the public don’t trust big business or CEOs. So does it make any difference when companies step in and take a moral stance … Continue reading

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Joan Jett was wrong. Reputation really does matter.

Way back in 1980 American rocker Joan Jett launched her career singing: “I don’t give a damn ‘bout my reputation. You’re living in the past, it’s a new generation.” It helped her become the ‘Godmother of Punk,’ but it surely would … Continue reading

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The ugly side of public relations damages all of us

The ugly side of public relations and issue management has been brutally on display recently – and the result is renewed damage to the reputation of what we do. Earlier this month, an investigative report in The Guardian exposed a … Continue reading

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It’s time to stop talking about spin . . . please

Talking about positive PR as “spin” is misleading and unhelpful, and it really is time we moved past this derogatory language. But a Federal minister dragged us backwards last week when he publicly called for putting a “positive spin” on homelessness. … Continue reading

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Choosing just the right words can shape issues and crises

Words really do matter – especially when it comes to issue and crisis management. The most recent example is a proposal to change the way we refer to climate change. The Guardian newspaper has just updated its style guide to … Continue reading

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