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Crisis Management Today

July 15, 2017

In The Headlines

You Think Chris Christie’s Beach Photos Were Great? Just Wait Until Drone Journalism Really Takes Off

You saw the photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, surrounded by his family and friends, sitting on a public beach that had been closed to the public amidst a state government shutdown. Here's how this new trend could affect your organization.


Q&A: NPR’s Audie Cornish on the Intimacy of Interviewing

A great interview should be informative, entertaining, thoughtful.  Here's how NPR's Audie Cornish prepares for and conducts an interview - with lessons for your next interview.

The Bottomless News Hole and You

When your business is in crisis mode, the media, hungry to feed that bottomless news hole, will descend on you in droves. If your issue is serious enough, newsroom managers will instruct their staff to “go big” on the story.

Our Perspective

When Social Media Bites Back

Social media engagement can be a high-risk undertaking and campaigns designed to win friends and buttress brands deserve careful vetting before they are launched. 

 “The media has changed more in 10 years than in the past 100. Facebook now drives about 30 percent of the traffic that comes into newspapers. Facebook is where people share information. But Twitter is where people find information.”
Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications


7/24       Faith-Based Security Summit
7/25       State & Federal Communications
8/2         Summit Cty. Education Resource Ctr.
8/9         Orrville Safety Council
8/23       Public Transit Management Agency
8/23     Maui Municipal Lawyers Association
9/11     National Sales & Marketing Executives
9/13     Lake County Communicators
9/13     Ohio Assoc. of Comm'ty Action Agcys.
9/18     Ohio Trucking Association

Faith-Based Security Summit

TO:   All Akron, Ohio-Area Faith-Based Institutions

Do you work at a church, temple, synagogue or other house of worship?

Do you manage or oversee a religious-based school, day care, community or senior center?

If so, you will want to attend the seminar below, to be held at the University of Akron on Monday, July 24.

Speakers include Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, John Breen from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and representatives from 

Registration is free, but capacity is strictly limited, so a reservation is a must.

You can register here:

For a printable poster flyer, click here:  Faith-Based Security Summit – Akron, Ohio July 24, 2017.compressed

Meet Our Crisis Management
Thom Fladung

Thom Fladung serves as vice president at Hennes Communications and as president of The Press Club of Cleveland.  He brings more than 33 years of daily newspaper and digital media experience to the agency, having served as a top editor at some of the nation’s largest newspapers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Detroit Free Press. Over the past decade, Fladung also played a lead role in evolving newsrooms into the digital age. His work at the Plain Dealer was instrumental in the newspaper’s migration to digital platforms, including web, social media and handheld digital devices.
He is intimately familiar with the relentless content requirements of the 24/7 news cycle, and understands the necessity and nuances of communicating on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. He recognizes the crucial role social media plays as a first alert for many consumers of information and as a place where reputations can be bolstered – or blistered.
Fladung has overseen newsrooms of more than 300 journalists and has directed dozens of award-winning investigations, breaking-news stories, human interest stories and features. Highlights include helping direct six journalists reporting from the Iraq war after the invasion in 2003 for the Detroit Free Press; leading coverage during the Northeast blackout of 2003 in Detroit, and getting the newspaper out with no power; and overseeing coverage of the Minneapolis bridge collapse of 2007 while serving as editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


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