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December 22, 2023 0 Comments

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Your 2024 Guide to Agency Ownership and PR Ethics (Feat. Doug Spong)

Today, April and Laura welcome our annual honored guest, Doug Spong, to discuss the defining trends of PR past, present and future. Thank you for joining us! 

Pour some nog and tune in for an episode that’s jam-packed with information that’s sure to keep your spirits bright. In this episode, we’ll discuss advice to help PR pros navigate: 

  • the long-term implications of generative AI for the PR industry
  • widespread return-to-office mandates
  • the economic challenges facing agencies today 
  • identifying productive client partnerships
  • ethical practices in media relations

Today’s Anonymous PR Horror Story comes from a listener who was accused of an ethics misstep — and was put on blast by a reporter in a few industry forums as a result. Doug, April and Laura share advice to help that PR practitioner move through this semi-viral incident, preserve his reporter relationships, and confront the often-toxic culture of tearing other publicists down online. 

About Our Special Guest: Doug Spong has an Accreditation in Public Relations and is a PRSA Fellow. He is also the founder and CEO of The Doug Spong Co. Prior to founding The Doug Spong Co., Doug was the founder, president and managing partner of Minneapolis-based Carmichael Lynch and Spong, which is owned by Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). He is also April’s longtime mentor, former colleague and dear friend. You can follow Doug’s work and get in touch here.

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Grab a glass and get ready to “wine down” every week with public relations vets April White and Laura Schooler as they gab, analyze, dissect, commiserate–and, in some cases–kick the door down on the PR industry. Call it tough love if you will, they’re looking to make our jobs easier, more relatable and more entertaining.