* The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer, which found the trust gap widening between informed publics and the mass population.
* A post from Jay Baer that offers brands three pieces of advice when tempted to offer “thoughts and prayer” when tragedy strikes or a celebrity dies.
* Sports Stadium, a new app (for iOS only so far) from Facebook that seeks to become your second screen during sporting events.
* The diversity issues arising from the boycott of the Oscars over a second consecutive year of all-white acting nominees, including a look at the issue in other industries and how PR and communicators can play a role in addressing the situation.
* Why do PR trade publications devote so much space to job announcements?
* Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has hired two PR firms to help with PR needed as a result of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Will it help. Could it help?
* Dan York reports on efforts to bring the Internet to populations without connectivity or financial means to afford it.
I particularly enjoyed the chat about the Flint, Michigan water issue, as it reminded me of my move from journalism into PR around 2002.
At that time Scotland's national water utility (publicly owned) had just been created by amalgamating three legacy water authorities.
Within months of the new organisation coming into being, it was in crisis after an outbreak of cryptosporidium.
I was brought in to help bolster a beleaguered comms team. It was eye opening.
All of the panel on the show agreed that fixing the problem has to be the priority. That was certainly the case here. As soon as the source of the outbreak was identified it led to a major overhaul of the public water supply network in that area - one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland to that point.
The PR and reputational recovery was every bit as carefully planned, long, painstaking and hard won.
A quick question for - as a long time listener I've heard you previously reference the study (possibly out of Oxford Uni) about honest and transparent companies making better, long-term recoveries from crises. Any chance you'd be able to signpost me to that resource?
Thanks again to all the panel for the customary insight and sharing of knowledge.