Welcome to episode #14 of For Immediate Release. This week’s panel includes internal communications consultants Steve Crescenzo (a very funny guy), Jim Ylisela (who also has impressive journalism credentials), and Ron Shewchuk (who is also a master griller). In today’s episode, we covered the following topics:
- The TSA — a reviled government agency — has launched a new Twitter account specifically to handle real-time traveler issues.
- Denver Water wants to be the go-to resource for all things water, first with a blog and in the Spring with a dedicated news site.
- Nearly half of CEOs aren’t involved in their companies’ crisis planning and training. Does this render existing crisis plans useless?
- Podcasting is on the rise, and what gets big on the Web usually gets big on intranets. Ron has been producing podcasts for internal consumption. Is this going to be a thing?
- Millennials, as it turns out, place high value on face-to-face interactions at work to build their reputations — even more than their GenX and Baby Boomer colleagues. Is it an internal communications role to provide opportunities for face-to-face engagement?
- Where does employee news belong? Is the traditional news hole on the intranet effective, are there better ways, or should it be everywhere?
- Dan York reports on the World Summit on the Information Society, the demise of Skitch, and the launch of Wirecast Go.
Links to the source material for this episode are on Delicious.
Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.
About this week’s panel
Steve Crescenzo started Crescenzo Communications 15 years ago after leaving his post as Editorial Director and VP of New Product Development at Ragan Communications. I should point out that Steve does a lot of great communication work, but his wife Cindy runs Crescenzo Communications. Both Steve and Cindy do presentations, internal communication audits, and internal communication consulting. Steve and Cindy both present frequently, together and solo, at a number of communication conferences at events, and Steve has been recognized as the top speaker at IABC’s world conference a number of times.
Ron Schewchuk is based in Vancouver, B.C., where right now he’s running Ron Shewchuk Consulting, which includes podcast production through Purpose-Built Productions. He’s also serving as director of Communications, Clinical + Systems Transformation for Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and Providence Health Care. Ron has held a number of corporate communication positions (such as Investor Relations director at Suncor in Calgary), but it’s equally important to know he is a barbecue champion and author of grilling books including Barbecue Secrets.
Jim Ylisela is president of Duff Media Partners, providing journalistic services, communications consulting, and training. He’s still a contributing writer to Chicago Magazine, which he’s been writing for since 1988, along with other publications like Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Reporter. He spent 13 years as a senior lecturer at the Medill School of Journalism where he taught urban reporting, investigative journalism, and served as co-director of the Chicago Medill News Service. He also spent 10 years as a consulting editor for The Chicago Reporter. He also put in some time as president of Ragan Consulting.