Great reads 

These books have been suggested by public information officers and media professionals. Our team have also read them so we know we can recommend them to help you with your professional development. If you would like to recommend a read or send us something to review, please get in touch or contact us on Twitter or LinkedIn

 

Applied Crisis Communication and Crisis Management: Cases and Exercises

Timothy Coombs

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Designed to give students and public relations professionals the knowledge and skills they need to become successful crisis managers, Applied Crisis Communication and Crisis Management: Cases and Exercises by W. Timothy Coombs, includes a wide range of cases that explore crisis communication and management in action using a practical approach. In the first two chapters, the author introduces key theories and principles in crisis communication, which students apply by analyzing 17 cases drawn from recent headlines.

Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers (PIOs)

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This guidance was developed in coordination with Federal, State, tribal, and local Public Information Officers (PIOs). The goal of this publication is to provide operational practices for performing PIO duties within the Incident Command System (ICS). It offers basic procedures to operate an effective Joint Information System (JIS). During an incident or planned event, coordinated and timely communication is critical to effectively help the community.

Crisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare for and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals and Other Emergencies

Edward Segal

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Crisis Ahead includes dozens of anecdotes, stories, and lessons about how companies, organizations, and individuals - ranging from Amazon, Apple, and the European Union, to Disney, Starbucks, and entrepreneur Elon Musk - have prepared for, created, managed, and communicated about crisis situations.

Crisis Communication Strategies: How to Prepare in Advance, Respond Effectively and Recover in Full

Amanda Coleman

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Crisis Communication Strategies is a must-have handbook which covers the whole span of the crisis from preparing and laying the groundwork before it occurs, during the incident, and the aftermath, including the move to recovery. It guides readers through each phase, providing details of what to consider, what should be done, and tips and checklists for improved responses.

Crisis Communications: A Casebook Approach (Routledge Communication Series) 5th Edition, Kindle Edition

Kathleen Fearn-Banks

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Crisis Communications: A Casebook Approach presents case studies of organizational, corporate, and individual crises, and analyzes the communication responses to these situations. Demonstrating how professionals prepare for and respond to crises, as well as how they develop communications plans, this essential text explores crucial issues concerning communication with the news media, employees, and consumers in times of crisis.

Effective Crisis Communication: Moving From Crisis to Opportunity

Robert R. Ulmer

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In this fully updated Fourth Edition of Effective Crisis Communication, three of today’s most respected crisis/risk communication scholars provide the latest theories and innovative approaches for handling crisis. Unlike other crisis communication texts, this acclaimed book answers the question, "what now?" and explains how organizations can create the potential for opportunity, renewal, and growth through effective crisis communication.

Media Relations Handbook for Government, Associations, Nonprofits, and Elected Officials

Brad Fitch

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Human communication is a constant, continuous, and dynamic phenomenon. You cannot not-communicate nor can you un-communicate. For an individual entity, there is only ONE communication. Not multiple, not varieties, only one. That one communication is the culmination of all that has been communicated by the entity until the "now" in time. You cannot go back and un-communicate something. You can only begin from the "now" to create the intended outcome. That outcome is always a negotiation with the receiver/audience/community to cultivate an agreed understanding.

Ongoing Crisis Communication: Planning, Managing, and Responding

Timothy Coombs

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Ongoing Crisis Communication: Planning, Managing, and Responding provides an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to the entire crisis communication process. Drawing on his extensive firsthand experience, Dr. Timothy Coombs uses a three-staged approach to crisis management (pre-crisis, crisis, and post-crisis), explains how crisis management can prevent or reduce the threats of a crisis, and provides guidelines for how best to act and react in an emergency situation.

 

Preparing for Crisis: A First Responder's Guide to Messaging When it Really Matters

Judy Pal

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In the event of a crisis, today more than ever, first-responder public information officers (PIOs) including police, fire, EMS, hospitals and other agencies on the front lines, must be prepared to communicate immediately. When time is of the essence, telling people what they need to know will help an agency come through a crisis with the trust and confidence of a community intact.

Social Media Crisis Communications: Preparing for, Preventing, and Surviving a Public Relations #FAIL

Ann Marie van den Hurk

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Your business or organization will face a crisis. That’s a fact. Here’s another: Thanks to social media, crises happen more often and accelerate out of control faster—much faster. So…what’s your crisis communications plan? Don’t have one? Let’s fix that. Now. This book gives you a crisis communications blueprint that’s fast, flexible, realistic, complete, and doable.

The Communications Golden Hour: The Essential Guide To Public Information When Every Minute Counts

Doug Levy

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Once the importance of the first 60 minutes was recognized and trauma care was streamlined around that golden hour, survival rates after car crashes and other major injuries improved dramatically. The same systematic approach works for communications, too. The Communications Golden Hour provides a framework that streamlines planning, preparation and training for emergencies large and small, from natural disasters to major crimes and everything in-between.

 

The Media Training Bible: 101 Things You Absolutely, Positively Need To Know Before Your Next Interview

Brad Phillips

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Delivering an effective media interview today is more challenging than ever before. Today’s media spokesperson must compete with shrinking audience attention spans, cope with social media overload, and confront sensationalized reporting. Given those challenges, how can you create positive messages that cut through the noise and motivate your audiences? How can you respond to difficult questions in a confident manner that increases your credibility?