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I recently received a note from professor Hamilton Bean who teaches communications and public relations at the University of Colorado Denver. As a part of a discussion about ethics in public relations, he had his students watch a news clip from 2008 in which Andrew Cohen from CBS News, lambasted the Public Relations Society of America for taking a position against Cohen’s assertions that public relations is always based on lies and that lying is what public relations people do best. He then took a very cheap shot at PRSA‘s Code of Ethics saying it was akin to the Burglars Association of America having a creed of Thou Shalt Not Steal. 

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Doug
Posted by Doug on March 05th, 2015

At least several times a week I see something about one of our nation’s generations, from baby boomers to millennials. Since so many appear to be interested in generational differences (myself included), I thought it might be fun to highlight some of the data I’ve seen recently.

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Doug
Posted by Doug on January 26th, 2015

As a researcher, I track changes in the market research industry so I can make the best recommendations about research to our clients. For the past 20 years, the research industry has been quickly evolving, primarily due to technology. 

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Today I read the opinion post on Rocky Mountain PBS regarding the Paris terrorist attack.

This piece certainly made me think about where I have come to regarding terrorism. 

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This was the headline in a recent Denver Post story. At first I was so pleased to see our governor sounding the warning call of what we are in for because of the Tabor Amendment. This amendment to Colorado’s state constitution was passed in 1992 and has over the years created an extremely dysfunctional state budgeting process and in large part caused the passage of Amendment 23, which is a well meaning amendment to our state constitution that requires the state to spend a defined amount on K-12 education.  What both of these amendments do is make it extremely difficult for our state legislators to do their job in creating the annual state budget that meets the state’s growing needs.

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Doug
Posted by Doug on August 28th, 2014

Over the years I have heard Denver is second only to Washington, D.C.in the number of associations, industry trade groups and nonprofits headquartered in the area. Fortunately, MGA Communications has had the privilege of working for a variety of these professional and membership organizations.

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Following is the final portion of Jeff’s article that first appeared in ICOSA magazine’s Energy Issue earlier in 2014. A previous blog post covered the first four elements of effective corporate giving.
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Corporate giving is a key metric and a vital component of an effective Corporate Social Responsibility program. This is particularly true for businesses in energy exploration and production because of the heightened public scrutiny their operating methods receive. Strategic corporate giving goes beyond making a donation. It is an investment. Helping build vibrant, healthy and safe communities in which a company operates is foundational to securing and maintaining that always-important social license to operate.

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MGA
Posted by MGA on July 02nd, 2014

Gallup polls, volunteered censorship and (much deserved) sympathy for public relations professionals: These are some of the stories that MGAers have been looking at recently.

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Doug
Posted by Doug on June 19th, 2014
Below is the third in a series about the skills and expertise MGA’s team members gained from their experience in the service industry.Before becoming a research rock star at MGA, I played bass in a variety of different bands. In high school there was Nobody’s Children, a band that played at high school dances and fraternity and sorority parties during the school year. Then the summer I graduated from high school I joined a more professional band (the Chancellors was a nine-piece horn band) and I began performing year round.
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