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PR lessons from Pittsburgh

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed in this week’s issue of the Cincinnati Business Courier.  The full text is only available to subscribers for the first month but will be available to the general public on September 13. Update: This op-ed has been picked up by the Sacramento Business Journal and is available online […]

Regional Reinvention — My Cover Story for the Summer Edition of Chamber Executive Magazine

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Thanks to the good folks at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, who gave me the opportunity to write the cover story for the summer edition of Chamber Executive magazine.  The article takes a look at how communities across the country are working to brand and promote themselves for economic development, talent attraction and tourism in difficult […]

Bannon Communications President Featured in Carnegie Mellon University Newsletter Q&A

Monday, May 10th, 2010

My college years were some of the most enjoyable and most transformative of my life, and I’ve been glad to remain engaged with my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), throughout my career.  During my years working to promote the Pittsburgh region to national and international media, I was always particularly enthusiastic when I had […]

Rankings, Rankings Everywhere …

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Langley Group CEO Mike Langley recently wrote an article about rankings for Chamber Executive magazine, the official publication of The American Chamber of Commerce Executives.  I worked with Mike at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development for three years, and I was proud when he called to interview me about the value of rankings in […]

Reinventing a Region: What Detroit Can Learn From Pittsburgh

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I came across this question on LinkedIn last night, and I wanted to respond because I’ve got some relatively unique and successful experience in this particular area of public relations.  From time to time I’ll share my answers to these sorts of questions here on the Bannon Communications blog, and I invite your feedback. Question: […]

Bannon Communications Featured on

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Special thanks to Ragan Communications, which is currently featuring my article about pitching the media on its home page. Click here to read the article on the PR Daily Web site.

Toyota’s Mistakes Demonstrate Importance of Crisis Communications Planning

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Could it get much worse for the folks at Toyota?  I guess it can always get worse.  I mean, their spouses could all begin cheating on them with the folks from Kia.  Or their teenage daughters could all run off with that guy you know will never really become a rock star.  Frankly, I’m hoping […]

Bannon Communications Featured by PR Daily

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Special thanks to PR Daily, which is currently featuring my article about pitching the media on its home page. Click here to read the article on the PR Daily Web site.

Pitch Perfect — Improving Your Chances of Earning Positive Media Coverage

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

For the better part of four years, I had the good fortune to work as a producer on “Our Region’s Business,” a terrific regional affairs program that airs on NBC affiliate stations in four states just before “Meet the Press” every Sunday morning.  It was a great experience for a lot of reasons, not the […]

Answering Your Questions — Communicating After a Workplace Tragedy

Friday, January 15th, 2010

From time to time I’ll use this space to answer readers’ questions about the practice of Public Relations.  Here’s a great question and some advice you can use if you find your organization in the midst of an unanticipated crisis. Q: I’m looking to find out what the dos and don’ts would be in dealing […]