The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management: How to Manage the Media in the Digital Age

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CRC Press, Apr 19, 2016 - Business & Economics - 320 pages

From the Japanese tsunami and the Egyptian revolution to the Haitian earthquake and the Australian floods, social media has proven its power to unite, coalesce, support, champion, and save lives. Presenting cutting-edge media communication solutions, The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management explains how to choose the appropriate language and media outlet to properly convey your message during and after a crisis.

Unveiling the secrets of how to manage the media in a crisis, the book examines how rapidly evolving social media and Web 2.0 technologies have changed the crisis management landscape. It illustrates the four distinct stages of media reporting during a crisis and details the information that must be provided. The author provides readers with a wealth of helpful tips and tools—including guidelines, checklists, and case studies that illustrate best practices in crisis media management. Divided into five sections, the book:

  • Examines how the kingdom of news has changed and considers the new hybrid model that is emerging
  • Identifies the four distinct stages in which both old and new media report a crisis
  • Addresses the use of spokespeople according to the four stages, as well as when to use the chief executive officer
  • Discusses media interviews, including how to handle news conferences, bloggers, and the importance of media training
  • Considers the communication aspects of crisis management—including how to harness the power of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, Wikipedia, Flickr, and social media releases

The book’s resource-rich appendices include a checklist for briefing a spokesperson, sample media release, a step-by-step flowchart for creating a crisis communication plan, and social media policy guidelines. Complete with a detailed guide on what tools to use and when to use them, this book provides the techniques and understanding required to communicate effectively and avoid any potential bad press and embarrassment that could result from information mismanagement.

Jane Jordan-Meier was interviewed about leadership in a crisis and the stages of a crisis in the wake of the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal. She also discusses crisis management planning in The Sydney Morning Herald and in Daily Ovation. She was interviewed in August 2011 by Globe and Mail.

Discover more about the book, including a video of the author explaining how to turn media questions into gold and visit for a series of recent interviews.

Jane Jordan-Meier appeared in a video interview with Crisis Manager Melissa Agnes on July 3, 2012.


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What Is a Crisis?
The Role of Media in a Crisis
Social Interactive and Everywhere All the Time
Social Medias Role in Crisis
Media Ethics What Drives Traditional Media Behavior?
Chapter 6
Stage OneFactFinding Stage
Beware the ST Factor Remember the Context
Lights Camera ActionThe Interview
Chapter 23
Why Communicate in a Crisis?
What to Communicate?
To Apologize or NotThe Role of the Apology in a Crisis
Language in a CrisisFall in Love with We No Toxic Language Please
How to Get Your Message Across
Where? New Media Tools

Stage TwoThe Unfolding Drama
Stage ThreeFingerPointing Stage Blame Game
Chapter 11
To CEO or Not?
Head and Heart
Role of the Frontline
Chapter 16
Understanding Journalists Questions
Techniques to Get Your Message Across
Dealing with Difficult Questions
Never Repeat the Poison Avoid Negative Language
How the New Media Are Changing the Rules for Interviews
Chapter 30
Guidelines for Briefing Spokespeople
Sample Media Contact Information Log
Sample News Release
Nine Steps to a Crisis Communication Plan
Useful Resources
Social Media Policy Resources
Social Media Resources for Crisis Communicators
30 Things You Should Not Share on Social Media
Wordpress Statement
Social Media Embracing the Opportunities Averting the Risks
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About the author (2016)

A former journalist, Jane Jordan-Meier has been at the forefront of media training for 15 years, developing unique and powerful methodologies in crisis media management. From her base in the United States, she works with corporations, government departments, and non-profit agencies in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. She is recognized as one of the world’s top media and crisis management experts.

Throughout her career, Jane has worked at the highest level of strategic planning and communication, including the Australian bi-centennial celebrations and the Sydney Olympic Games. Her clients range from experienced CEOs of global corporations to those doing their first media interviews. She works with organizations in crisis as well as those wanting to raise their profile with positive media interviews. Many of her programs and training have won awards from her peers in the public relations and communication professions.

In the 1990s, recognizing the need for executives to be highly skilled in handling the media, Jane co-established Media Skills, a media training consultancy. With former journalist Susan Templeman, she created a suite of methods for developing and delivering strategic media messages. This led to the development of a unique approach to managing crisis communication. The methodology has been licensed and used by a network of trainers around the globe.

Jane is a frequent guest speaker on crisis communication and media management at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, and North America. A licensed and accredited media trainer and coach, she holds a master’s degree in communication management. She has also taught communication, at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels in Australia’s top communication schools, as well as several professional development courses in Australia, New Zealand, and North America.

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