Image and Crisis Communication

Image and Crisis Communication

Introduction
Your readings throughout this course have provided many example of companies

whose image prior to and during the crisis adversely affect its outcome.

Companies with public good will, a strong financial position, or that exhibit

large amounts of empathy to crisis victims undoubtedly come out ahead of

companies doing the opposite. Perception and appropriate involvement with the

media can be powerful tools during times of crisis. In this assignment, you

will make your own judgment of the power of perception and media interaction

to positively or negatively affect a crisis outcome.

Instructions
Complete this assignment by doing the following:

Choose a crisis to use in this assignment (
Lauda Air Flight 004 – 223 dead)
. You may either use one from you readings in this course or another crisis

with which you are familiar. Research the crisis as much as you need to in

order to complete this assignment.
Prepare a brief essay (no more than 400 words) that addresses the items that

follow. Your essay should be in narrative format. In other words, do not

simply note the answers to the questions below. Include introductory text,

transitions, and other elements of good writing that make the essay flow.

Your essay should reflect good writing skills and demonstrate clarity,

correct spelling and grammar, and appropriate use of APA citations when

referencing others’ ideas, articles, Web sites, etc.
Briefly describe the crisis. Answer such questions as Who was involved? What

happened? and Why was this considered a crisis? (10 Points)
Explain how the company’s image and interactions with the media affected the

crisis outcome. (20 Points)
Explain how you believe the company could have changed their image prior to

the crisis or interacted differently with the media to achieve a different

crisis outcome. Support your position with relevant sources or examples from

other companies. (30 Points)

 

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