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Bringing Stability to Renters in Syracuse: Connecting Residents to Resources

This post is the third in a series of three about the Innovation Team’s housing stability initiatives. To read the first two posts, go here.

A little over a year ago, we asked for your input on what our next priority area should be. After six weeks of public engagement, nearly 900 votes from residents, and input from the Common Council, the Mayor chose Housing Stability as our next challenge to tackle. Last month, the City of Syracuse launched 11 new housing stability initiatives to improve housing and reduce transiency for our residents…

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Bringing Stability to Renters in Syracuse: Reducing Evictions

This post is the second in a series of three about the Innovation Team’s housing stability initiatives. To read the first post, go here.

A little over a year ago, we asked for your input on what our next priority area should be. After six weeks of public engagement, nearly 900 votes from residents, and input from the Common Council, the Mayor chose Housing Stability as our next challenge to tackle. Last month, the City of Syracuse launched 11 new housing stability initiatives to improve housing and reduce transiency for our residents…

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Bringing Stability To Renters In Syracuse: Improving Housing Quality

This post is the first in a series of three about the Innovation Team’s housing stability initiatives.

A little over a year ago, we asked for your input on what our next priority area should be. After six weeks of public engagement, nearly 900 votes from residents, and input from the Common Council, the Mayor chose Housing Stability as our next challenge to tackle. Last month, the City of Syracuse launched 11 new housing stability initiatives to improve housing and reduce transiency for our residents…

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Housing and Economic Opportunity

This post was originally published on Innovate Syracuse on June 8, 2017.

Driving through many of Syracuse’s neighborhoods today, one can’t help but notice the boarded up vacant houses, trash-strewn vacant lots, crumbling porches, and chipping paint. One might ask, how did this happen? How did we get here? And, what impact does neighborhood blight have on the city and its residents? What are the consequences to living in unstable and unsafe housing? And how does it affect our residents’ access to opportunity?…

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The Aftermath: Our Role Post Election 2016

As communicators, we must tell stories. 

Happy or not with the outcome, this election exposed and reinforced stark divides in our country. Negativity and hate have run rampant from coast to coast. Our country has some serious reflection and work to do. And we must keep moving forward. 

 

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Crisis Communications: Gov. of Indiana ABC News Interview

It is likely by now that everyone has heard of the religious freedom bill that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana (R) signed into law last week. This decision has received huge amounts of backlash from both in the state and outside of it and absolutely is a crisis in itself. However, what I want to look at is the ABC News television interview that Gov. Pence gave on the issue on March 29 that certainly did not help the situation.

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Research Matters

An Evidence Based approach using research and insights is crucial to the success and effectiveness of any public relations or communications campaign. Without doing research, you cannot know who your main publics and target audiences are, what messages will potentially resonate with them the best, or be able to measure the results of the campaign in an effective way. As Guy Golan, a professor of practice in the S.I. Newhouse School’s public relations and public diplomacy departments, always says, “Without research, you’re just guessing.”

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Syracuse University's Bad PR

As a student at Syracuse University, I have had the opportunity to witness up close some of the things that have given the school some not-so-good press these past two semesters. It seems that as soon as one issue dies down, another pops up to refuel the conversation, and the university has done a less-than-stellar job handling these issues from a public relations point-of-view.

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Why PR? A Personal Story

When I received my acceptance letter from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, I was thoroughly surprised. It was not because I did not expect to get in, but because I was unaware that I had applied. I had applied to Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences as an intended English major, and had selected Newhouse as my second choice school if I did not get into the Arts and Sciences, completely unaware of the reputation Newhouse has. When I received my acceptance letter to be dually enrolled in both schools, it was the best mistake to ever happen to me.

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Public Relations Problem: Mozilla

This is the message that OkCupid users saw earlier this week when they tried to use the website on Firefox, Mozilla‘s web browser. This comes after news sources found that the newly hired CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, had donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8, a California measure to ban same-sex marriage.

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