RF|Binder Media Intelligence: March 2021

CNBC Launches a New ShowCNBC will replace “Squawk Alley,” a technology-focused hour that has been slotted at 11 a.m. since May 2014, with “TechCheck.” The new show will premiere on April 5, and will be anchored by Jon Fortt and Carl Quintanilla from CNBC’s New Jersey studios, while Deirdre Bosa will join from California. The show will focus on FAANG stocks, emerging public companies and tech start-ups, while addressing big changes in sectors including energy, transportation, gaming and media. http://bit.ly/3uFuIBX Bloomberg Names Boston Bureau ChiefCarey Goldberg will be joining Bloomberg as Boston bureau chief. The CommonHealth editor at WBUR (Boston’s NPR affiliate), Carey previously served as the Boston bureau chief of The New…

2020: A Year of Corporate Purpose

While companies have slowly begun to embrace corporate purpose over the last several decades, the events of 2020 dramatically accelerated this transition. In 2019, the Business Roundtable updated their definition of a corporation’s purpose to include doing right by all stakeholders rather than just shareholders. This new definition suggests that companies should take into account not just profits when making a decision, but also the implications for their employees, their communities, and their customers. The COVID-19 pandemic repeatedly put this new definition of corporate purpose to the test as brands…

The deep partisan divide is a growing challenge for communicators

The last couple of years have left America divided and on edge. Unfortunately, there is no sign of the intense political and cultural divisions healing anytime soon, despite calls for unity from leadership across sectors. There are many reasons to believe that polarization in the country will persist. The deep partisan divide goes far beyond the political arena. It is prominently reflected in how people consume information and engage with brands. This presents a number of challenges for executives and communicators who are responsible for managing brands and protecting reputations…

RF|Binder Media Intelligence: February 2021

FT Expands Climate CoverageThe Financial Times has launched Climate Capital, a new section on FT.com, edited by newly appointed climate editor Emiliya Mychasuk and led by journalist Leslie Hook. Climate Capital will also offer readers a community and events program, providing subscribers with the perspective needed to identify the most important emerging risks and opportunities for their businesses. http://bit.ly/2YywOFc New Climate Reporter at FTFinancial Times reporter Camilla Hodgson is now covering the climate beat. She previously was covering equities and markets. Hodgson has been at the FT since January 2018, first as a trainee and then as the Marjorie Dean fellow. http://bit.ly/3tgEWbh Time…

RF|Binder Media Intelligence: January 2021

NY Times Adds Economics ReporterSydney Ember is returning to the Business team at the New York Times from her several-year stint on Politics. She will report on economy under Kevin McKenna. http://bit.ly/38xeq57 New Health Tech Reporters at STATSTAT has hired two new health tech reporters: Mario Aguilar and Katie Palmer. Aguilar has more than a decade of experience covering technology, much of it at Gizmodo. Palmer previously led health and science coverage at Quartz and also directed science coverage at Wired. http://bit.ly/39hhxNX Bloomberg Renewable Energy ReporterBloomberg News reporter Josh Saul has moved to the renewable energy and climate change team. He had been covering distressed debt…

Food Sourcing in America: New Consumer Food Sourcing Trends That Will Impact Communications in 2021

With the global pandemic upon us, the way that consumers procure food has shifted. According to The Hartman Group, 70% of consumers are concerned about grocery shopping, with many completely shifting their routines and purchase decisions as a result. Consumers are considering modes of procuring foods, methods of ordering, and fulfillment mechanisms that they may not have tried before. We recently partnered with The Hartman Group and SVP Shelley Balanko to host a webinar on new food sourcing trends, taking a deeper dive into the ways in which consumer food…

Normal Won’t be on the Menu: Communications to Drive Restaurant Sales in 2021

As we head into the next wave of COVID-19, it is clear that little is likely to be regular or routine for restaurants for a long while. Even with the recent promising announcements of two highly effective vaccines, and the possibility that 2021 may bring us to the other side of the COVID-19 crisis, restaurant chains will continue to face extreme volatility and significant headwinds. Their resilience and resolve will continue to be tested. How, and what, industry brands communicate will without doubt influence how customers spend their dollars. Restaurant…

The Evolution of the Sustainability Report: Key Trends to Consider For Your Next Report

The urgency of the climate crisis, combined with the state of social and political unrest in our society today, has heightened the sense of responsibility felt by corporations to drive action and change. We’re seeing an increase in bold, ambitious commitments, such as achieving net zero emissions, becoming a regenerative company and taking proactive action around social justice. According to a recent CEO Survey, conducted by Fortune in partnership with Deloitte, 96% of CEOs said DEI had become a strategic priority for them. Along with the commitment to act comes a…

Fires, Protests and Pandemics: Global Events Accelerate Embrace of ESG

About 50 years ago, in September 1970, Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman took to the editorial pages of The New York Times to denounce the very notion of “social responsibility” as an appropriate consideration in corporate governance and management. He famously declared that the only social responsibility of a corporation is “to increase its profits.”  Friedman saw nothing wrong with corporate leaders supporting various social causes as individuals. But the concept of “corporate social responsibility” was more than just wrong-headed, Friedman argued, it was “hypocritical window-dressing” that “harms the foundation…

RF|Binder Media Intelligence: Monday, May 11

Forbes Wealth Reporter LeavesCarter Coudriet, a wealth reporter at Forbes, will be leaving the organization for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division where he will be working as a paralegal specialist.  BuzzFeed’s New Editor in ChiefBuzzFeed News named a new editor in chief: Mark Schoofs, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is an alumnus of the site, having created its investigations unit in 2014. Separately, the company announced that it will furlough 68 staffers without pay starting this week through mid-August.   Executive Changes at NBCThe chairman of NBC News, Andrew Lack, will depart…