Working Harder? Yeah, Us Too – Check Out Our New Staff Video
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We may currently be distant at Ceisler Media, but our team members got together (sort of) to create this video. Click below to see all of us at home, at play, with kids and pets – and still working for our clients.
Message from Ceisler Media
One of the oddities about this year’s economic turndown is that most people I know are working harder than ever. Folks everywhere are adapting, pivoting, looking for creative ways to make things work – even as the economy is in flux.
It’s the same here at Ceisler Media. We’re busier than ever working to serve our partners’ changing needs. For many clients the challenges are unprecedented, and I'm proud of our team’s creativity under unique circumstances.
At the same time, everyone needs a break from work. We want our people to remain fresh, so we emphasized the importance of time off in August. A lot of Ceisler employees had more grandiose vacations scheduled before the pandemic hit, but even walking away from your computer for a week can prove to be restorative.
Unforeseen events require everyone to think differently these days, and our firm is doing the same – evaluating our strengths and weaknesses, while considering how we can be the most efficient, solid and productive for the people we serve.
The world is adapting – and so are we.
The video above is a collaboration of all of Ceisler Media’s team members across the state. You’ll see the best of our staff – at home, at work, with kids and with pets.
The video was put together by members of our Digital and Creative Services team – Director Krystal Bonner, Graphic Designer Julia Wolf and Multimedia Designer Will Jara. I love that it shows how Ceisler Media is about the people who work for it.
In this newsletter you’ll also find interesting articles, including my take on current political happenings and Special Projects Manager Larry Miller’s Musings on enduring racism in Philadelphia.
We’re re-running three of our most popular recent newsletter items. Senior Associate Michael Rodriguez has a smart piece about the joys – and challenges – of working from home with children around. Associate Shannon McLaughlin writes about starting a new job, but not being able to go to the office or meet her co-workers. And Senior Associate Courtney Accurti explains how we’ve successfully built up our media monitoring services to keep clients informed.
There’s a heartwarming story from Associate David Huppert, who met and learned lessons from Rep. John Lewis, the great civil rights leader. And Joey Georgy explains how filling an internship during a pandemic was not what he expected, but was nonetheless rewarding.
We’ve got interesting news about our clients and updates on our own team – including a wedding. Please give it a read and let me know your thoughts.
Principal, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
Ceisler Media Special Projects Manager Larry Miller and his wife have endured racism in Philadelphia – but in a way you may not expect.
Larry Ceisler on the State of Politics
As the Democratic National Convention ends, what's Joe Biden's best strategy for taking PA? How does Donald Trump win the state again? Who are the rising stars of Pennsylvania politics? Larry Ceisler offers insight on what's happening right now.
ICYMI – or just want to read good work again – here are three of our most popular blogs from recent editions of this newsletter.
Tips and Strategies from a Seasoned Telecommuter
Working from home – a necessity right now for most people – can be a challenge under the best circumstances. Ceisler Media Senior Associate Michael Rodriguez offers solid tips on how to be an effective telecommuter, and also stay sane as your kids barge into your workspace.
Keeping Our Clients in the Loop
As the volume of news becomes a waterfall, our media monitoring skills cut through the clutter, says Senior Associate Courtney Accurti.
Welcome to your New Job – Now Stay Home
Ceisler Media's recently hired Associate, Shannon McLaughlin, describes starting her new role at home in the midst of the pandemic.
Free internet service, laptops and digital skills training will be available to 35,000 Philadelphia households through "PHLConnectED," a two-year initiative aimed at overcoming the digital divide for low-income students in both public and charter schools. The program is supported by Comcast, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the city and school district and other businesses and private foundations.
AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership
Partnering with the NBA Hall of Fame, AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership is working to debunk the myths about asthmatic children playing sports. There are safe, fun and free approaches to asthma management: #HealthyHoops Coaches’ virtual workshops offer that opportunity.
Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Swarthmore) visited the Chester Housing Authority's Ruth Bennett Community Farm to learn how the team continues to effectively distribute food to area residents during the COVID-19 economic downturn.
Keystone Votes is working to ensure that all eligible Pennsylvania voters can exercise their rights. In this op-ed in Lancaster Online, Ray Murphy, state coordinator of Keystone Votes, calls on the Wolf Administration and general assembly to fix critical issues so that all voters can participate in November without risking their health.
These are frightening times for people with autism or intellectual disabilities. The Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association is working to ensure that the support professionals providing lifesaving assistance have the resources they need to carry on their mission.
Ceisler Media worked with Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman and his wife, Gisele, to place an op-ed in six Pennsylvania outlets calling for Congress to provide permanent legal status for hundreds of thousands of "Dreamers". The article came on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling protecting DACA and the Trump administration's avowed refusal to abide by the order.
The Immigration Hub released results of a long-term research project identifying swing state residents whose vote might be swayed by immigration issues. The study earned a national exclusive with Axios, and Ceisler Media followed up by placing a Pennsylvania-focused story in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.
Angela Liddle, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, appeared on "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" with Terry Madonna, to explain how it remains critical that suspected incidents of child abuse continue to get reported even as many schools shift toward virtual learning. Watch Liddle's interview here, starting around 16 minutes in.
VoteSafe Pennsylvania, a bipartisan coalition of former elected officials, community leaders and nonprofit organizations, is working to raise awareness of voting options for November. Co-chairs Dave Reed and Patrick Murphy appeared on WTIF-TV’s “SmartTalk” show to discuss how this state has successfully handled mail-in ballots for decades.
Wesley Family Services is aiming to ensure Allegheny County's elderly residents receive food and cleaning supplies through the pandemic. Watch this WPXI-TV story featuring Wesley's partnership with Pittsburgh-based charity 412 Food Rescue to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to home-bound seniors.
Congratulations to Digital Projects Manager Melissa Sherman Kozlowski, who married longtime beau Sean Kozlowski at the end of July. While the small, intimate ceremony was not what they were planning, the day was perfect. Family and friends joined via Zoom to celebrate the couple's joy.
Senior Consultant Glen Macnow and wife Judy welcomed their third grandson - and the first for son Alex Macnow and his husband, Nathan Renner-Johnson. Little Gregory Macnow officially joined the family in July and already enjoys watching the Phillies with his Pops.
Congratulations to former Ceisler Media intern Michael Feldman, who was recently named Pennsylvania communications director for the Biden for President Campaign.
Lessons from a Civil Rights Legend
Ceisler Associate David Huppert, who met the late John Lewis, reflects on the great leader’s ability to teach and communicate.
An Internship in the Covid-19 Era
Joey Georgy didn’t expect his Ceisler internship to consist of webinars and Zoom meetings. Still, he says, the lessons have been valuable.