The single biggest problem in communication is the
illusion that it has taken place.

Crisis Communication

Anyone in business long enough will eventually face some level of crisis. How an organization responds and how it communicates…

Media Training

Interaction with the modern media can seem intimidating or even terrifying to some. It shouldn’t be. Our specialized training has one…

Strategic Communications and Media Relations

Effective, smart communication comes from research, preparation and…

Government Affairs

Success in government relations relies on trust. MacDonald has more than a decade of experience as a lobbyist and government affairs specialist.

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John MacDonald is a Helena, Montana-based consultant and former reporter, correspondent and editor for The Associated Press. His 16-year career with the world’s largest news organization gave him a unique perspective on how companies, governments, organizations and individuals worked with the media and how they prepared for and responded to a crisis. Some did it well. Many did not.

Today, he calls on that experience to help clients build sound communications and public affairs strategies. Whether it’s developing a comprehensive crisis communication plan, providing specialized media training or leading large media relations efforts, MacDonald ensures clients get it right the first time.

His clients include large, multi-national corporations, state and federal government agencies as well as small nonprofits, all of whom often find themselves in need of media and public affairs expertise.

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