PublicAffairsAsia examined compensation levels, job satisfaction, perceived value, and remote work in the communication industry across Asia.

A survey of 257 professionals in the Asia Pacific was conducted.

Key findings include:
  • 71% of agency respondents noticed a greater appreciation of the value and importance of the communications function within organizations since the emergence of COVID–19.
  • Over 40% of respondents said budgets for internal communications increased.
  • Over 40% of respondents said budgets for digital/social media increased.
  • 50% of respondents from both agency and in-house organizations reported receiving pay raises in 2020.
  • In July 2020, agencies rated work-from-home productivity an average of 8.1 out of 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being "highly productive").
  • In November 2020, the rating dropped to 7.7.

This summary is provided by the IPR Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

McKinsey analyzed the major economic gaps and racial inequities facing Black Americans following the COVID-19 pandemic.

This study retrieved data from IPUMS USA, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Bar Association.

Key findings include:
  • Black workers are disproportionately represented in low-wage occupations and underrepresented in higher-wage occupations.
  • 43% of Black workers earn less than $30,000 per year.
  • Attrition rates for Black employees are higher.
  • Many report a lack of sponsorship and allyship to advance from entry-level to managerial roles.
  • 96% of all Black-owned businesses are sole proprietorships, compared to 80% of non-Black-owned businesses.
The use of disinformation by states and intelligence agencies to undermine their enemies and political rivals has become commonplace in recent years. Hacked emails, fake websites, and doctored photos and messages are now weapons for spies and government operatives globally.

But these digital dark arts are no longer solely the providence of the espionage world. Indeed, "Dark PR," as it’s called, is increasingly infecting corporate competitions and legal struggles. And executives at the C-Suite level need to be able to identify gathering disinformation campaigns targeting their operations and quickly move to neutralize them.

Ignoring early warning signs of Dark PR can be fatal to a company or business. The ultimate design of a disinformation operation isn’t easily discernible. Some may have short-term goals, like impacting litigations or a corporate takeover. But some can have longer-term strategic goals, such as undermining a company’s ability to raise capital or launch an IPO. Nothing should be discounted.

Pew Research Center examined Americans’ level of trust in their main source of political news.

A survey of 12,045 U.S. adults was conducted March 8-14, 2021.

Key findings include:
  • 30% of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents have "a great deal" of trust in their main news source compared to 47% of Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents.
  • Republicans who say their main news source is "mainstream" have less trust in it.
  • Conversely, Democrats have more trust in their media source if they view it as "mainstream."
  • Respondents 65-years-old and older have the most trust in their main news source (52%).
  • 25% of respondents aged 18-29 trust their main news source.

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