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DEC(OH)DE: Crafting Careful Messaging in Crisisby The Biscuit Staff on June 2, 2020
You want to speak to your community about the state of the world in crisis, but you’re worried about how to do it. Ohavia Phillips has got your back. She wants you to speak out, but with care, planning and intelligence. The death of George Floyd may have prompted Ohavia’s video above, but what she shares is for all people and for any form of sensitive, important messaging.
Ohavia is a communications expert, community activist and emcee in the Queen City. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a masters’ degree in crisis communication. A former news reporter in Charlotte, Ohavia is currently pursuing her PhD. in crisis communications focusing on using digital media to inform the public during a crisis or pandemic. So, she’s really busy right now.
The day before #blackouttuesday (June 2, 2020), Ohavia offered a free Masterclass Monday on Instagram live for creatives wanting to use their networks to communicate their concerns, support and feelings in a crisis using the word DECODE:
D = Diligently Research Your Topic
E = Engagement
C = Commitment
O = Objectivity
D = Discipline (AKA Developing your Communications Code of Ethics)
E = Execution
Ohavia’s DEC(OH)DE talk begins at the 3:00 mark.
Watch Ohavia’s Follow Up Chat on June 2
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