The top ten sports PR crises of 2017 - and what we can learn from them

It is no surprise in this era of rolling 24/7 news, smartphones and social media that crises occur on a regular basis.

Organisations and the people that work within them make mistakes and no more so than in the high profile worldof sport. 

This week, for instance, Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was filmed at a party the day before Arsenal's humiliating defeat against Nottingham Forest, provoking front page headlines.

It is said that crisis and opportunity go hand-in-hand and there are certainly lessons to learn from some of the notable controversies of the past 12 months.

Here's our take on some of the big sports controversies of 2017 and how to deal with similar problems that you may encounter. 

Is Fake News real – and what can you do about it?

Back in my days as a journalist, I saw all sorts of misbehaviour amongst the fourth estate.

I witnessed reporters filing quotes before conducting an interview and writing false stories with such conviction that they probably believed their tales to be true.

‘Fake news’ has become more prevalent as the media becomes more fragmented and content creation goes beyond traditional media to include anyone with an internet connection and a device to upload and publish as it wishes. 

Katie Summerhayes: From Sochi to PyeongChang, representing Team GB is the pinnacle

Turning 18-years-old and transitioning into adulthood brings with it many pressures for young people.

For Sheffield’s Katie Summerhayes, however, the pressures she faced were unlike any other. While many filled out university applications and prepared to sit A level exams, Summerhayes represented Team GB at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Four years on and with the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games just around the corner, Calacus spoke to her to find out how she prepared for an event of that magnitude while still only a teenager.

Jaimie Fuller: It’s been a big year in sport – for the bad and the good

At SKINS, we draw attention to the bad because we want to make a difference in the sporting world by helping to right the wrongs, helping to improve the way sport is managed and administered, and helping to bring sport back to its true base – the people.

As 2017 draws to a close, I want to focus on three examples of the good, the bad and the hopeful; three issues I think may continue to have repercussions for different reasons into next year also.

Ryanair blames the media – does the fourth estate deserve such criticism?

There are plenty of reasons to be frustrated with the media.

Depending on your political affiliations, whatever you watch or read can appear biased or skewed, reporting only one side of the story.

The pace of filing news these days means that fact-checking and quality of writing often gives way to getting the content out, to entice more online traffic or views.

But society needs a strong and balanced media, to keep the establishment, organisations and individuals in check.