Best Media Interview Tips

Media interviews are a fantastic opportunity to share your brand’s message. But they require strategic preparation to ensure your on-camera presence is polished and the message is properly refined.   Jeff was one of 11 PR pros asked by PRConsultants Group, a collaborative of public relations agencies in the top 50 U.S. markets, to share […]

Practically Social Episode 37: Opposite the Editorial Page

Yes, that’s what op-ed stands for! In this episode of the Practically Social podcast, Jeff shared the latest thinking on op-eds, thanks to a National Press Club webinar he attended featuring op-ed experts Sam Ryan and Robby Schrum of Keybridge Communications. Takeaways included “don’t yell” and “don’t be boring.” Listen for more tips, including: Stick […]

Resilient Black Press Remains Trusted and Relevant

The Black press can get overlooked but it’s a trusted source of information for America’s 50 million African Americans and tells stories and uncovers truths that you won’t find in the mainstream media. PR and advertising professionals should not ignore this powerful voice of the Black community. “We’re not the relic in the closet,” cautions […]

What Journalists Want in Your Online Newsroom: Start with a Real Person

Your website press section could keep you from being quoted in The New York Times. I’ve seen it happen, a missed opportunity that a company in the technology space still doesn’t know about. While handling national PR for the Grand Prix of Baltimore I landed a story about a new technology some of the racing […]

Trying to Reach Journalists? Start with Email and Social Media

A new survey of journalists provides insights into the evolution of their use of social media. Of interest to those who are asked to “pitch” stories is the preferred method of contact: U.S. journalists’ top three methods of contact include email (84 percent), social media (33 percent) and telephone (15 percent). U.S. journalists list PR […]

Connecting with Higher Ed Media

I was fortunate to join more than 200 communicators from 163 colleges and universities in D.C. recently for the 29th annual College Media Conference organized by JD/PR client Council of Independent Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The continued rise of social media and importance of integrating its tools with traditional methods […]

Journalists: Connect With Us on Twitter and Share Images and Links

Text-only press releases won’t get you too far in today’s newsrooms, according to a panel of journalists speaking at Capitol Communicator’s recent Convergence in Communications Conference. “I still get information from email, but what will we do with just the words in an email?” asked Bloomberg’s John Hughes. “The content needs to go onto the web, so […]

Getting Your Media-Trained Spokesperson Onto WBAL-TV

Want your story on WBAL-TV? One of your biggest challenges is getting the attention Jessica Rahn, the station’s guardian assignment editor who says she’s not afraid of anyone, has a backlog of 6,000 emails and will take your phone calls in the afternoons, please. Speaking to a packed room of PR professionals at the station’s […]

Media Training Tip #16: Don’t Be Tempted by the Awkward Silence

In my experience as a newspaper reporter, the best quotes came outside the boundaries of the “formal” interview. On the record whether they realized it or not, my interviewees were more relaxed and able to provide good material while waiting for the PR assistant to show up, or walking to the elevator when the interview […]