Media Relations


What AI in the Newsroom Means for Media Relations Pros

March 9th, 2018 by

A plethora of industries is applying data and AI to their work, including journalism. This means media relations professionals need to adjust. FleishmanHillard’s Ephraim Cohen provides a series of takeaways from a recent panel of journalists discussing this topic. He argues media relations professionals will need to change the way they do certain things, though other aspects of their job will remain the same.


PRSA Chief Blasts Hope Hicks’ Self-Confessed ‘White Lies’

February 28th, 2018 by

Earlier this month a prominent columnist, writing about White House Communications chief Hope Hicks, essentially said it is the job of PR pros to lie to the media. PRSA chief Anthony D’Angelo promptly disputed that idea. Now Hicks apparently herself told House investigators that yes, she must tell white lies sporadically as part of her job. Once again D’Angelo says such a claim is wrong.


3 Ways Unilever Benefits From Its Threat to Pull Facebook, Google Ads

February 12th, 2018 by

Unilever is threatening to pull ads from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google—but the way the consumer goods giant conveyed that message has been as powerful as the message itself. The company’s CMO Keith Weed planned to use his keynote at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting today to call for improved transparency, accountability and consumer trust in digital platforms. But in a masterstroke of messaging, the company managed to humanize itself and score earned media, while also positioning Unilever as a thought leader, by releasing the speech strategically.


6 Ways to Excel at Media Relations When You Can’t Pitch Puppies

January 30th, 2018 by

In her nearly two decades as a PR pro, Maire Griffin, VP, global communications for the Wyndham Hotel Group, has been a witness to many changes in the PR pro/reporter relationship. What hasn’t changed is the need to work equally hard on relationships with internal and external stakeholders. One feeds into the other, and back again.


Media Relations Advice for the Age of Clickbait

January 11th, 2018 by

With continuous pressure on journalists to produce clickbait, PR pros may feel that providing sensational content is the only way to get a reporter’s attention. That’s not entirely true, says Nisha Morris, executive director, communication, for Providence St. Joseph Health, but there are some essentials to keep in mind.

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Timing’s Everything for Time’s Up and Hoda Kotb Announcements

January 2nd, 2018 by

For both NBC and Time’s Up, using the beginning of the year to announce a fresh start was a deft move. For Time’s Up, the announcement served to capitalize on, and breathe new life into, the momentum built by #MeToo in the closing months of 2017. And for NBC, which saw a ratings surge in December, the announcement was a silver lining emanating from the darkness of Matt Lauer’s ouster, one way to turn a new leaf in the new year.

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8 PR Pros Share Their Resolutions for 2018

December 15th, 2017 by

To get a broad sense of some common New Year’s hopes and dreams, we asked eight communicators—all of whom will be speaking at PR News’ DigiComm Summi in Huntington Beach, Calif.—to share their PR resolutions for the coming year. Their answers ranged from better time management and recruiting talent to building relationships and creating more personalized content.


Six PR Lessons Pulled From 2017 Headlines

December 14th, 2017 by

The veteran PR pro Arthur Solomon begins his annual review of lessons for communicators pulled from the year’s headlines and news reports. In this initial installment, the lessons involve crisis communications, media relations and internal communications. There’s also advice about the best way to handle a difficult boss.


The Challenge of Earning Media in 2017 and 3 Tips to Overcome It

December 13th, 2017 by

In 2017 PR pros realized that the plethora of breaking political news has put the earned back into earned media. What’s a PR pro to do? The answer is to learn how you can conquer some of the new forces in earned media. Our author provides a series of tips and tactics rooted in the basics that will get your brand back in the media spotlight.


10 Pain Points PR Pros Will Face in 2018—and Some Solutions

December 13th, 2017 by

During a morning session of last week’s PR News Media Relations Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, attendees were asked to discuss professional pain points. In a late-afternoon session, the attendees, working in groups, spent a few minutes thinking about solutions to the issues discussed during the morning session. Here’s a summary of the issues and the ideas proposed for solutions.