Landing that face to face interview is just one part of the task at hand. After you’ve set up time to meet with the reporter you’re trying to pitch, it’s time for some serious preparation.
It’s an occupational hazard for PR pros. They make sure that reporters and other media reps will cover a major speech that the CEO is delivering at an industry conference. Key employees are invited, as well. It’s the brand’s turn to shine. Until the CEO commits a flub that makes the audience scratch its collective head.
A PR person can come to rely on the local paper as a slam dunk. The downside is when they break a scandal or get onto a national crisis involving your brand.
PR pros must be equipped to handle abrupt changes in leadership, like the one that saw the dismissal of The New York Times’ executive editor Jill Abramson yesterday.
It’s one area of communications that requires a delicate touch: sitting down with C-level executives for some hands-on media training.
To mark an expanded view of Mother’s Day we share these words of wisdom from successful women, meant for other women who seek to scale common obstacles in their professional lives.
Reason #5: The last time you sent a pitch to that particular journalist, it took you a full day to reply when he or she responded to your pitch.