Pitching TV producers and reporters requires following a special set of rules, and if you follow them correctly, you will have TV newsroom contacts for a long time to come.
In our nervous-twitch workplace environment, PR execs who provide media training often face an executive or a team that has received coaching previously. They know—or think they know—the basics and don’t want to waste time on Training 101. How should communicators react? Here are three things an expert media trainer needs to be able to do.
During an interview with CNBC’s Kelly Evans, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul shushed Evans and told her to “calm down” while he answered a question. Use this interview as Exhibit A when prepping top executives on what not to do when talking with the media.
Today’s communicators follow trends that lend themselves to stories about their brand or organization. Getting the media to bite is another matter, however. To increase your chance of landing a story with a reporter or editor is to think like one.
In a digital age, spontaneity rules. Social messages that are unscripted and on the fly help to humanize the brand. But messages that seem overly packaged are about as popular as the measles. It’s a different situation when giving a speech (or commenting) on behalf of the brand.
Successfully pitching the media and securing coverage involves relationship building, smart storytelling and careful follow up—not to mention research, creativity and a lot of patience. There’s always room for improvement, and with the New Year approaching now is as good a time as ever to set a goal of working on your media pitching technique.
What if we transformed the press release into such a useful tool that journalists were clamoring for more time with them? It’s up to dynamic PR leaders to make it happen.