PR pros who’ve made the jump from journalism may remember how upsetting it was when a PR pro or corporate executive answered a question with, “No comment.” Veteran PR pro and, yes, former reporter Arthur Solomon offers a bevy of responses communicators and executives can use when they don’t want to comment, but also wish to avoid uttering those damnable words, “No comment.”
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It’s like a swimmer who hates water, but some PR pros don’t relish dealing with members of the media. Worse, some lack news sense or have never spoken with a journalist. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to become a media-friendly PR pro. Here are a number of tips from veteran PR pro and former journalist Arthur Solomon that can help you become media friendly.
With the novel coronavirus, we see on TV and read in print media the same experts over and over. The public thinks these people are the most-qualified. Sometimes that’s the case. Other times, it’s because they are media savvy. Here are tips that will help make the executives you represent more media friendly.
Even though the majority of PR teams are laying off, furloughing or reducing salaries, jobs remain and interviews are continuing. Here’s a collection of tactics to help you secure a position. In short, research should be a key part of your interview preparation. In addition, think about volunteering your services to nonprofits. They’re in need of PR help at this moment.
Using a catastrophe as a news hook to pitch journalists makes the PR pro and the company the communicator is pitching look callous and opportunistic.
Nearly every day a story appears in the media that relates to PR and communications. Reading them can provide a tuition-free education in PR, argues veteran PR pro Arthur Solomon. This article concludes his two-part series that reviews instructive headlines from 2019.
Veteran PR professional and former journalist Arthur Solomon is back with his annual series pulled from the headlines. His contention is that a daily perusal of the news can provide PR pros with a tuition-free education, often covering areas that college and graduate programs miss. Part I of this series concentrates on career advice.
“If you want loyalty while working at a PR agency, bring your dog to the office.” That’s the advice of veteran PR pro Arthur Solomon. In addition to his words of wisdom about loyalty in PR, or the lack thereof, he offers advice about what to say and things to avoid when you’re in job-hunting mode. And you should be job hunting pretty much all the time, he says. Hey, that dog could really come in handy.
Formal media training is important. But its value is lessened when the same formula is used regardless of the client. That’s why PR veteran Arthur Solomon always believed that the account team should play a crucial role in the process and insist that the media trainers not use the “one size fits all” formula.
There’s much value in studying PR in college. On the other hand, there are a lot of practical ins and outs about PR that students can miss. This is especially so when it comes to media relations, particularly when your instructors aren’t working media. Veteran PR pro and former journalist Arthur Solomon offers nine insights about PR that you might have missed in college.