Media Relations

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Media Relations’ Dirty Secret: ‘Spray and Pray’ Pitching ‘Experts’ Works, but for How Long?

July 1st, 2022 by

Few journalists will admit they accept cold pitches touting rent-a-quote experts. On the other hand, it would have stopped if it didn’t work.

Getting Media Coverage in Cleantech and other Exploding Sectors

June 20th, 2022 by

[Editor’s Note: This essay uses the cleantech sector as an example. Its takeaways apply to many sectors.] Despite shaky capital markets and a seemingly overnight reduction in private-tech startups’ value, the cleantech/renewable energy/sustainability sector is… Continued

How PR Pros Can Adapt to Gannett’s Revised Editorial Guidelines

June 14th, 2022 by

Getting opinions into the press just got harder. Gannett, USA Today’s parent company and owner of 250 regional and local newspapers around the country, is urging its regional outlets to reduce editorials and opinion essays.… Continued

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Negative Articles Won’t Hurt Too Much, and They Might Help

June 8th, 2022 by

You’ve heard it before, but here we go again: ‘without measuring, you’re just guessing.’ More proof of this maxim’s truth comes from Onclusive and its new report, which analyzed 120,000 earned media articles published on… Continued

Options, Education and Good Delivery: Making the Difficult Media Relations Conversation Easier

June 7th, 2022 by

Your executive has a sure-fire news story, but you know it won’t interest media. How do you break that bad news to her and keep your job?

Confectioners Association’s Successfully Sweet Pitch During Pandemic

June 2nd, 2022 by

With June beings National Candy Month, we spoke with Carly Schildhaus, senior manager of public affairs, National Confectioners Association (NCA). She emphasizes the data-driven approach of the group’s communicators and touts the business aspects of NCA’s 25th annual Snacks & Sweets Expo. In addition, she discusses how NCA’s communicators touted chocolate’s sales boom during the pandemic.

Keep on Communicating and Listening During the Economic ‘Hurricane’

June 2nd, 2022 by

[Editor’s Note: The essay below is centered on the biotech sector. Yet its implication for communicators is wide. The economy’s outlook seems grimly uncertain, with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon discussing a coming economic “hurricane”… Continued

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day and its Many Ironies

May 3rd, 2022 by

The ironies seem inescapable. As people all over the planet today (May 3) acknowledge World Press Freedom Day: it takes a brutal invasion of Ukraine to bolster awareness that journalists die every year to do… Continued

Despite Differences, Journalists and PR Pros Have Much in Common

April 28th, 2022 by

It’s not a secret that some journalists complain about PR pros. Likewise, communicators grouse about media members. Analysis of recent data about the two professions cements some well-known differences, but also raises less-mentioned similarities. Perhaps… Continued

Just Say It: Countering Negative Media Coverage, Part II

April 26th, 2022 by

Perhaps PR can’t control the media, but it can shape the message. Our author argues in favor of companies responding promptly.