Media Relations

Digital PR Pitching

The Best Times to Pitch, Concerns About Influencer Scalability and PR’s 24/7 Pressure

March 1st, 2019 by

A trio of new studies tell you the best time and day to pitch your stories to media, why scalability is a concern with influencers and a common concern among PR’s women and men.

7 Ways to Keep Your Press Release Out of the Garbage

February 13th, 2019 by

While technology and tactics have driven the evolution of the press release, perhaps the practice has been affected most by the way news is gathered and the way journalists and consumers process information: quickly and constantly. Here are some of the biggest changes and new considerations when engaging in the craft of press release writing.

The Number of Publications and Articles Rose in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 12th, 2019 by

We know newsrooms are shrinking, but what about the media ecosystem? A study from AirPR shows it’s growing. There were more publications in 2018 than in 2017. And the number of articles published also grew last year vs 2017. Journalists on average published 78 percent more articles in 2018, though word counts declined. Most of the growth in publications and articles came from so-called tier 3 publications. These publications might work well for brands.

How a Jail Built a Positive Story to Gain Media Coverage

February 7th, 2019 by

How can a brand or organization communicator generate positive media coverage when reporters gravitate toward bad stories? This case study offers an example of how a communications team at a jail overcame that issue. And the resulting story continues to generate additional positive coverage.

Communicators Trade Tactics for Getting Bigger Budgets, Building Relationships with Media

February 1st, 2019 by

Prior to PR News’ Media Relations Conference in December, PR News and partner PublicRelay, a media monitoring and analytics firm, convened a Communications Leadership

Should You Pitch Journalists on Social Media?

January 22nd, 2019 by

You can now find and reach almost anyone through social media, making it a quick and easy way to pitch. But should you? Likely, you’ll succeed only if you’re working on an important story that’s on a journalist’s beat. Here are some tips for getting it right.

How to Measure Influencers in an Age of Bad Actors

January 17th, 2019 by

Maintaining valid influencer relationships for your brand will only continue to be a crucial media relations strategy in 2019. But in this time of bots and paid followers on social, what’s the best way to make sure those relationships are on the level? How do you know you’re working with an influencer whose digital persona, and engaged followers, are legit?

We asked some influencer marketing experts to find out.

PR News Checklist: 7 Practices of Every Good Media Relations Professional

January 14th, 2019 by

Here at PR News, media relations is a daily focus. It’s not just one of the key beats that we report on and  program events around—our media relations content also provides an opportunity for the rare conversation between editorial and comms, two different sides of the same media coin. That’s why we host our annual Media Relations Conference in D.C. every December. Here are some of the key takeaway’s from last month’s show at the historic National Press Club.

PR Lessons Learned from the 2018 Political Scene

December 31st, 2018 by

Veteran PR pro and former journalist Arthur Solomon offers the second of his two-part series about the valuable lessons communicators can learn from federal government communications. Pulled from 2018’s headlines, the examples he uses offer lessons in ethics, crisis and other PR activities.

3 Media Relations Lessons Facebook Could Learn From Its Fact-Checkers

December 14th, 2018 by

After the spread of misinformation on Facebook prior leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the social giant began a partnership with journalists to factcheck and flag false news stories on the platform. Now, two years after the program began, some participating reporters are calling for its discontinuation, alleging that the partnership is little more than a crisis PR stunt and that Facebook has compromised their journalistic integrity.