Asking the questions ‘So What? Why Now?’ when you’re writing a pitch or a press release was just one of many tips offered during PR News’ Writing Workshop March 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Others included the importance of grammar and excessive proofreading-one former journalist said she used to discard pitches that contained typos and poor grammar.
With March Madness permeating the zeitgeist in a few weeks, we asked some of the 2018 PR News Rising PR Stars to answer our roundtable questions this month. We asked, “What gets you mad about PR and communications?” And, “What can be done about it?” Their edited responses follow.
The keys to improving your client communications, writes Ryan George, assistant VP of marketing and communications at the wealth management firm 1st Global, are relevance, empathy, specificity and timeliness, or REST. These tips will awaken the messages you send to your target audience.
2019 brought new regulations, including one that requires hospitals to post online their standard prices. Unfortunately, the goal of transparency in hospital pricing is still a long way off. There are, though, takeaways that communicators in all fields can learn from this issue.
A woman of many talents, ESPN’s Hannah Storm discusses visual storytelling and her work as a film director/producer and the founder of a charitable foundation in this brief video.
Here are a dozen words or phrases to avoid, words and phrases that tend to turn off recipients of a press release—ultimately relegating your pitch to the unenviable circular file.
Entering for industry awards is often a major part of PR professionals’ work, but it poses significant challenges. How do you ensure your entry copy will stand out among a slew of other awards entries? And how to best discern exactly what judges are looking for? Lucky for you, the PR News editorial team judges its fair share of industry awards each year, and offers up the following tips for strengthening your industry awards entries.
Communicators and marketers often devote a lot of effort to choosing the right words to use in their messages. While words matter, there is an argument or two to be made for also considering the heart when creating a message. And believe it or not, emotion counts when creating messages for both B2C and B2B audiences.
Confidence is critical to good writing, writing guru Jonathan Rick told attendees during today’s the PR News Writing Boot Camp in NY City. “You have to believe you’re an intelligent person. If you’re having trouble understanding something, it’s not you, it’s bad writing,” he says.
For all the sometimes contentious back-and-forth between PR pros and journalists, both types of communicator share some similar goals when it comes to getting a story published. Similarly, both roles share a need to master artful pitching, and knowing what an artful pitch looks like. When it comes to media pitching, staying mindful of your audience means that the PR pros getting the highest return on their pitches know what it means to think like a journalist.