The defensive PR practitioner

I was part of a PR panel on ABC radio recently.  (I had to take care to squeeze the headphones on over my hair, held up in a bun). In our discussion of public relations, the focus was on those media managers who ‘block’ or deflect queries from journalists rather than responding swiftly and helpfully….

The Human Touch

When PR consultants sit around a meeting table with their clients, often one of the first questions asked is: “What’s new?” Or in other words: “What can I pitch to the media?” For PR consultants who work in media relations and promotions, it’s all about the next angle, the new product, the trend the client…

Changes in journalism impacting PR

In a recent PR Daily post, Mike Schneider wrote of the ‘4 ways journalism changes are affecting PR’.  While based on the US experience, the piece has relevance for the Australian PR practitioner. Scheider recounts that “nearly a quarter of jobs in the industry have vanished in less than 10 years” in the US. It’s…

Prakky’s pick: Top sources of Australian media news

I recently wrote about the importance of having a good media distribution list and the importance of keeping up with changes in the media industry. I thought it would be useful to share some sources of news on Australia’s journalism industry (in no particular order): The Australian – Media A feature of every Monday print…

Four ways to make a PR pro cry

Now, I’m sure most readers don’t actually want to make a public relations practitioner cry … But as someone who’s worked in PR, in some form or another for many years now, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what can upset, flummox and depress us. This list relates in particular to those who work…

The symbiotic relationship: PR practitioners and journalists

I’ve worked in PR for many years and I am not surprised by research which demonstrates the extent of newsrooms’ reliance on media releases [as summarised in this post by Steven Raeburn]. A good media release can contain most of the information that a news article requires, especially if it is a straightforward public announcement….

Closing the loop with your media coverage

Have you recently gained some positive media coverage? What happened next? Did you bask in the glow for a while? Tell family and friends? Did you keep a copy of the news article, or had you already told your connections in advance to watch the television to catch your seven seconds of fame? Media coverage…

Shrinking newsrooms: 4 stories this week

Stories about shrinking newsrooms and more people turning to social media to find breaking stories aren’t new. But I came across four articles this week (via my social networks) which struck me as being a) a bit sad b) a bit alarming but c) not too surprising. Those pieces began with More bad news for Fairfax…

Journalists who tweet their own news

While Twitter can help the media to cover events, it can also enable journalists to share their own personal stories along the way. It’s one of the many things I love about social media. To illustrate this, I’m going to use the New York Times social media editor Lexi Mainland as an example. When Hurricane…

The pros and cons of newspapers printing tweets

As you’d be aware, Dear Reader, I am a champion of social media. (Don’t misread me. That doesn’t mean I am a champion, per se. Don’t cue Queen music. It means I like to stand up for social media. Mmmkay?) So I think it’s a good thing when the ‘traditional media’  (newspapers, TV, radio) takes…