Media relations 101 presentation to Speak Now Hamilton (March 2014)

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A media relations primer to Speak Now Hamilton - a new speakers' bureau launched by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. What is news? Interviewing 101 and other ways to generate media coverage.

Transcript of Media relations 101 presentation to Speak Now Hamilton (March 2014)

  • 1.Media Relations 101 Speak Now Hamilton March 4, 20141

2. @jayrobb Director of Communications for Mohawk College21 years in public relations 18 years in Hamilton [email protected] 3. What is news? How to give a great interview Other ways to get media coverage 3 4. The first word you think of when you hear reporter ?4 5. Curious.5 6. The first word you think of when you hear media interview ?6 7. Opportunity.7 8. Local media Newspapers TV Radio Web MagazinesHamilton Spectator CHCH TV CHML 900 CBC Hamilton Cable 14 Hamilton Life Mountain News Ancaster Star Dundas Star Stoney Creek News Hamilton Magazine Raise the Hammer Urbanicity VIEW Magazine 8 9. Types of media coverageHard news Features and profiles Columns Editorials Talk shows9 10. This is your speech10 11. This is your speech with media coverage 11 12. So how do you get a reporters attention?12 13. Just because its worthy doesnt mean its newsworthy.13 14. News is what people are talking about.14 15. 15 16. Why should I care?Why should our readers? Listeners? Viewers?16 17. Is it unique and a first?17 18. Is it unusual and unexpected?18 19. Is it of interest and relevance to many people in our community?19 20. Is there conflict? Hero. Victim. Villian. Winner. Loser.20 21. Great stories are stories about people.21 22. Is there an ordinary person whos done something extraordinary?22 23. Is there a solution to a community problem?23 24. Is it about making Hamilton an even better place to call home?24 25. You have what reporters want.25 26. A compelling story.26 27. Authenticity.27 28. 1 > 89,00028 29. You take the numb out of numbers.29 30. Poverty to prosperity solutions.30 31. Its not just the people in the room. The media can help you deliver your speech to a HUGE audience. 31 32. Let the media know youre giving a speech.32 33. Location, date and time (the time when youre speaking)33 34. Summarize your speech in 1-2 sentences WSIC34 35. Include your bio in 1-2 sentences. Ordinary person / extraordinary story.35 36. Your contact information.36 37. Email the details. One email to each media outlet.37 38. Must answer WSIC in your emails subject line.38 39. 2-3 days in advance of your speaking engagement.39 40. Media may miss your speech but do a follow-up story.40 41. Talking with the media41 42. Be bold. Be brief. Be quiet.42 43. Beware the pregnant pause. Dont ramble.43 44. Soundbites and tweetable moments.44 45. F o CU s 45 46. Know what you want to say before you say it.46 47. What do you want your audience to: Know ? Feel ? Do ? 47 48. Whats the one thing you want us to remember?48 49. Have a key message. One sentence. Ten seconds. 2 3 supporting points.49 50. Its an interview. Not an interrogation. Not a chat with your BFF.50 51. Everything is always on the record.51 52. If you dont know, say so. Never make stuff up.52 53. Dont speak for anyone else but yourself.53 54. Other ways to get media coverage.54 55. Be a resident expert and a reporters source.55 56. Localize stories. (What does this mean for Hamilton?)56 57. Offer informed opinion and analysis.57 58. Join conversations already happening in our community.58 59. Newsjack.59 60. School closures. Transit. Offer your perspective on these and other hot topics in our community. 60 61. Write letters to the editor and op-eds.61 62. Letter to the editor Max. 100 words Respond to a story in the paper62 63. Op-ed (opposite editorial) Max. 750 words Problem solution call to action Share your story to make the case63 64. Recycle your speech as an op-ed.64 65. Follow local media on social media.65 66. Put the relations in media relations.66 67. 5 ways to annoy a reporter Ask the reporter if you can review the story before it runs. Ask the reporter to send you a copy of the story after it runs. Talk with the reporter for an hour and then say but dont quote me on that. Pull a disappearing act and never get back to a reporter. Ignore phone calls and emails. Make a big deal out of a small mistake.67 68. 5 ways to impress a reporter Be quotable. Be accessible. Be helpful. Respect deadlines. Follow up and let the reporter know what happened as a result of the media coverage. Be a consumer of local news. Read, watch and listen.68 69. The Media Training Bible by Brad Phillips10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech by Fletcher Dean 70. 70 71. Do not feed the trolls. Ignore the cynics and critics.71 72. Compassion fatigue.72 73. Be defined your aspirations and not your current situation.73 74. When it comes to poverty in Hamilton, what is the media getting right? What story hasnt been told?74 75. So how would you pitch Speak Now Hamilton to the media?75