Online newsrooms have virtually replaced dual pocket, press kit folders stuffed with hard copy. But according to research, poorly designed online newsrooms damage corporate reputations. Find out if your online newsroom is hurting or helping your efforts to manage your organization’s reputation, and learn what you can do to improve the news and information section of your website through search engine optimization, RSS, email alerts, text notifications and GML. And find out how forward-thinking brands are engaging strategically with their stakeholders through social media, but converting those interactions to transactions on their own websites.
What You Will Learn:
- Best practices for online newsroom design and maintenance
- How to integrate social media into online newsrooms
- Reg FD compliance via online newsrooms
- Future trends in online newsroom design
Eric Schwartzman is a senior communications professional with broad experience in online communications, public relations, public affairs and marketing for leading brands, start-ups, non-profits and government agencies. I help organization develop and execute digital communications strategies and have extensive experience integrating emerging information technologies into organizational communications.
In 2000, I resigned from the Interpublic Group [NYSE:IPG] PR firm Rogers & Cowan, where I served as director of promotions managing a staff of nine, and went out on my own to specialize in online communications. Since then, I have developed online communications strategies, training programs and campaigns for Boeing, Brigham Young University, City National Bank, Environmental Defense Fund, Johnson & Johnson and many others.
Building on my experience managing pressroom activities at The Grammy Awards, and working in pressrooms at the MTV Music Video Awards, MTV Movie Awards, FOX Teen Awards, the People’s Choice Awards and other special events, I built the first online newsrooms for Cirque du Soleil and the Salt Lake Olympics to efficiently distribute press materials and high resolution photographs online. This led to the development and creation of online newsroom software as a service provider iPressroom, which I founded, and which today hosts online newsrooms for Target, Toyota, UCLA and others on a proprietary content management system designed specially to help nontechnical personnel practice online communications autonomously from IT professionals or webmasters. I remain the company’s chairman, participating at the board level, and advising on matters of corporate finance and business strategy.
My podcast, On the Record.Online, has received numerous awards including the Public Relations Society of America Bronze Anvil Award in 2007, the Marketing Sherpa Email Marketing Award in 2007, the MarCom Gold Award in 2007, the PR News Platinum Award in 2007, the Public Relations Society of America Los Angeles Chapter Prism Award 2007 and the Society for New Communications Research Award of Excellence in 2006. Complete bio
“This is the best seminar that I have attended in a long time. The speaker was thorough, pragmatic and interesting. He opened up a whole new vision of possibilities for a Newsroom.”
“It was a very meaty webinar – wish it could’ve been a little longer.”
“It gave me a solid overview of current thinking, trends and research regarding online newsrooms. We are an organization that relies on our online newsroom considerably, and we’re in the process of renovating it. This information will improve its offerings significantly.”