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Ten Worst Media Relations Mistakes


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Stop repeating these 10 proven mistakes when dealing with the media and managing your media relations program!   

Ever since outlaw Jesse James wrote and issued the first news release, media relations practitioners have steadfastly refused to learn from the mistakes of their forebears.In James’s case, he didn’t take into account the suspicious and questioning nature of the reading populace, who viewed his bombastic news releases as early American “spin control.” 

Learning Topics 

Underestimating the intelligence of your audience is just one of the 10 major mistakes covered in this session. Others include:

  • Not being a student of the media, keeping up with their changes needs and trends
  • Confusing media output numbers with bottom-line outcome measures
  • Annoying editors with misdirected and/or badly-prepared materials
  • Not routinely evaluating your media relations programs and management
  • Trying to substitute media relations for communication

Wilma answers real-world questions on:

  • Holding the media accountable and keeping them from allowing bias or half-truths from creeping into news coverage, so that what is reported is straight, honest and fair
  • How recent college graduates — with no contacts — can build relationships with the media
  • The most effective ways to pitch
  • Dealing with a less-than-objective journalist
  • The best way to get to know a editor, writer or reporter
  • The most important and effective tools in media relations
  • The best day/time to pitch stories
  • The least offensive way to bring a reporter’s error to his or her attention – and how to ask for a correction
  • Pushing the envelope: How persistent you should be in making your pitch
  • Teaching senior management the difference between a subjective, self-serving news item and a legitimate, content-rich press release
  • Measures practitioners should routinely implement to measure results on the fly – especially during a crisis
  • The biggest changes in media relations over the past 10 years

Presented by: Wilma01bWilma Mathews, ABC and IABC Fellow, works for Arizona State University as director of constituent relations. She also conducts media relations seminars, provides media training for corporate executives and is co-author of On Deadline: Managing Media Relations (4th edition, Spring 2006). Her background includes corporate communications and international public relations for AT&T/Lucent; nonprofit communication for two chambers of commerce and a medical center; and writing/editing for a newspaper and magazine. A national and international speaker, Wilma also contributes articles to trade publications and lectures on PR and media relations at ASU.


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