Media Preparedness (1) – Your Approach

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Earlier this year, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS conducted a media preparedness session at which we answered some fundamental questions about working with media. In the following five posts we’ll provide a brief recap of some of the key ideas conveyed in our presentations. For example, here are three important questions a spokesperson must first answer to effectively deal with the media.

WHAT IS A HEALTHY APPROACH TO MEDIA?

  • Look at every media encounter as an opportunity
  • Be pro-active in getting positive media attention
  • Be quick to respond when contacted – respecting media deadlines
  • Be honest and forthright – even when the news is negative
  • Be prepared

WHAT DOES THE MEDIA WANT?

  • Facts and relevant information
  • Source and reference materials if possible
  • An interesting story (preferably with an angle)
  • Something ‘graphic’
  • Timely material for their deadlines
  • ‘A newsworthy story’

WHAT’S A NEWSWORTHY STORY?

  • Relevance – Will the story have an impact on the daily lives of the people you are trying to reach?
  • Timeliness – Does the story deal with a major issue of the day or relate to a major holiday, event or person?
  • Human Interest – Does the story touch on an emotion or experience shared by most people?
  • Entertainment value – Is the story funny or does it stimulate curiousity, imagination or passion?
  • Controversy – The more outrageous or bitter the controversy, the more people want to see, hear and read about it.

 

(ed. – The following 5 posts on media preparedness were first published in By George Journal in Fall 2009.)

 

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