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Even in COVID-19, Journalists Seek Brief, Relevant Pitches

February 17th, 2021 by

A key to media relations is treating journalists as human beings. A new survey, provided exclusively to PRNEWS, looks at journalists’ income, workload, mental health and preferences about pitching and video conferences. It concludes that some things have changed with the pandemic, but the basics of media relations endure.

Beyond Black History Month: 2021 Cannot Be Just Another Year

February 17th, 2021 by

The recruitment, development and retention of Black professionals is vital to bringing new concepts and ideas to the table. To create sustained allyship, we must be prepared to go beyond Black History Month to understand our audiences and our Black colleagues.

COVID-19 Closes and Opens Opportunities for PR Pros at SCOTUS

February 10th, 2021 by

One door closes, another opens. One of the last institutions to resist TV coverage, the U.S. Supreme Court has opened up a bit during the pandemic. Now any journalist with WiFi can listen to the court’s proceedings. This means media relations must adapt. Our author finds virtual SCOTUS hearings offer new opportunities for communicators.

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Black PR Pros Remember the Past and Look to the Future

February 3rd, 2021 by

As PR pros celebrate Black History Month during a virtual event at the Museum of PR next week, several panelists offer perspectives on the roles of Black PR pioneers and work that’s still needed. They call for increased recruitment and retention of Black PR pros and placement of more Black PR executives in senior positions.

GameStop’s Takeaway for PR Pros: Watch Those Online Factions

February 3rd, 2021 by

The GameStop explosion means monitoring the social conversation involves a lot more than previously thought. Not only do communicators have to keep track of a slew of channels and private conversations, they need to comprehend how subreddit groups operate and the damage they can do to brands.

What Five Guys Can Teach PR Pros About Promoting Press Coverage

January 29th, 2021 by

You never know where you’ll find a PR takeaway. Even during the pandemic, you can spot media coverage on the walls of your local Five Guys. And it’s often coverage from national and local outlets. In addition to a dangerously delicious burger and fries, some PR lessons are on the menu.

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GameStop, Reddit Shows the Need for PR to Monitor All Platforms

January 28th, 2021 by

The GameStop/Reddit fiasco offers several lessons for communicators. One is that the savvy PR pro pays attention to all platforms and discussions, including those on private message boards, closed Facebook groups, Reddit and Substack and many more. In addition, prepare your executive to offer more than emotion and staid talking points during TV interviews.

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Once Again, Headlines Offer Lessons for PR Pros

January 27th, 2021 by

A careful reading of the news can be a boon for PR professionals, argues veteran communicator Arthur Solomon. In his yearly roundup of news items that provide PR takeaways, Solomon offers tips on media relations, PR crisis, workplace relations and other important topics.

Lessons Earned: Never Hold Back from Giving Your Fullest Self

January 18th, 2021 by

‘Bring your true self to work’ is an often-used phrase. For David Brown, it’s a lesson he learned as a youth and carried with him into adulthood. Today, he imparts it daily to students and fellow PR professionals. Yet, he’s constantly reminded of its importance. For example, during the country’s recent racial reckoning and on a visit to his 100-year-old grandmother.

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Luxury Marketing During an Age of Social Activism

January 15th, 2021 by

No company, not even timeless luxury brands, is immune to today’s social, racial and political movements. While luxury brands once were able to float above social issues, that’s not the case today. How should these ‘timeless classics’ navigate the current landscape? In short, much the same way other brands do.