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About the Author

Jeff Crilley is an Emmy Award winning reporter who's work has aired nationally on The Fox News Channel, CNN, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, The Discovery Channel and Court TV.

He's been beating the streets as a reporter for more than two decades and is a popular speaker on the subject of Free Publicity

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Company (December 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972647406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972647403
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on December 18, 2005
For those who wondered why their story, compelling though it might be, didn't make the media, read this book.

This is a truly hilarious book about how to get free publicity, and how to own the air waves.

Did you know that the days between Christmas and New Years is the best time to get your free publicity in any and all media sources?

And on government holidays have you chosen to wait until everyone's back in town to attempt to get more business?

If your answer is "yes," you have missed out on fifty-percent of the potential media coverage available.

And, if you are planning to call a reporter, have you mastered what schoozing that they expect (complement, succinct request, succinct visual comparison, and visual descriptions that support your zinger)?

Read this book to:

1. Get free coverage on a what matters to you;

2. Get journalists beating a path to your door;

3. Write press releases that become compelling stories;

4. Turn the tough interview questions into your opportunity to

shine;

5. Master the art of the seven-second sound bite;

6. Know at what time which type of media coverage is best for

what you would like free publicity on; and,

7. Turn a reporter's question into gracefully changing the

subject to what's on your agenda.

The most hilarious point that Jeff Crilley makes in "Free Publicity" is an example of when someone, who is now very famous, called into the tv station,to promote his book. While the news editor was trying to get this person to talk about other things, this caller did not "come up for air." He endlessly talked about what he wanted to talk about.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2004
As a former public relations executive, at one point owning my own firm, I agree with William Hill (founder of Hill & Knowlton, a major public relations firm) who once defined public relations worthy of the name as "truth well-told." Alas, in recent years, "PR" has generally been associated with deception, half-truths, self-serving BUZZ, image manipulation, strategic sound bites, spin, etc. Regrettably, many of those involved in such initiatives have sacrificed truth to achieve their objectives. As a result, "PR" now has negative connotations.
With regard to "free publicity," there has been no shortage of that, as once highly-regarded firms such as Adelphia, Arthur Andersen, Enron, Global Crossing, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Tyco, and WorldCom have clearly demonstrated. Nonetheless, countless other major corporations as well as the reputable public relations firms they retain appreciate the value of effective press relations IF there is newsworthy truth to be told...and told well. What Crilley offers in this 83-page book is a brief but informative explanation of effective press relations from one veteran journalist's perspective. He offers a solid introduction to basic tasks such as determining what is newsworthy, how to "package" the story, whom to contact, when and how to do so, and how to respond to negative publicity. His style is personal, indeed conversational.
Unlike advertising, favorable press coverage is so valuable precisely because it cannot be purchased at any price. That is why competition to obtain it is so intense. All of the "barrels" in the business world have at least a few "bad apples" and that is as true of those in the news media as it is of those in public relations, corporate communications, etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on August 28, 2006
Award-winning journalist with two decades of TV news experience, Jeff Crilley is now on the air in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. (He was at my hometown Minneapolis/St. Paul station for several years, and I recently heard him speak on this subject).

"I figured it was about time a working journalist explains how news works. In this book, you will learn the secrets to getting coverage from someone on the inside. It's the stuff which they don't teach in the PR courses in college."

Boy, he wasn't kidding.

Assignment editors at major market TV newsrooms quickly (seconds) decide what press release is worthy of coverage. Grab their attention with the headline and opening sentence as that may be all they read. Write like a reporter.

If you want the media to cover you, you have to do something different or controversial. Don't be ordinary. Make sure the idea passes the "who cares" test!

Make your PR release contain visual images, whether the information was sent to a newspaper, radio or TV station. Explain it so the reporter has something vivid to describe.

What are slow news days? Those are the days that you have a better chance of getting noticed by TV news. Crilley describes many stories that filled a slow news day, that otherwise would have never been done.

Crilley does a good job of opening our thinking about what is "news," and how to get our 15 minutes of fame. One chapter is on handling negative publicity, other is on that media feeding frenzy, and how you can tie your story to another story.

Passion, creativity, enthusiasm, controversial--just a few words that describe what you must bring to the table to get some PR looks. I learned a lot.

Armchair Interviews says: Listen and learn from this expert's excellent advice.
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