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Media Training 101 is an in-depth guide to handling the news media, written by a seasoned journalist and public relations professional. A former USA Today reporter and consultant to major companies, Sally Stewart leads you through every step in developing a communications blueprint and a strategic public relations plan to support it. She shows you how to communicate effectively with the media in any given circumstance and how to control the way your company is portrayed in the media. Each chapter includes vignettes, anecdotes, and real-life case studies that help you know what to expect.
Media Training 101 offers proven advice on topics such as gaining control during a crisis, following the rules for interviews, and capitalizing on a story once its out. It explains the fundamentals of good public relations, such as devoting enough time and effort to manage your companys image and relying on facts in a crisis rather than spin, which often appears suspicious. Youll learn to craft a core message that will resonate with the public.
Media Training 101 shows you how to employ proven strategies for communicating your core message effectively, without sounding too rehearsed. Youll learn how to:
- Answer tough questions on the fly
- Assess media opportunities
- Avoid traps that lead to negative coverage
- Present yourself to the press
- Refine your companys presentation materials and pitching style
Youll also discover what journalists consider newsworthy and how they operate. This information will enable you to develop realistic expectations for media coverage. Ultimately, Media Training 101 teaches you how to work with the press. This is invaluable information for all professionals and business owners.
From the Back Cover
"Navigating the media can be treacherous. Sally Stewart offers a practical, no-nonsense road map to make sure you come out smelling like a rose."
Dominick Dunne, Columnist, Vanity Fair and author of Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments
"If you need one guide to building your brand through media and public relations strategies, this is it. Sally Stewart provides invaluable information about what the landscape is today. I know from my own experience that Media Training 101 worksand works great."
President, SKECHERS USA, Inc.
"Everything you need to know about the care and feeding of the mediaand then some. With equal parts William Randolph Hearst, James Carville and doting Jewish mother, Ms. Stewart delivers a killer guide to coping with the pressand turning it to your advantage."
Managing Editor, Forbes
This helpful, practical guide offers proven strategies for dealing with the news media in any situation. Ideal for company spokespersons, public relations officers, or anyone who will have to deal with the press sooner or later, it also includes expert advice on designing a public relations plan and implementing it effectively. Youll learn how to:
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- Dodge deadly pitfalls
- Control a crisis
- Employ interview tactics that really work
- Follow the ethical rules of public relations
- Design stellar press kits
- Develop your key message points
- Understand how journalists think and behave
- Know whats news and whats not
- Avoid the ten things you should never say to a reporter
- Write great press releases
- Pitch your companys story
- Hire good outside public relations professionals