I once  had a client with a very localized story in the DC area say to me – maybe you can get Christiane Amanpour to cover it! It was not likely at the time, given that Amanpour was across the world and very focused on reporting in conflict zones.

But Amanpour’s influence as America’s most well-known foreign correspondent [more]

When nonprofit staff are scared of the press, they often think of images like this one, showing a besieged official being swarmed by media, not a one-on-one interview in a non-hostile setting.

The White House is not the only place that sometimes has trouble keeping the peace with journalists – sometimes nonprofits do too. The first [more]

See Urbina’s work in the New York Times – Drilling Down series

In a lecture at Cornell University this week covered by the Ithaca Journal, New York Times reporter Ian Urbina discussed the challenges covering gas drilling issues. He noted that while often it’s been reported as an environmental story, this story  [more]

I spent several years on the Board of Directors for a local domestic violence prevention agency in Northern Virginia and worked with media for several years on the issue of intimate partner violence. While many of the reporters we worked with were great and wanted to share about our programs and how we were helping people re-start their [more]

Faith-based nonprofit organizations who want to share their stories in the media definitely have their work cut out for them – a new report reveals that less than one-fifth of journalists view themselves as very knowledgable about religion. Study findings:

– A majority of both the public and reporters sampled believe [more]

Periodically in PR, we circulate reminders about things like 25 Things Journalists Think You Should Stop Doing Right Now.  It’s always a negative regurgitation of all the bad things public relations people do (admittedly I have seen some of my compatriots do some doozies and we as an industry deserve some rhetorical flogging [more]

One way to get to know news reporters and understand the issues they care about, is to follow or join the professional organizations they are involved with. Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and the web, you can often keep up with an organization’s professional activities, conferences, awards programs and networking events  [more]

Sorkin’s The Newsroom offers a renegade yearning for journalism by ideals, not ratings

HBO debuted last night a new Aaron Sorkin creation called The Newsroom which is drawing plenty of critical fire while spewing delightful dialogue onto the airways.

  The plot: Evening news anchor Will McAvoy has stirred trouble for himself [more]

The late Ambassador Christopher Stevens

CNN drew a sharp rebuke from the State Department this weekend, which called the network’s behavior “disgusting” after the network broke a promise to his grieving family to not report on the existence of a journal kept by slain US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died [more]

US Ambassador Christopher Stevens

I followed the news this week about the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, as well as their Libyan guards, at the consulate in Benghazi on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Yesterday I was horrified to see [more]

The Independent Public Relations Alliance  recently held a packed house lunchtime program “Secrets to Getting Ink in Traditional and Digital Media” near Tyson’s Corner with journalists from The Huffington Post and USA Today. There was plenty of practical advice on pitching that will ring true for PR pros.

Gwen [more]

Associated Press (AP) religion reporter Tom Breen recently gave a lengthy interview to Get Religion, about his perspective on covering faith and religion for one of the largest news agencies in the world. He was originally drawn to the religion beat by genuine interest in the types of stories waiting to be told and shared.

He was helped [more]

Center for Public Integrity writer Kristen Lombardi talks about interviewing 50 survivors of rape on colleges campuses and cultivating advocates and intermediaries to help connect with survivors.

It’s not easy to report on trauma and intimate partner violence. In this video from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s [more]

Stories like this one on Jan. 11, 2013- showing snow in Jerusalem – and discussion of global climate change in America’s top newspapers – are what activists are afraid of losing

With the New York Times announcement that it’s going to dis-mantle its environment desk, organizations and activists are worried [more]

A Twitter comment today on #sm4np (which looks like an awesome conference helping nonprofits with social media) advised nonprofits not to send press releases to their email list. I was a bit surprised. After all – nonprofit public relations professionals send press releases to email lists every day. A blast email would never [more]

The Women’s Media Center issued a sobering report this week on the status of women in the U.S. media in 2014. This study takes a more comprehensive approach, looking at newsroom staffing, talk shows, radio and film. It summarizes a number of studies to paint a broad picture and also includes studies on social media use, magazine [more]

Ami spoke in 2014 at Columbia University for a group of journalism students on how to cover traumatic events with sensitivity. She talked about the challenges inherent in trying to report about traumatic events that have hurt people and used her experiences with TAPS since 2007 as a case study for discussion.

The students asked a number [more]

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There was a time when you could predict what the lead story would be on the evening news for the three major networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC. But all three networks are mixing things up and making changes to their story lineups to stay competitive with cable and the Internet, and offer content viewers want to watch. [more]

Want to know how journalists are using social media and how you can connect with them about stories? Welcome guest blogger Anne Singer, who summarized a National Press Club Panel called Twitch! (Twitter + Pitch)  that happened during Social Media Week. Anne Singer specializes in policy PR and is currently Communications Director [more]

There’s a free Twitter chat on Monday, July 23rd, 2:30pm Eastern Time on hashtag #APStyleChat offering tips on how to write broadcast news coverage with Barbara Worth from the Associated Press.

While I expect some of the conversation will be related to the technical aspects of the AP Stylebook (PR pros – you should all have [more]

When the New York Times announced it was reassigning writer Stephanie Strom from the philanthropy and nonprofit beat to business coverage (and nixing the philanthropy beat), it drew attention from Chronicle of Philanthropy and consternation in the twitter-sphere.

The Chronicle opined it was: “a move that could make [more]

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