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When the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation aired its first ever super Bowl ad ever in 2016, I’m sure the organization’s leadership hoped their effort would be met with widespread acclaim and praise. Instead, they faced a heap of criticism for showing a clip with the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, collapsing [more]

This presentation offers tips for journalists on covering trauma and working with survivors of trauma. The presentation was delivered at Columbia University in New York by Ami Neiberger-Miller while she was working for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Journalists: Covering Traumatic Events with Sensitivity [more]

This moving story interviewed children of fallen service members for a Memorial Day weekend piece in 2012 featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Steppingstone LLC’s Ami Neiberger-Miller worked with the producers on a concept for the story and then she worked with TAPS staff to locate children who would be comfortable [more]

The Washington Post ran an incredible front page story yesterday about Vienna Presbyterian Church in northern Virginia and the congregation’s struggle to deal with sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse of a dozen young girls by a youth minister.

The original abuse was uncovered when one survivor bravely came forward, [more]

The Atlantic has an interesting story, “What It’s Like to Deliver Bad News for a Living,” by Carrie Seims on people who deliver death notifications, upsetting news, and fire people en masse – and the negative impacts these roles can have on their lives.

Seims cited research from 2006 (human resource [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]

Helping families cope with the media spotlight after a personal tragedy can be difficult. In this article for the Forum Quarterly, Ami Neiberger-Miller discusses the challenges she has encountered in supporting families of fallen troops through TAPS and offers tips to help bereavement professionals and others assisting those who [more]

Image courtesy of TVGnus

The Washington Post ran an interesting article this week looking at morning TV news bookers, and their frantic rush  to reach out and book people who’ve experienced trauma or crime – often unknowns who have never been on television before or never dealt with the media. The rapid pace of bookers [more]

Twitter and media critics pounced last night on skier-turned-reporter Christin Cooper and NBC for airing an emotional interview with bronze medalist Bode Miller, where Cooper asked about his brother who died and his emotions. Miller handled the interview as tears slid down his cheeks and he finally bent over to cry with cameras rolling [more]

Thanks to Mary Fletcher at Conversations in Public Relations for talking with me for PRSA-NCC’s blog about the challenges in working with reporters and families of the fallen on behalf of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

In this interview, I talk about the Fort Hood shootings and the challenges faced [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]

Media pitching and on-site event support can be challenging due to the subject matter. In October 2014, Steppingstone LLC’s Ami Neiberger-Miller provided media relations support and on-site management for the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar. This annual event brings together for care and healing hundreds [more]

Two months ago I went to Florida to support media relations for the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar. It was a time of healing, sharing and comfort for hundreds of people grieving painful losses.

I still remember the first time TAPS held the event in San Diego in 2009.  It was the first time the organization devoted  [more]

Media Relations When Tragedy Strikes

Monday, August 30, 2010

I have to admit, I didn’t set out to develop an expertise in media relations for organizations working with trauma survivors. Missing and exploited child issues, domestic violence, wounded warrior mental health, veteran disability issues, suicide, and the traumatic bereavement of military families are not cheery topics. [more]

This incredible and beautifully written story about teens coping with the death of a loved one who served in the military was featured on the CNN.com home page when it published. Steppingstone LLC’s Ami Neiberger-Miller had several conversations with author Chelsea J. Carter in advance of the TAPS National Good Grief Camp [more]

During the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp in 2014, Ami Neiberger-Miller worked with a number of reporters doing stories about this nonprofit organization’s programs assisting families of fallen military troops.

Ami had sent the station a news release and called the assignment desk to pitch [more]

In December 2008, the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) filed a class action lawsuit, Sabo v. United States, on behalf of seven veterans from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force. The seven veterans were discharged from military service as a result of a finding by a Physical Evaluation Board [more]

Have I ever gotten an interview for a client by pitching a journalist cold through Twitter? Yes. Here’s the story:

When the Chronicle of Philanthropy posted it was looking for charities who had done work around 9/11 for an upcoming anniversary piece, I knew one of my ongoing clients would fit the bill.

But I couldn’t direct [more]

Understanding the experiences of military children over the last decade plus of war in Iraq and Afghanistan requires tremendous understanding. Steppingstone LLC’s Ami Neiberger-Miller worked with WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza on the “Breaking Ground” radio documentary about military children.

Cardoza [more]

I work regularly on issues related to suicide in the military and support trauma survivors. While awareness about suicide as a public health issue seems to be emerging and expanding, we still have a long way to go.

Journalists can play a key role in educating the public about suicide prevention, but sensitivity is needed. More than 50 [more]

Stacey Monk, CEO and co-founder of Epic Change delivered an emotional keynote address for the Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference.

I had never heard Stacey’s story before, and was surprised to hear some parallels with my own. Stacey left her management consulting job after her brother died suddenly from a drug overdose. Taking time [more]

The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) posted online a recording of a panel discussion from its 2014 conference on how to tell the stories of trauma survivors with grace and dignity.

It was an interesting panel discussion and I enjoyed hearing the recording even though I could not attend the session. Dave Cullen wrote [more]

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 changed everything for Americans and the media this weekend is filled with retrospective lookbacks and reflective commentary. I started getting calls from media about 9/11 related stories in June, so my summer has been interlaced with touchstones reminding me of the impending [more]

The May rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from years in captivity was miraculous, but it also ignited a media firestorm, with news crews camped outside the house where they were held, and their families shielding them from cameras and onlookers as they returned home as free women – free women who had lost years [more]

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