The Five Types of Media Coverage you Need to Know

By Nicole Raymond

At a recent EMU PRSSA meeting, we had guest speaker, Chris Austin from Identity PR speak to our chapter about media relations. Among a plethora of vital information to remember when approaching media relations, Chris defined the six different types of media coverage you can score for your company or clients.

1. Bylined column: A column anywhere from 500 to 2,000 words but generally between 800 and 1,000 words. This type of column is written by the public relations professional after they interview their client to gather information. The public relations expert then writes a draft of the byline and the client reviews and makes edits to the document. The PR professional then sends the byline to publications with the client’s name attached.

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2.  Expert Source: A reporter interviews your client and uses select quotes to accompany a story. For example, if a reporter is doing a story on cybersecurity and you have a client who is an expert in the cybersecurity field, you can connect the two and the reporter will interview and use the quotes from your client in their story.

3.  Executive/Company Profile: This type of media coverage is just what it sounds like, it is a piece written on an executive in the company or about the company itself. A profile piece is reporter driven, and they are placed in trade publications.

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4.  In-Studio TV/Radio Guest: This piece of coverage consists of an interview with an anchor on television or radio. These types of segments can be live or taped, and television segments use heavy visual aspects. The goal of this media coverage is to entertain audiences.

5.  Brief/Press Release: One of the traditional media coverages is a brief or a press release. This type of media coverage is a way to get client news out. It is written by a public relations professional and sent out to media sources to cover the story.

Every organization has a story to be told, and you can use one of these six types of media coverage to help share that story with the organization’s audience!

Nicole Raymond graduated from EMU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and served as PRSSA’s VP of External Relations from 2016 to 2017. Raymond is currently a graduate student in the IMC program here at Eastern.
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#PRSSANC: Sports Public Relations with Nikki Barjon Recap

By Hope Salyer

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The amount of sessions at PRSSA National Conference can be overwhelming when trying to decide your schedule for the conference. This year’s sessions ranged from Sports Public Relations to Celebrity PR. I’ve decided to write a recap of the Sports Public Relations session with Nikki Barjon of The Barjon Group in Atlanta. Be sure to keep an eye on the EMU PRSSA blog for more session recaps from my fellow e-board members.

Barjon started the session with the energy of a walk-off home run in the final game of the World Series. Right from the start Barjon gave an honest, straight to the point presentation.

In the beginning of the session, Barjon told the audience that landing a job in sports is high-stakes, intense and not for the weak or fake. The industry is very cut-throat in today’s world, and it is easy to pick out those who can’t handle the stakes. As Barjon pointed out, you are working with multi-million dollar deals, and your client’s livelihood is at stake if you screw up.

Barjon said because of this, as a practitioner, it is your job to be your client’s coach. You have to constantly be thinking about the big picture: offense and defense. Barjon stated she can’t risk focusing only on offense because you never know when the other shoe is going to drop.

In the world of sports PR, practitioners also have to remember that they are working with a sort of celebrity PR as well. Practitioners have to always be nonjudgmental. You can’t risk or take the time to judge your client. You just need to figure out how to solve whatever problems you are presented with.

You also have to always remember to ask, “Is this what happened?” With celebrity PR, the old saying there are three sides to every story rings truer than ever. Barjon stated that she is always either one of two phone calls in a crisis situation: the first or the last. Ideally, Barjon says she should be the first; however, more times than not she is the last. In these types of situations, Barjon has to always ask if she is going to get the real story, or a dwindled down version. It is critical to ask this questions because as a practitioner, you can’t do your job to solve the problem and minimize the impact if you don’t have the whole story.

Barjon ended the session by stressing the importance of getting your own playbook. She said she is always surprised by the number of people who come up to her and tell her they want to be just like her. Barjon said no one is ever going to be her because every individual has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, and passions and goals. What worked for Barjon to get where she is today is not going to work for someone else who doesn’t have her same skillsets or interests.

For this reason, Barjon says you need to get your own playbook. Find what you are interested in and what you are good at, and work your way up from there. What works for the Broncos is not going to work for the Lions, and the same goes for practitioners. Once you figure out what your passions are, don’t stop until you get what you want.

Barjon ended the session with one final piece of advise, and it stuck with me so well I wanted to end my blog with it as well. “Do what you need to do to win because losing sucks!”

Hope Salyer is a senior public relations major and journalism and communication double minor. Hope is serving as the Vice President of Special Events and Programming of EMU PRSSA. This is Hope’s second year serving for the PRSSA E-Board. A Michigan native, she hopes to start her career working for an agency or local nonprofit in Michigan. Her dream is to become the public relations coordinator for the Detroit Tigers. Contact Hope on Twitter @hsalyer01 or by email hsalyer@emich.edu.

Three ways that PR can Bring More Value Than Advertising Alone

By Michael Doute

How valuable is advertising? How many of us actually pay attention to advertisements? People who consume content have never had as many ways to avoid advertisements as they do today: ad blockers on the internet, streaming TV shows from services like Netflix, and recording TV shows to watch later have all contributed to this. Even if someone is watching live TV these days, don’t you think that they’d just pull out their phone during the commercial break? While this doesn’t look great for advertisers, it sets the stage nicely for PR. Here are three ways that PR can bring far more value to your organization than ads alone.

  • Don’t interrupt the content, be the content

I have never understood the advertising mindset. How did interrupting somebody’s TV show and trying to sell them something become the standard method of operation for every organization in the world? What makes far more sense to me is to become the content, rather than interrupting the content. For example, if you run a small company sells art, create content about art. The same time that you could spend buying, and placing ads could be used creating your own branded content. Whether it’s a podcast, video series on YouTube, or a blog, people will happily consume it if it gives them some value.

  • Storytell in a way that works for you

A big mistake that some people can make is that they assume that their brand should appear everywhere. If you have a big enough organization with the budget to hire enough talent to make that happen, it might work for you. But for the rest of us, you should storytell on a medium that you are talented on. Not a strong writer? Shoot some video or run a podcast. There are endless options out there, you just need to understand what your strengths are, and double down on them.

  • Don’t throw out advertising

I know that I questioned the value of advertising in the beginning, but I don’t want anyone to stop doing it entirely. The American Marketing Association defines IMC as “planning process designed to assure that all brand contacts received by a customer or prospect for a product, service, or organization are relevant to that person and consistent over time.” Good PR work helps an organization craft their story, create their story, and understand the publics that will ultimately consume that story. It should be up to advertising to help amplify that story.

Telling a good story and bringing actual value to a consumer is much more compelling than any advertisement. Often times, advertisements are the best way to amplify the message of your story, but I don’t think that any brand should rely on them alone to tell it. PR has a big opportunity over the next few years to become content advocates within organizations. What kind of branded content do you consume? Is it a podcast? A video series? Let me know!

Michael Doute is a senior majoring in public relations. He is currently the VP of Professional Development for the PRSSA organization at EMU. Mike’s passion is with storytelling, and he hopes to end up working for a company that allows him to be creative.

#PRSSANC – An Experience of a Lifetime

By Josie Bobeck

October 5th was a big day for PRSSA. We woke up early to catch a flight to Boston, Massachusetts to go to the Public Relations Student Society of America National Conference.

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Not only was this super exciting for us because we were invited back for the second year in a row to present a student development session, but we were able to attend seminars on the Revolution of Public Relations.

The session that I went to the stood out the most to me was the New Professionals Panel. See, I’m graduating in April, which is both exciting and terrifying. To be able to listen to people who were in my position a year or two ago who are successful young people was very appealing to me, and I am very glad I went. Below are a few of my key take-aways from the panel:

Pick two things you need in a job and two things you want, and the rest is extra. If location and salary is something really important when you’re job hunting, but you also want a job that lets you dress business casual and has good benefits, that is what you should focus on.  It’s okay to want those things, but you also have to be realistic.

Show your impact. You are capable of doing wonderful things, so make it happen and you will stand out.

Don’t be the hero. You physically, mentally, and emotionally cannot do everything for everyone, so it’s best to not even try.

Use your network. This is so important. You never know when you will cross paths with someone you met at #PRSSANC later on. The people in your network can help you in a multitude of ways , so it’s best to keep on good terms with them.

If you’re thinking you want to go to National Conference next year in Austin, Texas, I would recommend it 100%. You learn so much, you get to meet incredible people, and you get to travel to new places.

I’m lucky to have wonderful E-Board members to share these memories with. Boston has such an important place in my heart and I’m grateful to have been able to go to National Conference.

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Josie Bobeck is a senior majoring in written communication and minoring in communication. She is currently the VP of Public Relations, previously serving as VP of Member Relations. Josie hopes to one day work in a creative environment in a big city or for a record label doing publicity. Connect with Josie on Twitter at @Josephine3laine or by email at jbobeck@emich.edu.

4 Things I Learned from my PR Internship at Make-A-Wish

By Abby Cousineau

“School can teach you a lot, but nothing beats real-world experience.”

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I’m sure you have heard this phrase more than a few times in your life. And while it sounds cliché, there is a ring of truth to it.

This past summer, I spent my days working for an awesome non-profit, Make-A-WishÒ Michigan. While I learned a ton about PR and communications at a non-profit, here are the top four things I got out of my internship:

  1. Being a good writer is crucial

I can honestly say I wrote something every single day at my internship. Whether it was an email, a press release, a feature story or social media copy, it felt like I was literally always writing. At most non-profits, Make-A-Wish included, there is a small communications department that is responsible for pretty much everything PR/marketing related, so being a strong writer is important. You learn a lot of these writing skills in school, but nothing truly prepares you for your boss telling you she needs social media copy, a feature story and a press release by the end of the work day. Being able to write well, write quickly and being capable of taking one topic and translating it into multiple stories fit for different mediums is essential.

  1. Having solid research skills is almost as crucial as being a strong writer

During the summer, there were many times where I had to write about something I had no clue about. Being able to gather information and apply it to your project is a very good skill to have. Your boss will expect you to be able to find out what you need to complete the task on your own, and they will want you to be able to take that information and put it into something organized & clear.

  1. Event planning is tedious

Make-A-WishÒ Michigan puts on multiple fundraising events every year and I got to be part of & observe one of their largest events: the Wish-A-Mile Bike Tour. This event lasts three days, participants ride over 300 miles and there are multiple “mini” events that take place over the course of the weekend. I won’t get into the whole thing, but I got to see first-hand how event planning works at a non-profit. SO much goes into this process & it is extremely tedious. Communication between team members and extensive preparation has to be more than solid to pull off large-scale fundraising events. The weeks leading up to the Wish-A-Mile tour were hectic, but seeing everything come together in the end was truly magical and made all the stress feel worth it.

  1. If you want to work in PR, you have to be passionate about the company you work for

I think this is especially true if you choose to work for a non-profit, but working in PR in general can be exhausting. At my internship I saw my supervisors put in 15 hour days, push themselves physically and mentally for three days during the Wish-A-Mile Tour, and spend countless hours planning events, writing stories and working on design projects. PR can be draining, but if you work for a company you truly believe in it makes everything easier. There were a few times where I questioned why I was going to school for PR, but when I saw a kid get their wish granted, or talked to a parent on the phone and heard them cry about how grateful they were for the wish experience, it made me realize how powerful and meaningful the jobs we do every day really are.

Abby Cousineau is a senior at EMU majoring in public relations and minoring in graphic design and marketing. She is currently serving as president of EMU PRSSA and is excited to be leading such a creative and dedicated group of individuals. You can usually find Abby outside anytime the weather is nice or otherwise spending her time behind a computer screen, working on one of her design projects. Connect with Abby on Instagram @abcattt.

3 Tips For Promoting Your Business on Social Media

By Hope Salyer

Whether it’s your personal blog, a skill or service you have or a business you own or work for, social media, more specifically social media promotion, needs to be a large part of your plan to achieve success.

Companies spend thousands of dollars each year on social media and social media specialists to keep up with other companies on social media. A strong social media presence can help to either make or break a company. These 3 tips can help you begin to build or strengthen your social media presence.

Follow the 80/20 Rule

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One of the biggest mistakes I see is companies focusing too much on themselves. Who wants to follow a brand on social media who only promotes themselves? Social media is about building relationships with your followers. Focus on them, and your community, 80% of the time. The last 20& can be focused on yourself. If you follow this rule, your 20% will stand out and be better perceived than if you only talk about yourself.

Choose your personal or brand style and stick to it.

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Certain companies are known for snappy comebacks while others focus on more positive customer feedback. Both options can work when done correctly, but only if you’ve established the brand appropriately. If you’ve always done positive feedback and then snap at a random comment, it’s probably not going to turn out well. If that’s the style you want to follow, try to establish the tone early, stick to it and know when to draw the line.

Have a crisis plan in place.

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Speaking of drawing the line, you can’t control what other people say and think about your company (as much as we would like to). Because of this, crisis are inevitable. You don’t know when one is going to occur, so you need to have a plan in place so you can react on instinct, rather than having to wait and think of what to do. When something pops up at 3 am, you don’t want to wait until 10 am to respond. Having a plan in place makes it easier to respond quickly without having to stress about procedures and policies.

Do you agree with these tips? Do you have tips of your own? Feel free to comment below or tweet me @hsalyer01 your responses!

How To Be Memorable

By NinaMaria Badalemti

Whether you are starting a new class, joining a new student organization, going into a job interview, or just trying to make new friends, we all want to be memorable. Being memorable is a huge part of networking and making connections with people. If you don’t stand out and people don’t remember you, you can say good-bye to that new job and making friends will be much more difficult. So here are four simple steps to make yourself more memorable to successfully create connections whatever your situation may be.

  1. Make eye contact.

Making eye contact with the person you’re communicating with shows them that you are not only listening, but also that you are comfortable with them. Having eye contact in a conversation instantly makes you more personable. This is a key component in getting people to want to listen to you. It also shows confidence, which allows people to gain a sense of trust and once again the ability to be comfortable with you.

  1. Be creative when answering simple questions.

Questions like “How are you?” and “Tell me about yourself” are easy to answer, maybe a little too easy. We often scratch the very surface when answering them and come up with the same response every time without really thinking about it. However, if you put just a little more thought and effort into answering them it will make you stand out. Use unique words; words other than the usual “fine”, good”, and “not bad”. Answers like that are pedestrian and overused. A little creativity goes a long way.

  1. Be excited about where you are.

Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come; no matter where you’re at in life, you got there yourself! You have yourself to thank! We all have low self esteem at times but realize that you are valuable and be confident. Being comfortable in your own skin and being excited when meeting new people gives you a fun quality. You will send off happy vibes that will make others excited to be with you.

  1. Be honest.

I think we can all agree that no one likes a liar. Yes, we all want to look good in front of new people, especially in an interview, and may tweak some of our answers but try to stick to the truth. It is easy to sense when someone is lying about something, which is an instant turn off. People respect those who are honest. It gives them a sense of authenticity which will certainty make you stand apart from those who are trying too hard and not acting themselves.

So there you are, four easy and certainly useful ways to make yourself more memorable. Remember, making an impression is all about being you!

NinaMaria is a senior double majoring in Communication and Electronic Media and minoring in Marketing. She is serving her first year on the EMU PRSSA E-Board as Vice President of External Relations. She hopes to find a career in Media that combines her interest in broadcasting and her passion for people. She also hopes to work in a big city one day. Contact NinaMaria through her email nbadalam@emich.edu.