I’m occasionally asked whether it’s ever appropriate to “freeze a reporter out,” or refuse to speak to him again. Whenever I hear that, I immediately think of a scene out of The Godfather or Fatal Attraction, complete with horse’s head and boiled bunny. I imagine frustrated interviewees suddenly appearing as caped crusaders, exacting their revenge on unfair journalists by “rubbing them out.”
The Public Relations Society of America chooses September as the month to remind its members of the importance of ethical thought and behavior. Other communication organizations, including the International Association of Business Communicators and the International Public Relations Association for example, also emphasize ethical practice in their membership information.
That three word phrase continues to ring in my head from the moment my dad said to me years ago before basketball practice or baseball workshops. He wanted me to go and learn everything I possibly could. “Be a sponge and soak up everything they tell you.” Of course, my dad was talking to me about sports, but I feel like that mentality is what got me to where I am today and continues to help me grow in my professional career.
I’ve done hundreds of radio interviews throughout my career. They seem simple. After all, you just pick up a phone or visit a studio and have a conversation with the host. But radio interviews are nothing like normal conversations (unless your friends take listener phone calls and toss to a commercial break every few minutes!).
Four years ago, Angela Hernandez asked me to contribute to a blog interview series called, “Is PR Right for Me?” Little did we know at the time that my answers to Angela’s questions would spark a special chain of events … a DM between Valerie Simon and myself that emerged into a wonderful friendship, as well as the birth of our dynamic PR community, #PRStudChat.
I spent the last week in Rhode Island vacationing with my family. One of my favorite vacation activities was reading on the beach. My book of choice was Digital Marketing Analytics: Making Sense of Consumer Data in a Digital World by Chuck Hemann and Ken Burbary. After finishing the book, I’m happy to report it was a great read.
On July 16th, I had the honor of speaking at the Council of PR Firm’s InternFest 2013. …
I’ve had easily a half-dozen or more one-on-one conversations this summer with students – current and former – from Curry College, where I teach PR full-time in our undergraduate Communication Department, and Regis College, where I teach part-time in the graduate Organizational and Professional Communications program.