Media contact is a fact of business life. And yet this is the
only book on the market that focuses exclusively on getting the
best out of contact with journalists. It''s written by a
journalist, about journalists, and based on a long-established and
successful media-training course. Circulating copies of this book
around key executives would be a far cheaper and more
cost-effective alternative to hiring media-trainers. Being able to
handle the media effectively can be a significant career advantage.
Doing it badly can be damaging both to the career and to the
company.This book is a practical guide to handling media contact.
It starts at first contact with a journalist and goes right through
to discussing whether, and if so how, to follow up an interview.
The book looks at print, radio, television and online journalism.
There''s a chapter on crisis management and one on interviewees''
legal rights. A key feature of the book is that it focuses on what
journalists want, why they want it, and how to give it to them in a
way that achieves favourable media coverage.Can I quote you on
that? describes techniques for handling a variety of interviews
successfully, from the visit to your office by a trade journalist,
through expected and unexpected telephone interviews, via calls
from newspapers and magazines, radio interviews, phone-ins and
discussion programmes, to the range of television experiences,
including the camera crew at the office, the studio-based interview
and the remote studio. There''s a chapter on effective interview
preparation and an emergency page for reference if the interview is
imminent. This book is designed to convey an understanding of how
journalists work and how to workwith them for mutual benefit.There
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