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Media Relations, Media Training

Setting Ground Rules for a Reporter Interviews

Most PR people know about setting ground rules for a reporter interview, but most attorneys probably don’t. The vast majority of the time, you won’t need them, but there are times when ground rules can be indispensable. “Ground rules” is originally a baseball term that refers to the rules that apply to specific ball parks, or grounds. Those rules are set in advance of the game or the season, and they specify what the result is, say, if a ball hits the edge of a fence or if it lodges in ivy on the wall. In PR, “ground rules” refers to the terms of an interview, also set in advance. What statements by the subject of the interview can be used? What topics are off limits? What answers will be off the record? Is the whole conversation off the record? If you as a PR person think that a reporter…

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Media Relations, Media Training

What to do When You’re Not Happy With the Reporting

All PR people have been in this situation: You work hard to pitch a good story or set up a good interview, and a journalist responds to your pitch and seems to be ready to publish something. But at some point before the piece is published, you get the sense that your efforts are being “rewarded” with a story that isn’t going to go the way you want it to. The reporter may be taking an angle that is unfavorable to your client or may be de-emphasizing your client’s point of view. The situation may not be your fault, but the lawyer or the law firm isn’t going to be interested in hearing about that. What should you do, and what should you not do? Do go directly to the reporter on the story in a timely manner with a phone call that is pointed but polite. Ask her if…

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Why the Turtle Never Wins the Race

There are many times when your law firm is competing to tell the same big story for a shared client. And when that happens, being first to execute on a smart publicity campaignwill get you the desired outcome with the media. It is a simple fact: Journalists to turn to the first law firm that contacts them, and makes their attorneys available, when they need a comment for their story. This just occurred connection in major appellate case. Four major law firms, and two smaller ones, all participated in defeating a billion-dollar antitrust case on behalf of leading magazine publishers and distributors. A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2ndCircuit upheld summary judgment for all the defendants. As Jenna Greene of ALM just explained in an interesting article,   it was New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a firm not known for being especially quick to toot…

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Target media outlets that target your clients

Big does not always mean best in many industries. That includes the media. While not all outlets are equal, don’t ignore ones just because their circulations are small. Public relations professionals often talk about landing that major interview in USA Today or getting a client quoted in the Wall Street Journal. And there’s no question that for some clients, this kind of publicity in a major outlet can be incredibly useful and can raise visibility and potentially lead to new business. It may even be the ideal situation for that client with their media strategy. But PR professionals and the lawyers who hire them must recognize the media sector is broad and diverse. Most lawyers work in a specialty area like insurance, energy or intellectual property. Each of these areas has its own niche specialty publications that are very closely read by industry members who are current and potential clients….

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