From The Rock

Are you even ready for media relations?

By | July 26, 2017

Earlier this week, I read an article on PRDaily.com that outlined the characteristics of a “perfect client,” and many of those characteristics related to media relations. (You can check out the article for yourself here.) That’s likely because media relations is one of the most sought after services in public... Read More »

Please stop… mass-pitching reporters

By | June 22, 2017

The focus of this second post in our new series, “Please Stop” (intended to point out things some PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap), is among the biggest fails on behalf of PR people: mass-pitching reporters. It’s a flop that continues to mar the... Read More »

Please stop… using these headlines in your news releases

By | June 18, 2017

We’re kicking off this new series on the blog called “Please Stop,” which is intended to point out some of the things that not-so-great PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap. This week, our focus is on news releases – specifically, headlines of news releases.... Read More »

Beware the ‘Hot Mic’: 4 Tips to Remember for Media Interviews

By | April 01, 2016

Presidential campaign season is full of great examples of what not to do during a media interview. If you’re following the current presidential race at all, you may have seen the headline from The Washington Post a couple of weeks ago – “Caught on a hot mic, Clinton speculates about Chris Christie’s support for... Read More »

6 Tips for Handling a PR Crisis

By | March 30, 2016

When I was in college, I lived with my sister in an off-campus apartment with reserved parking for each unit. While there were plenty of visitor spaces, our neighbor’s boyfriend always parked in our spots despite us asking him to move at least once per week. One time while I... Read More »

Why PR is like the relationship between Downton Abbey’s Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes

By | March 09, 2016

Author’s note: Spoiler alert! Season six plot details are revealed in this blog. If you’re a Downtown Abbey devotee like me, you’re aware of the budding relationship between Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes over the last two seasons. Last season’s proposal by Mr. Carson to Mrs. Hughes was a dream... Read More »

Obsidian Public Relations – Where stories take flight (1 minute video)

By | February 18, 2016

4 Ways to Combat Sensationalism in the Media

By | August 03, 2015

Being in the PR industry gives me a front-row view of one major challenge for businesses and individuals alike: reckless and sensational journalism. I’m not the first to bring up this point. In fact, many in our industry and the news media themselves have brought up this issue on numerous... Read More »

Do you struggle with pitch follow-up anxiety?

By | July 08, 2015

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I have a confession that may sound a little silly. I suffer from pitch follow-up anxiety. Is it as prominent as it was when I first began my career? Not at all! I’ve certainly grown as a professional since my very first media pitch. But, I still get the familiar... Read More »

Pitch Perfect

By | January 15, 2015

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If you were hoping this was going to be a post about the recent announcement of Pitch Perfect 2 opening in May 2015, I am sorry to disappoint you. As one of my favorite comedies, I would like nothing better than to list my top five movie quotes complete with... Read More »