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On Deadline: Managing Media Relations, 4/E [Paperback]

Carole Howard , Wilma Mathews

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Feb. 15 2006 157766440X 978-1577664406 4
Media relations professionals must know how to stay ahead of the game to be effective in today’s complex world. It is no longer enough that they craft news releases, orchestrate interviews and build sustaining relationships with reporters. Their multiple roles now include planner, crisis manager, communicator, counselor and strategist. Based on decades of real-world experience, the authors present straight-forward, practical advice on all aspects of media relations, supplemented with ideas and ideals of other experts. They begin with the major trends in media relations. They then discuss the changing definition of news and how it gets to the public; goals and objectives and how to track them; crisis communication; ethics; and the counselor role of the media relations professional. The effects of changes in technology, including the Internet, and globalization are threaded throughout the text. With a clear and fast-moving style, the fourth edition maintains its status as the foremost book on media relations in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. It is a must-read for prospective and current media relations professionals dedicated to maximizing their organization’s results.

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“. . . a resource fresh in insight and brimming with practical examples that will prove valuable to the novice and seasoned professional alike. . . . This book is not about publicity, it’s about strategy.  It’s not about counting column inches, it’s about building a solid, results-oriented program geared to meeting a company’s business goals.”  — IABC Communication World

“It is a terrific refresher for seasoned PR professionals. It is an excellent text and reference book for students and new practitioners . . . . This is the strategy book to help you carry out tactics in the best of times and the worst of times.”  — Public Relations Quarterly

“Whether you’re a veteran or a beginner, you’ll learn from this book.”  — communications briefings

“[The authors] have more experience dealing with the media than do the staffs of many corporate PR departments.  Their carefully focused book on this important function of public relations is one of the most comprehensive, practical and well-written presentations on media relations that we have.”   — Ragan Report

 “It would take years of painfully learning from your mistakes to develop the knowledge about working with the media that has been assembled in On Deadline: Managing Media Relations.”    — Public Relations Journal

“. . . succinct writing, enlightening anecdotes, practical lists and outlines, and a circumspect attitude that leaves the reader feeling in the company of two people who know their subject inside and out.”  — Public Relations Quarterly

About the Author

Carole M. Howard is the former vice president of public relations and communications policy for Reader’s Digest. Recruited in 1985 from AT&T, Carole helped to establish a public relations function worldwide for Reader’s Digest. She lives with her husband in Colorado and continues to give speeches, conduct workshops, and do PR counseling. Wilma Mathews, a Phoenix-based consultant, author and speaker has more than 25 years in international and domestic public relations management.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical but not just a "how to do book" Jan. 5 2007
By Marc - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked it. It is a useful book but it's not just a "how to do book". It is also good for people working at the communication sector for non-profit organizations.
5.0 out of 5 stars My media relations bible July 1 2013
By Shel Holtz - Published on Amazon.com
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I was handed media relations responsibility in a management shakeup. I'd never done it, studied it or trained for it; I was an internal communications specialist. Having to get up to speed in a hurry, I got this book (in large part because I know co-author Wilma Matthews and didn't doubt it would be useful). The book quickly became my guide to working with the media and served me and my employer well. That was more than 20 years ago. I have no doubt the updates since then are equally valuable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book but updated 5th edition published March 2013 March 29 2013
By DRS - Published on Amazon.com
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"On Deadline" is a wonderful educational tool for anyone involved in media relations. The updated Fifth edition, out in March 2013 incorporates the use of social media.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help March 28 2013
By John G. Yakim - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for a friend who found herself facing the media in her new job. She has made tremendous strides in dealing with the media. The book was a great help to her.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Overview of Media Relations Nov. 16 2007
By David M. Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
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If you could read only one book about media relations, this would be it. It's comprehensive, well-organized, and clear. It gives you general principles and specific examples to support them. The book is written mainly for public relations staffs of large organizations that market to consumers, though it's quite useful for people who work in PR agencies, and solo practitioners as well. The authors rely heavily on their own deep and varied experience in the fields of journalism, corporate public relations, agency PR, and academic work. But they also present the viewpoints of many other professionals in those fields, including sidebars reprinted from other sources.

The new edition covers such trends as "infotainment journalism," blogs, budget cuts for primary reportage and news gathering, and of course increasing reliance on the Internet as a source of news.

The advice on introducing yourself to reporters, editors, and program directors is excellent. Chapter Three gives several views on what is newsworthy, good definitions of hard vs. soft news, ideas for building lists of story ideas, and creating your own customized media directory.

Each and every chapter is valuable, covering fundamentals as well as discussing subtleties of the profession. The short chapter on ethics is refreshingly realistic and not preachy.

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