Media Relations

Confessions of a Former News Producer: One Local Reporter’s Take on The Changes That Could Win You Media Coverage

My Q&A with WRAL’s Sloane Heffernan Sloane Heffernan and I met when I was a budding news production assistant at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC. Still to this day, Sloane’s infectious smile, pixie haircut and Boston accent makes everyone want to be around her and share their stories. She has been a reporter with the station …

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Confessions of a Former News Producer: Two Secrets to Helping Reporters and Producers Tell Your Story

I’m not going to lie. TV news is hard. I’m sitting here pondering all of the chaos probably going on at my former station right this second: “one shot” ringing out over the scanner, the news chopper flying over a midday police chase or house fire, a Presidential tweet, etc. You get the picture – …

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Meet Our Newest McKeeman Maven, Katie Parker

McKeeman Communications, a 23-year agency specializing in public relations and communications, is proud to announce that Katie Parker has joined the company as a senior account executive and media relations manager. An Emmy-nominated television news veteran, Parker spent the past 13 years working in broadcast news in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. McKeeman Communications CEO and owner …

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Three Realities That Cut Your PR Agency Search Time in Half

First, Get the Right Fit Partner This is part one of a three-part series on healthy, successful business relationships between companies and outsourced partners. Spoiler alert: you won’t be finding any agency-client horror stories here. Helpful tips? Yes indeed. Ready for some straight talk? We’re all busy executives and business owners, so let’s just get …

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3 Steps to Avoid Getting Spooked by Crisis Situations

Let’s face it, tackling a crisis situation is not only daunting, it can be downright scary. Nothing gets the blood pumping like a social media issue going viral, or the local TV station calling for “your response” on an employee’s blunder. Crime situation? Alleged product tampering? Food-borne illness? Employee outburst caught on video? What about a poor sanitation rating or recordable …

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5 things NOT to say to a journalist

As you can imagine, in the public relations world, we are continually interacting with and building relationships with journalists. During my 25-plus years of media relations and crisis/issues management experience and into today, there’s one thing that’s remained consistent: the same media missteps continue to rear their ugly heads. What can you do to avoid the “media spokesperson …

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5 steps to avoiding crisis situations

Spoiler alert: it all begins with a simple issue. Believe it or not, avoiding a viral scandal or becoming the punch-line in late-night entertainment shows is manageable. The key lies in anticipating and solving issues through several simple — but not easy — steps. Make issue-solving core to your company culture. Practice and celebrate an issue-solving mentality. …

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