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1 Working with the Media A Guide for NAHU Members Presented By: Kelly Loussedes Vice President of Public Relations

2 NAHU Media Relations Tools Media Relations Tab on Homepage 8 Guidebooks Press release templates List of canned editorials 5 PowerPoint presentations on media relations 6 FREE ads 4 FREE radio PSAs Sound Bytes Sample press kit So much more … !

3 Find an Agent Feature Extremely popular resource on the NAHU homepage. Profiled on major media outlets like the Today Show, Good Morning America, New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post and countless others.

4 Media Spokesperson Database The Media Spokesperson Database is comprised of NAHU members who are experts on important NAHU issues such as health care cost drivers, uninsured, market reforms, Medicare and long-term care. We recently made enhancements to our media spokesperson database housed on the homepage of the NAHU website.

5 NAHU Sound Bytes Compiled list of responses for you to use when reporters call – short and long version! We want to make you the expert. NAHU needs to Speak With One Voice

6 Brokers Making A Difference New PR Campaign that highlights the value of professional agents and brokers. 71-page booklet of personal testimonials to use in the media or while lobbying your legislators concerning the need to include agents and brokers in any reformed system. 6-page condensed version that highlights the most touching stories. Several New Op-Eds New Website –


8 Faces of the Uninsured Campaign New brochure that provides testimonials from 5 individuals and families from across the country that were previously uninsured but with the help of a NAHU agent now have health insurance. Effectively counters the single payer debate.


10 Value of the Agent Campaign The Value of the Agent brochure highlights the role of the agent and how they provide health care consumers with the peace of mind that theyre getting the right coverage at the most affordable price. Two 30 second radio spots on the role of the agent that stress the importance of having a professional health insurance agent to help consumers and employers navigate through the complexities of our health care system. Value of the Agent Ads Several Value of the Agent Op-Eds and press releases


12 Value of Media Relations What Can Media Outreach Do? Project a positive image about our industry Generate understanding of role in health care Educate public about insurance Identify NAHU members as a source of information Provide balanced commentary Advance legislative agenda

13 Nuts and Bolts of Media Relations Know your local media Types Print – daily and weekly newspapers, trade publications and magazines Broadcast – radio and TV Be a Media Monitor!

14 Distinctions Between Print and Broadcast Print Allows more in-depth coverage Often more lead-time Great range of venues Broadcast Sound bites -- message must be more concise Must have experienced spokesperson

15 OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISIBILITY Chapter News Legislative Activities Day on the Hill Meeting with Governor or Legislators Awards, Member Professional Achievements Charitable Activities Speaking Engagements Public Hearings Client Feature Stories Feature Material Consumer Tips or Advice National News Reaction Local Impact

16 Content – Message Mgt Localize story or issue Refer to local people and how issue will affect them and local businesses Use quotes from local people about the story Craft meaningful, short messages with relevance to community Tell why it is relevant with facts/statistics and tangible examples

17 Tools of the Trade When and how to use the tools Building a press list Letter of introduction Press release Media advisory Photo Letter to the editor Editorial/Op-Eds Bylined article

18 Initiating the Media Process Step by Step Finding the Right Media Outlets NAHU has access through PR Newswire to current media lists by state and subject matter. List should include print, television and radio reporters. Remember to also include weekly and community newspapers. Make sure to include name, phone number, fax number, , and address.

19 Media Materials – What Kinds and How Do They Help? Letter of Introduction –Your credentials –Topic/issues you can address –An offer to provide a background briefing –Contact number, address Follow up by phone with every contact…just like in sales!

20 When and How to Use the Tools Press Release - Announces news Include contact information and date of release Include an eye-catching headline Describe the core news message in first paragraph (who, what, when, where, why) Expand the news story in following paragraphs Include a quote from a recognized spokesperson in the organization Close with a boilerplate paragraph about the organization announcing the news Limit to 1 or 1 1/2 pages Use ### or -30- at end of release

21 When and How to Use the Tools Media Advisory - Announces an upcoming news event or offers a resource person to address a current hot issue Include an eye-catching headline Distribute several days in advance of the news event Use a What, When, Where, Why format Bullet the main points Provide contact information and date

22 When and How to Use the Tools Photograph - Attach a cut-line to the photo that identifies the person(s) in the photo and describes what is pictured Include with appropriate news announcements (promotion, awards, partnerships) Ask the reporter how they want the photo sent to them

23 When and How to Use the Tools Letter to the Editor - Responds to an article or editorial that has appeared in a publication Make certain it relates directly to the topic Include name of article, date and page for reference Be concise and brief Share your unique perspective Give examples Close with your name, title and affiliation (Advance Chapter approval required if identified)

24 When and How to Use the Tools Op-Ed - An opinion piece submitted by an individual or on behalf of an organization to a publication. Placement can be paid for or a publication may decide to publish on its own. Needs to be linked to a topical issue of interest. Offers a unique perspective. Is brief (usually words). Includes name of author and affiliation.

25 When and How to Use the Tools Bylined Article - A lengthier article (primarily used in trade publications) authored by an organizations staff or member on a topical issue Offer to write an article for the publication Do not prepare an article without discussing it with the editor

26 Tips for Newspaper Interviews First Question -- When is your deadline? Buy prep time Establish interview setting – Clear your desk – Close the door Use prepared notes – sound bytes on NAHU website Keep message points in front of you

27 Interview Tips (cont) Speak clearly and concisely – be able to explain your story in a few brief sentences. Present your conclusion first. This sounds odd, but your time talking with a reporter will be limited, you need to assert the main point first and then support the statement with facts. Be honest. If you dont know something the reporter asks, dont guess. Tell him or her you will get back to him promptly with the correct information.

28 Interview Tips (cont) Never speak off the record. Assume everything you say will be reported, whether its before, during, or after an interview. Make sure that what you tell the reporter is what you want to see in print. Most reporters will not allow you to see the article before it goes to print. Always invite the reporter to call you for more information or clarification.

29 The Art of Bridging A bridging statement is simply a transition from one topic (based on a reporter's question) to a subject you want to talk about (your message). You should answer the question as briefly as possible, and then bridge to your message. Sometimes you are introducing your message for the first time, while other times you are reinforcing it.

30 Bridging Examples Here are some examples of bridging statements that will effectively help you stay on message: – The fact is … – What I recommend people do is... – Let me re-emphasize something I said earlier about... – That's why it is important to...

31 Interviews Gone Astray Sometimes you need to abruptly change the direction of the interview. Perhaps the reporter has wandered into a different direction, or is touching on a controversial issue, and you want to get back on message. Here are some bridging statements you can use: – The question that you should ask is... – The real issue here is...

32 Bridging Tips The First Question Rule: Take Control You can begin your answer with a bridge such as: Mike, thats a great question. Lets take a step back and look at some important information. Id like to give you some history…. Then deliver your message. NEVER ANSWER A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION! A journalist might try to get an interesting story by leading you into a what if scenario. Never speculate. Instead, bridge to one of your core messages with: – Thats too hypothetical at this point, but…. – I dont want to speculate on that, but what I think youre trying to get at is….

33 The Hook The Hook is a technique that gets the interviewer to follow-up on your first point allowing you to get a second point in. For example, you can say, There are two very important considerations that must be taken into account before we can support this proposed health care policy. The first is... then expand on that point. The interview will seem incomplete if the reporter doesnt follow-up with, and the second point? This is a good way to ensure that both your points get air time.

34 Flagging Flagging alerts the reporter to what you consider most important. Its a good way to emphasize the key point or points you want the reporter to remember. Flagging is simply giving the reporter a verbal clue about what is important: – What your audience needs to know is … – What I want to be sure you understand here is.. – The critical point is…. – If theres one point viewers need to understand….

35 Be Prepared! Consider your Messages -- – Review sound bites and quotable phrases – Facts and statistics – Examples – Analogies Be ready to speak in laymans terms no jargon. Project Positive Energy -- – Youre glad to be here – Youre interested in your audience – You have knowledge you want to convey

36 Ten Tips Use simple, direct answers Repeat messages Pause Dont over answer: make point, stop talking Avoid jargon Listen, dont interrupt Stay in your zone of expertise Don't get angry Never say off the record or no comment Dont say it if you dont want to see it

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