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Media Training and Messaging Workshop
Millersville Messages What are the most important things to get across about the Millersville University baseball program? What is special about the school? The program? Your relationship with community? Performance in the classroom and training? Performance on the field?
Why talk to the media? Millersville is a public institution We are owned by the Commonwealth. Taxpayers pay our salaries. We need to be accountable to the taxpayers and public. The media represents the public.
Media Training You either provide the meal, or you ARE the meal.
Its a Conversation Your interview with the media is a conversation, not an interrogation
Handy Tools: How I Can Help Research background information on the reporter and publication Prepare speaking points Assist with messaging Protection against difficult questions A way out … if you dont want to answer a question Follow-up
Making News Everybody has a story to tell, an important event, an amazing discovery, a critical announcement. However, having a great story to tell doesnt mean you will make news (i.e. get on the 6:00 news and the front page of the Globe.)
Working with the Media 3-5 talking points Availability Reliability Credibility
Working with the Media: Tips Make it human Make it simple Make it memorable Make it short Paint a picture Think of your audience Always show concern for the reporters question
Media Relations When you get a phone call from a journalist, the number 1 rule is: call them back! Or, call Ethan Hulsey or the Communications office.
Media Relations Cont. When you get a call from a journalist and you answer it immediately, dont feel compelled to jump right into the interview. Ask some questions of the journalist before committing to an interview: What's the story youre working on? What's your angle on the story? Who else are you talking to about this? What do you need from me in terms of time, etc.?
Ten Golden Rules of Good Media Relations 1. Develop an attitude of working with the press on a long-term basis. 2.Be familiar with the publication, the readership and the journalists background before the interview. 3.Always be honest and candid. 4. Do not overstate, exaggerate or make unfounded predictions. 5. Respect and acknowledge the strengths of the competition.
Ten Rules cont. 6. Do not ignore the press during bad times. 7.Remember that nothing is off the record. 8.Do not become defensive or argumentative during the interview or after the story is published 9.Deliver promised material in a timely manner or ask your PR staff to do so. 10. Do not covet the cover of Sports Illustrated.
What the media wants to know: Your Knowledge of your particular sport and the issue at hand. Your Insight of information that the general public may not know. Your Analysis of the game or event. Your Vision of the future for your team. Your Passion for playing/coaching, your team and your sport.
Responsiveness If we ignore problems, we could be headed for a dark time. But if we respond and get out as much information as possible all at once, it may be gloomy for a day or two, but brighter days are ahead! When we bring issues to light, we put sunshine on it and deal with it, and things can move forward
Dont repeat a question, it infers guilt Always present yourself as though you know what you're talking about. Here is an example where credibility is lost. Always present yourself as though you know what you're talking about. Here is an example where credibility is lost.
What you want to accomplish Get across your talking points Convey that you are the expert
Before each interview Know about the individual (s) Know about the media entity Know about the story
Response Techniques Bridging: Yes and in addition to that… Thats the way it used to be… Hooking: Thats the second most exciting news in college baseball…
Bad Response Techniques Heres an example of how not to respond during an interview. Heres an example of how not to respond during an interview. Is this how YOU want to be portrayed?
How to Avoid PR Blunders Do not repeat accusations Answer directly, but then turn to positive points Beware of would you say questions Avoid No Comment
Media Donts Do not say something if you are unsure Do not speak negatively of a former employee, student or another institution Do not try to hide negative news Do not repeat a question if you do not like the way it has been worded
Answering the tough questions An example of how to answer the tough questions An example of how to answer the tough questions
Characteristics of the Ideal Millersville Spokesperson Be available Be prepared Think of your audience Be confident and credible Be articulate Be open and friendly Make your comments human Be an expert about the subject matter
When Speaking Avoid… Gum or candy… even if its a telephone interview On camera? Dont sway. Anything in pockets (keys and change) Turn off cell phones
Telephone Interviews If youre doing a telephone interview, close your office door or go to a quiet location where you wont be interrupted. Dont check your or your phone while youre being interviewed Listen to questions and try to answer them as directly as possible If you speak with a smile, it will make your answers seem more energetic Stand up. It will help you concentrate on the questions being asked.
TV Interviews Television interviews can take place in studios with an anchorperson or on location, and can be either live or taped. Focus on interacting with the host rather than the activity around you. Choose your location carefully for TV interviews. Think about what will appear behind you. If youre doing a studio interview with a live host, focus on the host as your partner in conversation. Maintain eye contact with him/her.
TV Cont. Need 10 second sound bytes Know your material and practice so you can avoid the umms and ahhs Have your talking points written down
Its okay to show emotion Pat Fitzgerald enjoys Northwesterns first bowl win in 64 yea Pat Fitzgerald enjoys Northwesterns first bowl win in 64 yea But not too much emotion… Kevin Borseth needs to cool off
After the interview Be Polite Thank you goes a long way! Make yourself available for any follow up questions Be Responsive Ensure quick turnaround on follow up items VIP treatment to follow up inquiries
Thank you(s)? A quick note or for a well written article is fine. Highlight that it was accurate, fair Highlight the good writing Copy the editor
Social Media More visible here than in traditional media Same rules apply Would you use foul language in a TV interview? Would you call out a teammate? Would you talk about underage drinking?