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Recap of Morning With The Baltimore Sun

At PRSA Maryland’s Morning With The Baltimore Sun on February 7th, key staff shared how decisions are made regarding content – unique pitches, subject lines, and best time of day to share story ideas are just a few of those covered. Attendees learned about the analytics that go into editorial planning and how staff use real-time findings to determine placements in the shifting landscape of print versus digital.  

After the panel, attendees had the opportunity to ask additional questions, meet the staff, and see the facilities. Check out pictures and video below.

A special thanks to our event sponsor Strategic Factory for providing our morning coffee and more.

APR Boot Camp scheduled for April 10-12, 2019

The PRSA Mid-Atlantic District is hosting its fifth annual APR Boot Camp April 10–12 at Harrisburg University in Harrisburg, PA.

The APR Boot Camp is a 3-day intensive course for APR candidates to prepare and advance through the Panel Presentation (formerly called the Readiness Review™) and take the computer-based Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).

The cost of the APR Boot Camp is $400. There is an additional $385 fee to take the APR exam on April 12 at 2 p.m. Spots are limited to 18 participants, so register soon, as this popular session fills quickly.

Click here for more information or to register. 

SPRING 2019 APR Online Study Course Open House is Jan. 22

The APR Online Study Course will have an Open House web meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time [noon Pacific]. In the Open House, PRSA Maryland Chapter members interested in getting their APR can learn more about the requirements for obtaining the APR designation. You will also learn about what’s involved in taking the online course. 

The Spring session of the online course begins on Tuesday, January 29 and runs for 15 weeks, to Tuesday, June 4. You can find the spring schedule here. The online course is “self-paced” over 10 modules, each of which is focused on the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) required to pass the 4-hour APR exam. After completing 75% of the course materials and the milestone activities, course facilitators are confident you will pass the exam. Click here to register for the online course

Candidates are encouraged to work together with others in their cohort groups or by finding a mentor, coach, or study partner. They are also encouraged to tweet, share, and encourage others to support them in their pursuit of the APR using the hashtag #APRPREP. Contact Michael Henry, Technical Facilitator of the APR Online Study Course, if you have questions about the course. 

Calling all APRs! Serve as a Panel Presentation judge and keep your accreditation current!

The PRSA Maryland Chapter currently has 8 APR candidates who will soon be ready to give their Panel Presentations. We are putting the word out now for those APRs interested in serving as a Panel Presentation evaluator in 2019.

You can earn 1 point for each Panel Presentation you evaluate, which counts toward the 5 points you must earn every 3 years to keep your accreditation current. We will be hosting two types of panels:

  • Final Panel Presentations –This would involve an in-person meeting during one evening after work at a Baltimore-area business or organization yet to be determined.
  • Practice Presentation – We would also like to offer APR candidates an opportunity to practice their Panel Presentation before giving the real thing. This would involve about an hour of your time via video chat or conference call with the candidate.

Please contact Dianna Fornaro, APR Chair, at dfornaro@ceiwc.com if you are interested in serving as a Panel Presentation evaluator on one of the panels, or would like more information on this important volunteer opportunity.

Take PR leadership skills to next level

Leadership training. Building your network. Boosting professional skills. Having fun.

These are promises we will deliver on when you say “Yes!” to volunteering for PRSA Maryland. Just ask any of our current Board members and they will share with you outcomes like developing skills leading to promotion, new positions, new clients, new friends and fun.
 
We’re forming the 2019 Board and committees and so we’d love to hear from you. Positions currently open:

  • President – guide the board in serving members’ needs
  • Secretary – officer position to assist in leading the board
  • Membership Chair – welcome new members, meet other PR pros
  • Communications Chair – guide the chapter’s communications and marketing
  • Conference Chair – guide the planning and hosting of the Maryland PR Conference
  • Mentoring Chair – guide the chapter’s mentoring program
  • New Professional Chair – guide the planning and activities to meet new professional’s needs
  • Volunteer Coordinator – connect members to chapter volunteering & engagement
  • And seats on all committees including Best In Maryland, Mentoring, and APR

Plus, we’ve have openings for blog writers, social media posters, program hosts, Coffee With hosts, awards judges, PR writers and more.
 
Let us know you are interested by completing this quick survey or send us email right now at info@prsamd.org
 
If now isn’t the right time for you, we are always interested – just let us know what you’d like to do and when you are available – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRSAMDGetInvolved.

The Walk of Shame … what happens when we aren’t prepared to talk or work with the media

By Peggy Hoffman, FASAE, CAE

I caught up with our two media experts for a chat about the upcoming deep dive workshop on the Do’s & Don’ts of a TV Interview, September 28, 2-5pm. Debra Schindler is currently the Regional Director of Media and Public Relations, MedStar Health; however, her career started in journalism. Debra launched her television work as a reporter for the national Fox Television network show, America’s Most Wanted, followed by work at WMAR. She netted an Emmy nomination as well as been recognized with such honors as the National Headliner Award and a Clarion for investigative journalism. Today, she oversees all external media and PR efforts for MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals where she created the MedStar Television Network and conducts physician media training.

Dan Dunne, APR, Fellow PRSA, Director of External Communications, Erickson Living. During his national spokesperson role with the U.S. Justice Department, he was interviewed each week by national news media and served as an agency media relations training expert at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Aurora, Colorado. He continues to help enhance the media relations expertise of government officials and others, recently instructing a two-day workshop enabling Franklin County, Pennsylvania officials to increase their public and media relations knowledge and news media interview skills.  

Peggy: The title is the do’s & don’ts of a TV interview, but I guess the prep starts before the interview, right?

Debra: Yes! I use this video clip (the Walk of Shame) to demonstrate the importance of contacting media relations when the media is calling.  By ignoring media requests, or not responding to negative allegations, they don’t go away. The result is an ambush interview.  And this one is from an investigative reporter I produced at WMAR -way back when- about a bad doctor. I contacted the hospital and the doctor, and no one would respond or supply a statement.  Never a good move for a PR professional. A statement would have averted this action.

Peggy: Not everybody will be confronted by TV or make headlines, so will this training translate to radio, podcasts or video casts?

Dan: Absolutely! Being successful with TV interviews is about sharing messages in a way that your audience will understand. By building your interview skills, you enhance your ability to be an effective speaker via multiple communication platforms.

Peggy: What are the top interview tips that you’ll expanding on?

Debra: (1) Use short, concise sound bites that are in complete sentences.  (2) Chances are the reporter questions are cut out of the video package so to ensure the message, put the question in the response. (3) Stay with three message points. (4) Bring visuals, such as props, models photos or video on a thumb driver or via shareable software. (5), this often gets left unsaid by the reporter … keep eye contact with the interviewer, not the camera. Reporters tend to do what they do so frequently, they forget to tell the interviewees to not look in the camera.

Peggy: Dan, what tips do you offer to control the interview or avoid tough/wrong question?

Dan: You will always have the option to “bridge” to a response that aligns best with the main messages you intend to share…your primary talking points. For example, if asked about details of an ongoing investigation (which you are not able to share), instead of saying “no comment,” you could bridge to a response like: “Since the matter remains under investigation, we are unable to share any details at this time…which is standard practice in these situations. This matter continues to be one of our highest priorities, and we will share any details possible after this investigation has been completed.”

Peggy: There’s going to an on-camera portion of the workshop – tell us more.

Dan: Because we’re hosting this in the Erickson Living TV Station, we are doing a combination of conversation/content sharing with on-camera work. So, participants will have the added value of having an on-camera interview and immediate feedback.

There is still time to register for the workshop; however, seats are limited to 12.

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