Category News from Ed

Off the Record: Setting Universal Standards

What does it mean to go “off the record” with a reporter? I’ve just updated a report — Can We Talk Off the Record? Increasing Understanding Between Reporters and Media Relations Experts — that answers that question. No standardized definitions exist. Ask one reporter what off the record means and you’ll get one response. Ask […]

Farewell, Twitter (Almost)

One of the ways I’ve encouraged clients and colleagues to stay connected is via Twitter. No more. I’ve been taking the first part of 2021 to reexamine the methods I use to communicate. While that assessment is not yet complete (I’m still noodling around with what this blog will look like in the future, and […]

Get Your Copy of the Updated Buyer’s Guide

Magnetic messaging and strong communications skills are vital for executives who deal with the media, deliver presentations, and advocate before policymakers. You already know that if you are a regular visitor here. What stymies even the most experienced communicators is the challenge of nudging their C-suite and other spokespeople toward improvement. Sometimes it takes an […]

How the Pandemic Has Altered Congressional Testimony

As with most things in life, the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the Congressional testimony landscape. Rather than appearing in an ornate hearing room, the odds are high that witnesses — and a fair share of the members of Congress — will appear remotely. In response, I’ve just published a new edition of the research report […]

Insider Strategies Are Yours for the Asking

I spent a good chunk of the holiday break assembling a series of Insider Strategies resources. The goal of these quick-hitting one-pagers? To help you sharpen your communications edge. More to the point, these thought pieces exist to help you reach your career ambitions and to move your company toward achieving its business and public […]

2021, Here We Come

Don’t worry. This is not going to be another one of those tiresome tirades about how awful 2020 has been and how glad we’ll all be to leave it behind (though all that is true). Rather, this is a look ahead to how we can arrange our 2021 communications and public affairs plans. It begins […]

The AP Style Guide for Media Relations

Here’s an excerpt from my new book, Reporters Don’t Hate You: 100+ Amazing Media Relations Strategies, available wherever books are sold. There is this theory that reporters and their news sources are adversaries, sometimes even viewed as mortal enemies. I admit to falling into this trap at times. It is, of course, utter nonsense. Remove […]