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A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s face it, media relations isn’t near the top of the priority list at most nonprofits. But nonprofits do need to get media attention from time to time to help them get more of the resources they need to achieve their missions. Media Relations

5 Strategies for Using Social Media for Media Relations

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According to Cision’s 2015 Global Social Journalism Study , 94 percent of journalists are using social media on a daily basis — with 67 percent spending up to two hours a day. Below are five strategies for using social media to your advantage in media relations.

Media Relations: Too Valuable NOT to Use

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Guest blogger, Patricia Brooks guides client orgs to reach and motivate people through traditional and new media sources. media relations specialist, I am fortunate to base my career on our first amendment right to press. The Power of Media Relations—A Mini Case Study.

Nonprofit Media Relations—Not JUST Relationships

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Guest blogger, Patricia Brooks guides client orgs to reach and motivate people through traditional and new media sources. As a media relations expert, the question I’m most often asked is whether I have strong relationships with reporters. How to Measure Media Relations Impact.

Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits [New Webinar]

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Are you having trouble getting the media to cover your nonprofit? The rules for getting that coverage have definitely changed with the advent of digital media. Media relations expert Peter Panepento can show you how.

Where Should I Pitch My Nonprofit’s Story?

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Many nonprofits use the “spray and pray” technique when they are pitching their stories to the media. By taking this approach, you won’t be reaching nearly as many media outlets with your pitches. Step 4: Identify Your Media Targets.

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How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

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This rush of coverage during the holidays offers some great opportunities for nonprofits that are looking to tell their stories through the media. Even if the media doesn’t bite, the time you take to find these stories will not be wasted. Media Relations

How to Establish Thought Leadership within Your Nonprofit

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In just a few weeks, we will kick off our latest Nonprofit Marketing Accelerator – Becoming a Thought Leader and Media Darling. Mary Alice Holley of BC/DC Ideas shares some tips on becoming a thought leader and what being media savvy can do for your nonprofit. Mary Alice Holley.

How Can Nonprofits Communicate to Two Americas?

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The news media has dubbed the divide the “Two Americas” and for lack of a better term, we’ll go with that. Peter Panepento, our media relations advisor, would like to develop a new webinar for communications and fundraising staff on this issue.

10 Tips for Getting Your Op-Ed Placed

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That’s because a published op-ed not only appears in the newspaper, it also appears online, which gives your nonprofit the opportunity to point to it on its own site, in blog posts, and through its social media channels. Media Relations Nonprofit Communications

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The 5 Things You Need In Your Nonprofit’s Online Newsroom

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When nonprofit communicators think about media relations, they often focus on proactively pitching stories and reaching out to reporters and editors. But effective media relations isn’t just about pushing our story ideas on unsuspecting reporters.

What to Do When the Media Gets Your Story Wrong

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There’s an adage in public relations that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. This is especially true in a digital media world, where errors can take on a much longer life than ever before. He also serves as Nonprofit Marketing Guide’s adviser on public relations.

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5 Ways to Get the Media to Cover Your Next Event

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Quite often, they also expect these events to generate media coverage. Sadly, most communications pros who are promoting events don’t take the time to find strong story angles before they make their pitch to the media. Media Relations

How to Get Your Story Told in the Nonprofit Trade Press

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When nonprofits build their media relations strategies, they often focus on getting their stories told in the local media or in the national mainstream press. Are you using social media or mobile technology in a new way? Media Relations

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A Simple Guide to Injecting Colorful Quotes Into Your News Release

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He also serves as Nonprofit Marketing Guide’s adviser on public relations. Media Relations Nonprofit CommunicationsWhen your nonprofit sends a press release to a reporter or editor, it’s immediately facing stiff competition for coverage.

How a Small Nonprofit President Got a Big Spot in The New York Times’ Room for Debate

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It’s more difficult than ever for nonprofits to get media coverage. Juliana Avery has sent her share of releases to the media in Washington and Baltimore — with little success. He also serves as Nonprofit Marketing Guide’s adviser on public relations.

Nonprofit Communications in the Fake News Era

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In addition to acting quickly and putting out positive messages, it’s important to avoid getting into a back and forth with Internet and social-media commenters who are trying to make you look bad by insulting you and twisting your words. Media Relations

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Press Release 101: Why You Need a Good ‘Nut Graph’

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But I think it’s best to begin with an examination of the ‘nut graph ‘, since an effective nut graph not only helps sell your story to the media, but it is the key that unlocks many of the other elements of your release. Media Relations

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More Than Words: Why Visuals Are Critical in Pitching Your Story

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Peter will be blogging and presenting webinars for our All-Access Pass Holders on how to get media attention for your organization. When you’re pitching a story to the media, words aren’t enough. Those that include multiple media elements outpace text releases by more than 5.5

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Telling Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

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As much as we wish our nonprofits would be looked at for impact as opposed to overhead, how much nonprofits spend (or lose) is a story the media love to tell. I’ll refrain from making this post a debate about nonprofit overhead, since our goal here it to talk about nonprofit media relations.

Op Eds: Writing Leads that Grab Readers by the Lapels

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Why Ignoring GuideStar’s Profile Pages Damages Your PR Strategy

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Effective media relations isn’t always about proactively pitching your organization’s story to reporters and editors. They also provide charities with opportunities to provide contact information, social media links, as well as details about their governance practices and diversity measures. This development matters if you’re looking to convince the media that your nonprofit has a positive story worth telling. Sites like GuideStar are important gateways for the media.

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When Reporters Are Looking for You: How to Respond to Journalists’ Queries

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You don’t have to rely solely on your own pitches to get your organization quoted or cited in the media. Many of the posts focus on stories related to self help, finance, or national topics. He also serves as Nonprofit Marketing Guide’s adviser on public relations.

Nonprofits Should Play Offense, Not Defense, to Improve Reputation

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That’s why I’m surprised that one of the nonprofit world’s smartest marketing minds is choosing to play defense with his new effort to improve the way the media covers nonprofits. The media takes its role as watchdog seriously. Guest Bloggers Media Relations

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Nonprofits @ the Oscars: How to Photobomb, Newsjack and Steal the Spotlight at the Academy Awards

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The social media team at NASA had a blast with #RealGravity : Congrats to #Gravity for another win at the #Oscars2014 for best director! Follow Kerri Karvetski @ Company K Media’s board 2014 Oscar’s Campaigns & Communications on Pinterest.

Is Your Nonprofit Prepared for a Media Crisis?

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Sadly, though, there will soon be other crises for the media to cover. Komen for the Cure and others have all found themselves in the media’s (and public’s) crosshairs in recent years. Media crises involving nonprofits come in a number of forms. Have a media kit.

Forget the Media Kit, Create a Toolkit

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Our public relations expert Peter Penepento is back this month to share some ideas on getting the word out about your good cause without using the media. In the not-so-distant past, that answer was easy: you wanted to reach the media. Guest Bloggers Media Relations

True or False? A Quick Guide to Understanding Journalism Ethics

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If you handle media relations for your nonprofit, it’s important to understand the rules that govern professional journalism. True of false: We don’t have to share our IRS forms with the media. He also serves as Nonprofit Marketing Guide’s adviser on public relations.

Developing a Modern Public Relations Strategy

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This month’s he’s back to share more about how you can best reach your audience and cultivate relationships with the media. For nonprofit public relations pros, Dylan’s statement carries a lot of meaning. Peter Panepento.

Creative Brief Boosts Support & Participation (Case Study)

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A week later, I created this Media Brief for a drive time radio interview with our Executive Director and me. Just two weeks later, during Baltimore’s unrest in April 2015, we had another great media opportunity. We quickly issued a Media Brief including an overview of the meal delivery route, and contact info for relevant volunteers and staff members. Try a Creative Brief for Your Next Event or Media Op.

The Accidental Rebranding of Komen for the Cure

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Advocacy Fundraising Media Relations Messages and Tag Lines Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy Nonprofit PersonalityYesterday afternoon, and continuing into today, I believe we are witnessing the accidental rebranding of what is surely one of America’s biggest and most well-known, and even well-loved, nonprofit brands. Komen for the Cure , it seems, is no longer a breast cancer charity, but a pro-life breast cancer charity.

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Getting Started with a PR Plan

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Let us know what PR and media relations questions you have and we’ll get you answers. It supports your fundraising efforts, direct mail campaigns, social media strategy, special events, corporate sponsorship, and strategic partnerships. Sean Horrigan.

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Stop Approaching Public Relations Like It’s 2007

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Peter will be sharing his wisdom and tips with us monthly on the intersections of media relations, content strategy and social media. As the the world has changed, the importance of traditional media has waned considerably. Peter Panepento.

2 Strategies to Help Your Nonprofit Go Viral

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The first is a PR pro’s nightmare: your organization missteps or makes a mistake and you become the center of a social- and traditional-media firestorm. The second is to create or become a part of an online sensation that makes your charity the darling of the social-media world.

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How the Super Bowl Inspired Nonprofit Marketing in Atlanta

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Kivi and I have talked in the past about using holidays and breaking news to get an organization more relevance and traction, and I must say I’ve been impressed with how local businesses and organizations have used the days leading up to the game for their social media and marketing.

Move Your Nonprofit Agenda Forward with Opinion Editorials

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The op ed received media attention from The Associated Press and more than 300 outlets. Media Relations and Press media relations Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing op eds opinion editorials

Newsjacking: The New Way to Get Media Attention

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David Meerman Scott has published a fast read all about the process in Newsjacking: How to Inject your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage (Amazon link). Then your part of the story gets repeated as other media outlets pick up the story.

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Here's How to Measure Media Relations Impact

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Several Getting Attention e-update readers had questions in response to this recent article: 11 Steps to Media Relations Success. This one was asked by several nonprofit communicators: Q: What are typical objectives/measurable outcomes for media relations work? In addition, it helps you gauge the ROI (return on investment) of your media relations work. I suggest you create a media log to record media relations activities and results.

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Op Ed Writing Made Easy: Ideas for a Basic Structure

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Media Relations and Press Dupont Communications letters to the editor Margot Friedman media relations Nonprofit Communications Op edMargot Friedman, principal of Dupont Circle Communications, conducts trainings on writing and placing opinion editorials.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor that Gets Published and Read (Case Study)

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Ensure that your letter is reviewed by your organization’s media expert. Media Relations and Press content creation Crisis Communications letter to the editor media relations Mila Rosenthal Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing