- Advice on Hiring a Media Trainer
Media training is highly recommended for any media spokesperson, whether a novice or a veteran.
- After the interview
What to do after being interviewed by a reporter.
- At a Glance - Web sites mentioned in this issue of HotLink
Quick overview of some publicity-related websites.
- Backing it Up
If you say something in a media interview, make sure you can back it up.
- Contacts: Connecting directly with Canadian journalists
Factors to consider when selecting spokespersons for your organization.
- Crisis Communications
Being prepared for a crisis is second best only to avoiding one altogether.
- Crisis Communications Checklist
Nothing impresses like real confidence, and only advance planning can bestow it.
- Don't be a Time Bandit
Don't waste journalists' time.
- Don't forget to write
Writing letters to the editor is an effective way of getting publicity for your point of view.
- Dressing for TV
What to wear when you're going to be interviewed on TV.
- Effective Media Relations
Nurturing your relationships with reporters
Our relationships with journalists need to be maintained over time in order to be fruitful.
- Effective Media Relations
Media relations is human relations. Journalism is about telling compelling stories about people and their lives.
- Enhance your listing and get the most for your dollars
Tips for making your Sources listing work most effectively for you.
- Expand your knowledge by getting advice from the experts!
Public opinion plays a key role in government spending decisions, and one of the most effective ways to influence public opinion is through the media. A single appearance on television, for example, gets your message across to tens of thousand of people.
- Expose Yourself!
A booklet about effective media relations, providing practical advice about getting media coverage and relating to the media.
- The Follow-Up Telephone Call
Making follow-up phone calls to the media.
- Free for the asking
Any organization, corporation or individual listed in Sources has the ability to post news releases to the Sources Web site.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Sources
SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, authors and researchers with the sources they need for their work. SOURCES spotlights organizations, institutions, government agencies, companies, and individuals who want to share their expertise and points of view with the media. The SOURCES directory is used by thousands of reporters and researchers who need to find quotable sources and reliable information for their news stories or research.
- Get a Digital Life
An Internet Reality Check
- Get the Internet working for you
Develop an online strategy
A Web site works best when it is integrated into a co-ordinated communications strategy.
- Getting Ink for Your New Product
Get media coverage of your product.
- Getting Out the News
A short guide on developing a media relations strategy.
- Getting the Most from Interviews
Tips from a pro for getting the most from media interviews.
- Getting your story into the media
Stories are the heart and soul of the media. Journalism is about telling stories, and good stories require sources # human contacts, the people who provide informed comment and expertise, the people who make stories interesting and informative.
For more than 30 years, SOURCES has provided a vital networking service connecting journalists with the sources they need # the experts and spokespersons without whom the media would have no stories to tell.
- Give your Sources media profile an extra boost
Creating a link from your Web site to your Sources listing boosts your visibility.
- A Good File Never Forgets
Improve your publicity awareness
Keep track of the calls you receive from the media. Don't rely on memory alone.
- Grassroots media relations
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
- Guerrilla Tactics for Maximizing the Results of Your Media Campaign
Strategy and tactics for successful media campaigns.
- Guidelines for successful interviews
Things to keep in mind when going into a media interview.
- Helping you reach the media
How Sources can help you get more and better media coverage
Media coverage is the most valuable kind of publicity there is because it is based on the news value or information value of what you do or say, and is therefore far more credible than paid publicity like advertising. SOURCES makes it possible for organizations, institutions, companies, and individuals to reach the media effectively, consistently, and inexpensively. SOURCES has been helping organizations, companies, institutions, and individuals get media attention for over 30 years.
- HotLink.ca bigger and better
HotLink.ca features a large collection of articles about many different aspects of media relations, all cross-indexed by topic, author, and title.
- HotLink Resouce Shelf: In the News
Review of a book on media relations in Canada.
- HotLink Resource Shelf - #29
Here's a list of new releases that will keep you busy for a while.
- HotLink Resource Shelf #30
Start by accepting the fact that the media moves faster than you do, so be prepared. Always.
- How Embarassing when your messages unravel
The Emperor's New Speak
Analyze your messages to make sure their will hold up to critical scrutiny.
- How many spokespersons?
Speaking with one voice means your spokespersons should deliver the same message. It does not mean use only one spokesperson. If the news media representative knows your experts are available and reliable, you are more likely to be called and more importantly, to be believed.
- How Media Relations Helps the Marketing Plan
Using media relations to support your marketing strategy.
- How Sources magnifies your Internet visibility
How the high Internet ranking of the Sources Web site helps magnify the public profile of organizations and companies who are listed in Sources.
- How the Media Can Be Positive For Your Business
If both you and the reporter benefit, the chances are you will do business with that reporter again, good business.
- How to get the most out of your Sources Listing
You get out what you put in! Extra attention to the content of your listing can result in more calls, more media awareness and greater success. The number of calls you'll receive from the media directly relates to the number, newsworthiness and specificity of your headings.
- How to Pitch the Media
Journalists hate dealing with media pitches. The more often they receive them, the more annoyed they get. This article teaches three effective means of pitching news topics to media sources.
- Introducing the Sources Calendar
The Sources Calendar enables you to inform the media of your newsworthy events.
- It's the Law
The laws of media relations.
- Media Events - Maximizing Your Attendance & News Pick-up
Maximizing your attendance and news pick-up at media events.
- Media relations
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
An overview of media relations from Wikipedia.
- Media Relations as a Marketing Tool
The first step to getting media attention is to make sure that reporters know about you.
- Media Relations - Behaviours Unbecoming
What NOT to do when dealing with the media.
- Media relations for politicians
A Service for Parliamentarians, Legislators, and Municipal Councillors
Public relations tools for elected officials and community leaders.
- Media Relations: Rule of Engagement
Rules for dealing with the media.
- Meeting the Media Face-to-Face
What to do when a reporter calls or when meeting the media face to face.
- Michael Levine's Ten commandments for Dealing with the Media
Rules for dealing with the media.
- New on the Bookshelf
Reviews of recent books on publicity and media relations.
- News releases that work -- and those that don't
Media relations know-how: effective media releases.
- Newsroom tips from The Canadian Press
Newsroom tips from The Canadian Press.
- Pitching the Media
When pitching a story idea to a reporter, remember that they don't really care. Your job is to make them care. A well thought-out, concise pitch will ensure you don't strike out.
- The Princess and the Press
How to write a news release that will make you the belle of the ball
Your relationship with the press might not be a fairy tale, but it definitely doesn't have to be horror story: How to write a news release that will make you the belle of the ball.
- Publicity 101 for Colleges
Sources News Release
Q: What's the best way for a college to get continuing media attention?
A: By being found in SOURCES, the Media's Guide to Experts and Spokespersons
- Put it in writing
Top five tips for writing press releases.
- Reviews from The Sources HotLink
Reviews are in alphabetical order by title.
- 7 Ways to Get More Mileage from a Case Study
Case studies are a valuable addition to your public relations' arsenal. They not only explain the success of your product or service in action, they also tend to have high editorial acceptance and readership rates.
- Sharpen Up: From Experience To Expertise
Years of experience do not automatically make you an expert. Nor do "know-it-all" confidence, an encyclopedic memory or Jeopardy-speed retrieval always add up to expert status.
- Smooth Talking! Explore the Paid Speaking Market
Becoming a professional speaker.
Portal for Journalists and Writers - The directory for reporters, writers, editors and researchers
Sources is an information portal for journalists, freelance writers, news editors, authors, researchers and journalism students -- and a resource for organizations, institutions, businesses, and individuals who want to get media coverage of their expertise and their views on newsworthy topics.
Journalists: Use Sources to find experts, media contacts, spokespersons, scientists, lobbyists, officials, speakers, university professors, researchers, newsmakers, CEOs, executive directors, media relations contacts, spokespeople, talk show guests, PR representatives, Canadian sources, story ideas, research studies, databases, universities, colleges, associations, businesses, government, research institutions, lobby groups, non-government organizations (NGOs), in Canada and internationally.
Newsmakers: Use Sources to raise your profile and get media coverage. Sources is a powerful tool which complements and magnifies your other efforts to publicize yourself. See www.sources.com/Profile.htm, fill out the membership form, or call 416-964-7799.
- Sources gives you powerful tools to help you stand out from the crowd
An overview of how you can use SOURCES to amplify your message.
SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, writers, producers and researchers with the sources they need for their work. Being included in SOURCES positions you as a media source and puts you in line to receive more media calls and more media coverage.
- The Sources HotLink Archive of Previous Issues
- The Sources HotLink Miscellaneous Resources
- Speaking to the Media
A special report from Sources with articles from The Sources HotLink
Being seen, heard, and quoted in the media is perhaps the quickest, best, and most lasting way for a speaker to become better known and more sought after. This booklet offers advice on handling media calls and interviews well.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and SOURCES
Stories turn out better with SOURCES.
- Telling Journalists Who You Are
Getting the most from Sources
A well-written descriptive paragraph in your Sources listing tells journalists why they should call you.
- Top Ten List of Media Relations
Top ten recommendations for becoming (and remaining) media friendly:
- Top Ten Misconceptions About the Media
- Top Ten Questions to Ask When a Reporter Calls You
When you're respoding to a reporter's call, take time to think and ask yourself these questions.
- Top Ten Strategies for an Appearance in Front of an Editorial Board
- Twenty-five Years of Sources
From the beginning, Sources was seen as a public service as well as a tool for journalists.
- The View from the Press Room
How charities can sell their stories to the media.
- What Does a Reporter Want?
What does a reporter what when they interview you?
- What people are saying about Sources
- When & How to Hold a News Conference
So before you decide to call a news conference, make sure that the circumstances meet ALL of the criteria.
- When to Contact the Media
Advice on when to contact the media.