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Following the “COVID Story”: Reflecting on Coronavirus Media Coverage

Following the “COVID Story”: Reflecting on Coronavirus Media Coverage

by on October 19, 2020 in Public Relations

Whether you’ve been working in health, public health, media, or public relations, or you’re just a human trying to survive, 2020 has been an unforgettable and bizarre experience. Endless depressing case counts and deaths. COVID-19 special reports. White House coronavirus briefings. CDC, WHO and Task Force updates and trending hashtags about PPE, testing, ventilators and …

Shifting Healthcare Communications Strategies

Shifting Healthcare Communications Strategies

by on October 14, 2020 in Our Take, Public Relations

This article originally appeared in O’Dwyer’s October 2020 Healthcare Issue. Failure to stay relevant is a catastrophe for PR professionals. For 2020, relevancy is the primary determinant of success in the era of COVID-19. For all of us, not just those in healthcare communications, this has been a year of chaos. We were forced to …

Elephants vs Mosquitos: Which Approach to Media Outreach Gets Results

Elephants vs Mosquitos: Which Approach to Media Outreach Gets Results

by on September 16, 2020 in Media Relations

A popular theory of evolution serves as a good analogy for approaches to media pitching. In biology, organisms are classified according to the evolutionary “strategies” they use for reproduction and long-term survival of the species. Humans and elephants are known as “K-selected” organisms. Within these species, individuals have just a few offspring over their lifetime …

Innovative Cancer Communications Tools Keep Survivors Focused on Healthy Behaviors

Innovative Cancer Communications Tools Keep Survivors Focused on Healthy Behaviors

by on September 3, 2020 in Public Relations

“Cancer survivor.” It’s a title of honor that 17 million Americans are proud to wear. While the title is hard-won, for many survivors the sense of relief and gratitude drift away quickly, leaving in its place difficult challenges such as depression, substance use, and unhealthy diet and lifestyle. These disturbances have a real impact — …

There’s No “I” in Team, but “Client” Belongs in Great Teamwork

There’s No “I” in Team, but “Client” Belongs in Great Teamwork

by on July 21, 2020 in Leadership

One of the pleasures of working for a small public relations agency is the teamwork that is possible or, in my view, required, to do top-notch work for our clients. The Reis Group has small teams dedicated to each of our clients, but we readily reach outside assigned teams to tap the strengths and expertise …