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5 Ways to Adapt Your Media Strategy to the Changing Media Landscape

July 24, 2024
Whenever I look back on my 50-year career in American journalism, I inevitably have two reactions: 1) Yikes! I’m getting old! and 2) the changes in the media landscape have been so incredibly dramatic that it sounds like I’m telling tales from another century (which it actually was when I started in 1973.) I worked […]

Three Public Health Issues to Watch in 2024 and What They Mean for Health Communicators

January 5, 2024
With a new year comes a new reality in health communications. Public health is grappling with ongoing and new challenges that will inevitably impact our field. As a public relations professional with a master’s degree in public health, I track health care industry trends to help clients navigate the complexities of their work. Here are […]

Matchmaking: A TRG Approach to Getting Media Coverage

November 30, 2023
When people ask me what I do, I sometimes say I’m a matchmaker — but not the romantic kind. I match our clients’ needs and narratives with the needs of journalists to bring attention to the organizations’ expertise, accomplishments and issues. In the jargon of public relations, I specialize in earned media. To be an […]

Nourishing your Social Media Campaigns

March 23, 2023
Your organization has worked hard and just finished preparing new resources, and you are excited for your audience to begin using them. You’ve posted all the new material on your website, but when you check your traffic, you don’t see the spike in page visits that you were expecting. It turns out that most of […]

Banishing the Wooden Lead: Three Ways to Make PR Writing More Engaging

March 2, 2023
One of the worst sins when I was in journalism school was to write a “wooden lead.” The grizzled—or should I say seasoned—editors who taught newswriting and editing at the University of Oklahoma would scowl at empty words at the top of a news story, crossing out one, two or even three dull opening paragraphs, […]

Communications Solutions to 2023 Advocacy Challenges

February 8, 2023
As a public relations agency serving medical societies, foundations and health care leaders, The Reis Group often helps clients with earned media and thought-leadership strategies to support their national and state-level advocacy goals. And, for me, having spent the better part of my career at the nexus of communications and policy, I love tackling these […]

Patient Education Materials: A Little Planning and Research Can Go a Long Way

November 5, 2018
Developing patient education and awareness programs that are both engaging and effective is not always easy. It requires a lot of planning, and attention to detail. It also requires time to understand exactly who you want to reach, how you can best get their attention, and how you might be able to get them to […]

Making the Link: Public Relations and Search Engine Optimization

August 2, 2017
As PR pros, we have the fundamentals down when it comes to content. But to take full advantage of that content, we also need to know how to maximize its impact digitally by mastering search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is not an exact science and can require a lot of trial and error, so check […]

Advocacy & Communications on a Budget

July 13, 2017
Associations large and small grapple with a wide variety of advocacy issues. The Advocacy Leaders Network hosts a series of workshops targeted toward public affairs and government relations professionals to facilitate discussions around various strategies, trends, and case studies important to the field. A recent workshop, “Advocacy on the Cheap: Changing the World on Any […]

How to Stay Informed and Ahead of the Political Game

May 2, 2017
The dizzying pace of change in the Washington health policy climate under a new administration presents unpredictable challenges for those of us working in health care communications. Rapid-paced executive orders and seemingly contradictory announcements can create a chaotic information environment. But as communicators, we can’t let this hold us back from doing what we do […]