Point of Clarification on the Press Release and Other News….

I had the pleasure of moderating the Media Relations in a Digital Age panel at Capitol Communicator’s PR Summit DC on June 10. Editors from USA Today, National Public Radio, The Washington Post and The Associated Press shared their perspectives on the growing challenges of reporting the news. Our discussion revolved around many aspects of news gathering and coverage from the very beginning of their news day to how social media impacts decision making.

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Shifting the Model: Health Care Focused on Wellness

By Catherine Brown, MS, RDN, CDE

For those of us following the trends in health care reform, it seems like we have been discussing new models of care for years. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 had many provisions to allow for a health care system more focused on wellness than disease. The shift to patient-centered care has challenged old models of authoritative health care providers. Reimbursement is becoming more focused on quality and outcomes, rather than usage. However, like most things, change comes slowly. We are all still frustrated with aspects of our health care system: access to our providers, billing, communication among our specialists, and so on.

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Top Tips for Pitching from a Former AP Broadcast Editor

By Lisa Matthews

It seems like only yesterday that I served as a panelist for the Washington Women in Public Relations annual media roundtable – and now I’m preparing to moderate this year’s discussion on October 29. (Register here.) Prior to hopping the fence to public relations at Hager Sharp, I worked as a planning editor and assignment manager for AP Broadcast. Yes, for those who still don’t realize it, the Associated Press has an entire broadcast division. During that time, I’m sure that I received hundreds if not thousands of pitches – many of which ended up in the circular file, also known as the TRASH.

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The Cycle of Social Marketing

The cyclical nature of social marketing guarantees that a communications expert’s job is never done. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

On Wednesday, June 24, Hager Sharp and the International Social Marketing Association (iSMA) hosted a conversation about social marketing and cancer prevention. Shelly Spoeth, Vice President of Hager Sharp, Inc., and Wendy Moniz, Executive Vice President of Plowshare Group spoke about their experiences with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on HPV vaccination and smoking cessation. While each campaign is unique, they had one thing in common: their campaign strategies are continually revisited throughout the campaign’s duration.

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