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Public Relations Writer's Handbook The Digital Age

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ISBN-10: 0787986313

ISBN-13: 9780787986315

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Merry Aronson, Don Spetner, Carol Ames

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The second edition of the "Public Relations Writer's Handbook" offers a simple, step-by-step approach to creating a wide range of writing, from basic news releases, pitch letters, biographies, and media alerts, to more complex and sophisticated speeches, media campaign proposals, crisis responses, and in-house publications. In addition, the thoroughly expanded and updated second edition shows how to keep up with the best practices of the public relations profession, as well as with the speed made possible and required by the digital age.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232

Merry Aronson is the founder and director of MerryMedia, a Los Angeles-based entertainment marketing and PR firm. She has worked as a journalist, entertainment publicist, and network television promotion executive, and has taught PR writing at New York University and University of California, Los Angeles. Don Spetner is senior vice president for Global Meeting and Communications at Korn/Ferry International. He was named an "Industry All Star" by Inside PR magazine, and his essays on communications have been published in The Journal of Corporate Public Relations and PRWeek. Carol Ames teaches entertainment studies and public relations on the faculty of California State University, Fullerton. She is an experienced independent public relations professional and executive producer of movies for television.

About the Authors
Public Relations Goes Digital
A Few Words About the Truth
A Few Words About Grammar
E-Mail Is Not Private; E-Mail Is Forever
A Few Words About Style
Chapter Recap
News Releases, Photo Captions, and Media Kits: Making Your Story Newsworthy
Inverted-Pyramid News Style
Trade Versus Consumer Press
Adjusting Your Style: Consumer Versus Trade
Before You Write
Conforming to a Standard Style
The Appointment Release
The Product Release
Lifestyle, Trend, and Survey Releases
Localizing a National Release
The Delayed or Feature-Style Lead
Photos, Samples, and Review Copies
Style and Form
The Q&A
Media Kits
Chapter Recap
The Pitch: Creating Media Interest
Analyze the Subject, and Identify the Target
Call the Editor
Write Your Pitch
Follow Up
Chapter Recap
The Biography and Backgrounder: Bringing Your Subject to Life
Writing the Bio
Fact Sheets
Time Lines
Chapter Recap
Speech Writing: From Your Pen to Their Lips
Eleven Steps
Technical Guidelines
Chapter Recap
Multimedia and PowerPoint Presentations
Illuminating Difficult Subjects
The Script
Coordinating Text and Slides
Impact and Continuity
Putting It All Together: Rehearsal
Audiovisual Presentations
Chapter Recap
Writing for Broadcast: Communicating with Video and Sound
Pitch Letters and News Releases
Creating Scripts for Electronic Media Kits
Chapter Recap
Special Events: The Art of Getting Noticed
News Conference
Press Junket
Publicity Tour
Chapter Recap
Financial Writing
Learn the Basics of Business
Follow SEC Reporting Requirements
Confidentiality and Insider Trading
Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure)
Investor Relations Department
Plain English: The Official Style of the SEC
Business Release
Quarterly Earnings Release
Quarterly Conference Call
Annual Report
Annual Meeting
Chapter Recap
Publications: The Editorial Stage
Editorial Considerations
Corporate Brochures
Assigning Stories
Establishing Editorial Guidelines
Other Concerns: Format, Timeliness, Style, Approvals, and Copyright
Files and File Copies
Chapter Recap
Writing for the Internet
E-Mail, Instant Messaging, Paging, and Wireless Internet
Web Sites
Blogs and the Blogosphere
Chapter Recap
Responsive Writing: Setting the Record Straight
Letters to the Editor
Web Responses
Guest Editorials
Chapter Recap
Crisis Communications and Official Statements: Preparing for a Crisis
Official Statements
Talking Points
Crisis Media Plan
Anticipating Needs in a Crisis
Crisis Releases
Minimizing Negative Reports
Threatened or Ongoing Litigation
Chapter Recap
Program Writing: Selling Your Concept to the Client
Structure of a Public Relations Program
Introduction or Situation Analysis
Target Audiences
Management, Staffing, Administration, Tracking, and Evaluation
Chapter Recap
Research and Interview Techniques
Grammar Reference