PR must lead the resurgence of constructive debate

Flame wars. This is how computer scientists in the 1970s described brief negative comments that came to characterize electronic discussion boards. There is no questioning that the internet is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. It would, however, be unwise to assume that all the developments it has brought about are positive. By combining the power of access with the safety of anonymity, it has also fuelled the deterioration of positive debate. Read more “PR must lead the resurgence of constructive debate”

Managing the interview line-ups of a celebrity!

The entertainment industry in India has an enormous number of eyeballs glued to it always, day-in and day-out. A million dreams in the hearts, young or old are woven by it. The ocean of fans outside the homes of our superstars speaks volumes of the super-influence that the entertainment industry has on Indians. The glitz and glamour of the showbiz world, without a doubt, looks like a cakewalk on the screen.

This popular industry has a prodigious follower base across the globe and it is only growing with time. With the proliferation of reality shows, advent of social media and unique content, the rat race of being in the eye of the audience has become a serious business.

When we see these celebrities coming to a show to promote their upcoming shows or movies, it appears as if they have just come there to watch it like the other audience in the studio. However, that is not the case. An immense amount of effort and research is put behind the way they behave and what they speak. A celebrity has to go for an interview fully prepared. It is no cakewalk for them. These promotions are hectic. Running around from one place to another on a tight schedule is not a smooth sail.

I am not stating the facts post an extensive Google search. I am able to do this for I have had the chance to manage the interview line-ups of a few television artists recently. It has taught me the three very crucial things:

1)                  Make sure everything starts on time: Start dropping reminders to the celebrities at least 2 hours prior to the interview. Start coordinating with their drivers and provide them with all the required details. I know celebrities have a reputation of reaching for interviews really late. However, I am of the opinion that a celebrity’s punctuality will always be a trait that the media will remember. Make them realize the fact that it will garner a positive reputation for them

2)                  Be pro-active. Think ahead: Prepare a list of everything that you will need to know. This is just like doing your homework beforehand. Every minuscule detail has to be taken into consideration. Look after the routes, make sure you have every concerned person’s contact details with an alternate number, check after the artist’s food arrangements, their requirements etc. You have to know EVERYTHING

3)                  Never reach late for a live event: When I say a live event here, I press more emphasis on the live event especially on a digital platform (Facebook live, Instagram live, YouTube live etc.). The advancement of digital media has allowed the fans to watch their celebrities interact with them real time. That means it leaves no chance for any kind of an editing. It is not the celebrity but the media outlet which will be on the receiving end of the negative response by the fans. Fans that are eagerly waiting for the celebrity to come online and interact with them. You don’t want the artist to lose credibility with the media, because such things spread in the media universe like fire. This might end up putting the artist’s reputation at stake.

I am sure these tips will definitely come into handy if you are about to start the job!

This article originally appeared on the author’s blog site.

-Shreya Dubey

Shreya Dubeyinterview is a student of the PG Programme in Public Relations at SCoRe. She has completed her Bachelors in Mass Media from S.K. Somaiya College of Arts, Science and Commerce.

Briefing Points Before Starting a Public Relations Internship

I was lucky enough to work at a well-reputed Public Relations firm this year. To make things easier for anyone and everyone that is interested in doing the same, please see below to get yourself acquainted with the job.

First things first, you will be assigned Four basic things that every Public Relations intern gets to do:

  1. Media lists

You will be asked to update Media lists. This may seem like a very trivial thing to do but its integral for every PR professional to know what journalists cover which beats from which publications. If it’s done right, this will help you get your basic PR learning in this regard.

  1. Media follow-ups

You might also be asked to make up follow up calls to journalists to get opportunities in getting coverage for your client. For this, make sure you write down a script with every possible question and response you anticipate from this conversation. Try a few trial sessions and before you know it, you’ll get a hang of it.

  1. Print/Online/Broadcast/Social Media tracking for your clients and their competition

You will be asked to either manually or digitally track the news for your client and competition. This will take a lot of your time but make sure you track properly. Take breaks when you can, don’t let this process get the better of you.

  1. Media Releases

To get yourself ready for this task, read as many press releases as you can find online. Try to understand the language and the framing used for them.

Practice, practice, practice.

Apart from these tasks, it’s extremely important to do your research about your firm, key members of the firm, members of your team, your client and your competition. This knowledge will help you add value to the team.

Likewise be aware of what is happening not only in your industry but all industries in the country. For that, you’ll need to read newspapers and follow web pages of regulatory bodies. This will help you become a force to be reckoned with in your team.

Be enthusiastic and make the right connections and hopefully your company will ultimately integrate you into their firm.

This post originally appeared on the author’s blog site.

-Ishaan Lahiri

pr firmIshaan is a student of the Class of 2018 of the PG Programme in Public Relations at SCoRe. He has completed his Bachelors in Psychology from Ambedkar University, Delhi. He can be reached at Ishaan Lahiri on LinkedIn and @LahiriIshaan on Twitter