How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

Nonprofits spend months planning for the annual end-of-the-year giving season. But smart organizations are also planning ahead for another year-end tradition: increased coverage of charities during the holidays. When the first Salvation Army bell ringers start setting their kettles outside of local shopping malls, their chiming bells seemingly send a signal to editors and reporters that they should be…

When Reporters Are Looking for You: How to Respond to Journalists’ Queries

You don’t have to rely solely on your own pitches to get your organization quoted or cited in the media. Sometimes, you can get coverage by connecting with journalists when they are looking to find an expert as they report their own stories. But how can you make sure your organization gets the reporter’s call when she or…

How to Establish Thought Leadership within Your Nonprofit

In just a few weeks, we will kick off our latest Nonprofit Marketing Accelerator – Becoming a Thought Leader and Media Darling. Mary Alice Holley of BC/DC Ideas shares some tips on becoming a thought leader and what being media savvy can do for your nonprofit. ~Kristina Guest Post by Mary Alice Holley of BC/DC Ideas If your…

True or False? A Quick Guide to Understanding Journalism Ethics

If you handle media relations for your nonprofit, it’s important to understand the rules that govern professional journalism. These rules might appear quaint in this age of partisan cable networks and opinion-based websites. But, believe it or not, most reputable news organizations are still working under the idea that journalists should be responsible with the information they gather…

Where Should I Pitch My Nonprofit’s Story?

Many nonprofits use the “spray and pray” technique when they are pitching their stories to the media. They spray their pitches everywhere and pray that somebody picks them up. But if your organization is interested in having its messages connect with your ideal audiences — and if it wants more success landing meaningful media coverage — it’s…

What to Do When the Media Gets Your Story Wrong

There’s an adage in public relations that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. But while this might be true if you’re a celebrity or a political candidate, bad publicity can have dire consequences for nonprofits. When you manage the reputation of a nonprofit that is working to advance an important mission, incorrect information — particularly if…

5 Ways to Get the Media to Cover Your Next Event

Nonprofits spend countless hours — and considerable money — to stage gala dinners, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, and other events that aim to draw attention to their work and rally their supporters to give to their organizations. Quite often, they also expect these events to generate media coverage. And, quite often, they are disappointed when their events…

A Simple Guide to Injecting Colorful Quotes Into Your News Release

When your nonprofit sends a press release to a reporter or editor, it’s immediately facing stiff competition for coverage. Journalists can receive hundreds of releases each week — and depending on what they cover and who they work for, they only have time to cover a handful of stories. With that in mind, you have to do…

Why Ignoring GuideStar’s Profile Pages Damages Your PR Strategy

Effective media relations isn’t always about proactively pitching your organization’s story to reporters and editors. It’s also about making sure you are curating the right information in the places where reporters hang out to gather information. Recently, we explored why it’s important to create a reporter-friendly online newsroom on your organization’s website to help ensure…

How a Small Nonprofit President Got a Big Spot in The New York Times’ Room for Debate

It’s more difficult than ever for nonprofits to get media coverage. But it’s not impossible — especially if they are willing to do more than pepper news editors with press releases. As the communications manager for a small education nonprofit in Bethesda, Md., Juliana Avery has sent her share of releases to the media in Washington…