Charities have been having rather a tough time in the media lately, with a whole range of stories receiving coverage which is at best unsympathetic and at worst downright negative. And according to recent research findings from nfpSynergy, a majority of journalists expect this critical trend to continue, with charities becoming subjected to ever closer scrutiny. While some press criticism may be warranted, there are equally many instances of negative stories taking root because charities themselves fail to work proactively with the media to explain their aims and activities. Effective Media Relations for Charities - What journalists want and how to deliver it aims to remedy this situation by showing charities of all sizes the practical steps required to get the media on their side. Author Becky Slack draws on a wealth of personal experience - of both charity and media work - to present a clear and compelling case for all charities becoming much more media savvy.
'Clear and accessible'
'This book could not be more timely. It presents a clear and accessible guide to working with the media and getting positive results. As the many practical case studies in these pages demonstrate, it can be done. We do not report only bad news, we are not deaf to hard facts and reasoned argument and, believe it or not, we are not out to get you.' David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The Guardian
'Should give every charity a better understanding'
'Public misperceptions of the work of charities very often reflect failures by charities themselves to communicate clearly through the media how they are pursuing their mission and why they use the methods they do. This book should give every charity a better understanding of how to make the case for media work; of what journalists want to know; and of how you can make the most of your resources, however limited, to deliver it.' Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO (former Director, CharityComms)
'The perfect primer'
'Insightful and accessible, Becky Slack has written the perfect primer for charities that really want to understand today's media landscape.' Jon Bernstein, Editor, Writer and Digital Media Consultant