Most people often find it difficult to distinguish between the fields of marketing and public relations. The line between both professions has only muddled as companies begin to move toward a “one-stop shop” model of communication, complicated through the recent implementation of social media into spreading campaigns and communicating with the public. Despite both fields taking on some similar tasks, there are key differences between public relations and marketing.
Proper attribution is the bread and butter for anyone using AP style or writing news articles. Because of the increasing workload that many journalists are burdened with they often look to public relations practitioners for story ideas and press releases to help alleviate this burden while making their personal deadlines. Having said this, is it okay for journalists to simply cut and paste press releases without it being considered plagiarism?
In one of my previous blog posts I had gone into detail regarding how to successfully write a pitch letter to a journalist. During a student development conference hosted by Eastern Michigan University’s PRSSA, one of the main topics discussed was how to interest a journalist through a press release or pitch email. Stephen Kurily, account coordinator for Airfoil marketing communications, gave the following tips for media relations: