Last week, Communications Manager Summer Bozeman attended a PR and media relations conference presented by Ragan PR, PR Daily and the Public Relations Society of America at KPMG in New York City. The conference focused on intensive workshops on pitching to the media, crisis communications, and keeping up with the flow of information in the age of the 24-hour news cycle.
Speakers at the conference included Amir Bibawy, editor of breaking news and digital strategy at the Associated Press; Jill Davidson, vice president of corporate communications at Meredith Corporation; and Tamra Johnson, national spokesperson and PR manager at AAA.
Pictured above is a panel of journalism professionals providing feedback on participant pitches. From left to right: Michael Sebastian, digital director for Esquire; Amy Vernon, vice president of community at Rivetz; Paula Froke, editor of the Associated Press Stylebook; and Kerry Flynn, technology reporter at Mashable.
Conference organizer Ragan PR, also known as Lawrence Ragan Communications, Inc., has been the leading publisher of corporate communications, public relations, and leadership development newsletters for more than three decades. Ever since the launch of The Ragan Report in 1970, Ragan has provided the professional communicator and executives with timely, practical, and relevant information that few others can match. Ragan produces several communications conferences, workshops, and senior-level forums throughout the United States. Ragan conferences draw more than 3,000 professionals annually and provide attendees with access to leading communicators, best practices and rich networking opportunities.