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The Media Can Be Your Partner Make It Happen With CSC Objectives After this webinar, participants will be better prepared to: Build awareness of CSC among local media Identify for use at least three resources from press kit

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the media can be your partner

The Media Can Be Your Partner

Make It Happen With CSC

  • After this webinar, participants will be better prepared to:
    • Build awareness of CSC among local media
    • Identify for use at least three resources from press kit
    • Identify three ideas for engaging the media in your local CSC event
    • Learn two ways to obtain “after event” media coverage
celebrate safe communities
Celebrate Safe Communities
  • Occurs from October 2-4, 2008
    • Plan later or ongoing events through Month
  • National Crime Prevention Month
    • Occurs every October
  • Partnership of the National Crime Prevention Council, National Sheriffs’ Association, and U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Visit
partnering with the media
Partnering With the Media
  • Use NCPC’s electronic press kit
    • Contents include:
      • Sample proclamations
      • News release templates
      • Research
      • Collateral Materials
        • Editorials
        • PSAs
        • Newspaper supplement
preparing for the media
Preparing for the Media
  • What are your goals?
  • What is your key message?
  • What is your agenda?
    • If you don’t have one, create an agenda


Time Magazine

Person of the Year

Today’s media is about consumer interaction. The media look for consumer-driven content. Tools like the blogs, Youtube, MySpace bring together the small contributions of millions of people and make them matter.

approaching the media
Approaching the Media
  • Real life example
    • Crime victim turned advocate
    • Mover & Shaker
  • Give hard facts
    • New stats about local crime
  • Expert fills in the blanks
    • What to do about local crime issue
using the press kit
Using the Press Kit

Sample proclamations

  • Celebrate Safe Communities
  • Crime Prevention Month
    • Encourage Governor or Mayor to issue proclamation
    • Present the proclamation to local government leaders at a council or board meeting
    • Create souvenir copies for your volunteers
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Using the Press Kit

Sample proclamations

  • Once your proclamation has been issued . . .
    • Send to local newspaper for publication
    • Share in local organization’s newsletters
    • Ask local radio stations
    • Pitch local morning news shows
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Using the Press Kit
  • Advisories and News Releases
    • Advisories
      • Advance event notice
      • Announce keynote speaker
    • News Releases
      • Localize official release
      • Announce your event
      • Available for interview
      • After the event
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Using the Press Kit

News Releases

  • Link CSC to current community “hot topics”
    • Neighborhood Watch
    • Cyberbullying prevention
    • Home Invasion
    • Burglary
    • Identity theft prevention
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Using the Press Kit


  • Use research and statistics to grab attention
    • Perceptions of Crime fact sheet
    • NCPC 2006 “Fear of Crime” report
    • NCPC’s McGruff Recognition report
    • Neighborhood Watch fact sheet
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Using the Press Kit

Collateral Materials

  • Encourage airtime for PSAs
    • Respond to local crime with radio PSA
    • Air TV on local access shows
  • Newspaper support for supplement
    • Protecting kids in cyberspace
      • Reprint one or more articles
      • Sponsor or find sponsor to reprint supplement
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Using the Press Kit

Collateral Materials

  • Talking points
    • Use to focus spokespeople and volunteers
    • Adapt/create new for specific issues
  • Localize CSC national press materials
      • National news releases
      • Encourage local airtime/support for VNR and ANR
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Using the Press Kit

Collateral Materials

  • Fliers
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit flier
    • CSC registration flier
    • CSC announcement flier
  • Websites
    • Report exciting ideas through CSC website
    • Write about CSC event progress on your website
additional ideas
Additional Ideas
  • Host Crime Prevention Seminars
    • Use PPT presentations on the website
    • Conduct demonstrations
      • Self-defense, home assessments
  • Crime Prevention Month brochures
    • Localize and reproduce with event information
  • Plan celebration for CSC award winners
partner with the media ideas
Partner with the Media Ideas

Invite the media . . .

  • Follow local preparation for the CSC event
  • Film a visit by McGruff to local school
  • Record kids participating in a crime prevention month poster contest
    • Winners can be announced at the event or later in the month
  • Report on a fingerprinting day at school or local mall
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Partner with the Media Ideas

Invite the media . . .

  • To do live remote broadcast from event
    • Local weather personality
  • To host autograph signing booth at event
    • Residents get to meet favorite personalities
  • Local radio to broadcast live from the event
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Partner with the Media Ideas

Offer the Media . . .

  • VIP/keynote speaker interview
  • Interview with local volunteer
    • Compelling story
  • Volunteers for a crime prevention tips hotline segment during their morning news show
  • Submit weekly crime prevention month tips to local newspapers, television, and radio
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Partner with the Media Ideas

Offer the Media . . .

  • Ask NCPC for local public affairs contacts
    • Offer to be a guest on their show
    • Work with your Public information officer/public affairs office to suggest an angle for your law enforcement executive to appear on local media outlets
  • Create your own crime prevention month PSA
    • Work with local media to co-star and film at their studios
    • Link to NCPC’s PSAs on your website
  • Local crime prevention show
    • Host an NCPC or NSA spokesperson
    • Promote local programs that work and include CSC information
partner with the media
Partner with the Media

Submit weekly crime prevention month tips

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Partner with the Media Ideas

Offer the Media . . .

  • Chance to record one-of-a-kind event
    • Active Example -- March against crime
    • Visual Example -- AIDS quilt
  • Access to
    • Police Chief
    • Local celebrity
      • Involve a local sports figure, actor, personality in your event
  • Story ideas for their blog
    • Track their blogs and write responses/share new information
    • Offer guest blog opportunity if you have your own blog



of journalists read Blogs for story ideas.1


A Blog is a user-generated and frequently updated online journal, displayed in reverse chronological order, with opportunity for Comment from other users.

  • Facts:
  • There are 54,000 new Blog posts every hour
  • The Blogosphere doubles approximately every 230 days
  • On Average, Blog users visit 77% more web sites than non-Blog users.2






Percent of online Americans that read Blogs.

( That’s 57 million people! )




Growth in traffic to Blogs on Traditional Media websites.

( Only 9% growth in traffic to main page )

Nielsen//Net Ratings Press Release

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Partner With the Media

Get Creative with online media

  • YouTube Video
    • Create entertaining video about event
    • Create crime prevention tips videos
  • MySpace Page
    • Share stories about local event volunteers
    • Post pictures before and after the event
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Partner With the Media

Still more you can do after the event

  • Tout what worked
    • Share success stories through news release
      • Influx of registrants for Neighborhood Watch
    • New partnerships
  • Plan for next year
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Partner With the Media

Coming soon . . .

  • More tools you can use
    • Talking Points
    • Video News Release
    • Audio News Release
    • Editorials
contact information
Contact Information

Michelle Boykins

Director of Media Relations and Marketing

Communications and Research Services Department


NCPC main phone line: 202-466-6272