“MLO’s Connections with Journalists”
By Allyson McAndrews, M.Ed., Director of Marketing, PR, and Communications, McAndrews Law Offices, P.C.
Since its inception in 1982, McAndrews Law Offices has maintained excellent relations with a great many members of the print and broadcast news media. During these 35 years, our attorneys and I have found journalists to be hard-working, insightful, and committed to providing news stories which are accurate, interesting and beneficial to the public. We have always been willing to provide journalists with the benefit of our experience and expertise in areas such as criminal justice, education law, wills and trusts, disability law, and public policy. We understand that journalists have a critical job to perform in our democratic, constitutional system, and that the work of a free press in informing the public is crucial to our national interest. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.”
Of course, experience is the best teacher. We have learned over the course of our professional lives that connections with the news media do not happen overnight, but like any association, attention and effort must be invested in the relationship. Below are some of the lessons we have learned in maintaining good relationships with the news media.