Healthcare journalists are buried under a mountain of public relations material sent to them every day of every week of every month. I don’t even work in a traditional news setting, yet I’ve made it onto the distribution lists of countless PR people.
The picture on the left shows a pile of video news releases sent to one TV health news reporter over a relatively short time span.
Here’s my year end look at just some of what was sent to me this year. Imagine what the New York Times, USA Today, the TV networks, and others receive.
I get countless emails from PR people offering interviews with their experts on:
• Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — including an offer of an interview with a “celebrity trainer” who claims to have trained Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Claudia Schiffer, and Kim Kardashian. (Were they all SAD?)
• A leading NY dermatologist invited me to “sip on champagne” and sample his new “daily nutrition for skin” cream.
• “For the more than 50 million Americans suffering from frequent heartburn, the thought of Halloween celebrations can truly be scary.” — PR for NYC gastroenterologist who is also consultant to makers of a heartburn drug. One of his tips: “Don’t just stock up on treats, prep your medicine cabinet” with the proton pump inhibitor of the company for whom he consults. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Gary Schwitzer's HealthNewsReview Blog*