The Top Four Takeaways from Cision’s 2018 Global State of the Media Report



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Public relations and earned media software company Cision released its annual State of the Media Report, investigating a challenging year for journalists. The company surveyed 1,355 journalists from six different countries about their perceptions of the media and communications industries. Here are the top four takeaways:

Fifty-six percent of respondents said that fake news is making readers more skeptical than ever about what they read and see. Seventy-one percent say they think the public has lost trust in journalists.

When it comes to what journalists want from their PR contacts, 63 percent said news announcements and press releases, while 44 percent of journalists called press releases their most trustworthy source of brand-related information.

Forty-five percent of respondents said press releases could be more efficient by having a clearly stated news hook. Meanwhile, 28 percent felt that PR professionals can do a better job of researching and understanding journalists and their outlets before pitching.

In the rapidly evolving journalistic landscape, it’s crucial to continue monitoring yearly reports to keep our eye on shifts in the industry. Along with our frequent direct communication with journalists, these reports allow us to craft our media relations programs to fit a variety of changing needs and preferences.