Press Officer Network

What

The Press Officer Network is a programme run by the Comms Hub to support press officers working in groups and organisations that campaign, organise, support and communicate about progressive and diverse issues.

For many of us working in campaigns we’re in a constant battle to get good media coverage for our organisations. Often we work alone or in small teams – and there’s no training or support out there specifically aimed at helping progressives improve their impact.

The programme consists of:

  • The Press Officer Network – a place to connect with others working on communicating progressive stories, to get support and advice from the Comms Hub and each other.  You can apply to join the network here.
  • A one day Press Officer School, for those who are newer to the job or want to refresh their skills.  We cover basic press officer skills, writing and pitching press releases and comment pieces, building up media contacts and how broadcasters work.
  • Access to our press officer handbook, which we’re developing alongside the training
  • Monthly events featuring speakers from media outlets followed by a social.  These have included Guardian comment editors, and a news editor from the Huffington Post.

The Press Officer School

We run these sessions because for many of us working in campaigns we’re in a constant battle to get good media coverage for our organisations. Often we work alone or in small teams – and there’s no training out there specifically aimed at helping progressives improve their impact.

Who is the Press Officer School for?

This Press Officer Training is aimed at people who are newer to the job, or feel like they want to refresh the basic skills needed to get media coverage for their cause or campaign. There will be an advanced training later in the year too.  We’re hosting this event on a Saturday with the specific intention of making the training more accessible to people working in grassroots groups.

What will we cover?

  • The skills you need to get coverage for your organisation or campaign. Including basics such as how to write a good press release, pitching on the phone and building up media contacts.
  • How to write and pitch the perfect comment piece
  • How to reach new audiences
  • How the broadcasters work – and how to pitch stories to them…and you will
  • Meet others working in progressive comms to work with, share stories as part of the launch of NEON’s new communications hub (more on this to come)

The course is being run by NEON. This programme is part of a wider programme to substantially boost progressive communications infrastructure, along with our sister programmes the Progressive Press Officer Network and the Spokesperson Network.

What will you get out of the training?

  • You’ll become part of a new and growing network of progressive press and comms officers
  • You’ll receive a press officer handbook, which we’re developing alongside the training.
  • You’ll have new insight, skills and ideas on how you can be even better at what you do!

Upcoming training and events

The next Press Officer School will take place on Saturday 1st June, in London. Applications CLOSED

FAQ

When is the next Press Officer School? Saturday 1st June. This training will be for those who are newer to the job or want to refresh their skills.  We will be running an Advanced Press Officer School later in the year.

How much is the Press Officer School? Between £0-£150 (depending on how much you/your organisation can afford)

Who designed the course? The course is being run by NEON with the help of press officers from some of Britain’s biggest campaigning groups, and grassroots organisations. We’ve collectively booked well over 1,000 TV/Radio bookings on the Spokesperson Network alone.

This programme is part of a wider programme to substantially boost progressive communications infrastructure, along with our other programmes the Spokesperson Network, and the Regional Spokesperson Network.