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Full-Time PR Pro and Part-Time Entrepreneur: Five Questions with Amanda Albert

At Castle, we believe that our greatest asset is our amazing team of public relations and event professionals. From corporate meeting planning and conference and event production to media relations strategy and relationship marketing, our team does it all. Each member of the Castle team has a different back story and unique insights and information on public relations,…

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From Journalist to PR Professional: Five Questions with Peter Francis

At Castle, we believe that our greatest asset is our amazing team of public relations and event professionals. From planning exclusive corporate incentive events and multi-day sales kickoff meetings to crisis communication plans and thought leadership in higher education and healthcare, our team does it all. Each member of the Castle team has a different…

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Five PR Tips From a Former Journalist

As traditional media outlets see more newsroom cutbacks, reporters are working harder and longer in the face of tightening budgets and increasing public skepticism. With fewer reporters bearing heavier workloads, you have to be savvy when trying to place your news and reports. When I was a reporter a short time ago, nine out of…

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Media Training 101: A Conversation with Sandy Lish

I had the opportunity to sit down with The Castle Group’s Co-founder and Principal, Sandy Lish, to learn more about what media training is and why it’s an important part of the public relations industry. Amanda Albert: What is media training? Sandy Lish: It truly depends on who the client is and the situation at…

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Nine Things to Think About Before Summer Kicks Off

Despite the crazy, decidedly non-Spring-like weather that until very recently occurred along most of the East Coast, we can finally feel it: summer IS coming. Summer–when people are away on vacation, July 4th shortens the week, there are fewer events and networking opportunities, some businesses have “slower” seasons (think: academia), and some are in high…

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Media Relations 101 – The Persistent Publicist

Do I call again? Should I leave a message this time? Or maybe email is best? Courting an editor, reporter or producer can feel like you are asking someone out on a first date. It takes persistence and a little patience to begin a new relationship as well as to engage the media. In a…

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Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham Talks Teamwork, Culture & Community Service

Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham recently sat down with Sandy Lish to talk about his most defining moment with the organization, the importance of teamwork on and off the court and how great it is to be a part of “Celtic Pride.” He also shared a few things most fans may not know about the…

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Guest Blog Post: Castle Lessons – The Importance of the Brand

As public relations professionals we are brand ambassadors, brand protectors and brand builders. When I started at Castle as a green account executive I had no idea what this truly meant. In fact I did not appreciate the weight of it all until I was working in my current role as the director of communications at Saint Louis University School of Law – by myself – with only the experience of my Castle years to guide me.

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On Fenway Park’s opening day, a blog about pitching

I was meeting with a business associate recently, and he was interested in my opinion on what kind of press coverage he could get for his company’s annual business conference. He felt very strongly that it should be of interest to the media. While he had very valid points for feeling his offering was solid…

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12 Things the Castle PR Team Can Relate To: As told by ‘The Office’ (gifs)

1. No matter how early you went to bed the night before, mornings are always rough. (Source) 2. It doesn’t matter how you drink it, but coffee is your best friend. (Source) 3. Nothing cheers you up after a tough day quite like an office dog. (Source) 4. Networking comes naturally. (Source) 5. Athletics are…

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