3 Ways to Celebrate #NationalHugANewsPersonDay When You Don’t Have a Newsperson to Hug
Today is #NationalHugANewsPersonDay, and while you may not have a friendly reporter or producer nearby so you can take part, there are other ways you can show your appreciation to our hardworking friends in the media today and every day.
Here are 3 ideas:
1) Thank them – the old fashioned way.
Everyone loves to be appreciated. So, when you read a good article or see a well-done interview, why not reach out and thank the person behind it?
Sure, you could send an email, but we know inboxes are overflowing and your note risks getting lost in the shuffle. We think, in the digital age in which we live, there is just something special about getting an old-fashioned, hand-written note in the mail that will make your gratitude all the more welcome.
2) Share their stories.
No doubt, professional journalists want to report the news, but at the end of the day, they also need to show that the stories on which they are reporting are of interest to their audience. One way to prove this is by garnering page views.
This is where you come in. Help reporters and producers by sharing their stories on social media. Not only does it help to spread the news (literally) but it also is another way to show your appreciation. And, don’t forget to tag the outlet and the reporter so they feel the love!
3) Be a resource.
Ultimately, if you are a leader, pastor, author or educator, you can help reporters and producers by being a resource to speak into things they are already covering. When news breaks, the media not only need to report on what happened but they also want to contextualize why it happened. If you have a related expertise, you can help in this process.
Posting statements, writing blog entries, tweeting out thoughts and uploading videos about news worthy items can be helpful to reporters as they are researching their stories. You might even consider creating an online newsroom on your website where these items are easily accessible. At the end of the day, providing high-quality, informative and educational content is of great help to journalists.
We know news media have a tough job, so let’s celebrate them well today and every day.