How to make the most of the ever-changing news landscape

Submitted by digital on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 18:16
{"version":"0.3.0","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","http:\/\/\/articles\/bloomberg-begins-editorial-job-cuts-1441126699","target","_new"]],["a",["href","https:\/\/\/watch?v=kCJvbw3q9Lo\\u0026list=PLX6EGii52HyObYeaMohX3S_jLcpstOlJB","target","_new"]],["a",["href","http:\/\/\/contractdocs\/","target","_new"]],["a",["href","https:\/\/\/raic\/every-building-has-architect","target","_new"]],["a",["href","https:\/\/\/watch?v=oQ7CZ3xm--w","target","_new"]],["a",["href","","target","_new"]],["em"]],"sections":[[1,"h2",[[0,[],0,"Strategies and tactics for engaging with the media"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"As the evolution of publishing continues and the speed of the news cycle has increased, new opportunities to engage with the media present themselves like never before. News outlets are continually looking for ways to produce more content for free."]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Write for collaboration"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Sensing a lack of representation in the media, AIA Southern Arizona reached out to its local newspaper, offering to work with it. With media outlets across the "],[0,[0],1,"country cutting editorial jobs"],[0,[],0,", the newspaper jumped at the chance to have AIA Southern Arizona members describe their favorite places in a monthly column. This level of consistent visibility benefits the entire profession. Learn more about "],[0,[1],1,"AIA Southern Arizona\u2019s monthly column"],[0,[],0,". "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"You may want to consider submitting your own editorial story to your local newspaper. Develop a coherent structure and argument, and be sure to consider the publication\u2019s audience. Contact your local paper and tell them why you would make a good author; include your editorial. You may get turned down, but at least you\u2019ve started a dialogue."]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Protecting your interests contractually "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Establishing expectations at the beginning of a project and in writing is one way of getting more owners to responsibly credit the architect on their projects. The owner-architect agreement is the ideal place to memorialize this expectation."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201c"],[0,[2],1,"AIA Contract Documents"],[0,[],0," include language that requires owners\/developers to give professional credit to the architect of a building in their promotional materials,\u201d says Deborah M. DeBernard, AIA, senior vice president, Global Innovation, at the AIA. \u201cThis feature needs to be addressed when the contract is being negotiated, but most importantly needs to be enforced during and after the project is complete.\u201d"]]],[1,"blockquote",[[0,[],0,"\u0022I almost always receive a response back from the reporter, and we\u0027ve actually created some ongoing relationships with local media.\u0022 - Rusty Bienvenue"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Another opportunity to utilize a contract as a mechanism for providing credit is the agreement between the architect and the photographer, model-builder, or renderer. This is an area where the architect can have more control over the quality of the images and how credit is given on the project by inserting language in the agreement that provides specific instructions about how and when to credit the architect. If a third party uses these instruments in their marketing, print, or digital materials, the photographer, model-builder, or renderer is obligated to provide credit as per the terms in the agreement."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Being the commissioner of the photography, model-building, or rendering service also permits the architect to approach the general contractor, specialty subcontractors, and the owner to determine if there could be some cost-sharing should these other parties find value in the project\u2019s images, while simultaneously controlling the quality, image selection, and credit."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"If the architect is not the entity commissioning the project photographs, providing renderings, or assisting in the development of the marketing materials, it would be important to include language in the owner-architect agreement that documents the expectation that agreements with owner-commissioned photography also include a requirement for credit to the architect."]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Watermarks aren\u2019t just for photographers "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"One excuse consistently offered by real estate reporters is that there is not enough space to fit the name of the architect into their article; they often feel that, by the time the building is opened, talking about the architect is irrelevant, as their job is done. In addition to a photographer\u2019s watermark on each image, consider requiring that the firm\u2019s logo or name be placed as a watermark in each photographic image. Architects can also buy the full rights to project images, including third-party distribution. Posting a media kit on a firm\u2019s website with easily accessible, high-quality, watermarked images of projects makes it easier for journalists to include great project images and credit. "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"\u201cEvery Building Has an Architect\u201d"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"After AIA Colorado identified a repeat offender of not mentioning architects at the Colorado Springs Gazette, they sent him an \u201cEvery Building Has an Architect\u201d postcard, a concept originally developed by the "],[0,[3],1,"Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)"],[0,[],0,". Ultimately this led to a Q\u0026A article with its then\u2013President-Elect Tim Stroh, AIA, on the architect\u2019s role. This interaction led to a colleague of the author contacting AIA Colorado for a separate story that would include an architect\u2019s perspective. "]]],[1,"blockquote",[[0,[],0,"\u0022AIA Contract Documents include language that requires owners\/developers to give professional credit to the architect of a building in their promotional materials.\u0022 - Deborah DeBernard, AIA"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The "],[0,[4],1,"\u201cEvery Building Has an Architect\u201d"],[0,[],0," campaign consists of a simple postcard, physically mailed to journalists who repeatedly fail to include the architect\u2019s name in a story. The postcard serves as a gentle reminder that if they are covering a building, the architect that designed that building is by definition part of the story. Several AIA components have employed this tactic with tangible success. AIA New York\u2019s use of the postcard resulted in a Grassroots Excellence Award in 2012."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Though this postcard has a proven success record, direct contact may be more effective. \u201cWhen we see a building receiving positive coverage without mentioning the architect, we contact the reporter directly, usually via an email,\u201d said Rusty Bienvenue, executive director of AIA Houston. \u201cI almost always receive a response back from the reporter, and we\u0027ve actually created some ongoing relationships with local media through these email exchanges. Now all the real estate\/residential\/business reporters know who I am and call periodically for story ideas. And all of them find a way to credit the architects when writing about a building, because they know we\u0027re watching. I find myself writing to them less often to call out their mistakes.\u201d "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Share your ideas "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"This article explores some of the methods that have produced positive results for architects in terms of getting credit in the media\u2014though it has to be restated that no one single tactic will solve this problem forever. If you\u2019ve addressed this issue with positive results by using a method not discussed, we\u2019d love to hear about it. Please share your ideas by emailing "],[0,[5],1,""],[0,[],0,"."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"If you come across an article that wrongfully excludes the name of an architect, send a link to "],[0,[5],1,""],[0,[],0,"."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[6],1,"Matt Tinder is senior manager of media relations at the AIA."]]]]}
The AIA's senior manager of media relations recommends several strong approaches to ensure architects receive credit in the media.
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