Category International Communicators

New Thoughts on Adjusting to Life in Washington, D.C.

I had the great pleasure last week of attending a panel discussion at the National Press Club featuring press attachés from the embassies of several nations. As you likely know, I have a great interest in how communicators from abroad acclimate themselves to life and work in Washington, D.C. They offered some valuable advice along those […]

The Global Communicators Primer to Non-traditional U.S. Media

Today marks the last in a series of excerpts from my recent position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” Once upon a time, a media relations person needed to be familiar with only the newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and television and radio stations that covered her issue. That horizon has broadened significantly in […]

Trends in American Media

Today we continue with an excerpt from my recent position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” American media differ significantly from that in many other countries. For instance, there are fewer newspapers in the U.S. than in many other locations. This trend has accelerated in recent years with, regrettably, the closure of many […]

Useful DC Organizations for Newly Arrived Communicators

Today we examine places international arrivals can turn with an excerpt from my position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” In raising the topic of transitions to Washington, D.C., with a variety of global communicators, it was striking that few offered suggestions of organizations dedicated to helping them adjust to a new country. […]

Global Communicators: Expanding Your Contacts in Washington

Today we continue with an excerpt from my recent position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” Nearly every new person posted to Washington is replacing one on the way out. Many embassies don’t offer a long transition period, if any in some cases, particularly when there is a change of government. Corporate workers […]

Global Communicators: It’s All About Relationships

Today’s excerpt from “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide” looks into how communicators from abroad can gain more comfort in their new Washington, D.C., surroundings. The recommended course for new arrivals? Building relationships. These connections don’t necessarily need to be exclusively with reporters. Interacting with individuals who have contacts in the journalism community can […]

Handshakes and Introductions: A Primer for Global Communicators

Today we continue with an excerpt from my recent position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” The most obvious step for solidifying bonds with reporters is the direct approach. Write or call reporters who cover the diplomatic beat at major newspapers like The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street […]