Along with all of the normal stuff, I have just wrapped up a huge assignment, managing the media relations for the local district courts in a “major murder case” here in Wichita.
There’s absolutely no need to discuss the merits of the case here, but from a communications management standpoint, it was pretty interesting.
Local media, and national media from coast to coast covered the trial start to finish. In Session Television, formerly known as Court TV televised it live. Networks in and out, with the Haiti earthquake and the State of the Union address impacting who would come to Wichita to cover the trial.
Lots of folks who were clearly not legitimate media who wanted access and media privileges. Lots of freelancers working for mainstream outlets, web only outlets, or non-traditional outlets. More than 150 media people from about two Lots of tough calls to be made within a pretty high pressure environment.
The photo above is the media workroom, actually a courtroom taken over by reporters, most of whom couldn’t get a seat in the courtroom itself. What you can’t see is the seating all around the edges of the room, full of print and radio reporters as well.
All in all, a big job, but a very rewarding assignment. I am, however, glad to be back at my desk for the first day in more than a month. In the next few days, I’ll share a few lessons learned, and things already understood that were reinforced.
Now, back to our regular programming.