FULTON, NY – Future leaders of Oswego County focused their attention on media interaction during Leadership Oswego County’s meeting Friday and Oswego County Today was there.
“Your story is important to us,” Oswego County Today told the group. “We’re a community based news organization and our readers want to know what you’re doing.”
In its 21st year, Leadership Oswego County is an annually selected group of county residents who make a nine-month commitment to learn more about how to become effective leaders for the future.
This year’s 18-member group is nearly finished with this course of intensive study of leadership skills, Oswego County and its resources, vital issues of today and visioning for tomorrow.
Since September key community members have met with the group monthly to teach participants about the skills and knowledge needed to be effective leaders.
SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations and Executive Director of Workforce Board of Oswego County Jeff Grimshaw noted that so far these dedicated community members have covered education, government, nonprofits, leadership styles, and economic development.
Friday’s day-long session engaged group members with local online, print and television news people to gain a better understanding of how to approach a reporter when they have a news story or press release, and some strategies for dealing with the media under pressure.
Tammy Palmer, of Channel 9 News, explained to the group what a typical day is for her, and how to best get their story heard.
“I get 300 emails a day,” she said, “and they’re all urgent.”
The goal of the program is to produce graduates who are better prepared to serve the community in the roles of board member, citizen, employee or volunteer with organizations that serve Central New York.
For more information about the program or how to apply, visit http://www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/loc.html