The 6 times you should call a press conference

They’re becoming less common, but there are certain occasions in which it’s necessary.

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Press conferences can also be tricky, because reporters in packs sometimes play a game of one-upmanship, in which each reporter tries to ask a tougher question than the last. Still, press conferences can play an essential role in media communications.

Here are the six times you should call a press conference:

1. When there is high news interest

Many reporters are reluctant to attend press conferences, so your news story must rise to a certain level of newsworthiness before it makes sense to arrange one. If you’re an attorney in a high-profile case, for example, odds are good that the assembled reporters will appreciate your on-camera statement. Doing a press conference may also help prevent you from spending hours doing dozens of one-on-one interviews (which, in some cases, might be a better option).

2. When reporters are all in the same place

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