Hanania publishes new book, PoweR PR, offering communications strategies for Minorities
Veteran syndicated columnist and former award winning Chicago City Hall political reporter Ray Hanania released his newest book this week called “PoweR PR: Ethnic Activist’s Guide to Strategic Communications & challenging the biased Mainstream Media” intended to help minorities and ethnic groups that have been marginalized and excluded from the “Biased Mainstream News Media” overcome those biases.
Hanania, who entered professional journalism in 1975 after seeing the bias in the media’s coverage of the Middle East, shares his firsthand experiences in his dual life as both a former journalist and writer and President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media relations and public affairs representing more than 75 clients in politics, government and the private sector.
The book offers “Strategies to overcome bias in the mainstream news media and correct inaccurate perceptions in Western and American societies; for those excluded by the Biased Mainstream News Media, the ‘Minority Minorities’.” Hanania offers the 10 fundamentals of effective Messaging, and defines the target audience of the book as “Minority Minorities” who have been marginalized, excluded and left out of the mass media by biased mainstream media robber barons.
“This book is for a very specific group of people that I call Minority Minorities, those who have been excluded, maligned or marginalized by the mainstream Western and specifically the American news media.Its for politicians and political activists who have been attacked unfairly by the news media. The news media is a biased institution driven by partisan interests and friendships and cronyism,” Hanania explains.
“The news media is a cesspool of hypocrisy. It consists of journalists who frequently violate the very principles they claim to champion, the right of fairness, objectivity and balance in reporting. The American news media is neither balanced, nor fair nor objective. They are biased and intentionally so.This book is for the local government official who worked hard all his or her life to represent his or her community by becoming elected to office only to find themselves attacked by the overly cynical news media that ONLY covers them when there is controversy and ignores them during everyday performances of their jobs. The media ignores the good stories and only publishes the bad stories about you. Thats a common complaint that this book will help you overcome and address proactively.”
Hanania said the book, PoweR PR is intended for “anyone who has been left out of media power because of who they are and what they believe. The strategies and ideas are here to help you strengthen your own media campaign and confront the bigotry and bias.”
The book discusses the fundamentals of an effective press release, but more importantly how to build your messages based on defining the target audience. Hanania explains the importance of crafting messages that appeal to the audiences in the manner that the audience requires to be approached.
“t’s not what you say but how you say it. You don’t win the argument or debate unless you win the target audience first. Perception is reality and truth sometimes is less important that the fiction and perception that defines an issue,” Hanania said. “Don’t just speak to the wind, speak to a target audience; Become the audience. You need to be honest about assessing your own shortcomings in order to develop and implement a communications strategy to change the public’s mind.”
Hanania said that Minority Minorities like American Arabs and Muslims have failed both to understand the strategic methods of effective communications and have failed to implement effective communications strategies.
A longtime Palestinian American Arab activist, Hanania has worked in the news media for nearly 40 years. He is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996) and “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005). Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 until 1992 for the Daily Southtown and for 8 years with the Chicago Sun-Times. He currently provides media and PR consulting services to more than a dozen elected officials, governments and private businesses in Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Washington D.C., and Florida.
The book is available directly from Urban Strategies Group at www.UrbanStrategiesGroup.com in paperback format. It will soon be available in eBook for Kindle and iPad, and also in audio book format. You can also purchase the book directly from the Publishers at CafePress.com and get more information on PoweR PR only by CLICKING HERE.
Ethnic Activist’s Guide to Strategic Communications & challenging the biased Mainstream Media
Strategies to overcome bias in the mainstream news media and correct inaccurate perceptions in Western and American societies; for those excluded by the Biased Mainstream News Media, the “Minority Minorities.”
Paperback, 330 pages
Coming in Audio Book soon
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, the TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com, Hanania's columns also appeare in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.
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