An impressive showing of law enforcement, emergency management professionals, public information officers, hospital and non-profit leaders, and representatives from the media gathered together to kick off the first ever Media Summit hosted by The Health Collaborative. The Media Summit was developed in conjunction with The Health Collaborative, The Cincinnati Police Department, The Cincinnati Health Department and Hamilton County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency.

Three informational sessions were presented on how the media, public information officers, local governments/ hospitals and emergency management professionals can work better together during active and emergency events.

The morning began with a networking breakfast and a presentation from Lt. Steve Saunders and Sgt. Eric Franz of the Cincinnati Police Department on communication lessons learned after the 5/3rd shooting in September of 2018. Lt. Saunders and Sgt. Franz covered the importance of consistent updates and how to prevent misinformation from spreading.

The second session included a panel of media experts – with over 200 years of combined experience. Panel members discussed preferred ways to receive information in an emergency, social media best practices and how to provide the best information on a tight deadline.

Media panel members:

Brian Combs700 WLW
Courtis FullerWLWT Channel 5
Timothy GeraghtyWKRC Channel 12
Cameron KnightCincinnati Enquirer
Chip MahaneyWCPO Channel 9
Tom McKee, Retired, WCPO
Rob WilliamsWXIX Fox 19

 “I was very grateful for the opportunity to meet so many PIO’s from government and industries across the Tristate. In a business always facing another deadline, we don’t often get the chance to build relationships that can ultimately make all our jobs a little easier. This was time well spent!”

Brian Combs

Morning News Anchor and Assistant News Director, 700 WLW

Brian Combs, Morning News Anchor and Assistant News Director for 700 WLW said, “I was very grateful for the opportunity to meet so many PIO’s from government and industries across the Tristate. In a business always facing another deadline, we don’t often get the chance to build relationships that can ultimately make all our jobs a little easier. This was time well spent!”

Lastly, attendees were able to practice their communications skills in a mini-exercise ran by Emily Johnson, Community Outreach Specialist from Hamilton County, where participants could plan for key messages and audiences during a flooding event. Key takeaways from attendees included how local media and first responders communicate in a crisis and understanding the best means of communication when working with individual media professionals.

Senior Manager of External Relations and emcee of the Media Summit, Christa Hyson said, “Due to the success of this year’s event, attendees have requested that the Media Summit become a yearly event! I am always excited to host events that provide value and create necessary relationships to create safer and well-connected communities.” Expanding the scope of networks and practicing key communication skills is just one of the many ways The Health Collaborative continues to improve the health and safety of our region. Be on the look out for information later this year on Media Summit: 2020.