Public Education Handbook
Practical Advice on Working with the Media
The College press office receives a huge number of enquiries
from the media every week. These can range from a women’s magazine
wanting to speak to ‘an expert’ about postnatal depression, to a
radio station looking for an immediate response to a new study or
To help us respond to these queries, we have built up a database
of over 100 psychiatrists who are willing to speak to the press.
But we are always looking for more.
Being a good media psychiatrist isn’t something you’re born with
– anyone can do it if they learn the right skills. Speaking to
journalists can seem daunting, but there are many techniques you
can use to try to ensure the interview goes the way you want it
The Public Education
Handbook provides lots of useful advice, but there really is no
substitute for practice. The more interviews you do, the more
confident you will become.
People wanting to practise their interview skills in a
non-threatening environment can take advantage of the free media
training sessions which run each year during the RCPsych
Here, you will have the opportunity to be interviewed by real
journalists or psychiatrists with years of experience of working
with the media, and perfect the art of defusing the 'killer'
For more information about media training or for general advice
on handling the media, contact the Communications Department:
Claire McLoughlin, Media & Communications
020 3701 2544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Hart, Director of Communications &
020 3701 2538 or email@example.com