Mock Press Conference is an event wherein the participants would pose as public figures ranging from writers to scientists, politicians to singers, sports personalities to film stars. They speak, hear and raise questions. It is a tool used to generate news, specially news that appear in print or electronic media which is prominent and relevant.
With the help of your teacher organise a mock press conference . The following steps will help you in organizing a Mock Press Conference.
1. Decide on who is going to hold the press conference.
2. Plan the date , time and venue.
3. Select and train the participants.
While addressing the conference……
* Be clear and concise
* Avoid using rhetoric, or non verbal expressions like ‘hmmm’ ‘ah’ etc.
* You can use expressions like ……
Don’t you think…..
Have you considered…..
Yes that’s true . I agree.
To describe a view point:
I feel strongly that…….
My own view is that……..
I’m sure you will agree with ……
To contradict arguments:
But that’s not the point…..
Frankly, I doubt if…….
The problem with your point of view is that……
To defend your viewpoint:
Look at the facts….
I believe that…..
It’s clear that…..
My reasons are that….
To express reservations:
I don’t think I’d say that…..
I doubt it/whether……
Are you sure…….
I get it…….
I understand that you are saying……
Let me see if I understand you correctly…….
So, what you are saying is…….
O. Given below are the various personalities from different fields. The topic of discussions is also given. Take roles and conduct a Mock Press Conference.
i. Mr. Anand Tony, director of the award winning movie ‘Poo’, is meeting the press. Take turns to be the director and media persons. Conduct a perfect discussion.
Director : Welcome to our press conference. The movie ‘Poo’ has won many awards nationally and internationally with your support.
Media person 1 : I feel strongly that portraying women in good light has won recognition in our society. Do you think Mari’s love last even after her marriage?
Director : I believe that the love of Maari for Thangarasu is pure and true. Moreover, she wants to visit Thangarasu at the village festival even after her marriage.
Media person 2 : The problem with your point of view is that she loves Thangarasu instead of her husband Karuppasamy.
Director : Look at the facts that she loves Thangarasu and wants to many him. But for Tharg arasu’s happ iness, she is ready to sacrifice her.
Media person 3 : Are you sure that she loves Thangarasu whole-heartedly?
Director : Certainly. It’s clear that she loves him. That’s why she tells her mother frankly that she wants to meet Thangarasu at the village festival.
Media person 4 : So, what you are saying is that, the heroine is honest to her husband.
Director : My own view is that the awards are. for the honesty and innocence of the heroine.
Media person 5 : Yes. that’s true. I agree.
Director : Thank you.
ii. Ms. Pavithra Rao, the squash player who won the gold medal at the recent Asian Games , is holding a press conference . Let the discussion focus more on the strategies that helped her to win.
Ms.Pavithra Rao : Welcome to our press conference. Feel free to interact with me.
Media person 1 : What would be the foremost strategy for your success in the Asian Games?
Ms.Pavithra Rao : Varying speed and direction of the serve is the most important strategy. Media person3 : So, what you are saying is that, varying speed and direction of the serve plays a vital role in winning the medal.
Ms.Pavithra Rao : Definitely. It’s clear from the examples in the past. Successful squash players followed the strategies, to win.
Media person4 : Don’t you think that varying the pace of the shots to reduce predictability is helpful while playing?
Ms. Pavithra Rao : I feel strongly that the presence of mind and skilful strategies are significant.
Media person5 : Have you considered any other tactics in the game?
Ms.Pavithra Rao : I don’t think I’d say that a particular skill alone is enough. So be focused, confident, & practice regularly to grab your success. Thank you.
iii. GL Home Appliances have introduced a product to purify salt water. The CEO of the company has agreed to meet the press to launch their new product.
CEO : Welcome to our press conference. GL Home Appliances have introduced a product to purify salt water. GL Home Appliances have satisfied the customers so far. Hope it would satisfy now too.
Media person 1 : No doubt. GL Home Appliances has reached out to the people of all kinds in cities. Have you considered the rural area and the affordability of the people?
CEO : Of course. Our new product to purify salt water is user-friendly and cost- effective. I am sure people will love to use it.
Media person2 : But that’s not the point. All may not be comfortable to use it unless you show a demo of the product.
CEO : Look at the facts and feedbacks of the people who have already used it. Definitely. It’s clear that feedbacks from the users are supportive to thrive on our business.
Media person4 : I doubt if there was any difference from other brands.
CEO : Strikingly differences range from design to capacity and cost of the product.
Media person5 : I get it. Your product goes well w ith the taste of the customers.
CEO : My own view is that the product fulfils the needs of people.
Media person6 : So, what you are saying is true and right.