As I was getting ready to go out to lunch on Friday, I noticed something in the local newspaper.
The headline read: “A New England-based company has just launched a press conference to introduce the first 100-person press corps in the history of the world.”
I was dumbfounded.
I’d never seen such a thing.
I immediately texted my colleague and asked if it was real.
What could it be?
The reporter said the company had been working on it for months and that the company’s CEO was coming out to talk about it.
We went to lunch.
A few minutes later, we heard a loud, clear, and emphatic “pop!”
We walked over to see what was happening.
The company was now offering its first press corps to the public.
The press conference was going to be held at the new press center at the New Hampshire Museum of Art.
I thought it was a joke.
“This is the first press conference of a hundred people,” the CEO said.
It sounded ridiculous, but it was.
And then the rest of the press conference started.
There were several dozen reporters there, plus an array of guests and press photographers.
This was going down, and they were going to go up.
The conference was scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. local time.
I was supposed to be at the meeting with the press corps at 1 p. m.
But I got a text from my friend in California, who said she was going on vacation with her parents, and I needed to catch up on email.
I went to meet the press in a hotel parking lot.
I arrived at about 2:00.
I walked in, and there was a line that stretched into the parking lot of a building that I didn’t recognize.
I called the police.
They were called.
I didn’st know what to expect.
I looked at the sign, and it said “New Hampshire Museum” and I recognized it as the museum I worked at for three years.
The first presser was supposed in a room that I’d seen on TV.
It looked like an old-school media center, but I was shocked that there was going be a presser there.
And the staff were there, as well, to greet the press.
A couple of weeks ago, I was on vacation in a city called Santa Barbara, and the staff there were so nice that I ended up going to the press room, too.
I’m glad I went.
They’ve had this facility for nearly five years, and now they’re taking it public.
And as the press arrived, a new kind of press corps was forming.
As the presser began, there were about six reporters in the room.
At first, I thought maybe I would be the only one in there, because I’d been doing press conferences before, but when they started, there was more people than there were seats in the press box.
This room, which had been set up for three hours, was about the size of two football fields.
There was a huge banner with the word “press” on it.
And there was this massive, giant banner that said “100 Press Corps.”
This wasn’t just a media event.
This wasn, in fact, a press event, a sort of press event for press conferences, and that was just a new way of doing things.
I couldn’t help but be inspired by the other press conferences that I’ve been to, and also by the events that I witnessed in other media venues, like the press conferences at the White House, the State Department, and at the Pentagon, and in my experience, it’s a pretty common experience for press to attend press conferences.
I remember sitting in the same room with the media that I was in the media room with when I first started, and what I saw was something different.
It wasn’t a press briefing.
I wasn’t there to have a conversation with them.
It felt more like a conference.
And it was more about building relationships with reporters, and getting a sense of the organization and how they work.
At one point, I asked the person who was in charge of the event how they decided who was going in.
“It’s like, you know, the best, best people,” she said.
“We want people who will be honest and have integrity.”
It was an interesting idea, and one I hadn’t expected to see.
The people I’ve met over the years have all told me that they are all about “trust,” and “integrity.”
But in this case, I got to see firsthand how this new kind to media, media-driven, and media-oriented press can go very wrong.
There are two reasons that this company was doing this press event: 1.
The CEO, Scott Brown, is not an actual press person, but he