Getting media coverage for your business or nonprofit can be difficult. Newsrooms can receive hundreds of press releases per day. How do you make yours stand out? Follow these five steps to help you get that much-coveted coverage.
1. Pick something you want to promote. Is it a product, event or cause? Is it something happening within your organization or some action you are taking?
2. Decide if you want press coverage in your local or industry media. Are you selling your product locally, or promoting something that is happening locally? Or does your outreach effort extend beyond your local region? Are you selling to the general public, or to a specialty audience (i.e., electronics manufacturers)? For specialty audiences, you’ll probably want to focus more on trade media outlets.
3. Find a news angle for your story. That means finding something to interest a journalist in your product, event, issue, etc. – whatever you are trying to publicize. Think about what makes your product or event different. For example, is your product new and does it solve a problem? Are you using some unusual materials or process to make it? Is there an interesting story behind your product? Or, are you hiring new employees (and contributing to the economy in your region)? Are you donating something valuable (including your time) to a community group? (A brief aside: For those wanting more, our main application points you to 17 different news angles – or ways to make news for your organization). When finding a news angle for your story, remember two criteria: First, your news item must be of interest to people in your region (if you want local coverage) or industry (if you want trade press). Second, you should be able to describe the effect or impact of your product, event, issue, action, etc. on your region or industry.
4. Summarize your story. You can do this in an e-mail (or better yet, a press release). Include what is happening, who is involved, where and when the story takes place, and why it is meaningful.
5. Send your story to a journalist. Send your summary or press release via e-mail to a journalist at your local or trade media who covers your region or industry. There are lots of media lists out there, but to make things easy, if you have a media outlet in mind (local or trade), look up their website and find the contact information for submitting a story. You can always call the main news desk, tell them what your story is about and ask who you should contact about covering the story. Follow up within a day or so to make sure the journalist received the info.
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