Building a News Release: When to Send a Press Release

Summary: this tool will teach you how to write and distribute a press release. Go directly to Step 4[1] to write your own release.

We would not be surprised if you are keen to get started and actually write a news release for your company. Excitement aside, you can save yourself time and money if you assess the viability of your release before you start.

First, consider when it is appropriate to issue a news release. A news release can be used when you open a new office; win an award; introduce a new product or service; sponsor an event; or any other such happening.

The purpose of the news release is to connect with the media. In fact, the news release is the expected first communication with a media outlet. Perhaps you are looking for a story, interview, or a TV appearance — the news release is the right place to start. However, even if your company meets the above criteria there is no guarantee that the media will use your release.

Questions to Consider Before You Get Started

Before getting started, consider the following questions.

Don’t worry about writing down answers to these questions, as those that relate to writing the release will be addressed again later in this workshop. Instead, use these questions as a general guide when deciding whether or not it is appropriate to issue a news release.

  • What results do we hope to produce from our news release?
    Perhaps your company hopes to generate media interest in a new product, or to promote an event that you are sponsoring. Outlining your goals from the start will help you assess their viability, and will give you direction when it comes time to prepare to write the release.

  • What audience will my news release speak to?
    Business people usually have their company at the front of their mind when considering the news release. However journalists will have the interests of their audience at the top of their considerations. To be effective, consider this question from the journalist’s perspective.

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