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District 5790 Public Relations Spreading our Message A special how-to with tips and resources for clubs Rotary District 7590 *
About this show This show is second in a series meant to give tips on spreading your Rotary messages and resources to help you find answers to questions. Space bar or hit enter to progress to next slide. Hyperlinks and bookmarks should be active. You will need to view the PowerPoint in show mode (hit F5) for them to work. Use your mouse to click on them.
So you have news. What now? Its time to write a news release. Even if you plan to call a reporter with the story, it will be helpful to have written info ready to send to him or her.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release Letterhead: This doesnt have to be on your specific letterhead, but you want to create a similar look for your news release. Include club name, address, telephone/fax, website address and .
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release NEWS RELEASE: Type these words somewhere on your release. Avoid the term PRESS RELEASE if youre sending to media outlets other than newspapers.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: This lets the media know the news is ready to be published and not embargoed, or held until a certain date. DATE: Place the date you release the release somewhere on the page.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release CONTACT(S): This is one of the most important parts of the release. Give name, phone number, mobile number and for the Rotary contact who is prepped to help the media with this story. Make sure this person has a copy of the release, will respond quickly to media calls and can answer to potential reporter questions.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release HEADLINE: This is one of the first things a reporter will read to decide if he/she wants to read more. Write headlines in present tense and active voice. Example: Local Rotarians raise $50 Million in Polio Campaign
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release DATELINE: This is the city where the release has been crafted. If youre in Abilene, the dateline is ABILENE, Texas.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release LEAD: This is the first paragraph of your release and is as important (or more) than the headline. The news team will decide whether or not to cover your news or read further at this point.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release LEAD: Your lead should have the most newsworthy parts of your story. One helpful hint is to think about how you would tell a friend about this project/event/etc. Then work some details into the first paragraph.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release LEAD: Try to incorporate some (not all) of the 5 Ws 1H (who, what, why, when, where, how) into your lead. Ideally, your lead will only be about 25 words. Keep it short and sweet. Details can be weaved into the rest of the release. Try to move from the most important details to additional facts and then some background info. Inverted pyramid journalists use
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release BODY OF RELEASE: This is where youll explain details for the event. You could even add quotes from your clubs president or the group youre working to help, like the food bank.
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release ENDING MARKS: Make some kind of notation at the bottom of the release to signal its end. Options: -30- ### -end- -Rotary-
Parts of a News Release The makings of a winning news release BOILERPLATE INFO: This is one more way to tell a reporter about your club. Its a sentence about your club or Rotary International that could be used every time. Example: Founded in 1955, the Rotary Club of Fort Worth South is a part of Rotary International, a global network of community volunteers with 1.2 million members. The clubs Web site is
The release is ready. To the masses, it is. You have news. You have your news release. Its time to distribute it to your media outlets. But to whom?
Media List Getting your news to the news A media list is a list of media targets in your area. It should contain contact info like names, phone numbers, fax numbers, addresses for editors, journalists, and news directors who might cover your news. Your club may have a list and youll just need to update it. Chambers of commerce sometimes have media lists available to members that make a great starting spot. Area public relations undergraduates might be a good resource for creating a list for internship credit
Media List A sample media list to get you started OrganizationNameTitleAddress Phone Time of day to contact Preferences or beat Notes? Local newspaper Regional Weekly Paper ABC affiliate Radio Today Business Journal Community Blogger Rotary District 5790 Newsletter YOUR clubs newsletter, etc Rotarian magazine
Media List Getting your news to the news Consume your local media. Look for reporters who cover organizations like yours or similar projects. Make notes or add to your media list. Look for special sections or segments that complement your club or your Rotarians WFAA (DFW) has a segment called Texans with Character that is right up our alley. Business publications typically run special sections like 40 under 40 or Texas Women to honor individuals. Nominate an appropriate club member.
Media List Getting your news to the news Dont forget the Internet and other outlets that touch many readers or viewers School district Web site (especially for 4 Way Test Speech contest) College Web sites and media outlets (Rotaract events) Greensheet or other free pick-up publications Popular blog sites Twitter (find a club member who tweets to tweet after each meeting)
Distribution time! You have news. You have your news release. You have a media list. Its time to distribute it to your media outlets.
Contacting the media Pitching your story and sending your release Remember that the media professionals are not the enemy. They LOVE great stories and are always looking for the next one. You may just have it. Media professionals also like to hear from THEIR viewers or readers. Ideally, youd contact the individuals on your media list based on their preferences. Some really rely on and others cant sift through the 1,000s of messages a day. Rotary District 7590 *
Contacting the media Pitching your story and sending your release Your chances are better if you have a reporters e- mail. The generic type address will go into the abyss. Its even better if this reporter will recognize your name and OPEN the Give it a subject line like STORY IDEA or part of your headline. Attachment or in the body of the message: Ive had better luck pasting the body of my news release in the message and attaching the official one or providing a Word doc when requested. See the sample on the next page.
Contacting the media Pitching your story and sending your release
Contacting the media Pitching your story and sending your release BCC: Dont CC a bunch of reporters. If you are sending one to a group of reporters, use the blind carbon copy feature in your . LETTERHEAD: If pasting your release into the body of your release, you can eliminate graphics. CHECK YOUR If you send a release via , check your Inbox often for reporter response. A reporter will want a prompt response.
Phone: Contacting the media Pitching your story and sending your release Pitching a story over the phone Picking the right time to call is key. You dont want to call during a deadline. For outlets with an evening deadline (television stations and most newspapers), youll want to call mid-morning. Some will be in the office at 10 or so. Dont make apologies for your call. Say you have a story idea youd like to pitch and then hit it. You want to verbally re-cap your release in a sentence or two. Play up the newsworthiness and why the story is a good fit for that reporters publication and audience.
Phone: Contacting the media Pitching your story and sending your release Yes or no. The advantage to a telephone call is that you will get an immediate feel for if the story is a good fit. More info. The reporter will probably ask for you to get info to him/her immediately. Ask for his/her preference of delivery ( /fax), verify the correct number/ and send it immediately. NO! If you get a no, no worries. Be gracious. Dont get pushy or upset or argue. You want to be able to pitch another idea some day in the future.
Fax: Contacting the media Pitching your story and sending your release Faxing your news release While cheap and fast, a faxed news release can become one sheet out of 500 for that hour. Most reporters do not want an unsolicited fax. This can also be a way to send your release to the abyss. If a reporter asks you to fax: Verify the fax number you have in your media list. You might ask for the number to the fax machine closest to the reporter or the newsroom. Rotary District 7590 *
Follow Up & Miscellaneous Pitching your story and sending your release If you , fax or mail a release, follow up on it. For a release about an event, send your release a week or so before an event and follow up a day or two before. If youre working with a monthly or weekly publication, send our your release sooner. Know the publications deadlines. Sell the story. Be careful that you are not asking the news media to advertise for Rotary. You are looking to spread Rotarys message and the mass media is one way to do this. It also gives a media outlet a great community story. Have a newsworthy story to sell. You dont want to gain a reputation for sending news releases without any news.
More than a News Article Other opportunities exist for your public relations efforts. PHOTOS: Media outlets need visuals. You can invite photographers to events or submit photos the club shutterbug has taken. LETTERS TO EDITOR: Look at the publications policies before writing. Make the letter timely and connected to an editorial, other letter or something in the news. GUEST COLUMN: Read others that have run in the publication. Gather your thoughts and then pitch the idea to the editorial page editor. More details in Effective Public Relations
Public Relations Planning See the third show in this series for ideas and how to plan your public relations.
District 5790 PR Network Connecting club public relations chairs and others to share ideas, successes, etc. Public relations chairs are encouraged to join the network Simply send an to Rotary5790PR- (use Subscribe as your subject line)Rotary5790PR- Rotary District 7590 *
Resources for Your Club Rotary International site: International sitewww.rotary.org RI Public Service Ads/Announcements District site: site PR Network for District 5790: Network for District 5790 PR Tips through Tips Jeff Crilleys e-newsletter: Crilleys e-newsletterwww.realnewspr.com Effective Public Relations: a book from RotaryEffective Public Relations
Great Resource for Your Club Effective Public Relations is a book available through Rotary.org. Rotary.org. Rotary District 7590 *
Sources & Contact Images and logos from Rotary.org Effective Public Relations: A Guide for Rotary Clubs Inside Reporting by Tim Harrower The PR Style Guide by Barbara Diggs-Brown Sarah Maben, Rotary Club of FW South District 5790 PR Chair, Rotary District 7590 *