Category Archives: Effective press releases

Topic archive: effective press releases
A press release is pseudo-news story, written in third person that seeks to demonstrate to an editor or reporter the newsworthiness of a particular person, event, service or product.
Press releases are often sent by e-mail or via a newswire. They can also be part of a full press kit, or may be accompanied by a pitch letter. Journalists or bloggers may use it as a standalone story, for reference (file) or as part of a larger article.
What makes news?

Subject of news stories

Below is a list of our articles and thoughts about effective priess releases, like what to put in a press release or how to get your story noticed by the press.

The ideal pitch to the press – part 8: attachments

So we now know what should be included within the pitch, but what about attaching additional information on the client such as press backgrounders and including links within your pitch to their website? 8. INCLUDING ATTACHMENTS: This is a no-no. Your pitch should have everything in the email body itself. URLs should be included with...
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 7: preamble

So, following our last six tips, you now have the perfect pitch…or do you? Here, tip 7 offers you more detail on positioning your pitch and giving it context: 7. OMIT PREAMBLE: In just a few sentences, answer the five w’s. These are the most important questions to be answered by anyone writing an article...
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 5: everyday news

Draft your pitch in an informal manner, be aware of deadlines, email, call to discuss it then follow that with a summary of your conversation while ensuring the journalist will want to open and read your pitch in the first place by giving it a short, to the point subject line that explains your pitch...
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 3: contact

Last week’s posts on how to write the ideal pitch explained how important writing your pitch in an informal and conversational way is in attracting a journalist’s attention and when the best time to pitch is. This week, we discuss how to pitch to the journalist: 3. TWO EMAILS AND A CALL: Email a pitch...
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 2: timing

Last week we posted our first top tip on what to consider when targeting the media with a pitch. In addition to ensuring that your pitch is written in an informal, conversational tone, our second most important tip is all about timing awareness: 2. OBTRUSIVE TIMING: know before pitching when media deadlines are, as journalists...
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 1: talk don’t pitch

All too often PR professionals pitch ideas to journalists with no real thought to the story’s angle or how relevant it is for the journalist / media they’re pitching to. At Vitis, we make sure everything we send to the media is to the point so it doesn’t waste their time. Here, we give you the first of our simple, all-important top ten tips to consider when targeting the media with a pitch:

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