Love them or loathe them, press releases provide the initial spark for a story for many journalists
Whether it’s the launch of a new product, a statement from a campaign group on a hot issue or details of new research, most journalists will be inundated with releases during their career (some more relevant than others, though that’s material for a wholly different blog post…).
For PR professionals and press officers they are one vital tool for publicising events and brands or creating buzz for a client.
Journalism.co.uk has its own service, PressGo, for matching press releases with journalists interested in 37 subject areas, from consumer goods and affairs to fashion, IT or the environment.
But to make this service more efficient for its users (that’s you hopefully), we want feedback on how to write the perfect press release. For example:
- What details MUST it include and what’s superfluous?
- What are common mistakes that press release writers make that rankle you?
- What length/tone/format do you prefer?
We hope to create a guide – focusing on the writing, NOT distribution of releases – featuring comments from individual journalists as a point of reference for the PR community and we’d love your feedback, including your name and publication if possible.