Siuslaw News to host free press release-writing workshop Oct. 9

Join Editor Ned Hickson and learn how to get your event, group or meeting in the newspaper

Oct. 2, 2019 — Writing a press release, or public service announcement (PSA), to submit to a newspaper or online media source requires certain elements to improve the likelihood of getting printed or posted. In conjunction with National Newspaper Week (Oct. 6 to 12), Siuslaw News will be hosting a free, one-hour workshop on press release writing Wednesday, Oct. 9. The workshop will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Bromley Room of the Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 Ninth St.

Join Siuslaw News editor Ned Hickson, who will teach the proper formatting of press releases, including elements of Associated Press style that are utilized by media outlets around the world.

The workshop will cover what to include in a press release as well as what to leave out; effective PSA structure; standard photo formatting used by media outlets; how to contact media outlets and which formats are preferred by editors receiving submissions.

 “The workshop will be a great opportunity for publicists and individuals from local organizations of all kinds to get the basics on effective press release writing in a fun and relaxed setting,” said Hickson. “Newspaper editors see hundreds of press releases each week, and many submissions make the same mistakes. We’re looking forward to helping folks improve their press release writing, which helps get the word out about their group or organization and ultimately benefits everyone in our community.”

For more information, contact Ned Hickson at 541-902-3520 or email him at [email protected]


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