Learn to get the word out with media relations pieces
Some 55% to 97% of all press releases sent to media outlets are never used, according to Dennis L. Wilcox and Lawrence W. Nolte’s Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques.
So what are PR practitioners, PR writers and other PR pros to do?
Learn to put your PR pieces among the 3% to 45% that actually get the word out at NOT Your Father’s PR Writing, our media relations-writing Master Class, Aug. 15-19.
“The release I worked on in Ann’s Master Class got 68.5% more page views and 19% more coverage vs. our top competitors than average. It got picked up by two targeted industry publications and resulted in a follow-up interview with our metro daily.”
— Loren LeVasseur, public relations supervisor, Coverys
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What you’ll learn in this guide to PR writing
In this PR-writing course, you’ll join other corporate-communications, social-media and PR professionals to learn how to:
Think Like a Reporter
Learn to write news releases that your readers will love, and no editor will be able to pass up.
- Go beyond “new and improved” to information readers really want to know about your product or service.
- Develop story angles readers want to read — not story angles you wish they wanted to read.
- Practice writing like a journalist in our fast-paced story-development sessions.
- Get fill-in-the-blanks models for crafting reader-centric stories.
- Learn how to start your release to increase reader engagement.
Master the Anatomy of a PR Piece
Develop your PR-writing mastery in this session for crafting the perfect pitch, news release or other PR piece.
- Avoid PR 101 leads. Still stuffing all those W’s and the H into the first paragraph? Still writing “XYZ Company today announces that …”? It’s time to move on to a more effective approach.
- Write PR leads reporters will want to steal — and even management will love.
- Beat the boilerplate blues. What’s really supposed to go into these things?
- End with a bang with our techniques for writing great kickers.
Write Killer Sound Bites
Turn lame-ass quotes into killer bites:
- Stop using the most overused PR quote approaches in your news release and email pitch. Journalists and bloggers — not to mention readers — will love you for it.
- Write quotes that sound human — not like a computer spit them out.
- Steal techniques from Silver Anvil winners for making your sound bites sound better.
- Write quotes like The New York Times. Previous attendees highly recommend this approach.
- Learn what percentage of your PR piece should be quotes.
Cut Through the Clutter in PR
Make every piece you write easier to read and understand:
- Find out how long your paragraphs, sentences and words should be. (Hint: They should all be shorter for crisis communications.)
- Learn how long your news release should be — the No. 1 way to improve your writing for media relations.
- Cut your lead down to size. Find out how long journalists think your first paragraph should be.
- Stop doing one thing that gets in the way of reporters and editors doing their jobs.
- The question to ask to get the right tone in your release.
Lift Ideas Off the Release or PR Piece
Reach nonreaders with words:
- Pass the Goldilocks test. Write a headline that’s not too long or too short, but just right. (Google News ignores one in five releases because the headline is too long.)
- Reach the 67% of “readers” who skim the news, according to a Harris Interactive Poll. (Just 19% read news word-by-word.)
- Make the most of the hot spot in your headline. Otherwise, potential readers might skip instead of click.
- Nail search engine optimization with Ann’s simple SEO tricks.
- Use the palm of your hand to make your message more skimmable.
Get personal feedback from Ann Wylie
In our live coaching sessions, you’ll get feedback from your colleagues and from PR writing coach Ann Wylie. Ann is the Public Relations Society of America’s “national writing coach” and author of PRSA’s Strategies/Tactics “Writing With Wylie” column. Come learn the techniques Ann’s used to earn more than 60 communication awards, including two IABC Gold Quills.
Location & logistics
Join us via Zoom and LinkedIn from noon to 2 p.m. Central on:
- Aug. 15: Think Like a Reporter, Write Killer Bites
- Aug. 16: Think Outside the Pyramid
- Aug. 17: Cut Clutter in PR
- Aug. 18: Reach Readers Where They Look
- Aug. 19: Live editing session; Link-writing popup
Can’t make a date? You’ll have on-demand access to the online workshop until Sept. 19.
- Silver (workshop only): $1,195
- Gold (Silver + $303 worth of learning tools — Cut Through the Clutter, Think Like a Reader, Think Outside the Pyramid): $1,295
- Platinum (Gold +$297 subscription to Rev Up Readership): $1,395
- Diamond (Platinum +$750 private coaching session with Ann): $1,795
Please learn about our discounts, cancellation policy and more in our FAQ.
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– Elizabeth Seaberry, communications specialist at Disability Rights Oregon
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