How to write about your reporter’s readers
Want journalists to pick up your release? Take this tip from Bruce Upbin, senior editor at Forbes:
“Present the key element that explains how your story can benefit Forbes readers.”
Here are three ways to do that:
- Lead with the reporter’s readers — asthma sufferers, app developers, HR executives — in your headline, lead, paragraphs and sentences.
- Write about the problems readers have that your product, service, program or idea solves.
- Start your second paragraph with this phrase: But now [reporter’s readers] can …
Try it. Because reporters and their readers just aren’t that into you. They’re into themselves. So write about them.
How can you write PR pieces that get covered?
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