Writing News and Press Releases

November 6 through December 1, 2023
Price: $195

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Course Overview

Being able to write a good news story, press release or publicity notice is a skill that can set you apart in the workplace. Getting the word out is an essential activity for every organization. Acquire the skills good journalists have and learn how to craft a news story, press release or publicity notice that will get attention.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Know the essential elements of news writing
  • Have the knowledge skills to write a press release or publicity notice
  • Be able to construct a news story using the inverted pyramid, five W's and other journalism techniques
  • Know how to write a good headline and lead
  • Have the skills necessary to distribute a news story or press release

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  • Know the different kinds of publicity notices
  • Learn the skills involved in writing a news story
  • Know how a press release is constructed
  • Take away the ability to create a successful press release
  • Be able to write from a journalism and news perspective


Unit One – The Skills good journalists have

  • What journalists know how to do
  • How to think like your audience
  • Kinds of publicity notices
  • Keys to successful publicity notices

Unit Two – Writing a good news story

  • The inverted pyramid
  • The five W's and H
  • How not to bury the lead
  • Writing a good headline for your story

Unit Three – Creating the Successful Press Release

  • The press release format
  • Quotes, how many to use, who to quote and how
  • How and where to highlight your organization and contact
  • Avoiding the direct sales pitch

Unit Four – Distributing Your Press Release

  • Targeting media, journalists and audiences
  • Email press releases
  • Print press releases
  • Getting attention