Why the News Matters

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Does your press release answer these basic questions?

Why the News Matters

Even if the event, product, or service the press release addresses is in the editor or reporter's coverage area, if it is unclear why it matters to the readers, your release won't get picked up. You must address "why" it matters in terms of the benefit offered to the potential reader--who is also the potential customer. If you can, include the "why" in the first paragraph. Since this is the trickiest of the six facts (who, what, where, when, how, why) it may slip into the second or third paragraph.



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