We love to hear from our readers, especially when they have a great story to tell or maybe their organization is hosting an event that is of interest to our audience.
Hearing from local folks and organizations is one important way that we’re able to bring you the best coverage of all that’s going on in the Tri-Cities area. As editor, I certainly encourage more of you to submit your story ideas so we can continue to write compelling stories that you won’t find anywhere else.
Here’s the best way to do that: submit a news release, along with a high-resolution photo attached as a JPEG, with caption and photo credit information.
You don’t have to have media training to write a news release – it’s just a simple document that includes the important information: the who, what, when, where, why and how – and how much if there’s a cost – of your event.
The where should be a physical address, but there’s no need to tell us it’s in Illinois or give the ZIP code. We’re not writing a letter. We just want to be able to say where it is.
Also send a short paragraph or two that describes what your organization does.
If it’s a fundraiser, tell us how much you hope to raise and for what purpose. If it’s an annual fundraiser, tell us how much was raised last year and what it was used for.
Always make sure to include the email address and phone number of someone who can talk about the organization and event.
You could include this in the body of an email or as an attached document.
Photos are equally important, so don’t forget to send those, as well.
I hope these tips are helpful, so keep sending us your stories and ideas.