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September 2006

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Writing News Releases

News releases are useful when you want to publicize accomplishments of your company or its employees. Sometimes you might also have to issue releases about bad news. Your goal then is first to be completely honest and second to place the situation in the best possible light, including any hope for future changes. Use news releases for the following topics.

  • New products or services. These might include any mergers, acquisitions, expansions, or changes.
    They could also deal with any product recalls or losses, discontinuations, or price increases.

  • Personnel Issues. Promotions, awards, and new hires or management changes are all causes for a positive news release. A bad news release might include replacements or layoffs, deaths, or response to negative accusations.

  • Events. Send news releases about grand openings, sales events, grants or contracts, and any charity or benevolent activities. Other announcements might include accidents or plant closings or relocations. You might also use a news release to respond to legal actions or problems.

  • Policy. Publicize new or changed policies such as waste-disposal practices, public access to facilities, and customer return or exchange policies.

To gain a reader’s attention, try to find an interesting or unusual angle for your story. Whether you are writing releases giving good news or bad, your goal is to place your company in the best possible light, emphasizing the positive and neutralizing the negative.

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UpWrite Press offers a variety of personal coaching plans that teach traits and techniques of business writing.

Our personal coaching delivers real results with minimal investment in time and money. We start with your own writing samples. Our professional writing coaches study and assess them. Then we contact you at the time and place of your choosing and set up a teleconference that gives you concentrated, personalized attention. We discuss your strengths and weaknesses—no scripted observations. We show you how to improve your business writing skills by capturing your ideas, with your style and voice, in the most powerful, clear, and engaging way possible. We show you how to write faster with fewer changes. Plus, we give you strategies for improvement that you can use beyond the session.

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Join Our Writers’ Forum

We invite you to be part of our monthly eTips. Each month we pose a question or problem regarding the use of writing in business. Think about it and send us your replies, along with your name, your company’s name, and a brief (1-2 sentences) description of what you do. We will print the best responses, and you will get your name out to our more than 5,000 subscribers! (We reserve the right to edit your remarks for fit and suitability.)

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September Writer’s Forum Topic


Do you use templates for common letter forms? Which types of
templates do you find most useful?
Which would you like to see?

Email your response to writersforum@upwritepress.com.
Write “September Writer’s Forum” in
the subject line, and you could see your
reply in the eTips Mid-Month Mini!

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