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Media article

Examples

Suitable for:

All types of organisations.

What is it?

Text that a person writes and submits to a publication interested in the topic.

Benefits

  • If well written, the article could be published in a key title providing you with a lot of potential readers.
  • Journalists may ask you for more materials or be interested in organising an interview with someone from your organisation.

Limitations

  • Journalists receive a lot of text every day. Therefore your article really needs to stand out in terms of quality to gain a journalist's attention.

What makes a well-written article?

  • Write an article that you'd want to read.
  • Target the publications carefully. Focus on the ones your stakeholders and target audience are most likely to read.
  • Avoid advertising in your articles. Nobody wants to read an advertisement when they are expecting an informative article.
  • Invest in a good writer:
    • Check in-house resources. If you have someone who is very good at writing articles, use them. If not, consider appointing an external freelance journalist to write it for you.
    • Writing a boring article or one that is too technical will defeat the purpose of the exercise.
  • Include your contact information in your by-line.

Submitting the article for publication

  • Send your article to your chosen publications.
  • It could also be advantageous to select one key title and offer the article on an ‘exclusive’ basis. In a competitive market, many newspapers want to offer their readers something that no other publication can.