Now that you’ve worked out what your lead is, and this is your first most newsworthy point, you need to follow the release with your second most newsworthy point, and then your third most newsworthy point. Your least newsworthy point is your last sentence. You should write your news release so that if you cut out the last sentence or two, your release will still make sense.
A good news release should be one that can be dropped unaltered into a newspaper and be indistinguishable from a news story written by a journalist. In other words, it should be written in the same style as a journalist writes news stories.
The first sentence or two of your news release is called the “intro” or “lead”. It is the most important part of a news release and it is where you put whatever is most newsworthy and most attention grabbing in what you have to say. You can’t write a good news release without a good lead, and you can’t write a good lead until you’ve decided what’s important. You have to judge what is most important about what you want to say and it has to be the most significant and most interesting aspect of your subject.
You’d be surprised how many people send news releases to journalists in the mistaken believe that the release contains news. In fact, most news releases indian cricket team contain no news at all. Journalists know this. And they do not enjoy having their time wasted. You have to grab their attention immediately.
Most news stories include direct quotes from an “authority” involved in the story. News media outlets like to have direct quotes because they help to “humanise” a story, but don’t be surprised if you have to create one. Writing quotes is actually an ideal opportunity for you to incorporate key messages which will help your news release get “picked up” by the news media.
Make sure you write in a “news style” using the sort of short, simple words and sentences journalists would use. Your story must sound like something that might appear in a newspaper, on the radio or on television.