Scroll down below the press release template to see industry-specific press release samples, formatting tips, and how to write and distribute your press release.
Press Release Template
The following is a press release template that shows the standard formatting that a release should follow:
Press Release Headline Here in Title Case – more info at Headline Primer
Optional subhead is placed here, usually in sentence format.
Dateline – CITY, State, Month Day, Year (eReleases) –The opening sentence is the most important element in a press release where you should succinctly summarize what is being announced. The opening paragraph should clearly get the reader’s attention through a strong hook while providing the most important facts. As a best practice, write your press release first then come back and develop the opening paragraph as a summary of the press release. Then compare this new opening paragraph with your initial first paragraph.
A press release should consist of three to six paragraphs where you provide all the relevant facts and information a reporter should use to write a story. The most important information should be listed first, with the least important information appearing in the final paragraph. Each paragraph should consist of three to six sentences written in the third person. You should maintain an objective tone and avoid hype. The average press release consists of 500 words or less. This press release template consists of xxx words.
“A great press release should include a great quote from a company executive or industry expert,” says eReleases President Mickie Kennedy. “An important thing to know about quotes is that the media generally won’t use them unless they are evocative, fresh or state something in a way that would be very difficult to paraphrase. To ensure your quote finds a home in a story based on your announcement, avoid cliches or generalizations.” More info at “You Can Quote Me On That!”
Be sure to spell check your press release and fact check any facts or statistics in your press release. You should check your grammar as well read your press release aloud to ensure there aren’t any obvious errors. Lastly, it’s a good idea to have a trusted friend and/or colleague read your press release.
A press release can be used to announce a new or updated product. Other press release topics can include a partnership with a company or organization, as well as being issued an industry award. For additional press release topics, visit: http://www.ereleases.com/prfuel/press-release-topic-ideas/. As you just saw, you may include a url in your press release.
A boilerplate is a short paragraph that explains the identity of a company and what it does. Boilerplate is optional, but it doesn’t hurt to have one to help identify your business. Think of boilerplates as a thumbnail sketch of your company that provides a little background information to the press. Once you’ve written a boilerplate, you can use it in all of your press releases.
Name of Media Contact
Title of Media Contact
Contact Phone Number
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