Suggested media appearances include:
Editorial staff meeting
Interview with local news reporter
TV talk show (local affiliate or cable TV)
Radio Talk or Issues show
Interview with local weekly newspaper publisher or reporter
Voice of America 2000
Local radio and television interview shows should be researched and the most appropriate shows contacted by a leader of your group.
Call, write or e-mail the editor of your local newspaper asking for a private meeting appointment with the editorial board, or with a reporter who covers social justice issues. This can be an excellent way to ensure newspaper coverage for a public event that might take place before or after a private meeting.
You can use a news release in your correspondence if appropriate. Sample news releases are in the Organizers’ Appendix. Modify yours to suit the correspondence you, or a volunteer, will write.
Nora Callahan on Voice of America 2000
Check cable TV and regular local TV shows. Again, ask people in your network to suggest possibilities, and contact the hosts.
Weekly newspapers featuring articles of interest are also publications you should call to request a special interview.
Justice Works! Guests on KYRS Community Radio: Spokane, WA 2007
It's often true that 'out-of-town' special guests being available becomes newsworthy and legitimate reporting. If you can find an out of town 'expert' to speak in your community, you are likely to get more media interest.
Biographical information about public speakers is available. Use this information to create biographies of your local leaders, and we can link your local events to local leaders' biographies, too!