Georgia PTA Voice Newsletters

Beginning with the December 2011 issue, the Voice will be delivered electronically and viewed in an exciting new online format.  Prior issues will be archived as pdf files.

December 2012 Newsletter

October 2012 Newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter

June 2012 Newsletter

December 2011 Newsletter

Fall 2011 Newsletter (pdf)

Winter 2011 Newsletter (pdf)

Fall 2010 Newsletter (pdf)

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Ten Tips on Writing a Press Release

  1. Include your contact information. Make this information visible at the top so that it will be easy to find if the media outlet has further questions or needs clarification. Include your PTA’s logo.
  2. Decide the topic of your press release. Ask yourself “What is my story?” You should be very specific. Make your article news-worthy.
  3. Write your first sentence. This sentence should give the reader a reason to read the rest of the story. At the same time, have a short proposed headline. Your proposed headline should expand into the first sentence.
  4. Continue writing your press release. Use concise, clear language. Do not include any unnecessary words. Remember the 5 W’s and H (who, what, when, where, why and how). State only the facts in as few words as possible.
  5. Include information about your local unit specifically and PTA in general.
  6. Write a concluding sentence. Tie everything together and bring your press release to a conclusion.
  7. List contact information of the person to call or email if there are further questions.
  8. Show that the press release is finished. This is done by centering three pound signs (###) after the last sentence.
  9. Ideally, your press release should be no longer than one page (single spaced with double spacing between paragraphs).
  10. Find out deadline dates and get your press release to them in a timely manner.

It is important to remember that usually the “education news” is used as filler on a slow news day (unless there is a page specifically for Education News). If you have your basic information in your press release, the editor doesn’t have to spend time cutting the article to fit it in.

Click here for sample press release.