I don’t care how technical or complicated your topic is. If you’re writing a press release about it, that’s no excuse to be boring.
NASA’s press release about moon dust, written by Dave Dooling, serves as a great example. I found eight things I love in this release:
1. A terrific, simple headline.
2. A lead that really pulled me into the story, including punchy verbs that illustrated a scene right out of Star Wars.
3. Great quotes. How many of us would have fallen back on the boring “We’re pleased and honored to announce blah-blah-blah…”
4. Technical information explained very clearly. Example: “Meteorites, many smaller than a pencil point….”
5. Using fun words in the release like “Earthlings” and “lunatics.”
6. Photos and graphics to help the read understand the topic.
7. Two places where I can sign up to receive more news from NASA.
8. The ability to play and download audio versions of the release and to email it to a friend.
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By the time you’re done with the course, you’ll be writing press releases just like the writers at NASA.