Cheryl Beck Pickett of Detroit, Michigan writes:
“Samaritan House provides food and other pantry items for families in need and has been around for about 13 years. They serve a handful of small towns within our county which have populations of 3,000 to 5,000 people each. Their primary support and donations come from local churches.
“There are two free weeklies, which are typical small-town papers, one countywide daily and then the Detroit News/Free Press as far as available press opportunities.
“My friend mentioned recently that they have trouble getting any coverage at all from the primary weekly. They are mostly trying to promote fundraisers/special events and most of their response would come from readers of these weeklies.
“Resistance is from the editor’s desk as one of the reporters/associate editors already tries her best to get stories in for them. One of my thoughts is that there is a mentality of ‘if we do it for one, we have to do it for all of them’ and of course there are lots of charities.
“As a puppy Publicity Hound, I’m stumped. Any advice for getting this editor to budge as well as other avenues they could pursue instead would be appreciated.” You can learn more about Samaritan House at its website.