What's On

Major news organizations receive dozens of press releases every day but the editors will choose to ignore most of them. This two-hour workshop is designed to help participants understand how to write press releases that get noticed and published. Powerful, compelling press releases that contain anecdotes, details and quotes help bring the story to life and are more likely to generate positive media coverage.

1. What Journalists Want:
- The goals and motivation of journalists
- How journalists decide "What is News?"
- 'Hard' news vs 'soft' news
- Targeting firm messages to appeal to journalists

2. Getting the Structure Right:
- Ledes and Nuts
- Guts and Kickers
- Basic 'spot story' – 'hard' news
- WSJ feature model – 'soft' news

3. Implementation:
- Anticipating reporters' questions
- Development of checklist for crafting effective press releases

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, food and beverages will not be provided during the event and Chamber staff will be conducting temperature checks at the premises. We also kindly ask that all event participants wear a mask when attending the event

Speaker(s) Jeffrey Timmermans, Ph.D., Media Consultant, Connect Communication
Jeffrey has more than two decades of experience in Asia as a financial journalist and journalism educator, having worked as a reporter in Tokyo for The Wall Street Journal and as a managing editor for Dow Jones Newswires in Hong Kong and Singapore. He also worked for Bain & Company, leading the global strategy consulting firm's public relations efforts in Asia. Jeffrey has a M.S. degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a Ph.D. from The University of Hong Kong.
Language English
Date and Time 2020/07/28 09:30 to 12:00
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Cathy Chan
Tel: 28231282
Fee Members @ HK$750 / Non-Members @ HK$950
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
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