3 ways to punch up your writing

Journalists often complain that press releases are poorly written. Here are three ways to ensure your prose survives the newsroom gauntlet.

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Here are quick fixes for each:

1. Keep headlines short and specific. “Many headlines are too long (two complete lines) and name things that aren’t easily recognizable,” says O’Quinn.


For example, one company’s recent headline referred to “acoustic filters” but was really just talking about sophisticated new earplugs.

How do you keep your headlines short and specific? “Eliminate jargon, adjectives, adverbs and excessive prepositions,” O’Quinn says. “Also, try to include a verb. You don’t need one, but it can spark your headline.”

He offers these two examples:

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Register for PR Daily’s Nov. 17 webinar “Write Amazing Press Releases” for more tips from Bozell’s Jennifer Stauss, writing coach Ken O’ Quinn, and Jason Chupick, former head of PR at Hearst Media.

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