And thanks to ESPN Films, the crew will again be featured on the countrywide degree. “ESPN Films Presents World Beaters,” an upcoming application on the way to air on ABC, will characterize the story of the crew’s victory.
An application description from ABC reads:
“In 2016, the Maine-Endwell (the team from the smallest city, via a long way, to ever turn out to be World Champions) gained the Little League World Series. Their victory displays the exceptional history of the Little League World Series. This film weaves their march to the title with the terrific moments of the Little League World Series from the past.”
The hour-length program will air on WIVT NewsChannel 34 on Sunday, August 20th, at midday.
Getting featured in your local newspaper is a great way to get exposure for free! In addition to reaching a local target for your niche market, many papers have online versions, enabling you to post the link to the article on your website, blog, etc.
What to do:
1) Decide what you have done that is newsworthy and of local interest.
Are you publishing a book? Organizing a fundraiser or community event? Starting a new business, new location, or offering new services?
For ideas, look at your local paper for the kinds of printed, long, and short stories. For example, pieces often feature local authors. So, if you have published an eBook or print book, there’s a good chance they will write about you.
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The story doesn’t have to be related to your business. The point is to get your name in the paper to be at least a mention of what you do professionally. For example, if gardening is your hobby and they have a gardening section, you can write an article on gardening tips.
2) Write a press release. Be concise, and include key information.
Search the internet for tips if you’ve never written a press release. The paper is likely to be edited content, so don’t be surprised if what you see in print doesn’t match what you sent! Remember the 5 W’s and one H: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.
4) Be Patient!
I don’t hear back immediately; the paper may have many potential stories. For example, because eBooks have made self-publishing so affordable, it could take several months to be featured as a local author.
5) Add a published story to your Portfolio.
Remember to maintain a special folder of your accomplishments, training, awards, etc.
Whatever your field of expertise, you can always benefit from free advertising! Your local newspaper is a great avenue to get more exposure and increase credibility. If you don’t think you’ve done anything newsworthy – think again. Look for the entire newspaper, magazines, and journals, looking for connections to things you have done. Send a press release – and you are on your way!
Frank R. Johnson, aka “FantasticFrank,” was Trapped in a Fire, Carried out in a Body Bag, and is Motivated to Inspire Others. This “differently-abled” man has persevered in following his passion for helping others despite having a traumatic brain injury for over 30 years. FantasticFrank is a motivational speaker, author of “From Flawed to Fantastic,” creator of “The Young Explorers” comic book, host of the FantasticFrank BlogTalkRadio Show, and more!