Resources for Writing a Press Release
First rule? Follow the rules. The press follows a set of grammar and style rules. If you want to play in the media sandbox, then you must follow their rules. Where? Oh! Where do you find these rules?
Fortunately, the Associated Press has a handy guide called the AP Style Guide. Sure there are other guides Chicago Manual of Style and New York Times, but by and large, you’ll do well following the AP Styleguide.
Do yourself and your readers a favor and study the Elements of Style by Strunk & White.
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Have a grammar dilemma? Dangling participles got you down? Wondering how exactly do you construct a press release. Bookmark OWL. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab which is the place the experts go to when they need help!
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