Challenge: Get yourself in the newspaper

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get yourself, your event or your work into your local paper

The short article and photo below was featured in my local paper last January at the time I had a group exhibition running with some friends. It took me literally 10 minutes on a lunch break to accomplish.

I’ve done this many times for other artists, events, myself, school things… Getting a bit of coverage in a local paper can have a huge impact on how many people turn up to your event, or sign up for your class, or look you up on the net.

What’s more, it’s actually quite easy to achieve

  1. Start with some well taken, interesting photos of you, the event organiser, the people behind the work, and maybe one of the work itself.
  2. Have a think. What about this person or event or work is interesting, different, exciting, would make people read the article twice? (If there isn’t anything interesting to write, stop at this step, go outside and do something interesting first.)
  3. Jot down 1-5 sentences that capture the tone and uniqueness of the person or event and make sure you include important details like names, dates, and contact details.
  4. Check your spelling, and read it aloud to make sure it runs smoothly.
  5. Stop going over it 50 billion times. It really doesn’t matter that much if you use ‘a’ or ‘the’
  6. Send it to your local paper, a blog owner, or a magazine and include 1-3 of the best photos.

Three things could happen:

1. They’ll go “sweet, this guy just did my job for me” and will publish it as is
2. Someone will call you wanting to chat or email or ask for other photos and will flesh it out into a longer article
3. You’ll hear nothing, and it will disappear into the abyss

This whole process can take as little as 10 minutes if you already have suitable photos, so set your alarm for a bit early tomorrow and get up and do it.

What have you got to lose?

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