Submitting press releases and information to Fort Lauderdale Connex
Email is the best way to share your news and information with us, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you hit send, though, consider these tips to make sure you send complete information.
Be specific in your subject line. We get hundreds of emails each day, so be sure your subject line is clear. If your subject line looks like spam or something without a tie to Fort Lauderdale or Connex, there’s a chance your message may be deleted before it’s ever opened.
Include the four Ws. It seems simple, but it’s surprising how often one of these crucial pieces of information is left out of news releases. Be sure to give the who, what, when and where of your event or accomplishment. If you wish, toss in the why, too. If you’re promoting an event, please include the ticket price or state clearly that it’s free.
List contact information. We work on tight deadlines, which means we may have only a few hours to contact you between the time we assign a story and the time we need to file. In addition to your email and web address, be sure to include phone number where you can be reached during the day.
Do not send your news as a Word document or PDF. We prefer that you copy and paste your message into the body of your email. This ensures your information can be quickly and easily read. Word documents and PDFs can be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to open. They also are prone to viruses.
Attach photos. If you have photos to illustrate your news, be sure to attach them (rather than wait for a reporter to request them). Photos should be JPGs.
Include a description of the artist or act. When sending information about an upcoming concert, dance performance, art show or other such event, please include a line or two describing the artist or performer. This can be as simple as mentioning the genre of the music or the style of art. A short bio is also helpful.
Send your news in advance. To be included in calendar listings, be sure to send your information at least two weeks in advance of the event. If you can, send it three weeks in advance, as events are entered into our calendar on a first-come, first-served basis.