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Reporters get dozens of emails per day, and struggle with spam just like rest of us, so make sure that your email doesn't look like spam. Avoid any words (you know what they are) that would be likely to set off a spam blocker.
And never, ever send a reporter an attachment of any kind. Many news organizations, fearful that their technically unsavvy staff will introduce a virus, prevent staff from receiving attachments. Usually they accomplish this by deleting whole email.
If you want your email to be read, include a compelling subject line, and no attachment.
Ned Steele works with people in professional services who want to build their practice and accelerate their growth. The president of Ned Steele's MediaImpact, he is the author of 102 Publicity Tips To Grow a Business or Practice. To learn more visit http://www.MediaImpact.biz or call 212-243-8383.