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Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
Marketing Your Practice: A Lesson in Press Release Writing 101
By Cary Bayer
There are certain things to bear in mind when creating a press release. At the top left, indicate who is sending out the release; in other words, the name and contact information (email address, phone number) of the person who will be in charge of receiving any phone calls from inquiring press members.Also, indicate the date that the release is being sent out. This enables members of the press to know how timely the release is should they not happen to attend to it for some weeks.
Underneath the contact information at the top of the press release is the headline. This is an important part of the release for the press because it summarizes the gist of the story. It does so in just a few bold-faced words in capital letters, and in a larger font size than the body of the press release — say 18 point versus 14 point. If the story concerns a licensing of a new massage therapist in Florida, for example, a sample headline might read:
Notice the use of all capital letters for the first part of the headline, and upper and lower letters for the second part, which is called the subhead and which explains the kind of work she'll focus on and where she'll practice. Notice also the use of a skipped line (return) between the headline and the subhead, to make it easier for a reporter to read. After that, to the left, will follow the dateline (see below), and then the body of the release. This text will explain the who, what, where, when and why of the release, and will do so as quickly as possible. As a former journalist, I can tell you with absolute certainty that members of the press never have enough time to do all the things that they are required to do. As a result, they hate when their time is wasted by PR people or people who know little about PR who are attempting to perform that function for a business. Consequently, they want to be able to quickly get the essence of a story. The first paragraph — or the second at most — should convey all the highlights of the story. (See sample press release below.)
A sample press release about the addition of a new therapist at an existing massage office follows below.
Press Release Post-Game Report
Let's take a moment to analyze the sample press release that I wrote above. If you study it carefully, you'll discover that, in 10 words, the headline tells the reporter instantly the name of the new therapist and the name of the office that she'll be joining. The sub-head indicates where the office is based, the modality the new therapist is noted for and how that modality complements the two other modalities of that office. It does all this in just 11 words. To paraphrase a well-known aphorism, brevity is the soul of headline writing.
Then the press releases first paragraph (known in the trade as the lead) tells the journalist the name of the new therapist, her age, where she's joining from and the kind of modality that she's noted for practicing, reinforcing a point made in the subhead. In some cases, this is all that the publication may report on. Depending on the nature of the publication in question, it may also have room for the contents of the second paragraph which quotes the owner of the company that the therapist is joining and also fleshes out, in a succinct manner, how Ms. Doe's addition rounds out the massage business's offerings.
The third graph is pretty superfluous, but the quotation might be picked up by monthly wellness publications; the free weekly community newspaper that reports on the Las Olas neighborhood and Florida's two statewide newsletters, one of which is a bimonthly (every two months), and the other comes out three times a year. The fourth graph is also quite unnecessary for most reporters, but could also be picked up by the state newsletters, as well as the community paper.
The -30- at the end that finishes off the press release is trade talk that lets the reporter know that the release has come to an end. It will also let the reporter know that you know what you're doing. Even if you really don't know that much about what you're doing, the -30- will make the journalist think that you do.
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