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Mindy's excellent advice about press releases reminded me
of something that happened about a year ago.
As publicity chairman for my community band, I wrote up an
informative press release about our spring concert and included
details about the talented artist who was our featured guest.
I sent the release to several papers. A reporter for the Arts
page of a larger, neighboring community called me to verify some
of my information, which I was happy to do. He then proceeded to
use my press release verbatim and *gave himself a byline*!
After fuming about his ethics, I decided to be complimented that
I had written the article so well. I didn't take any action other
than telling the story to friends and coworkers (and now you guys)!
I play the sax, but I'll keep my day job.
lffunkhouser -at- halnet -dot- com