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How To Get Yourself On The News (Without Breaking The Law)

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published November 4th 2012
Sick Of Reading The News? Well Now It's Your Time To Make It
Everyone has at least one front page news story in them. It may not be abundantly clear but something you're doing or something you're capable of doing has the potential to get you on the news and, who knows, even make you famous. Consider the following list to help inspire you into getting your face out there for the world to see.

Don't read the headlines - make them!/Image by NS Newsflash
Don't read the headlines - make them!/Image by NS Newsflash

Angry about something? Start a petition!
Something happening in your local area or even further abroad that gets your blood boiling? Perhaps it's a dangerous intersection close to a local school, a country's approach to animal exports, or something totally different? Find something you're passionate about and start a petition online. Set yourself a goal of signatures to get before heading to the paper to let them know what you're up to. Remember, there's strength in numbers. Check out a website like this one to get you started.

Run for local government
You'd have to time this perfectly - after all they only come around every four years. Running for local government is the perfect way to get your face in the paper or on the evening news. Announce your candidacy for a certain division, pick out some community issues you're interested in and give the local news a call.

You too can aspire to sit on the local government of Pawnee
You too can aspire to sit on the local government of Pawnee

Better yet, if there is something that you know the current government hasn't done enough to fix, bring that to the attention of the paper and tell them what you will do if you're elected. Remember, don't make promises you can't keep!

Break A World Record
You've got to be pretty crazy these days to attraction attention. The bar is consistently being lifted. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgarten for instance jumped from the edge of outerspace after flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters and jumping! You can't do that without some serious sponsorship and experience so start small.

Check out Guinness World Records and Wild World Records to see if there's anything you could potentially break or set. How about baking the world's biggest pizza? Playing a musical instrument for 24 hours straight? Creating a massive flash mob on a busy beach?

Aim for the stars/Image by SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget
Aim for the stars/Image by SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

Better yet, make sure you donate at least a portion of any funds you may raise to charity. That's the kind of story the paper is looking for plus your karma bar will skyrocket. Be sure to pick a charity that might somehow relate to what you're trying to accomplish - or just stick with someone local, that's what the news cares about. Check out my previous article on How To Fundraise For Charity for a few more ideas.

Stop A Crime
This is a tricky one - not only do you have to be in the right place at the right time, but you've got to man up and stop the crime. You don't have to find you inner Batman and take a crook on one on one, that can be downright dangerous. Just stand back, take some mental notes and some photos or video if you can. Take them to the local news and offer your eyewitness account.

Be truthful in what you say - you don't want to end up like Claire Werbeloff AKA Chk Chk Boom girl. An eyewitness account is one of the most valuable things you could give a journalist - be as descriptive, colourful and emotive as you can be. You'll paint a far better picture of what happened that way.

Getting the media's attention
It's all well and dandy to take any one of these suggestions on board - but most of the time unless you capture their attention you're not going to get very far. Media organisations received hundreds of emails and phone calls every day - so why should they go with your story? The tip here is to make it as easy for them as you possibly can.

If you want to promote your event, your world record attempt or you run for office, let them know by ways of a media release. It doesn't have to be too long, just some up who you are, what you're doing, why you're doing it, when you're doing it and how you're doing it in a few simple paragraphs. Be sure to include some quotes they can attribute to you - they might be under the pump and unable to find the time to ring for an interview. Be sure to include a photo that's relevant to your release that's high quality. Remember, you're aiming for the front page here so it better be good.
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