Our posts are doing better in their efforts to gain media attention. Small hometown newspapers are now seeking information from our posts for their papers and are a rapidly growing media group.
You can use prepared news releases on American Legion programs and projects from the library of releases provided to you from national. Just fill in the missing information and submit it to your paper or local radio station.
News of Orange County provided a front page story on our North Carolina Legionnaire of the year. They got the lead for their story from an interested and proud neighbor who heard the news. The News of Orange County also published a related feature on what it means to be an American Legionnaire. Both articles appeared above the fold and on the front page!
Chapel Hill has four weekly or twice-weekly newspapers competing for local interest stories. There is also a local radio station that has expanded from AM to FM and has added Chapelboro.com, a local town website for news and views. This station recently named an American Legionnaire as their Hometown Hero and winner of their Village Pride Award. A recipient is selected for each daily broadcast based on their service to the community. All honorees are guests of the station and their sponsors at an annual banquet in February. Read story
What about your post? Do you have ideas to share with other posts in the district? We can learn from each other and promote the American Legion. Let’s let our towns know what we are up to and they are sure to report on it.
Did you know that all local media groups are eligible for consideration of American Legion recognition for their service to local veterans and coverage of Legion Post events? Learn more