Expanding its services to assist in telling the news of the church, Episcopal News Service (ENS) has launched a new Press Release Service for dioceses, congregations, church organizations, groups and institutions.
Located here, the Press Release Service enables dioceses and church-related agencies, organizations and institutions to submit press releases for publication on the Episcopal News Service. The Press Release Service is offered at no cost, but paid options are also available to reach a wider audience.
According to Matt Davies, ENS advertising and web manager, the ENS audience currently includes an average of 105,000 unique users per month and more than 16,000 opt-in newsletter subscribers. “The new Press Release Service builds on other popular ENS services that provide free and paid options for readers to list jobs and calls, events, books and people news items,” Davies explained.
ENS offers in-depth reporting and analysis of local, regional, national and international news for Episcopalians and others interested in the church’s mission and ministry. Providing written and multimedia coverage, it is the officially sponsored online news source of the Episcopal Church.
ENS offers the following ways to share your news.
- To submit a press release for inclusion on the Episcopal News Service, click here
- To publish a People news item (e.g. a new position, ordination, award or honor), click here
- To publish a Job or Call listing, click here
- To publish an Event listing, click here
- To publish a Book listing, click here
While the Press Release Service is free, ENS also offers three paid options for a significantly wider reach. For $99 for one week; $149 for two weeks; or $199 for one month, a press release will be published on the ENS homepage and in the daily e-newsletter, pushing it out to more than 100,000 clergy and lay ministry leaders, church administrators, Episcopal thought leaders and other active and involved Christians.
In addition to offering the new Press Release Service, ENS also encourages dioceses and congregations to submit news stories about local ministries and important developments in the life of the church. The ENS Submission Guidelines are available here.
Davies explained, “A press release, often written from one perspective, might communicate an official message or position statement, announce the launch of a new initiative, or attempt to generate interest in an organization, brand, resource, product or service. A news article, often drawing in a range of perspectives, mainly focuses on an issue, a topic, an event, a significant development, and the ensuing results, effects and consequences. A news article should always include the what, when, where, who, why and how of the story.”
For further information, contact Davies.