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Getting Your Message Heard

You are concerned. Mainstream Media won't tell your story. You want People to hear your message.
by Tracy Mapes

SACRAMENTO,California -The population you are trying to reach, and you yourself, are most probably heavily influenced by the indoctrination of Mainstream Media Exposure.

This means that everyone is conditioned to receive their news in certain formats, and that alternative formats can be easily treated with disregard due to unacceptable formatting.

First, pick up a API Style book for about $15 bucks on line.

The positive benefits of emulating Mainstream Media formats are many.

The audience is used to receiving their info in this format, as it tell their mind, "news story".

By mimicking Mainstream Media formats, your writing may actually fool them into reprinting and repackaging your story, and utilizing your generated material as their own content, and use their machinery, manpower and assets to copy, paste, replicate, and rewrite your message for propagation, print and distribution.

Use their media machine and lazy copy paste approach media content generation to get your message out.

API style writing uses a single sentence per paragraph style, which makes the information very easy to read and absorb.

Keep your stories shorter, because if it's not truly interesting, your story will be lost in not being read at all.

Every 50 words of text lead to a certain loss of readership if the reader is not engaged for some scholarly purpose, or your writing is so engaging that they can't put it down.

But don't count on that.

Write for solid impact, and effect, instead of grabbing your audience and getting your main thoughts in their head.

Save the details for online questions, and the comments section to expand your thoughts.

Take Care,

-Tracy Mapes

other ideas 22.Apr.2017 05:37

Mike Novack

Besides things like the style guide already suggested, you should be able to obtain Journalism 101 texts from your local library or used books store.

I am going to disagree a bit about the CAUSE of the problem. It is less that your potential readers have been "conditioned" to the format used by standard journalism than that standard journalism has evolved those standard formats BECAUSE THEY WORK (to draw the reader in, to keep them reading the article, etc.)

Mr. Novak 22.Apr.2017 19:43

Tracy Mapes

I think the visual repetition of the byline and dateline also say, "vetted story".

Indoctrination and Subliminal conditioning is often even hard to spot within ourselves.

Take Care.

Probably Right, But 22.Apr.2017 20:19

blues

Yeah, this is probably right, Mapes. But I will go right on being my perverse self.

I have no choice about this. I am who I am.

Getting Your Message, Herd 22.Apr.2017 20:23

blues

A group of cattle or other large herbivorous mammals.

Sorry! I had to say it! No "freedom of choice" here.

Be your perverse Self 22.Apr.2017 23:52

Tracy Mapes

...in their format. ;)

Please note 24.Apr.2017 05:18

Mike Novack

I was not suggesting that we ape "standard journalism" because it was standard but because most of the things we associate with standard journalism evolved over time BECAUSE THEY WORK.

The kinds of things I am talking about are things like what belongs in the first paragraph and how structured, because if the reader stops there, it doesn't matter how good the rest is << won't get read >>

I was suggesting something beyond a "style guide" for the same reason that with software a "user guide" is different from a "manual". A journalism 101 type text will likely be explaining WHY as well as WHAT, so the reason to follow standard guidelines made clear and people will see it isn't just because they are standard.

It is POSSIBLE that with our new media, there are other ways of doing things that would work as well or even better. But not as likely as you might think unless it is something that couldn't have existed in print.