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Posting Announcements In Print Media


Get newspapers and community newsletters to carry the message of recovery to the still suffering food addict

Posting announcements for local meetings and/or information sessions in local newspapers, community newsletters, “Pennysavers,” etc is a great way to spread the word about FA to the still suffering food addict.  Here are some tips and best practices to help you organize these postings.  

Identifying Local Publications

  • Begin by simply keeping your eye out for the publications that arrive in your mailbox, or that you see around your city.
  • PI Representatives can enlist help from members at their business meetings to suggest publications or team up with Local Service Groups to share the work of publicizing local meetings.
  • Request a local list of your area's newspapers, college newspapers, radio stations, web outlets, and television stations by emailing the PI Committee at pi@foodaddicts.org and asking for a Cision report for your meeting’s county.

Contacting Publications:

  • Prioritize and assign meeting or local service group members to research newspapers’ “community bulletin board” or “community announcement” sections and find the contact person and number/email.
  • Members can use this simple script to contact media:
    “ I am calling to ask you to publish a regular calendar announcement about local meetings (or an announcement for an upcoming free information session), of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a free program that provides a lifesaving solution for people battling overeating, undereating, bulimia or obsession with body size.”
  • If the contact person wants more information about FA or wants to arrange an article or interview, contact mediawatch@foodaddicts.org, or see the “Working With the Media” page on the FA website.

Publishing Your Announcement:

  • Choose a conference-approved Calendar Announcement (either the Short Form or the Long Form). Customize the calendar announcement and send it to the appropriate media contact person.

Keeping Track of Your Announcements:

  • Track your postings and media contacts using the Print Media Tracker: digital version or printable version. This list can be updated as needed and passed to the new PI Representative when meeting positions are rotated.
  • Check the publication every month to ensure it is current and update as needed.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact weblinks@foodaddicts.org.  For a printable version of this page click here.