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The Rural Restaurant Healthy Options Program: Response of Rural, Local Newspapers to a Program Press Release
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  • Pubmed ID:
    23182860
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC4255713
  • Description:
    Local media should be used to raise awareness of health promotion programs. In rural areas, local newspapers provide an opportunity to reach large numbers of residents. Although there are expert guidelines describing the process for successfully engaging local media, little has been documented regarding the range of responses that local, rural newspapers might have when approached about covering health promotion programs. This study describes the response of rural, local newspapers to a press release about a health promotion program taking place in 28 restaurants in different rural towns. The most common reason for not publishing a story was that it would constitute free advertising for the restaurant. Twenty-two stories were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The majority of the responding newspapers were weeklies, and 16 published the full press release verbatim. Three stories included photos, and five included quotes. Headlines typically included the name of the restaurant and the university partner. The overall response rate is encouraging; however, there is considerable room for improvement in terms of personalizing the story with photos or quotes. Greater efforts may be required to obtain this depth of coverage, including training for local journalists to increase their interest and confidence in covering health promotion issues.

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  • Funding:
    P30 CA086862/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
    U48 DP001902/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    1-U48DP001902-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
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