Submitting Association News to PI Magazine
(The following information is for state, national and international professional
investigation associations who wish to have news published about their
PI Magazine welcomes news of the associations, but has limited
space, so please observe the following instructions when submitting material:
||Please submit NEWS only. Editorials or "messages" are best
submitted to your association editor.
||Word limit: 120 words.
||Do not refer to your association by its acronym only. In the first
reference to the association, list the complete name, followed by its
acronym, such as: Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators (OALI).
After the initial reference, simply use the acronym.
||Prepare your news item as NEWS. Give it a good lead sentence and
follow up with the pertinent facts.
||Be sure to include the name and contact information of the submitter. It
won't be printed if we don't know who sent it and how to contact
||Remember that there are only a few activities of an association that
are nationally and internationally newsworthy; some are listed below:
- Annual election of officers and naming of committee chairs
- Special awards. Names and award only-no comments.
- Announcement of meetings ---well in advance of the date!
(Type of meeting/conference, date, time, place, contact information)
- Legislative activities in reference to professional investigation
||Your news must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before
||Jan/Feb: November 1
Mar/Apr: January 2
May/Jun: March 1
Jul/Aug: May 1
Sep/Oct: July 1
Nov/Dec: September 1
What to Avoid!
- Don't send "messages" to your members or colleagues in the
material that you send to PI Magazine! A lengthy pep talk about
all the wonderful accomplishments of your term of office, or kudos to
people who have received awards, are not "news" items. It's
wonderful if national and international associations and groups are honoring
your state association members, but the lengthy congratulatory messages
are not appropriate for PI Magazine's news pages. Personal messages
and thank yous are not news!
- If you're reporting on awards that have been presented at your conferences,
please don't tell us the awards were "well deserved"-why else
would they be given? That's editorializing, not reporting news.
- Don't send information on your upcoming conference a week or two before
it happens! It won't get printed. (Check the deadlines for submission
and make sure you get the information to the editor in plenty of time).
Other Helpful Hints
- Read the association news pages in the latest issue of PI Magazine for
examples of how to write news articles. Remember the word limit: 120 words.
- Unless something happened at your annual conference that will change
the way that investigations will be done forever, the most important
news from that event is most likely your election of officers! Don't
bury their names in the middle of the news release---use it as the lead! Example: Dan
Carver was re-elected to a third term as president of the Wyoming Association
of Professional Investigators (WAPI) at the group's annual conference.
Also elected were (list everyone else and their new titles).
- Use simple, explanatory words. Remember this is news---not a
- Remember, PI Magazine is the journal for professional investigators!
We want to print your news.
We also want to publish information that will help you have a successful
and profitable career. If you have information that you believe should
be covered more extensively than the 120 word limit allows, send an e-mail
to email@example.com outlining the
subject. A good example would be legislative news and action in your state
that will affect investigators in other areas, or could be a groundbreaking
development that others could try to imitate in their areas. There is a
section for legislative news that is separate from state association news.
Submit your article or query clearly marked "Legislative".
Questions and comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
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