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Upcoming workshop offers tips on building relationships with local media

Strolling into a Scenic Washington State Byways workshop recently, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew we would be talking about media and strategies to increase traffic to your website. What I didn’t realize is how many other cities would be represented. Clearly, public relations and social media are valuable tools to have in your tool box, proven by the number of people in the room.

The red and grey sweater worn by the representative from the City of Pullman caught my eye, and I grabbed a seat next to her. I soon learned Lacey, Hood Canal, Port Angeles, Skamania County, Tri-Cities, even Chewelah reps were present. Plus more. From across the state they came, hoping to learn about web strategy, social media, and going mobile. Television producers were also there, too. We brainstormed ideas on gaining media attention, finding the perfect storyline, and what to include in those stories.

Fast forward to Oct. 13. We invite you to experience something similar here in Gig Harbor. The Gig Harbor Arts Commission is hosting a workshop, Building Relationships with the Media. If you are a business owner, artist, or entrepreneur that works with the media (or would like to work with the media) put this date on your calendar.

Join me and other members of the panel, as we discuss tips on writing press releases; why, when and where to send press releases; plus input from professionals on what they are looking for in press releases.

The event is hosted by the Gig Harbor Arts Commission, a volunteer organization. There will also be time dedicated to asking questions, as well as time to provide the Arts Commission ideas for future workshops.

Please join us Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Civic Center in the Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Street, Gig Harbor. This free workshop is open to the public.

Tourism and communications director Karen Scott can be reached at