How to contact local TV stations

We are releasing our first PSA! We’re incredibly excited to be able to reach people through this medium. And to spread as far as we’d like to, we need your help.

Here’s what you can do to contact your local stations, and ask them to air our PSA:

1. Do a web search for your local station (for example: “local news portland” or “kgw”.)

2. Look on their home page for a feedback form or Twitter page, or an email address specific to the station’s morning show or PR department.

  • Most TV stations’ websites have feedback forms; this will usually be easy to find. Look over the website for a link that says something like “Contact Us.” This link may be at the very bottom of the page.
  • Most TV stations also have Twitter accounts. You can usually find links to these on the front page of their website, accompanied by the blue Twitter logo.
  • However, not very many TV stations readily provide email contacts. Your best bet for finding one of these is to look on the front page or the Contact Us page. Remember, you’re looking specifically for email contacts associated with the station’s morning show, news show, or PR department.

3. Write them an email or Tweet; you can work from one of our scripts or write an original message. If you do the latter, remember to link them to the PSA on Youtube, and to tell them why you think this is an important PSA to air.

Long Form Script:

To Whom It May Concern,

As a member of the autism community, I’d like to show you Listen Up, a PSA which was developed by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in conjunction with Emmy-award winning producer and former US assistant secretary of labor Neil Romano. Listen Up features Autistic people speaking for themselves and challenging common misperceptions, myths, and stereotypes about autism.

April is Autism Acceptance Month–a time when people come together to increase understanding of autism and work for the inclusion and acceptance of autistic people in everyday life. It would mean a lot to me if you’d consider airing this PSA. All too often, the media portrays autism as a public health crisis, and autistics as helpless or dangerous. ASAN is working to change this. Will you join them?

Sincerely,

Tweet Script:

Hi @[network]! Consider airing this PSA about autism, for Autism Acceptance Month? [http://youtu.be/mR37CvpPYUk]

4. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about these instructions and scripts, or if you’d like to tell us about your experience with contacting your local TV station, we’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to email us at acceptance@autisticadvocacy.org.

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