I've been writing press releases as a contractor for a PR company for a number of years and just launched my own business. I'm working on putting together a portfolio on my website and want to include samples of past releases I've done for the firm. Do I need to get permission from the companies the releases are about, or just the firm's permission? They don't seem to be very clear on what is the correct etiquette. And if they don't want me to post them on my website, can I still say something like "samples upon request?"
My other question is about formatting samples. The firm usually takes the press release, inserts graphics, and some other non-release related info. Should I ask for this finished copy to use as a sample, or can I use the text version (which looks more like a classic release)?
They're my biggest client, so I don't want to burn any bridges, but I would like to post some samples to hopefully attract other paying clients.
- How do you get samples when you’ve been writing for a firm? - January 29, 2015