Involved in a Press Release? Involve the AAS Press Office, Too!
The announcements we forward come from universities, observatories, government agencies, scientific societies, and other organizations worldwide where researchers are working to advance the astronomical sciences. There are other services that aggregate scientific press releases, such as EurekAlert and AlphaGalileo, but when we ask reporters and public-information officers (PIOs) on the AAS press list if our email distribution is still valuable to them, the vast majority respond with a resounding "Yes!" For example, PIOs tell us that if they post an astronomy release online but forget to send it to the AAS, they get less media coverage than usual. This is true both in the US and internationally.
Not all PIOs know about the AAS service, though, so we depend on AAS members and other astronomers to tell them about it. If you make a newsworthy discovery or win a prestigious prize or otherwise do something that leads your institution or funder to issue a press release, please make sure they send a copy by email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can distribute it to our press list and help you get the attention you deserve. Refer them to the instructions on our website.
Only science writers are eligible to join the AAS press list, but anyone can monitor the steady stream of astronomy-related press releases by following the AAS Press Office on Twitter (@AAS_Press) and/or by checking the Astronomy in the News section of the AAS website daily.
Questions? Contact me by email.