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The Press Index is an online database of UK businesses and spokespeople who are actively available for press interviews and filming. It serves a wide range of national and regional journalists from print, online and broadcast media.

If your question is not answered below, please email Contact Us or use our LiveChat service.

Why choose The Press Index

How will The Press Index benefit my business?

When a story breaks regarding a particular angle, it is often difficult for the media to track down businesses to interview.

The Press Index lists businesses and spokespeople who are available for interviews, searchable by location, sector and story keyword, allowing journalists to contact relevant spokespeople quickly and easily when a story breaks.

Media interviews can benefit your business for free by raising your public profile to customers, stakeholders, competitors and investors.

Which journalists use The Press Index?

Journalists from national and regional press including The Guardian, Channel 4 News, The Times, Sky News, BBC Breakfast, BBC News, BBC 5 Live, Manchester Evening News, Metro, Daily Mail and more use our service.

Why should I list my business?

Being listed on The Press Index allows journalists to search and view your business when they are looking for interviews. It can provide you with opportunities that may not have been accessible previously and help you increase your press coverage for your business and brand.

Media interviews can benefit your business for free by raising your public profile to customers, stakeholders, competitors and investors.

Who should join?

The Press Index is open to all businesses and individual spokespeople. It is especially key for businesses who do not have a dedicated PR agency, or who want to increase their mentions in the press.

I have a PR agency already, should I join The Press Index?

Businesses who already have a PR agency would benefit from joining The Press Index to give themselves the greatest chance of securing media interviews.

Your PR agency may not be known to the journalist, or the journalist may choose not to go via a PR agency for their enquiry. Many journalists don’t want the hassle of dealing with PRs and prefer to speak directly to the businesses themselves.

I’m a PR Agency and represent multiple clients. Should I list them?

PR agencies can register their clients on The Press Index by signing up each client individually.

They may wish to incorporate the membership price into the client fees or absorb the cost internally to help them secure coverage.

PR agencies can list themselves as the main contact for interview requests.

Media Enquiries

 How does The Press Index work?

Journalists can search for interviews by story keyword, sector and location, and contact spokespeople using the simple to use contact form. An email is then sent directly to the contact details provided on registration. The business is then free to accept or decline the interview request as preferred.

How many media enquiries will I get?

We cannot predict the number of enquiries you will receive and we do not guarantee interviews, however a listing on The Press Index significantly increases your chances of being seen by journalists actively looking for businesses in your sector or area of expertise.

Over 70% of listings have received one or more journalist enquiries from a top publication/broadcaster (e.g. BBC News, BBC Radio) within 4 months of becoming a member. 

We also stay in constant contact with our network of journalists and actively send them details of members open to interviews on certain topics.

I haven’t had a media enquiry yet, what should I do?

The news agenda is always changing, and journalists are looking for interviews 24/7. If there is a topic in the news you believe you should be receiving requests for, please ensure your keywords are up to date (keywords can be updated at any time using your business account log in).

Should you require help, please contact enquiries@thepressindex.com or use our LiveChat service.

How are my details shown to journalists?

Upon sign up, you have the option to include information on your company and up to three spokespeople. You can view how your listing looks by viewing the Index here.

I’m not broadcast media trained. Should I still sign up?

Yes. You can choose to display whether you are available for print interviews, broadcast interviews or both.

If you want to do broadcast interviews, but have not taken part in any before, we offer broadcast media training as part of our Bolt On Services

Can I decline media enquiries?

Yes, in the event a journalist contacts you, you are under no obligation to go ahead with the interview. 

 

Business Membership and Registration

How do I join The Press Index?

Business can join The Press Index via the Business Registration page

Is there only one membership option?

Yes, all members are listed on The Press Index and are searchable by location, sector and/or story keyword.

All members receive a full page listing with company information and descriptors, spokesperson biographies (up to three spokespeople), photo, logo and social media links.

Contact details are not displayed to aid privacy. Journalists use the Interview Request form to request interviews. These are sent directly to the business.

Members also receive email alerts to breaking press opportunities and first access to events, including Meet the Media events and webinars.

Why should I list my business?

Being listed on The Press Index allows journalists to search and view your business when they are looking for interviews. It can provide you with opportunities that may not have been accessible previously and help you increase your press coverage for your business and brand.

Media interviews can benefit your business for free by raising your public profile to customers, stakeholders, competitors and investors.

Who should join?

The Press Index is open to all businesses and individual spokespeople. It is especially key for businesses who do not have a dedicated PR agency, or who want to increase their mentions in the press.

Can I add two businesses?

Yes, you can add as many businesses onto The Press Index as you like. Simply complete the registration process for each business (you will need to use a separate email address for each business listed).

I have a PR agency already, should I join The Press Index?

Businesses who already have a PR agency would benefit from joining The Press Index to give themselves the greatest chance of securing media interviews.

Your PR agency may not be known to the journalist, or the journalist may choose not to go via a PR agency for their enquiry. Many journalists don’t want the hassle of dealing with PRs and prefer to speak directly to the businesses themselves.

I’m a PR Agency and represent multiple clients. Should I list them?

PR agencies can register their clients on The Press Index by signing up each client individually.

They may wish to incorporate the membership price into the client fees or absorb the cost internally to help them secure coverage.

PR agencies can list themselves as the main contact for interview requests.

 

For Journalists

How do I use The Press Index?

Journalists can use the Index search bar (situated on the homepage) to find spokespeople by story keyword, e.g. if you are writing a story on Brexit, search ‘Brexit’. 

Use the filters to narrow results by region and industry sector.

Use the Request Interview form to contact the spokespeople you want to interview. They will receive your request and reply directly to you.

Journalists can also use the LiveChat service for urgent help with breaking news stories.

Find out more about The Press Index for Journalists via the Media Information page

Is the service free for journalists?

Yes, the service is completely free for journalists. 

Do I need to log in or sign up as a journalist?

No, you no longer need to log in or sign up to use The Press Index as a journalist.

The Press Index receives a copies of requests being sent to spokespeople and monitors continuously for spam enquiries.

Payments

How do I pay to be a member on The Press Index?

Payment is taken at the end of the Registration process. Business can join The Press Index via the Business Registration page

What forms of payment do you accept for membership?

We accept most major credit and debit cards. We do not currently accept PayPal. 

Do I need to pay The Press Index each time I am contacted by a journalist?

No, the membership fee for The Press Index is one-time only, per annum.

Some publications / broadcasters may offer to pay you for interviews however this is at the discretion of the publication and is not associated with The Press Index. 

Do you receive commission from the media publication or source?

No, we do not receive payment or any benefit-in-kind from the media for the services we provide.

Some publications / broadcasters may offer to pay you for interviews however this is at the discretion of the publication and is not associated with The Press Index. 

My Account

Can I change my account details?

Yes, business members can log in to their accounts at any time with their email and password to edit details or update information.

I no longer want to be a member, can I get a refund?

Membership to the The Press Index is bought on an annual basis. We do not currently offer refunds, however you can choose not to renew your membership by emailing enquiries@thepressindex.com.

Should I renew my membership?

You will receive an email one month before your membership expires with the option to renew.

Can I unsubscribe from marketing emails?

Yes, please email enquiries@thepressindex.com requesting to be unsubscribed from further marketing communications.