I can tell you the answer is YES. But, they only spend an average of 7 seconds scanning the press releases before deciding whether to use your story.
As you only have about 7 seconds to pitch to time-starved editors and journalists with your press release, here are some of the useful tips provided by the editors that we have collated from across different geographic regions and newsrooms on how to increase the chance of getting your story published:
I would like to elaborate a bit more on why using adjectives would kill the chance of the editors publishing your story. It is simply the lack of time to fact-check your claim. Remember, there is less manpower in the newsroom and every claim made must be fact-checked before publishing. You don’t want to put any editor off with a press release that sounds like an advertorial with the use of adjective words like “We are a leading company” or “Our products are better than our competitors”. News is meant to be objective and is best to only state the facts about your company or product.
All the editors we spoke to agree that if a release has the qualities mentioned above, it will encourage them to use the contents and publish the news. This is probably why despite the high open rate for releases as shown on Media and Journalist Insights, the write-ups are not as many.