Tell Your Story

Your business, agency or community group has a story to tell.  You have a new product, a new service, a new cause, new hires or an acquisition that the community needs to hear about.  While the local media still are an important source of information for adults, these stories may never get told for a simple reason: No one on your staff knows how to tell the story or work with the media to get the story heard.

So tell your story with the help of Mell Communications. I have the training, experience and contacts to get your stories heard.

Your stories can be told through news releases: Newspapers are hungry for publication-ready stories, and TV stations are always looking for an interesting story.  It takes skill and experience to produce a news release the media will use. I have written hundreds of effective news releases, and I know how to get them noticed by media decision-makers. You also can use the release any way you want on social media platforms, your website or elsewhere.

I also can handle any type of writing project, from short pieces to magazine length articles, that needs a professional touch. I can bring the story alive for your intended audience.

I have 30 years of newspaper and public relations experience in the Chippewa Valley.  I worked for 16 years as an editor at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. For nearly 15 years I served as UW-Stout’s Executive Director of Communications and External Relations. Before that, I worked for 10 years as a political reporter in Madison for the Wisconsin State Journal. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from UW-Madison.

My other services:

Be an expert: The media are looking for local experts on newsworthy topics, and this is an excellent way to raise your local profile and reputation. I know who to contact to pitch your expertise.

Media training: I can also help leaders of businesses, agencies and groups who want training on interacting with the media. 

Navigate a crisis: I can provide the crisis communications advice to handle any potentially damaging situation.

Governmental relations: I can help put you in contact with the key decision-makers who you need to communicate with on specific issues.

I offer a unique mix of experience, skill and contacts, along with a vow to provide these services at a reasonable price.  You truly will be surprised at how affordable my services are.

For more information or to set up a free consultation, contact me at or (715) 529-9384. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Doug Mell


Mell Communications