Biography Brief Sample

A biography brief is a short summary of a person's career to date. Biography briefs are frequently included as attachments to press releases to provide background on individuals highlighted in the main release.

A biography brief (or career brief) should be about 300 to 500 words and should never exceed one page. Ideally, it will include a recent photo of the person being profiled.

In most cases, a biography brief should include contact information at the bottom with coordinates that members of the press can use if they want to contact the individual being profiled for more information, further comments, interviews, etc. Depending on the situation, the contact will sometimes be the individual him/herself, or sometimes it will be a media affairs person.

In addition to its use as a press release backgrounder, once a biography brief has been developed for someone it can be used for many different purposes. It can be used in various documents such as: sales and promotional material, annual reports, corporate proposals, industry publications, etc.

The sample biography brief below was set up in MS-Word and was written for a real-life situation. It contains all of the key information elements that are normally included when developing a biography brief.

Biography Brief - Sample Format
Biography Brief - Sample Format

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