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Pitching a Story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Gator_Hawks, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Gator_Hawks

    Gator_Hawks Member

    You've met the ME or SE at a paper and think you have a good idea for a feature they might be interested in... is there any best practice for pitching the story other than sending the idea via email?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    You should hire a PR firm to pitch and place it for you.
     
  3. Morris816

    Morris816 Member

    If you want to discuss it in person, it's basically the same thing you would do an e-mail. Discuss what makes the story unique, any relevancy to your coverage area and why it would be of interest to readers.

    The last one will help you the most, especially if it doesn't involve a "big name" in your area.
     
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    The most important thing in pitching to a company that already has full-time or contracted writers is to explain why you and you alone are most qualified to write this story.
     
  5. Gator_Hawks

    Gator_Hawks Member

    Thanks, Morris and Versatile.
     
  6. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    Speak passionately about the story. If it's that good, it shouldn't be hard, but if you really believe in the story, make sure it shows. This NEEDS to be written.
     
  7. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    this
     
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