How to pitch a finanical reporter – from Ragan.com

Some reporters don’t want anymore than a well written e-mail pitch, but others do.   So don’t rule out the personal touch.  If they are open to it – invite a reporter out for coffee and get to know them.

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Great tips on “how to pitch a reporter” from HARO

If you have never heard of HARO (Help a reporter out) then you owe it yourself to check it out.   HARO, created by Peter Shankman, puts reporters and sources together in a very effective way.   Once you sign up (for free!), you’ll get daily e-mails with reporters requests for sources and you can reply directly with your pitches.   You can also follow HARO on twitter @helpareporter.

Last week I participated in the “How to Pitch a HARO Reporter” conference call featuring reporters from the WSJ, USA Today, AOL News and Crain Business.   Here are some of the great tips from the call:

  • Most reporters want pitches via e-mail (not via phone and not via twitter).
  • Know what the reporter writes about – do your homework before you send the pitch
  • Subject line is key – short & sweet indicating what your pitch is about
  • “Exclusive” in subject line will get attention – BUT only if it’s truly exclusive!
  • Misspellings are annoying – check and double check before hitting the send button.
  • Initial pitch should be short, interesting and on target, don’t include attachments.  If reporter is interested they’ll come back and ask for more info.
  • Use bullet points – why newsy, why now; is your pitch related to a broader trend or related to a current news story?
  • If you include a link in your e-mail pitch, make sure you explain what it is; if you can’t explain don’t expect reporter to click on it.
  • The traditional press release is not going to get you coverage – usually old news by the time it’s read.

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Tips on getting media coverage in industry publications

Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with Peter Philips,  President of Philips Publishing Group and Publisher of the Pacific Maritime Magazine.  We talked about the best ways to get a company in print and he provided some valuable information:

Question –   Should a press release be sent out to all publications in general or should the public relations department try to narrow down the distribution?

Peter – “Do your homework.  Make sure that your release, email or phone call is directed at the publication’s audience.  Standard Rate and Data Service (SRDS) is a good place to find editorial and audience profiles for all US publications. SRDS is available online and at most larger public libraries.”
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The Media was the story in 2010

NPR The Media Made
From The Stewart/Colbert rally to Wikileaks; media personalities were the headlines. Interesting interview with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik

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How do you get your company in print?

At the recent State of the Media Conference in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to sit down with Peter Philips, President of Philips Publishing Group and Publisher of the Pacific Maritime Magazine. We talked about the best ways to get a company in print and he provided some valuable information:

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