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WATCH AGAIN: PR Webinar Featuring Metro Journalists

Written by Jane Hunt
@jbh_jane

If you missed our free PR webinar featuring Sian Elvin, assistant news editor for Metro.co.uk and Almara Abgarian, freelance journalist who works across lifestyle publications including Metro.co.uk – you can watch back now.

 
With PRs across the country unsure what to pitch during the lockdown, we found out first-hand how some of the top lifestyle and news journalists in the UK have been impacted and what PRs should and shouldn’t be pitching them right now.

Our highlights / tips include:

  • Don’t pitch content that isn’t relevant right now (and if via DM, make sure it’s appreciated!)
  • If you do approach a news desk, do it in a proper manner (Don’t call Almara ‘babe’ or ‘hun’!)
  • Get the journalist name and publication correct, at least.
  • Fluffy story = no one cares, it’s just made for links, pulled from nowhere, trying to make what you’re pitching relevant even though it isn’t.
  • Journalists and editors need images and quotes asap – not in a day or two.
  • Pitches with case studies are more likely to be covered than those without.
  • Qualify travel content relevancy before pitching – there will be a time when purely travel related stories are needed, now isn’t the time.
  • If you don’t get a reply to your pitch, check the journalists twitter profile to see what stories they’re covering before you email them again!
  • Package everything up: Give journalists everything they might need, from images, to quotes, stats and case studies.  If you’re not doing this then you could be wasting a journalist’s time.”

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Post published on Tuesday April 21, 2020