Week 9 Newsroom (19/4) Pitching Stories

“idea” by Pimthida is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

BY RUTH BERAN

QUESTION: What is the best part about being a journalist for you?

WATCH:

WATCH: Pitching ideas in a newsroom:

DISCUSS: How do you pitch a story to an editor?

  • Know the publication/media and the type of stories it covers. Also make sure your story has not been covered before
  • Create a masterful hook
  • Research your story, be able to answer questions if the editor asks about it
  • Know who the interviewees might be (even if you haven’t contacted them yet)
  • Be able to explain why your story angle is original
  • Know your editor: what stories are likely to hit the mark with him or her

ASSESSMENT PART 2: We are now more than halfway through Semester. You should have at least four stories or other content uploaded to Google Drive

FINAL ASSESSMENTS folder. By the end of Semester, you should have eight stories or other content uploaded. See Subject Guide.

Remember that you also need to compile a diary of your editorial meetings and the stories you pitch to your teachers during the semester.

TASK

Pitch an idea for this week’s radio show and create the story or content and add to your portfolio.

Author: veritychambers

Journalist and teacher

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