September 17, 2020
Punteha van Terheyden has been writing and editing true-life stories for 12 years on women's magazines such as Take a Break.
She set up her own platform, Lacuna Voices, to give a home to the stories the traditional media won't take. In this episode we discuss modernising the traditional mould of what makes a good real-life story, what PRs can add to a press release to get a story picked up and why journalism is the worst industry for not getting email replies.
August 17, 2020
What is 'branded journalism', and how does the content get commissioned? Are there still opportunities for PRs and writers to pitch? This month's guest is Cate Sevilla, who has held editorial roles on various national digital titles such as BuzzFeed and The Pool, and who now works on branded titles.
Plus, why the media is the only industry to delay payment to writers and how freelance writers are fighting back.
July 6, 2020
Stewart Rogers is managing editor of Grit Daily. He shares his advice on good and bad pitches, including how much lead time is needed, how to suggest an 'exclusive' and the damaging fallout that can happen when PRs use mailing lists to contact journalists.
Grit Daily is a leading tech news publication with lifestyle and entertainment thrown in. It has 2 million readers per month.
June 1, 2020
How can you get a story into some of the most popular women's magazines? The different sections in Chat, Woman and Woman's Own include 'From the Heart', 'Letter's To', 'Shock Reads', 'The Moment I Knew,' 'Call That Justice,' 'Don't Tell me I Can't' and many more.
Commissioning editor Emmie Harrison West talks about what sets them apart, how she finds these stories, and why journalism is so important to give a platform to charities and women with brave or inspirational stories.
April 13, 2020
Real Leaders is a global print and digital publication focussing on leadership towards sustainable goals, with 140k+ readers for the print and digital edition combined.
Grant shares the pillars that it bases its content on, what he's looking for in a story during coronavirus, the difference between pitching for online and print and the worst media pitch he's come across.
March 16, 2020
Scott Carey oversees stories on ComputerWorld, TechWorld, CIO and more with an audience of up to 3 million page views a month.
In this episode he shares exactly what he's looking for in a story for their different audiences, how to pique the interest of a journalist on his team and why they don't 'do' thought leadership.
February 17, 2020
Benjamin Chiou, Editor of Raconteur, the business pull-out in The Times, says he receives more pitches from PRs than ever. Why is there more PR noise and what can you put in your pitches to stand out? Plus, how he's looking for new and diverse writers to join the team of freelancers.
January 10, 2020
Content for a B2B title is totally different to the consumer media. How you pitch stories should also be different. Lawrence Gosling edits titles like smallbusiness.co.uk and Information Age. He shares insights into story planning, why clickbait doesn't work in B2B and what they need experts in.
December 12, 2019
Sophie Gallagher is deputy editor of Indy Life - the lifestyle section of independent.co.uk, which has more than 90 million visits per month.
Her section covers health, travel, food, dating and more. She shares how the section is made up, when they plan their stories and what makes a good and bad pitch - both from writers and PRs.
November 6, 2019
ITV London News has almost half a million viewers a night. Richard Pollins heads up the planning desk, which is where every story starts. He shares secrets from the newsroom including when the all-important planning meeting takes place, why human stories are important and the how NOT to pitch a story.