Have you ever wanted to report a story to the news, but didn’t know how? This blog post will teach you everything you need to know in order to report a story to the news and get your story out there!
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Research the story
Any good news story starts with solid research. You need to know your subject inside and out before you can even begin to write a pitch. When researching your story, look for the following:
-An angle or focus that makes your story unique
-A source who can speak authoritatively on the subject
-Statistics or data to support your claims
-Anecdotes or personal stories to illustrate your points
Once you have a firm grasp on the story you want to tell, you can start thinking about how to pitch it to the news.
Find the news organization that would be interested in the story
The first step in getting your story published is to find the news organization that would be interested in it. That might be a local newspaper, magazine, website, or TV or radio station. Once you’ve identified the right outlet, research their submission guidelines so you know how to properly format your story and what they’re looking for.
Contact the news organization
There are a few different ways that you can contact a news organization to report a story. The best way to find the contact information for the person or department that you need to speak to is to look on the news organization’s website. Most news websites have a “contact us” page that lists all of the different ways that you can get in touch with someone at the organization.
If you cannot find the contact information that you need on the website, you can try calling the main number for the news organization and asking to be connected to the appropriate department.
Once you have found the right person or department to speak to, you will need to give them some basic information about your story. Be prepared to answer questions such as:
-Who is this story about?
-When did it happen?
-Where did it happen?
-Why is this story important?
-Do you have any photos or videos that we could use?
-Do you know anyone who we could speak to for more information?
Write the story
Now that you have all of your information, it is time to write the story. This can be done in a number of ways, but there are some key things to remember. First, reporters write for the ear. This means that your story should be written in a way that is easy to listen to. Second, reporters use an inverted pyramid style of writing. This means that the most important information should be at the beginning of the story, with the less important information coming later. Finally, reporters use short, simple sentences. This makes it easier for the listener to understand what is being said.
When writing your story, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you will want to identify yourself and your outlet at the beginning of the story. For example, “My name is John Smith and I am a reporter with ABC News.” Second, you will want to explain why this story is important. For example, “This story is important because it gives an inside look at howXYZ Company operates.” Third, you will want to provide quotes from people who are involved in the story. These quotes should help to support the main points of the story. Finally, you will want to provide some background information about the subject of the story. This will help listeners understand why this story is important and why they should care about it.
Submit the story
To submit the story, click on the “Submit a story” link on the left side of the home page or go to Submit a story.