Please write a pitch that lays out your idea and plan for reporting a story about something that you care about. The pitch is due November 10 at 5 p.m. A pitch is important in journalism and entertainment and advertising and public relations. Bosses will frequently ask for you to “pitch.” That means you have to flesh out your idea.
A pitch is not your story. It is a description of what your story is about and who you plan to interview to find out information. You will need to interview at least three or four people, not your family members.
Your can report about something in your community, or something on campus, or something in the culture. Remember that you need access to people who can provide information to you.
Here’s what I posted last February about writing a pitch. If you need more help, let me know.
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How to Write A Pitch
A pitch describes the story you want to tell. You need to write a short paragraph that gets attention and explains what you plan to do. So avoid writing, “I want to do a story about outdoor dining in New York City,” because that’s not a story. It’s a general idea. You want to look for an angle.
Your outdoor dining pitch might read like this:
Outdoor dining changed the look of many New York streets and saved over 10,000 restaurants, but what happens when it gets colder and winter sets in? I’ll visit a neighborhood with a number of outdoor restaurants and talk to two owners about their plans. I’ll also talk to customers to find out whether they will feel comfortable eating outside in frigid weather.
Outdoor dining changed the look of many New York streets and saved a lot of restaurants, but what happens when the pandemic ends? Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group agreed to talk us. He is a spokesman for the industry and can give us insight into what may happen. He said we can talk to his customers, if they want to talk to us.
I’ll also talk to the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs to find out what the city plans to do and I’ll talk to Nevah Assang, New York and Company’s senior V.P. for community relations, about how the tourism industry sees the future.
I’ll take photos of restaurants in a variety of neighborhoods and talk to customers.