COVID fatigue? Reuters editor’s take on media pitching now

Yesterday I appeared on a PR News webinar alongside a Reuters business editor who has a great attitude about media pitching and working with PR people.

She’s Lauren Young, and I asked her why she was making time to be part of a media pitching event that takes her away from her editorial duties. She said that helping PR people do their jobs better, in turn, helps all her colleagues at Reuters.

Lauren Young: Reuters editor who gets media pitching can make her job and her colleagues' easier

Lauren Young, Reuters Business Editor

What a refreshing attitude. Here are some of my takeaways from Lauren’s portion of the program, as it relates to media pitching:

Real people

Journalists are always looking for “real people,” especially on the front end of any new development. Helping them get new “pipelines into sourcing” is a great way to prove useful.

COVID fatigue?

We’re not there yet, but Lauren anticipates an opening media pitching up for “fun and light” material coming soon, as everyone – including journalists – needs to decompress.

Time for a “check in”

Lauren talked about colleagues with young children juggling homeschooling and work, as well as other demands. She mentioned they are exploring time-shifting schedules to allow for that. That prompted her to suggest that you as a PR person send a gentle email “checking in,” asking how your journalist contacts are doing and how their work has been affected. She said that human touch would be much appreciated.

As for my segment of the webinar, I shared my evolving framework for media pitching during this weird time. It’s always a bit dicey encouraging people to pitch more when you’re following a battle-weary editor on the presentation lineup, but Lauren was very gracious in supporting my message.

You can read the recommendations on this guest post that went up yesterday on Spin Sucks.

Then while you're at social distancing at home, invest some of your quarantine time to skill up on your media pitching with this new, free resource.

This article was originally published on April 29, 2020

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