How to pitch a public media story

12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

Here’s how to pitch a story to a public radio show or podcast: First, find a story. Then, persuade an editor to take it. Sound simple? It’s not. Each of these steps requires painstaking effort and a toolbox that isn’t always obvious to folks starting out.

But don’t fret. Every story you hear on public media began life as a seed of an idea in someone’s head. It’s just about knowing how find the right seed and do the kind of pre-reporting needed to determine whether it has the potential to bloom into a fully developed story. And then expressing that potential in a way that convinces a gatekeeper.

In this session, NPR journalist and trainer Jerome Socolovsky will walk you through the process of identifying promising stories and crafting strong pitches. Bring a story idea you want to turn into a pitch, or just come to get inspired.

Bonus: registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software!

*You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.

Who's this class for?

This class is for producers and audio storytellers of all levels who want to sharpen their pitching skills

About Your Instructor

Jerome Socolovsky

Jerome Socolovsky is NPR’s Audio Journalism Trainer. During a career of three decades in print, radio and television, he's been a foreign and international justice correspondent for the Associated Press, religion reporter for the Voice of America and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. Jerome has been an editor on NPR’s National, International and Culture Desks and on Morning Edition, after spending eight years as the network’s correspondent in Spain, where he recorded people shouting “Gooooool!!!!!” far too many times and went to great lengths to avoid running with bulls.

Notes on this Class

REFUND AND RECORDING POLICY: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class.