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Hi Debra! I am truly inspired by your spirit and drive especially in chasing your dreams and fearlessly changing your job to pursue a more altruistic career. I was wondering where you typically get your ideas for stories? Do you seek them out or are you bombarded with emails and tweets requiring you to sift through for the most pressing? Or are the majority of your stories given to you by WUSA9? I have a touching story, or event rather that I would love to put a press release out for to see who may be interested in picking it up, but wanted to ask the most effective way of going about this as today’s world is very media based! Thank you for any advice or suggestions. I sought you out because of your history and interest in heartfelt stories–those that make a difference. I believe mine to be one such story.
Hi Kathryn – Thank you for your kind words, and comment! If you tell me what the story idea is, I’d be happy to give you my honest opinion and advice. My stories are a mix of what I pitch and what I’m assigned, just like most local news reporters. D
Thank you for your response Debra! I am a local committee member of The Paralyzed Veterans of America “Capital Clash” Bass Fishing Tournament, held annually on the Potomac just south of DC. We take wounded soldiers recently admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital out on the water to fish in a two day tournament. It’s a meaningful event that touches each of the soldiers involved as well as the volunteers. I have much more information on the event- If you would like to know more about it, I’d love to share. Kathryn
Hi Pamela – Thank you! I worked on Wall Street after college, and switched careers. My first job was an intern at NYTimes TV, then a News Assistant at NY1. Just be positive and persistent, and when someone tells you no, they’re just telling you no for now. Ask for informational interviews and keep in touch with the decision-makers, you’ll find your “in.”
Thank you so much, Veronica! Not sure when the next class will be yet, check back on mediabistro.com or the blog. Have a great day!
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