Next Food Network Star?

Calling all Foodies!  Do you dream of being on the Food Network? Paula Deen is looking to discover the next “Big Cookin’ Star.” The famously Southern Celebrity Chef, Author and Entrepreneur is asking aspiring TV cooks to submit recipe videos for a new contest. You can find the details here: Be sure to poke Read more about Next Food Network Star?[…]

End of Year Stories – Lists, Rankings and Countdowns

Santa Claus isn't the only one "making a list and checking it twice."   The media loves lists and end of the year lists, countdowns, year in review and other looking back stories can be good news hooks in December.  Tis the season for the Top 10, 7 Best, 6 Hottest, 5 Worst, 3 Funniest, 2 Read more about End of Year Stories – Lists, Rankings and Countdowns[…]

Let’s Tell A Story

Radio and TV news people are always looking for stories. When you pitch broadcasters, make the pitch in the form of a story.  Don't give them a dry list of facts and figures. 

The late Don Hewitt who founded "60 Minutes" told every young journalist he met that the secret to the show's massive success was summed up in four words, "Tell me a Story."    Sure, it's a little more complicated than that, but again as Hewitt used to say, (and I'm paraphrasing) when it comes to effective communications, look at the Bible.  It's a collection of powerful stories that has guided and inspired people for more than two thousand years.  You can't beat that for impact.

I am often amazed when I see advise about when a business should write a press release.  It will list dozens of items such as "when you hire a new vice president," or "when you open a new branch office."  Yes, those announcements may get included somewhere in the newspaper business section or in a business journal note, and that's good. But they're unlikely to get you a lot of ink.  And if it's on-air publicity you're after, local radio and TV won't have much use for them at all.

How can you turn them into a story?  Keep reading…