6 stories not worth a pitch

Don’t risk losing goodwill and damaging your credibility by mindlessly sending personnel announcements, website launches, product updates or your company newsletter.

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It’s important to differentiate between legitimate story ideas and self-serving fluff. It also requires a balance of diplomacy and backbone to tell a boss or client that their idea won’t pass media muster.

Avoid the following pitches if you want to stay on good terms with media contacts:

1. Low-level personnel announcements

Unless it’s an editor’s job to report on changes to the organization chart, don’t bother with this pitch. Even high-level management changes are often not significant news.

This rule also applies to office moves and, our personal favorite, a website launch. Trust us, it isn’t news.

2. Re-packaging a story that didn’t work the first time

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