Just as advertisers try to “pitch” consumers a message they hope will resonate, public relations professionals pitch journalists with suggestions for stories, on behalf of their clients. But not all pitches are created equal, and it helps to understand what circumstances create the most favorable conditions for eventual media exposure. For our purposes, let’s assume ..

THE DON’T’s 1.Do not leave long voice mails. Most journalists are too pressed for time to wade through lengthy messages. Make your point in 30 seconds – or fewer. State your name, announce that this is will be a brief message, and explain your intent. Leave your phone number (and email address if time permits.) ..