Homework: Media writing workshop June


Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s workshop at CHIC Chester [pictured above].

There was some great debate about how to pitch (please see links below) and some thought-provoking discussion about the problems we all face when approaching commissioning editors.

There’s a short Vimeo from the session here:

Now for the homework before our next session in July.

Here’s the brief:

Based on the feedback yesterday, please redraft your 150-word, three-paragraph pitch.

Think about the hook, your expertise and who you would quote in the article. Try to highlight the angle on the story.

Deadline: Friday, June 26, 5pm. Please post your work as comments below this post for feedback from the group.

And to help you reflect on your pitching skills, check out these links to further reading:

BBC Academy of Journalism: Pitch meetings

How to pitch a freelance article

How to: protect your ideas as a freelancer

I look forward to reading your homework over the next weeks and welcoming some of you back for our final sessions in July.

If you have comments about yesterday’s session, please post then below. Thanks. 


  1. Becky Sowray says:

    Evening all

    Here’s my revised pitch:-


    Chester was once not a town that stood large in the mind of mainstream literature.

    But all that is changing and the Chester Literature Festival stands as evidence of the city’s cultural reinvention. With the opening of the new theatre and arts centre set to open 2017 and the announcements of this year’s line up planned for July the excitement behind the city’s festival grows.

    The Literature Festival brings big names from the world of print to the city. I will talk to the Festival Director; Paul Lavin, the leader of CWAC council; Samantha Dixon and Bex Raven; chair of the Voluntary Arts Board for Cheshire about this step change in Chester’s cultural life and what they see ahead for the city’s cultural life.

    I’ve written before about Chester’s cultural life here https://chesterculture.wordpress.com

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