Don’t lose the day job, 50 Cent. The rapper, also known as Curtis Jackson, tossed out the first pitch at Citi Field Tuesday night. If you can call it that. But it was all in good fun, a circuitous reminder for communicators and PR pros on the right way to, er, “pitch.”
It’s a perennial in the PR field: If you want to stoke any interest in your media pitches, you have to think more like a journalist. But the theory doesn’t always translate into practice.
Rather than engage in another theoretical discussion about PR writing, we went directly to our readers to hear the best writing criticism they’ve received.
Landing that face to face interview is just one part of the task at hand. After you’ve set up time to meet with the reporter you’re trying to pitch, it’s time for some serious preparation.
It’s an occupational hazard for PR pros. They make sure that reporters and other media reps will cover a major speech that the CEO is delivering at an industry conference. Key employees are invited, as well. It’s the brand’s turn to shine. Until the CEO commits a flub that makes the audience scratch its collective head.