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    3 guidelines for a good story pitch

    Pitching a story is a particularly important skill in broadcast, because air time is so precious. Pitches need to prod, pique and provoke. You need to make it impossible for an editor or producer to say no. And if you're a freelancer , pitching is an essential skill.

    Getting good at pitching has an unexpected, high-impact side effect: It helps you find a story focus early in the writing process. With a strong focus, reporting and writing become easier, faster and more effective.

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    How freelance journalists can (mostly) avoid working for free

    Imagine punching in and out for time spent on researching, interviews, and writing. Now imagine making nothing or next to nothing for that time. Welcome to the minefield of freelance journalism in the age of the Internet.

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