How to Create a Stunning News Story from Your Community

How do you know that your community has something worth reporting? You may find yourself with a story about a recent event in your neighborhood or an interesting person who lives nearby.

There are many different ways to get started, and this post will guide you through the process of getting a story on the front page of your local paper. 

The Importance of News Stories

There are many ways to present a compelling story to the right people. First, you need to identify what makes your story compelling and unique, then pull together all relevant information and people needed to tell it. Next, you need to make sure that there’s something unusual about it. For example, what’s happening in your region or city? What’s the latest trend? What problem is being tackled by local officials? 

Once you’ve identified what makes your story compelling and unique, you’ll want to bring together all the relevant information and people needed to tell it. The last step is getting out into the world and presenting your pitch. This can be done by talking with an editor at a newspaper or magazine, pitching directly to local TV stations, or sending pitches out on social media networks like Twitter and Facebook.

How to find a story worth reporting

The most important thing to know before you start looking for a story is the different types of stories. There are news-driven stories, which are usually event-based, and feature stories are usually about a particular person or place. For example, if you wanted to find a story worth reporting on in your community, you might find one by noticing the latest trend happening in your area.

People might be talking about how pets need more attention following the recent divorce surge. On the other hand, suppose you were looking for a human interest story worth reporting on in your community. In that case, you might notice that the local library is having its 50th anniversary this year and want to interview them about their experience.

Putting together the perfect pitch packet

To create a pitch packet, start by making a list of all the elements you’ll need. This includes images, video footage, quotes from people involved in the story, and your contact information. You’ll also want to include any relevant background information on the event or area where it occurred.

Once you’ve put together your packet, make sure to send copies to all of the interesting contacts. Then, they can decide which one will be most relevant for them to share with their readership.

Who should I talk to about my story?

The best thing to do is contact a newspaper editor or TV station. If you’re not sure what to say in your pitch.

Here’s some advice on how to craft a story for the media:

– Start with who, what, where, when, why, and how.

– Keep it brief and concise.

– Tell an interesting story.

– Use quotes from experts or officials to back up your claims. 

– Make sure to include any relevant pictures.

What social media platforms work best for pitching?

Social media platforms work best for pitching because they allow you to reach many people. It’s like setting up your television station or magazine and getting your story out there to the public in seconds (depending on how active your social media profile is). For example, posting a photo with a link to your article on Instagram will result in hundreds of likes, shares, and new followers. Likewise, posting the same article on Facebook will result in dozens of likes and shares and many more new followers.

This is because Facebook is primarily used as a social networking site, whereas Instagram is predominately used for sharing photos. So, it’s important to know which network would be most appropriate depending on what type of story you are trying to tell and what platform you’re looking for more engagement from.

Pitching and Interviewing Skills For Journalists

The interviews don’t stop once you get the story. Journalists often have to interview people to gain more information on the topic or find out what other people think of a certain issue. The best way to prepare for an interview is to research the person you’ll be speaking with. This will help you ask good questions and know what information is pertinent to your story.

This research can also be used when preparing for a debate or panel discussion–you’ll want to know about the other participants to ask them questions and make sure they don’t get away with saying something disingenuous.

To conduct an interview effectively, it’s important to stick to an outline of questions. This will help you stay on track and ensure that you’re getting all of the necessary information without wasting time.

In addition, when conducting an interview, there are a few essential things:

  • Eye contact.
  • Good posture.
  • Sitting at a table.
  • Make sure not to interrupt your subject while they speak.


A good story is the heart of any news organization. Identifying and reporting a story can be complicated, but the result is worth it. This post will go over the basics of finding a story worth reporting and pitching your story to the right people.


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