So, you've got a great idea for an article, that you're bursting to tell the world about. But how do you get it into print? Many fantastic features falter under a lacklustre pitch, or, even worse, horrible pitching etiquette.
Want to get your writing published? This talk will help you do just that. Join Zing Tsjeng, the UK editor of VICE's Broadly, and Jasper Jackson, the New Statesman's digital editor, as they discuss what (not) to do when pitching, and how to increase your chances of getting your writing commissioned.
This talk will also include a mock pitching session, where attendees are invited to get live feedback on a real pitch of theirs from the editor (numbers for this are limited, so please email us in advance if you'd like to take part).
Topics covered will include:
- The basics you definitely don't want to get wrong (but most people do)
- How to tailor your pitch to different publications
- The formatting of and what to include in your initial email
- How to follow up
- How to increase your chances of getting recommissioned
Zing Tsjeng is a journalist from London, where she currently works as the UK editor of Broadly, VICE’s channel for millennial women. She has also written about feminism, arts and culture, politics, race and LGBTQ identity for publications like the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Dazed, i-D magazine and the Debrief. Zing is also a presenter for VICE, and her most recent documentary (Britain First vs Antifascists vs Police) attracted 1.5 million views on Facebook. She is also a keen speaker and panelist, and has appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour and moderated live events at the BFI, SXSW, Web Summit and HowTheLightGetsIn festival. In 2017 she was nominated for the Pride Power List, which celebrates the achievements of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Zing is the author of the forthcoming feminist series, Forgotten Women, to be published by Octopus in 2018.
Jasper Jackson is the New Statesman’s digital editor, overseeing the magazine’s online output and digital strategy. He was assistant media editor of the Guardian for two years, and prior to that editor of The Media Briefing, during which time he covered the myriad changes taking place in journalism and the media. He has an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University.
- Complimentary drinks
- Dedicated q&a time
- Ask more specific questions during one-to-one chats at the end of the event, and network with other likeminded attendees