Pitching, Reporting, and Writing

Freelancers need to know how to craft a winning pitch, find key sources when reporting, and write a compelling article. In this section, writers and editors offer advice and examples.

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Tips for writing and selling profiles

These tips will help you find, pitch and report profiles of scientists, doctors, patients and others in the health field.

7 tips for repurposing pitches for multiple markets

Award-winning writer and editor specializing in health care reporting offers tips for reworking stories for different publications.

How to ghostwrite

Award-winning writer, editor and collaborator Wendy Lyons Sunshine offers tips for collaborating with an expert on a book project.

How to expand into niche publications

Are you fed up with the rigmarole some consumer publications put their freelance writers through? Award-winning writer Jen A. Miller has tips for branching out into Business2Business and Business2Consumer publications.

7 Fatal Flaws of Story Pitches: How to identify common mistakes that get in the way of landing that big idea

Nieman Storyboard Editor Jacqui Banaszynski discusses the most fundamental ways that writers fail at pitching stories.

Be wary of assignment scams by email

Freelance journalist and author Carolyn Crist offers tips for avoiding assignment scams.


Behind the Paywall — Leverage library resources for your research and reporting

From academic research and government documents to the librarians themselves, reporters will find an array of tools in libraries to dig for stories and sources.

How to prepare to report on a medical research conference

Learn what you should do in the weeks before and during a conference to make for an easier, less hectic experience.

AHCJ membership accepted as credential for medical meetings

Learn which organizations accept AHCJ membership as a credential.

Audio reporting resources

Check out these valuable audio reporting resources.

Filing FOIA and other open records requests

Subject librarian Katy Boss at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute created an instructive guide to filing FOIA and state and local open records requests.

Freelance investigative reporting may not be easy, but it’s possible

A Health Journalism session on investigative reporting for freelancers highlights tips, resources and success stories.

Freelancers, editors explore ethics, integrity and transparency

Many freelancers take on additional writing assignments to make ends meet. But when do these non-journalistic jobs present real or potential conflicts of interest? How should writers and their editors address ethical questions that may arise?

Organizing your research: A scientist’s tips for journalists

Learn how to use literature mapping tools, RSS feeds, research management software and databases to organize your research. Article by The Journalist’s Resource

Tips for collaborating with other journalists

AHCJ members and freelance journalists Laura Beil, Fran Kritz and Tara Haelle discuss their experiences working with others on stories and offer tips for fellow independent journalists.

Tips for finding ‘real’ people for your stories

Journalists share tips for using social media to find “real” people to interview.

When to quote survey results: How to judge quality and recognize red flags

Courtney Kennedy, vice president of survey research and innovation at the Pew Research Center, has advice for reporters on how to judge the quality of surveys.


How narrative moments can elevate a non-narrative story

Nieman Storyboard Editor Jacqui Banaszynski explains how journalists can use character, dialogue, description and scene to make explanatory journalism more compelling.

Tips on writing for trade publications

Top trade publication editors discuss how to write for a professional audience.

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