8 questions you always wished you could ask journalists

How long should a pitch be? What social network do they like best? What time of the day is best to pitch them? Get your answers here.

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Having trouble getting traction on your pitches?

We hear you.

It can be maddening to pitch a fantastic story—one that you know is perfect for a publication—only to have journalists ignore you.

You’re left to guess what the problem was. Wasn’t the pitch detailed enough? Was your email too long? Should you have tweeted that producer instead, or tried a phone call?

Gather around as Gregory Galant, co-founder and chief executive of the digital PR and journalism site Muck Rack, expounds on the behavior of the bewildering creature known as the American journalist.

In his Ragan Training talk, “Use Data to Pitch the Right Journalists and Build Relationships withthe Press,” Galant offers insights that will help you land your pitches, rather than cause both you and your targeted reporters to tear your hair out.

Muck Rack has surveyed thousands of journalists; Galant has identified vexing questions that trouble PR pros. Here are a few of the questions he asked:

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