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Hacks and Flacks


Hacks and Flacks is a podcast that dissects PR, marketing and media from the inside out. We speak to comms experts and influencers to break down trends, share best practices and give advice. Winner of podcasting awards from the Publicity Club of New England and The Holmes Report. Produced by March Communications, an award-winning integrated PR and marketing agency with offices in Boston and Chicago. Subscribe to receive new episodes as they are published. For more visit www.marchcomms.com.

May 23, 2018

Local TV news can be a great venue to tell a company's local story if you know how to reach the right person with the right pitch. In this episode of Hacks and Flacks, we speak to Marshall Hook, assignment editor at WHDH-TV Channel 7 in Boston, to learn the best ways PR professionals can pitch local broadcast media.

Marshall offers a primer on the dynamics and structure of a broadcast TV newsroom, explains how stories are typically evaluated for air, and deconstructs the TV broadcast so you can figure out where in the nightly news show your story might have a fit. He also explains the best time to pitch a local station, the criteria for what makes a good story for television, and his PR pet peeves.

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