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Hey SRL alumni,

I can’t believe it’s already 2023! I always feel a sense of excitement in January when I think about all the possibilities the new year is going to bring.

One of the most exciting things I get to do in my job at SRL is review pitches. I learn so much from seeing students’ ideas and discovering what kinds of stories they want to make with SRL.

But what exactly is a pitch? And what makes a good one?

Before I became a journalist, no one ever taught me. I learned by trial and error. 

In journalism, a pitch is an idea for a story that you send to an editor in hopes they give you the green light, so you can move forward to make your story and get it published.

I asked student journalist Dakota Hendren of Royal Oak, Michigan to share some helpful tips on what makes a good pitch. Last fall, she pitched a story about youth voting right before the midterm elections. It was timely and newsy! She did research and had a plan before she sent the pitch to us. For her story, Dakota talked to students in her school about how they feel about politics and voting and even got to ask Vice President Kamala Harris a question about it at a press event. 

One of my former editors used to tell me, “Always be pitching!” It’s still good advice. The world needs to hear your ideas.

Marie Cusick
SRL Editorial Director

P.S. Got a great idea? Send a pitch:

Alumni Spotlight

Dakota Hendren is a senior at Royal Oak High School near Detroit, Michigan, a 2022 SRL Academy alumna, and recently covered Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to Detroit. She offers tips on how to make the best pitch—where you share a story idea to news editors to get the green light. 

WATCH here.

Intern Day in the Life

Abrahim Karzai was SRL's fall 2022 intern. A senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Abrahim is studying media & communications. Watch his TikTok to see how he manages time at SRL.

Alumni News

Alexis Davis - Turtle Mountain Reservation, ND

Alexis appeared in Hiding in Plain Sight, a film about the youth mental health crisis, which premiered at the White House last June and produced by WETA.

Bridgette Adu-Wadier - Alexandria, VA

Bridgette, a Northwestern University sophomore, interviewed New York Times investigative journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor about their new book, Chasing the Truth: A Young Journalist’s Guide to Investigative Reporting. The reporters were also recently portrayed in the movie She Said.

Brigitte Bonsu & John Barnes - Arlington, VA

Brigitte, a Hollins University sophomore, and John, a University of Virginia sophomore, pitched and produced story on the link between music and our moods. It was broadcast nationally on PBS NewsHour and online with PBS NewsHour Classroom

Keenan Penn II - Los Angeles, CA

Keenan, a 2016 SRL Academy alumnus, is now a news producer at KAKE, the local ABC television station in Wichita, Kansas.
Got news to add? What are you up to after graduating school? Share your story with us as SRL alumni.

 Job Opportunities

WETA Open Positions

Want to work for us? Check out the Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)'s open positions regularly and bookmark the site! Fellowships, internships, and other opportunities exist throughout the year.

Jobs Across Public Media

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) hosts a database containing full-time employment opportunities that are available across the 300+ public media organizations across the country, in addition to part-time work, entry and mid-level positions. APPLY TODAY.

Internships + Jobs Resource

Sponsored by the Poynter Institute, this how-to guide provides a number of ways that young professionals can pursue journalism opportunities. READ MORE.

Workshops / Trainings

Additional Resource from SEJ

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) regularly updates this list of fellowships and workshops for all journalism topics, not just those on the environmental beat. BOOKMARK IT!
Pro Tip: Secure your LinkedIn & Insta Accounts 
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