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Pitches That Worked: Salon

The minority opinion worked for a writer who turned prior coverage of his topic on its head for a pitch.

By Rebecca L. Fox - September 28, 2007
In October 2003, writer Mat Honan cold-pitched Salon a query centering around a newly-passed piece of anti-spam legislation that, he argued in his pitch, would wind up worsening the spam situation rather than remedying it. Running counter to coverage hailing the legislation as a boon to email users, Honan's well-researched, forcefully-argued query piqued the interest of Andrew Leonard, Salon's then-technology editor (now a senior technology writer there). We got their recollections of the query, and break down the pitch to show how Honan's unique angle led to an assignment.