FishbowlDC TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Inside a Magazine Pitch That Worked

Keen observation skills are key to a journalist’s trade — that’s how freelancer Jennifer Nalewicki landed a piece in Texas Highways. After watching the documentary “Truck Farm,” she noticed that one of the farms listed on its website was in Dallas. After remembering an “odd garden” from an event she attended a year earlier and finding even more examples online, Nalewicki knew she was on to something and pitched TH‘s “Taste” section.

“Jennifer thought of a lively, original concept that fit the magazine’s mission and needs; communicated it clearly and concisely to us; and demonstrated that her abilities fit the topic,” said senior editor Lori Moffatt. “The concept was already well conceived, and the pitch demonstrated that she knew both the magazine’s style and readership.”

THE PITCH:

Dear Jill:

I saw a documentary the other day called “Truck Farm,” about a filmmaker/farmer named Ian Cheney, who, upon moving to Brooklyn in 2009, discovered that finding a plot of soil in the concrete jungle was impossible. So he transformed the bed of his grandfather’s 1986 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck into a portable garden…

Read the full pitch and find out why the editor chose it in Pitches that Worked: Texas Highways. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Mediabistro Course

Copy Editing: Intro

Copy Editing: IntroStarting January 6, learn basic copy editing skills using the AP Stylebook! In this course, you'll learn how to use dictionaries and online reference tools to edit work, ask the right questions to clarify convoluted copy, prepare for a copy editing test, and tailor your resume to find more work as a copy editor. Register now!