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How To Find and Pitch Killer Stories with Stephanie Foo

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Often, the hardest part of getting a great story on a show is finding it in the first place. Even beginners can land prime spots on elite shows if they can find a juicy, incredible story to sell. The problem is, an incredible amount of legwork goes in to finding a great story... legwork that many producers don't pursue. 

In this 4-hour workshop, you'll learn how to find amazing stories... and how to pitch them to storytelling radio shows and podcasts like This American Life. You'll learn tips on what the critical ingredients are for a good story, and how to spot them. Then you'll learn what to do once you find a great story... create a great pitch.

You'll walk away with new tricks like how to use pre-reporting to get just the right amount of information for your story, how to lay out and sell a narrative, how to entice editors into your story, and how to cater your pitch to different shows. 



Stephanie Foo is a writer and radio producer who has worked at This American Life and Snap Judgment. Eight years ago, on the first day of her internship at Snap Judgment, Stephanie Foo brought 20 pitches to work. She's pitched every week since, and of those thousands of stories, about 200 landed at Snap, This American Life, 99 Percent Invisible, Pop Up Magazine and Reply All. 


The cost of this 4-hour workshop is $125 for non-members and $100 for members of the Podcast Garage or members of the Harvard Ed Portal (i.e. any Allston-Brighton resident). 

We're offering scholarships for this workshop. Learn more here.

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