9 things you need to know about submitting news to Health Care Communication News

Want to contribute to Health Care Communication News? Read this first—and then submit your story, blog post, or pitch…

Want to contribute to Health Care Communication News? Read this first—and then submit your story, blog post, or pitch.

1. Get to know Health Care Communication News. As you know, this is key to pitching or submitting stories to any media outlet. If your news isn’t related to health care social media, hospital public relations, health care marketing or Pharma, we aren’t interested. The best way to know if your story fits the bill is to read Health Care Communication News and familiarize yourself with the kinds of stories we run.

2. Send us your blog posts. Did you just publish something on your blog that’s perfect for Health Care Communication News? Copy and paste it in the “Your story goes here” section on the Submit News page. In the “Anything else” section, explain what the post is about and why our readers will love it.

3. Send us story ideas. Did something happen at your hospital that we need to know about? Maybe your hospital has broken ground on an impressive new social media project. Tell us about it. Explain what the story is in the “Anything else” section, along with links so we can see your work in action.

4. Write your own story. Did you see something in the news that our readers would love? Maybe The New York Times covered a developing trend in health care social media or a blogger sparked an idea that you implemented at your hospital. Write the story as it would appear on Health Care Communication News, paste your copy in the “Your story goes here” section and make sure to include links.

5. Pitch us an originally reported piece. Would you like to interview a big name in the industry? Or maybe you’re interested in writing a story about a developing trend, or reporting on a hospital communication story? Send us a pitch with the story angle.

6. Include images and videos with your story or post. We love images and videos with our stories. Every story on Health Care Communication News contains one or the other, so don’t be afraid to include them with your blog post or story. You can attach an image or video file in the field marked “Attach a file or screen shot.” Got another image or video file? Put it in the “Attach another file” field. If the video has an embed code, paste that in the “Your story goes here” section.

7. Explain any conflicts of interest. If the story, blog post, or pitch you’re sending is about a client or the hospital you work for, we need to know about it if we’re going to run your piece. Our reputation and yours relies on transparency.

8. We don’t want your press releases—at least not here. This is a forum to submit blog posts, stories, and story ideas related to something that it’s the news or blogosphere. If you do have a press release you’d like to share with us, please send it to Apryl King, at aprylk@ragan.com

9. Don’t pitch yourself. If you’d like to become a regular contributor to Health Care Communication News, don’t tell us why in this section—show us. The quality of your blog or story will do the talking for you. This is not a forum to pitch yourself.

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