Everyone has a story to share! I want to share yours.
I am the Atlanta Bureau Chief for Nexstar Media Group. Nexstar owns nearly 200 TV stations in more than 100 cities across the United States. We reach 60%+ of US households and 100 local news websites and 300+ apps. As an Atlanta based correspondent, I cover TV news stories focused on politics and health.
If you would like to be interviewed for a TV news segment, here are some guidelines:
To help streamline our interview, please email B-roll (pictures, videos) for the story (via WeTransfer) to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If this is your first on-air TV interview, don’t worry! I’ve created an interview checklist to make this process easier.
If you would like to be interviewed for #archTALKS as a guest, please fill out the form below with your area of expertise and a press kit, headshot, brief bio and sample Q+A
Please complete the media form with a 2 line story summary:
- Stories are about people for people – share your personal story!
- Be specific on the who, what, where, when, why and how
- Use analogies or comparisons to break down complicated details
- Share specific information on the new, now, and next
- Use rule of threes to give examples
- Explain why the story is relevant now?
- A few facts or stats are helpful to put things in context
- How do you feel about this topic? Share your unique perspective
- Speak conversationally with “one thought per sentence”
- Avoid complicated legal, medical, police terms — break it down to simple terms
- People want to know who the story benefits and who is most impacted – who wins?
- How can someone get more info about this (website, social, etc….)?
- Stories should have an emotional connect and be memorable
- Speak in your own voice, be authentic and give people a reason to care
- Your audience is typically a 25-54 year old TV news viewer
- A great story should have a strong beginning, middle and end!
- Keep good framing by adding boxes/books so that your laptop is eye level to camera
- Don’t be backlit meaning don’t sit with a window behind you or a light source
- Add one or two ring lights to your face so you look focused and bright on camera
- Keep your phone on mute or airplane mode
- Close your door to avoid any background noise or distractions
- If you are using your phone for an IG/FB live, keep it vertical and lean it on your laptop
- Fully charge all your devices prior to the interview
- Wear professional attire (think business casual) and avoid any logos/stripes
- Remember to smile and have fun – talk to the person and not the camera!