New Data: We Analyzed 200,000 Blog Posts to Learn What Resonates With Journalists

Although PR professionals know they need a mutually beneficial relationship with journalists to be successful, figuring out exactly what they’re looking for is often frustratingly unclear. 

We wanted to demystify the landscape by using data to give us substantial insight into exactly what will resonate with journalists based on what’s actually getting coverage.

As such, within this study we elected to take a data-driven approach, focusing on five verticals: Tech, Travel, Health, Entertainment, and Personal Finance. Within each vertical we looked at 20 publishers; and for each publisher, we analyzed both the most recently published 1,000 articles, plus 1,000 of the most shared articles within the past 12 months. 

We used this data to try to ascertain the following for each vertical:

  • The assets journalists are looking for
  • The topics which are getting the most coverage
  • The vernacular journalists are using
  • The publications to prioritize
  • How to tailor your pitches
  • Whether there is really a “best” day to pitch

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We’d like to thank the following people for providing expert commentary, and sharing their insights and thoughts on this study:

Andy Barr, Owner of 10 Yetis

Jasmine Birtles, Personal Finance journalist and founder of MoneyMagpie

Alex Cassidy, Head of Outreach at Verve Search

Surena Chande, Former Entertainment Journalist

Sophie Hines, Freelance Travel Journalist 

Shannon McGuirk, Head of PR at Aira

Stephen Panico

Stephen Panico

Stephen manages growth at BuzzStream and also ponders and writes about outreach strategies that he hopes are occasionally helpful. When he's not doing all of that you can find him trying to level up his home cooking or playing games of strategy and chance.

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