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HARO - Help a Reporter Out

If you have not heard of HARO here is the scoop - put in what you are interested in providing then get daily emails from reporters looking for experts or people in that field. Example, travel may be airlines experiences, and unique hotels that cater to older singles, etc. This is a free service for us.

Here is one I saw today that you may be interested in, but you have to register to reply and to submit info to these, they are usually time constrained as well (this one has a two day reply date):

Travel

1) Summary: Affordable Inn-to-Inn Experiences

Name: Jamie Moore Smarter Travel

Category: Travel

Email: query-45b8@helpareporter.net

Media Outlet: Smarter Travel

Deadline: 12:00 PM PST - 18 August

Query:

For this roundup story we are looking for affordable inn-to-inn
experiences both throughout North America and around the world.
They're active adventures that give travelers the chance to
hike, bike, kayak, snowshoe, etc. from one inn to the next. In
your pitch please briefly describe the unique aspects of both
the experience and the inns (must be at least 4 stars on Trip
Advisor). The story will run in early September, so please
mention anything appropriate for fall or early winter. Include
costs and dates. Links are great. No attachments, please.

 

JB - -Have your photos in high resolution and at your fingertips, and make sure when you reply that you mention credit is given to your inn if they use any of your images, or if they quote you. Never forget, you ARE the expert in your field. Don't sell yourself short!

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HARO today:

********* INDEX ***********

Travel

1) Submitted a fake review? (Independent)

2) Victim of fake reviews (The Guardian)

3) Do you use hotel review websites? (Independent)

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Travel

1) Summary: Submitted a fake review?

Name: 

Category: Travel

Email: 

Media Outlet: Independent

Deadline: 4:00 PM GMT - 22 September

Query:

I was wondering whether anyone had been hired or paid to leave
fake hotel reviews? Or do you know somebody who does? I'd love
to chat to you - and don't worry, the source can remain
completely anonymous.
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2) Summary: Victim of fake reviews

Name: 

Category: Travel

Email: 

Media Outlet: The Guardian

Deadline: 6:00 PM GMT - 22 September

Query:

I'm looking for a 'victim' of fake hotel reviews i.e someone who
has stayed at a hotel that was unfairly represented by the
reviews written about it online. If you could state which review
site you were misled by, that would be fantastic. Any comment
you have on this subject would be greatly appreciated -
particularly for locations in Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece,
Egypt etc)
Back to Top Back to Category Index

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3) Summary: Do you use hotel review websites?

Name:

Category: Travel

Email: 

Media Outlet: Independent

Deadline: 6:00 PM GMT - 22 September

Query:

I am looking for people who use hotel review websites to comment
on why the use these sites - is it mostly based on positive or
negative experiences, and whether they think the men in their
household are more likely to leave a review than women or vice
versa.

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I would love to see the articles once written. 

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Funny when signing up for Haro, they ask your yearly income. Lowest category on the dropdown list was "Under $1 million".

√ Sign me up for lowest of the low!

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Just walked in and saw a HARO that a couple of you may want to see, I thought of TIPSY on this one especially as I know she caters her items per the person:

2) Summary: Turndown Gifts

Category: Travel

 

Media Outlet: Anonymous

Deadline: 3:00 PM EST - 20 August

Query:

Do you represent a hotel, resort, or inn? I'm writing a fun
story about unique or unusual turndown gifts that guests find on
their pillows.
Requirements:

Domestic destinations only.

Please send me the name of the property, describe the turndown
gift, and send me the name of a contact person for more
information. This is for a high-circulation daily.

Thanks!

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From today:

3) Summary: Hotels for leaf peepers

Name: Julie Loffredi Oyster.com

Category: Travel

Email: query-45gh@helpareporter.net

Media Outlet: Oyster.com

Deadline: 7:00 PM EST - 21 August

Query:

Top travel writer and correspondent Julie Loffredi
(www.julielo.com) is working on a roundup of top hotels this
foliage season (example: offer picturesque views/foliage
tours/promotion packages around leaf peeping season or located
in close proximity to best areas for leaf peeping)

 

JB - -Not really sure what Gillum is talking about. I have never received a pitch from anyone, and none has ever asked for freebies or even a stay, they have asked for photos and a quote or content.

I get these emails and respond to any that suit me. I had a response from one yesterday who is keeping our info when they want to write about music in our area, or fall leaves.

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I have MADE pitches in the past - lots of them and only relevant. I have had only a couple responses and none for an article. I would love to be asked for photos or content!!

It was with the previous version  - and I do not remember what it was called back then - that I would get responses to my pitch and it was usually looking for a freebie. I did give a few but never saw an article. this was when I was a newbie trying to drum up heads in beds, before the Internet caught on.

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I signed up for this long ago. So far the only response I have gotten to a pitch has bee to offer a listing on their web ite or something like that. It sounded like it was going to be for a fee so I passed. Too often they are looking for "luxury" whatever. I signed up for another HARO-type site a long time ago - and it seemed ALL were looking for freebies. I do and will keep trying though.

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I signed up for HARO. Some very interesting inquiries. I've often wondered where the reporters get their subjects.

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Thanks Joey for posting this. HARO is just what it says, and its a great resource for the quoter and the quoted!

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FYI here is the HARO I got today (you won't always know who the article is for (magazine/newspaper travel section/website/blog/book, and at times it may be a freelancer):

Travel

1) Affordable Inn-to-Inn Experiences (Smarter Travel)

2) Looking for people who've used certain agritourism apps (Central Florida Agri-Leader)

3) Real Cowboy Getaways (Peter Greenberg Worldwide - Online)

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