By Lily Bowen
Editors and reporters continue to heavily rely on PR professionals for quick access to experts, including lawyers, while running on tight deadlines and working toward an unending stream of stories. Early on in the pandemic — during March and April in particular — local, national and global newsrooms shifted their coverage to being nearly exclusive of the COVID-19 public health crisis and its economic, social and political impact. Now, while the coronavirus pandemic still rages on in many parts of the United States and across the world, reporters have somewhat returned to covering their usual beats, while still writing through a COVID-19 lens.
Below are three tips for legal and other PR professionals to maximize success when pitching during the coronavirus pandemic, and for the foreseeable future. While there’s no exact recipe for a successful pitch, as timing and relevance will always be a factor, these strategies and considerations can help elevate attorneys as top expert sources for reporters.