Email Still Preferred for Pitching Stories

In a landslide vote, email won as the way media professionals want stories pitched. In a survey, Vocus: State of the Media 2014, 256 representatives from TV, newspapers, magazines, and online media chose email over social media, phone calls, and instant messaging.

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Slides summarizing the findings show that, although respondents rely on social media for their reporting, they prefer not to receive stories through social media.

Vocus 1

Vocus 2

Discussion Starters:

  • In what ways, if at all, do the survey results surprise you?
  • Why do you think media professionals prefer email?
  • For those who do prefer social media for story ideas, why do you think they prefer Facebook and Twitter to LinkedIn and Google+?