WHEN SUBMITTING A STORY IDEA:
1. Mail a media alert or press release two weeks prior to your event to:
Attn: Assignment Desk
P.O. Box 1616
South Bend, IN 46634
2. Make sure your press materials state the time, date and exact location of your event. If more than one event is taking place, give a time and description for each event listed.
3. If you're writing to request that an individual be profiled, make sure you include as much as you can about his or her background and why you think he or she is newsworthy.
4. Keep in mind that television is a visual medium. Make sure your event is as visually interesting as possible. For example, "Four Hundred Children Deliver Birthday Card to Governor Ernie Fletcher" has a better chance of being covered than "Local School Writes to Governor."
5. If your event is less than a week away, you can fax your press materials to the news desk at (574) 284-1616 or Email at email@example.com.
6. Because more crews are working during the week, weekdays between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. are usually a good time to schedule your event.
7. Keep in mind that a news event's chances of getting coverage are dependent upon the volume of news stories that day. Since we lay out our plans each morning, we won’t be able to tell you until the day of the event if it will be covered.
8. Coverage plans are always subject to change without notice in the event of “breaking news” or an emergency.
9. If you have a celebrity coming to your event, make sure you list a "window" of time they're expected to appear. For example, Charlie Weis is expected to meet with students at the Boys and Girls Club from 2 to 3 p.m.
10. Try to make your event topical. For example, if your event occurs around a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Kwanzaa, try to do something that connects your event to the holiday. Also, if you can tie your event to the major news of the day, it increases your chances of getting coverage.
While following all of the above suggestions will not guarantee that we’ll be able to cover your event, it will greatly improve your chances.
If you’d like to submit a story idea by Internet just fill out the form below.
All personal information is kept strictly confidential. Ideas submitted here are thoroughly researched before determining their validity. A reporter may contact you for more information.