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What makes a great radio story?

It's not always easy to come up with a great idea for a radio story.  Most of the time, professionals have to pitch several ideas before they are given the green-light to move forward and create the piece.

The California Report Magazine has clear guidelines on what it looks for in a story pitch.  A good story pitch must:

  • be brief  
  • include context: why is it important to tell it now?
  • include central character(s): who’s the story about? 
  • provide a unique take on a topic (if the story has already been reported, how are you advancing it?)
  • give us a sense of place: where does it happen?
  • map out scenes and/or ideas for sound, if possible

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