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How to Contact the Media

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You’ve got some news and you want to contact the media. There are three methods you can use:

  1. Contact the news desk
  2. Email online media outlets
  3. Get in touch directly with journalists
To get all the contact information for every single major news organisation, keep reading.

Contact The News Desk

The news desk is like the media organisation’s switchboard. They direct queries to the appropriate journalists and act as a spam filter. Call them up or send them an email with your story, and remember to include your contact information!

Here’s a list of all the major UK news channels and newspapers, with links to their respective news desks (want a list for the USA?):

Broadcast news organisations

  • BBC News Contact programmes directly or leave a message about BBC News in general
  • ITV News Write or talk to ITV about one of their programmes or their website
  • Channel 4 Pass on your appreciation, make an enquiry, file a complaint or inform C4 about a problem with your reception
  • ITN Contact ITN or comment on any of their programmes
  • Five News Contact Five News for publicity, corporate or editorial enquiries
  • Sky News Send in comments on programmes, make editorial or commercial enquiries, or submit news stories, video or pictures

National Daily Newspapers

  • Daily Express Information on how to make general enquiries and submit news stories, and contact details for editorial desks and advertising
  • Daily Mail Contact details for the news desk, letters submission, advertising and circulation
  • Daily Mirror Information on how to make general enquiries and submit news stories, and contact details for editorial desks and advertising
  • Daily Star Information on how to make general enquiries and submit news stories, and contact details for editorial desks and advertising
  • Daily Telegraph Contact Us FAQ page, answering queries and providing information regarding Telegraph operations, products and services
  • Financial Times Contact details for corporate support, customer services and subscription
  • The Guardian A comprehensive list of contact details for individual desks, press and commercial enquiries, complaints, letter submission, work experience, subscription and so on
  • The Independent A comprehensive list of contact details for individual desks, press and commercial enquiries, complaints, letter submission, subscription and so on
  • The Times A comprehensive list of contact details for individual desks, press and commercial enquiries, complaints, letter submission, subscription and so on
  • The Sun A comprehensive list of contact details for individual desks, press and commercial enquiries, complaints, letter submission, subscription and so on

National Sunday Newspapers

  • Mail on Sunday Contact details for the news desk, letters submission, advertising and circulation
  • Sunday Express Information on how to make general enquiries and submit news stories, and contact details for editorial desks and advertising
  • Sunday Mirror Information on how to make general enquiries and submit news stories, and contact details for editorial desks and advertising
  • Sunday Telegraph Contact Us FAQ page, answering queries and providing information regarding Telegraph operations, products and services
  • The Independent on Sunday A comprehensive list of contact details for individual desks, press and commercial enquiries, complaints, letter submission, subscription and so on
  • The Observer A comprehensive list of contact details for individual desks, press and commercial enquiries, complaints, letter submission, work experience, subscription and so on
  • The Sunday Times A comprehensive list of contact details for individual desks, press and commercial enquiries, complaints, letter submission, subscription and so on

Email Online Media Outlets

All newspapers and news channels have online blogs now. Quite often, these are split up into different categories and looked after by a few editors and journalists. Sometimes, these authors leave their contact information up on the site, or provide links to their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc.

To quickly find their email addresses and social media links, copy and paste the blog URL into GroupHigh (the blogger outreach program) and analyse it.

If there’s any contact information available, GroupHigh will find it and you can send your news story to the online media outlet.

Get In Touch Directly With Journalists

The final option is to talk to the journalists directly. Every journalist has a Twitter account, so find it and speak to them. Yet I suggest that you get to know them a bit before spamming them any links.

Re-tweet them. Comment on them. Help them. After seven or eight reciprocal tweets, ask them to take a look at your story and see what they think.

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