6 questions: Jayne Munday, Journalist, Queensland Business Review
Next up in our series finding out how journalists like to work, any issues they have with PRs, how they like stories to be pitched to them, etc, is Jayne Munday, journalist from QBR – Queensland’s only dedicated online news source for business owners and operators [QBR is also on Twitter].
1) What is your deadline day?
QBR is an online publication, so stories are uploaded throughout the day (Monday to Friday). Our daily e-newsletter is compiled in the afternoon comprising all the top news from the day and is then sent to subscribers at around 3pm.
2) How do you prefer to be contacted (i.e. email, phone, fax, post)?
Email is usually the best option in case I am conducting an interview or in a meeting. If it’s sitting in my inbox I can always go back to it once I get some down time.
3) Is there a particular time of day you prefer to be contacted?
Later in the morning and early afternoon are ideal for phone calls. The 3pm e-newsletter deadline means my afternoons are fairly busy. However, I am happy to receive emails 24/7 – news never stops!
4) Do you like to meet companies and bosses for coffee/ lunch? If yes, do you have any favourite venues?
I am always willing to build better working relationships with PR people and Queensland companies – it just depends on my work schedule. Daily deadlines can make it tricky to leave the office.
5) What are your three pet peeves about PRs?
As a business journalist I welcome the contact from PR people. While I can’t say I have any ‘pet peeves’ as such, I do prefer follow-up calls/emails to wait a few days once the initial email is sent.
Knowing about the publication (whether it is online or print) is always a plus, as it shows you have done your research.
6) What would the perfect story pitch be for you? And what’s the best PR pitch you have ever had?
While no one pitch in particular stands out, I can say a one or two page press release with a photo attachment usually catches my eye when checking emails. A visual component is always good to accompany an online story.
It’s also a bonus if the news is given to me before it hits the mainstream media. Being a daily publication means I can get the news out to readers in a timely fashion.
If the ‘hard’ news is made clear in the first two paragraphs it is also more likely to get picked up.