for writers and readers….

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — Hungry for fame? Need a quotable qualified news source? HARO: a service for journalists and anyone who wants publicity

blue eyeHARO (Help A Reporter Out) is a web based service for reporters, feature writers and bloggers who need an expert or an interviewee for an article they are writing.

Potential ‘sources’ — such as authors with a book to promote or any business wanting to make a name for themselves — receive three email alerts a day giving details of the stories journalists are working on.

Most alerts relate to North America but about 10 to 20 a week are from media outlets looking for an UK news source. And of course the more journalists who sign up the more opportunities that will arise…

Founded in 2008, the service is free both to journalists (about  30,000 are now using it) and sources. There are super-duper services you can buy into but I can’t see why you’d want more than the basic one which is free.

Here’s a couple of examples of the queries submitted that I’ve taken at random – the first is USA, the Second UK.

Thrifty woman with a relatively spendy husband

Category: General
Media Outlet: Woman’s Day
Deadline: 7:00 PM EST – 18 June
I’m looking to speak with a woman who feels that she and her
husband have different spending philosophies. For example, she
puts in effort to clip coupons and find deals when shopping for
the home, but he isn’t as cost-conscious when sent out to run
errands. Even more so, when the holiday season rolls around,
shopping for gifts leads to stressful disagreements. This person
would be considered for a feature in the Money section of an
upcoming issue of Woman’s Day magazine. I’d like to discuss with
the person their monetary considerations on the matter.

Female, between 30-60 years of age – Able to provide photos to
accompany the feature – Willing to discuss the matter over
multiple interviews


Accessories needed for reviews within magazine
Media Outlet: Android Magazine

Deadline: 7:00 PM EST – 11 June
We’re currently on the lookout for new accessories to review
within our issues. We aren’t looking for anything in particular,
but they must work and be compatible with an Android smartphone
or tablet. With each product we perform a full review, take a
few snapshots of it and provide full links to the accompanying

Click HERE to find out more about HARO

Safari = Swahili for long journey.
I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a reader get through the day or a writer the next draft. Let me know if you have a website that you’d like featured or discover something that really should be shared.
Click on the contact button in the left hand column and let me know

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