The Renegade Writer

Sources 101: How to Find and Work with Interviewees for Your Articles

By Linda Formichelli

A potential expert for your article asks to see a copy before it goes to print. A second one requests copies of the magazine once the article is published. And another one — gasp — asks to be paid for the interview.

We have over 30 posts about finding and interviewing sources, but when …… Click here to keep reading…

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Sep 16, 2013 Advice, Interviewing, Sources

4 Sticky Source Situations for Freelance Writers–And How to Fix Them


By Jodi Helmer

Good journalists tell stories through their sources, using expert input to explain concepts, offer compelling quotes and bring information to life.

But what happens when a source repeatedly reschedules interviews or talks in acronyms and technical jargon?

Often, finding a new source is the best option. But tight deadlines, niche subjects and editor …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jun 24, 2013 Advice, Sources

From PubMed to Published: How to Use PubMed to Generate Ideas, Find Sources & More


By Jim Schmidt

By day, I am a research scientist for a biotech company; but by night (and by lunch!), I’m a freelance writer. During the day, I often need to consult scientific and medical literature databases to support my research, but I also use them to support my writing — for idea generation, securing interviews, …… Click here to keep reading…

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May 21, 2013 Ideas, Sources

How to Become an Expert in Any Topic – Video

Are you afraid to pitch an idea because you’re not enough of an expert in the topic? In this video, I share two secrets for getting around that block. Enjoy!

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Jan 16, 2013 Advice, Ideas, Sources

Interview: Help a Reporter Founder Peter Shankman Tells Writers How to Get the Most out of HARO

I get a lot of questions from writers on how to use Help a Reporter Out, a.k.a. HARO — the free service that helps journalists find sources for their assignments. So I interviewed HARO founder Peter Shankman to answer all your need-to-knows. Enjoy!

How many people subscribe to HARO e-mails?

Somewhere between 200,000 and 250,000 sources, …… Click here to keep reading…

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Aug 16, 2012 Advice, Ideas, Sources

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