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Get Covered: Pitching a Story About Your Story to Local Media with Cleveland Magazine’s Annie Nickoloff

Date(s) - 03/01/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Whether you’re published now or hope to be published in the near future, it’s important to think about how you’ll reach your readers—especially in your own backyard. Building local interest in your work means knowing how to work with local media. Pitching a story about your story to local media takes skill. Here’s your chance to learn from a local media professional!


Join SCBWI Ohio North on Wednesday, March 1 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm eastern for a virtual session on how to effectively work with local media with featured guest Annie Nickoloff, Cleveland Magazine’s senior editor. Annie is a seasoned life and culture reporter covering local literature, music, and the arts. During this session, Annie will present tips and tricks for connecting with local media and pitching stories on kidlit projects. She will also participate in a Q&A session following her presentation. 


You’ll leave this session with answers to questions like: 

  • I have a book coming out soon, what are the ways I could get my book featured in local media outlets?
  • I’m having a book launch, how can I get local media outlets to cover my event? 
  • How should I reach out to reporters?
  • How do I build relationships with local media?
  • What type of information should I send to reporters to get their attention? 
  • What would make a story about my work stand out enough that a reporter would want to cover it?


This virtual event is FREE for SCBWI members. There is a $10 fee for nonmembers. 

The SCBWI Ohio North Regional Team will email a Zoom link to registered participants the morning of the event. 


More about our featured guest…

Annie Nickoloff is Cleveland Magazine’s senior editor, where she focuses on feature reporting and arts and entertainment coverage in Northeast Ohio. Prior to joining the magazine in 2022, she worked for six years as a life & culture reporter and social media manager at and The Plain Dealer, where she covered local music, literature and the arts. Her work has also been published in Alternative Press Magazine, USA Today, Cleveland Scene Magazine and Belt Magazine. Beyond her writing work, Annie hosts a weekly indie-rock radio show called “Sunny Day” on WRUW-FM 91.1, Case Western Reserve University’s radio station.