"Prepare your pitch with a little reporting. Talk to some people. Search the newspaper's library. Is this really a new idea? You don't want to be pitching a story that was written six months ago" (Grimm).
After reading this article, I really found the above quote to be very useful when trying to write a news article. I really like baseball, so when Grimm mentioned pitch, I was ready to catch!
As a news reporter, we must talk to people to acquire quotes and find out information that we may or may not know. The library is a great place for research or just to find out information. Once again, no one wants to read about an article that is old news or even a couple days old.
Lets take the writing-baseball analogy and see if it works. When you are the pitcher, then you must focus on your target. This is the same thing you do when writing an article. You must focus on the topic and keep it to the point with facts and quotes. The next step that the pitcher takes is to lift his/her arm and prepare to throw the ball. This is were getting the facts comes into play because we must interview witnesses, get worthy facts from educational places, and finally cover all of the bases before writing the article. The last goal that the pitcher has is to throw the ball to the hitter at home plate. This is when the reporter or author writes the article and publishes it in the paper.
Click here for the course web page devoted to "How to pitch a story."