Help a Reporter Out site finds news sources for reporters

By EMMA REYES

It’s that time again – deadline is around the corner and you don’t have enough good sources for your story. You don’t have the time to go out and find the right person for the right comment you need.

What do you do? No fear, Help a Reporter Out is here.

Help a Reporter Out is a social media service site that lets a reporter submit a query and get the exact source he or she needs. HARO will deliver the source directly to the user’s inbox. HARO is made up of more than 100,000 news sources waiting for their stories to be used.

HARO is a free site and a easy and quick way to get a source. However, there are 14 guidelines the reporter must follow. For the list of those guidelines visit rules for journalists. Once the guidelines are met, the query process is quick.

The user gives his or her reporter information, query details, the target potential source needed, and the deadline. There is an urgent box the reporter can click for those immediate responses needed from sources.

HARO also gives the journalist the opportunity to give feedback to the source he or she used. The user can give a “thumbs up” or a “try harder” feedback to the source – all in the name of improvement. This is a way for the news making process to improve. The site asks for honest and constructive feedback.

HARO has been used by highly known news media such as Fox, Gannett, Dow Jones, Meredith, ABC News, and Associated Press.

Although HARO is free for the use of sources, sources do have to pay to share their stories. The source chooses from three packages that range from $19 per month to $149 per month. This service gives the source the opportunity to be updated on journalists’ deadlines in the best way.

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