How to Place an Op-Ed in USA Today


Jill Lawrence Commentary Editor at USA Today, chats with Douglas Simon, CEO of D S Simon Media about common mistakes communicators make while pitching her for an Op-Ed piece. She reveals best practices and other useful tactics communicators need to keep in mind to get their opinion piece published in USA Today.

How to Get Your Opinion Piece Published on Vox.


Christopher Shea Senior Editor at Vox, chats with Douglas Simon CEO of D S Simon Media about pitching the media. He reveals tactics like knowing the format of the articles for the outlet you are pitching, word counts, and other important tips that can get your story picked up by Vox. Additionally, he reveals how to set up a good argument in any side of the ideological spectrum and how setting up a strong narrative is what grabs national attention.

Pew Research: How Communicators Should Engage on Social Media.


Aaron Smith, Associate Director of Research taught a class at PR Summit DC and spoke with Douglas Simon, CEO of D S Simon Media, about a recent Pew research study on social media trends. He reveals important information communicators and business owners should keep in mind while creating their social media strategy. For example, people admit to sharing fake information about companies (unintentionally) and turning to social media platforms as a news outlet, despite not trusting where the information comes from. In other words, “communicators need to be involved on (social media) with accurate information so their own voice gets heard over the inaccurate information out there”.