Health Journalism 2022:
Freelance PitchFest

Friday, April 29, 1:40-3:50 p.m.

Gideon Gil, a managing editor at Stat, listens to a pitch during the 2018 Freelance Pitchfest.
Gideon Gil, a managing editor at Stat, listens to a pitch during the 2018 Freelance PitchFest. (Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ)

Important date

April 4, 10 a.m. CT
Sign-up period is open, allowing at most five appointments.

Editors

See the list of editors.

PitchFest sign-up form

Please visit the Sign up for PitchFest page now to ensure you are able to log in to your account and see the green button labeled "Click to sign up for Freelance PitchFest."

This button will become active when the sign-up period begins.

Attention independent journalists!

Editors from some of the top magazines and newspapers are coming to the conference to meet you! Bring your best ideas to the AHCJ Freelance PitchFest. This session has been created to give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications.

To participate, you will sign up for time with the editors and come prepared to sell your work. That means you need to arrive with specific pitches for the editors, as well as clips, resume, business cards, etc. Do not show up with just a business card to hand out. Do your homework on each editor.

AHCJ webcast

Get strategies to succeed: 

We strongly recommend watching "Packaging the perfect pitch," a webcast with two top editors and an experienced freelancer that will help you prepare for the PitchFest.

Please note: PitchFest FAQ

You will be asked to confirm that you have read and agree to the terms outlined in this FAQ. Please take the time to read through it ahead of time and be sure to contact us with any questions.

IMPORTANT:

  • You must be an AHCJ member, in the "professional" category and be registered for the conference to sign up for PitchFest appointments. AHCJ reserves the right to cancel appointments of anyone who is not qualified.

  • Each appointment is for ten minutes.

  • You may sign up for FIVE appointments.

  • You may sign up for only one appointment for each editor and your selections are not final until you receive a confirmation from AHCJ in the days leading up to the conference.

  • When you sign up, you will have the opportunity to share the URL of your website, LinkedIn profile or another page, as well as a brief bio. That information will be available to the editors.

Five Simple Rules for PitchFest Etiquette:

  1. Show up. If you fail to show up for any of your appointments, you will not be allowed to sign up in advance for next year’s PitchFest. Additionally, be aware that the booked editor will have your name, potentially harming your reputation with that publication for years to come.

  2. Prepare carefully. We'll post blurbs from editors describing what they want, so read those to customize your pitch to what each editor wants. For example, news editors won't want to hear a pitch for a feature. Study the publication to make certain your pitch is a good fit.

  3. Arrive in plenty of time. We will run on time and we will run like clockwork. If you are late, you forfeit your pitch.

  4. Respect the time limit. When you hear the one-minute warning, start to wrap up. When you hear time called, please get up, thank the editor and tell him or her that you will follow up with an email.

  5. Understand the limits. Please recognize that attending PitchFest does not guarantee you a sale. It does guarantee you an opportunity to pitch face-to-face to editors who are extremely difficult to access, even by email.