Offering a reporter or media outlet an exclusive can give them a huge incentive to cover your story. Every outlet wants to be the first to cover a big story, so offering them an exclusive is a great way to pique their interest while at the same time building their trust and taking the relationship to the next level. Not only that, when that outlet is the first to run with your story, they’ll be highly motivated to promote it and get as much traffic to it as possible.
Of course, there is a flipside to offering exclusive coverage to a journalist, and things aren’t always guaranteed to work out so beautifully. When you pin all of your hopes for your story on a single outlet, the consequences can be pretty severe if things don’t quite go as you had hoped.
So, what can you do to mitigate the risks? It comes down to asking the right questions when negotiating your exclusive coverage agreement.
Here are some key questions that must be answered:
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