Pitching the Humanities
On a college campus? Check out our tip sheet for working with your communications office to bring a higher profile to your work. Interested in cultivating media engagement as an individual or an institution? Take a look at our tip sheet for pitching the press and designing a media toolkit to bolster your outreach.
Humanities work is constantly creating the kinds of human-centered, publicly-responsive stories that the news media loves. Grants and new publications make for easier pitches and you should be pitching these stories. (Remember, no grant is too small!) But other humanities research and projects just need a good hook. Below are examples of engaging humanities pieces, from publications large and small.
This Earlham College Case Study demonstrates that even a small grant, combined with a strong press release and an accommodating stance toward media professionals, can garner local and national coverage. We hope Earlham’s successful strategy will be helpful as you engage with the media.
Publishing an op-ed is another way to draw attention to the humanities, shape public discussion, and change minds. The examples below draw on a wide range of humanities fields to address local, national, or global issues. For more information on writing op-eds, we also suggest the OpEd Project.