Assistant Managing Editor/Features
Media Outlet: Kansas City Star
Twitter Handle: @kathyluwho
1) Describe your typical workday in 140 characters or less.
Emails. Meetings. Editing. Story discussions. Putting out fires. Responding to readers. Not necessarily in that order.
2) What's the best pitch you've ever received?
It's hard to think of the best one, but we pay more attention when it has anything to do with Kansas City. Just recently, we've done stories based on pitches about Kansas City ranking high in certain studies and about people living and working in Kansas City doing cool things.
3) The greatest words of wisdom an editor ever gave you?
There are several, and they always run through my head: "Read your stories aloud" (you can catch things better that way); "End sentences on a word that leaves a strong feeling"; "Read everything" (to get story ideas); "Kill your babies" (sometimes, the piece is better off without that turn of phrase or section you really love).
4) If there was one thing you could tell every PR practitioner, what would it be?
Know your audience. Blanket, generic pitches are often trashed. But if it has something specific to do with the place or person you're sending it to, you have a better shot at it being noticed.