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Press trip itineraries: How best to help

Press trip itineraries: How best to help

David Whitley June 19, 2015 Comments Off on Press trip itineraries: How best to help

Every tourist board works differently, and every travel writer wants different things. I’ve written the following in the hope that we can make arrangements that are to everyone’s benefit.   My aims To do

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How hotels can help journalists write about them

How hotels can help journalists write about them

David Whitley October 6, 2014 Comments Off on How hotels can help journalists write about them

Recently, I have been writing about hotels. And, unfortunately, I’ve also had to try and source photos of hotels to go with the stories. If anyone wishes to repeatedly run into mindless idiocy, I

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Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?   

Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?  

David Whitley July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?  

I’ve just got back from what was quite possibly the most fantastic holiday of my life. After picking up a car in Las Vegas airport, my wife and I drove through Utah, then Grand

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A useful exercise for travel writers looking for story ideas

A useful exercise for travel writers looking for story ideas

David Whitley February 6, 2014 Comments Off on A useful exercise for travel writers looking for story ideas

In the last week or so, I’ve tried out a new fitness regime. Well, I say fitness regime – really it’s just a way of keeping me on an exercise bike long enough to

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Targeting ‘web influencers’: What’s wrong with the current model

Targeting ‘web influencers’: What’s wrong with the current model

David Whitley December 9, 2013 Comments Off on Targeting ‘web influencers’: What’s wrong with the current model

I have just received the below email from the media department of a tourist board from a city we shall henceforth call MedCityX. It manages to neatly encapsulate all that is wrong with the

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What not to include in a press trip

What not to include in a press trip

David Whitley November 19, 2013 Comments Off on What not to include in a press trip

A religious ceremony inside a volcano and its descent into excruciating, pointless farce. …. The following tale is a true story, but one told in the spirit of making things better rather than needless

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A thing I do on Twitter

A thing I do on Twitter

David Whitley August 15, 2013 Comments Off on A thing I do on Twitter

I am, probably by any definition, one of the noisy ones on Twitter. I tweet, depending on your point of view, too often or far too often. It’s part and parcel of working from

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Why writers shouldn’t work for free

Why writers shouldn’t work for free

David Whitley June 23, 2013 3

Or why if your starting price is nothing, it stays as nothing   Undercutting established professionals One thing that established writers tend to get angry about is seeing newcomers trying to get themselves established

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Locals don’t always know best

Locals don’t always know best

David Whitley June 1, 2013 3

A few weeks ago, I saw a travel editor tweet out what struck me as a strange appeal. She was looking for a local writer in a certain American city. Fair enough. Local writers

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Travel writer tips: Reflex pitching

Travel writer tips: Reflex pitching

David Whitley May 24, 2013 Comments Off on Travel writer tips: Reflex pitching

Why freelancers with the ability to come up with ideas on the spot are likely to get more work. The longer I do it, the more I realise that the ability to write is

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