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December 17, 2019 (Updated )

What’s the point in a #JournoRequest? We all know that they’re there to connect journalists with experts, case studies, and information, but can they actually help a story?

Some may argue that they’re just a Twitter hashtag with no real-world application, about as useful as your Duke of Edinburgh award that everyone told you would be important on your CV? Reader, that DoE award did not get me a job.

But, as we can exclusively reveal, this couldn’t be further from the truth. #JournoRequests can help bring a story to life with real people, real experiences, and real expertise.

In fact, none of these uniquely weird and wonderful stories could have been made without a quick journo request…

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The Mystery of The Phantom Cucumber Abandoner

Yeah, we weren’t joking about with the featured image. It may sound like a rejected Agatha Christie novel, but it’s a true story!

While Tunbridge Wells doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as the Orient Express, Mary Harris played the part of Miss Marple in this baffling story of anonymous abandonment and mislaid veg.

Harris used Twitter to find accounts of these gourds gone astray, and soon made a shocking discovery. Reports of abandonment turned to those of murder! Horrifying as it might be, a cucumber had been impaled on a local railing. Yes, you read that correctly.

Residents had varying reactions, with some trying to aid in the detective work or others simply asking “why?”.

Our favourite response, however, was from local Matt Goddwin, 45, who told Harris, “I believe there’s a good chance that they are harbingers of change sent from another dimension.”

You can make your own mind up on that one.

How To Make Expert Sources Come To You Instantly

Finding case studies is one thing, but what about the experts you need to help put the story into context? We’re delighted to have partnered with ResponseSource as our 2021 sponsor, who have the perfect tool to help bring experts to you instantly. No, really.

The Journalist Enquiry Service is completely free to use for journalists, and allows you send a request to hundreds of relevant experts, charities, and PRs. You’ll be able to detail exactly what you want, how you’d like to hear back from them, and your deadline. It’s used by thousands of journalists to get them the information they need quickly.

A spokesperson for the service tells Journo Resources: “More than 30,000 journalists and broadcasters use ResponseSource and our Journalist Enquiry Service to secure essential insight, information and connections from a selected range of trusted and reliable contacts.

“It puts you in touch with experts, case studies and PR contacts from all sectors, saves you hours of research and helps you meet your deadlines.”

Try It Out For Yourself Here

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Terrifying Technology & Celestial Orbs

Technology is constantly changing the world, but is it for the better? Not to get too Black Mirror on you here, but what would you do if you saw three celestial orbs circling above your child on the baby monitor?

Full context: Orbs that weren’t there if you checked the room, that weren’t there when you travelled, that only appeared after moving into a 19th Century home?

Is the monitor faulty? Eimear O’Hagan’s husband Malcolm certainly thought so. But, that still left things unexplained. O’Hagan reached out to see if anyone else had any unnatural encounters, and it seems she accidentally stumbled onto a creepy correlation between baby monitors and paranormal activity.

Keen to explain these seemingly supernatural events, and potentially hoping to become an honorary Ghostbuster, O’Hagan gathered as many reports as she could find, as well as contacting a psychic to get a professional opinion.

While she didn’t get a definitive answer as to whether spirits were visiting her toddler or not, O’Hagan wrote a thrilling and well-reasoned account of the eerie events. Even if you remain sceptical, the corroborating stories make a strong case that there is something more than coincidence going on here.

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The World's Most Photogenic Potatoes

It’s Friday evening, you’re doing your weekly shop that you’ve been putting off since Monday. Everywhere is busy – like busy busy – and it’s doing your head in.

But then, peering through the vegetables, you see what could the most beautiful sight you’ve ever laid your weary eyes on. A golden jacket calls to you, oven-ready and, let’s face it, beautiful.

If you, like me, thought this would be the only time you’d ever call a potato beautiful, you’d be wrong.

Russian beauty vlogger Elona Balasyan started a craze of performing make-up tutorials on spuds at the end of 2018. Rachel Dixon knew she had to cover the bewildering beauty bulletin for the BBC, but she needed some expertise.

So, she reached out and quickly found a professional make-up artist ready to talk her through the advantages of practising make-up techniques on potatoes, coming to the conclusion that the dry, smooth surface of a spud was perfect for beautifying.

Whether you prefer your potatoes grilled or glowed-up, whether you dress them in blush or baked beans, it’s clear that a garnish of expertise goes a long way.

Try The Journalist Enquiry Service For Free

The Journalist Enquiry Service is free to use for all journalists, and allows you to send your request to hundreds of relevant experts, charities and PRs in a beat.

Just set a deadline for help, the type of input you’re looking for (eg. interviews, comments or products to review), and the kind of people you’re looking for. Replies will come back directly to your inbox.

Try It Out For Yourself Here

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Taking The Biscuit. Because It's Yummy.

Slow news days are the worst. But, when they happen to fall on National Biscuit Day (May 29 – saved you a Google), it can be a blessing in disguise.

Laura Garcia’s editor decided that they needed some good biscuit content, and quick. As frustrating as that can be, and as difficult as you can imagine it is to find a biscuit expert available on the same day, Garcia managed it without a problem.

Not only did she source a biscuit expert, but also a tea room to film in, and evidently a tray of biscuits to offer her guests. Okay, maybe she just bought the biscuits, but that’s not the point here.

With a hard-working team of cast and crew, not to mention a sprinkling of #JournoRequest magic, they managed to produce this hilarious video package, without any soggy bottoms.


This content is editorially independent and put together by the Journo Resources in-house team. It was funded and made possible through the support of ResponseSource, one of the UK’s leading services to help connect journalists and PRs.

One of their key tools for journalists is the Journalist Enquiry Service, which helps thousands of journalists connect directly with experts, charities, companies and PRs, to give them the information they need quickly. Plus, it’s a completely free tool for journalists.

Find out more and manage your own requests here.