Help a Reporter Out

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Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is an online service for journalists to obtain feedback from the public. It enables journalists to connect with experts in issues relevant to their reporting.[1] It was founded as a Facebook group in 2008 by Peter Shankman and was later turned into a mailing list claiming over 100,000 members. In June 2010, HARO was acquired by Vocus, Inc.[2][3] In 2014, Vocus merged with Cision Inc.[4] and HARO is now one of Cision's brands. As of 24 August 2018, the HARO "About" page claimed that the service had more than 800,000 sources and 55,000 journalists and bloggers as participants and many big Media Outlets like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Time, WSJ, Fox News, Reuters are using HARO.[5]

Help A Reporter Out gives users a free and paid packages. The free package is where a user receives the HARO daily email and responds to reporters that have questions up and vice versa. HARO provides journalists with a robust database of sources for upcoming stories and daily opportunities for sources to secure valuable media coverage. HARO is owned by Cision, a leading global media intelligence company headquartered in Chicago. Follow HARO on Twitter @helpareporte[6]


  1. ^ Pfeifer, William. "How to Become a Media Source for Legal News Articles and Gain Free Publicity". Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. ^ van Buskirk, Eliot (September 14, 2009). "'Help a Reporter Out' Crowdsources News Sources". Condé Nast Digital. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  3. ^ Buley, Taylor (8 September 2009). "Million-Dollar Crowd Sourcing". Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  4. ^ Cision, Cision (14 October 2014). "Cision and Vocus Unite, Ushering in the Future of PR and Social Software". Cision. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  5. ^ "Help A Reporter". Help A Reporter. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  6. ^ "About | Help A Reporter". Help A Reporter. Retrieved 2018-08-24.

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