Would a reporter help you pitch a story? Not likely, but my point has more to do with active listening than actively helping.
3. Not now but… The “not now but…” response is often the best kind. Usually it’s when the news is interesting, but wouldn’t merit coverage on its own. Play close attention to these responses because they often give insight into the trend or angle that the reporter is considering. Often, I’ve found that if I listen closely to those responses, I find a salient point that allows me to refine and improve the pitch.