Recommendations (for journalists)

The "Recommended" section is the first page you will see when you log into StoryAmp with a journalist account. Here StoryAmp will serve up Dispatch Listings based on your preferences in the My Account section:

  • genres
  • concert cities
  • lead time

A Dispatch is simply our word for a "press release," though we require that each Dispatch be pegged to an activity date: either a performance or a release. This allows these story ideas to always be sorted by urgency, or filtered out if the appropriate lead time has passed.


If you have more than one genre or more than one concert city in your preferences, you might find useful the "filter" buttons on the left-hand side of the Recommended page. Say you cover indie rock at Pitchfork, hip hop at your local weekly, and jazz for NPR. You have a call scheduled with your NPR producer tomorrow and you want to take a quick scan of what's coming up. You can click on the Jazz button in your genre filter and mask all the other releases. Similarly, if you cover concerts for several weekly newspapers around the country, you may want to only see one city at a time in the Recommended section. You can click on more than one genre to see more release Dispatches, or more than one city to see more concert Dispatches.

Note that Genre filters only refer to releases and City filters only refer to performances in StoryAmp.


  • Click on the title to see the full Dispatch (which has more info, etc.)
  • Click on Add to Queued (which places the Dispatch in your Queued section for further reading, listening)
  • Stream one track (if Artist has enabled the audio feature)


Dispatches in Recommended are based on your genre, city, and lead time preferences. Dispatches in Submitted come from two sources:
- When an Artist elects to send a Dispatch to a specific StoryAmp Press List (currently by concert city; eventually by release genre). - When someone submits a Dispatch through the special URL StoryAmp provides to you as a journalist for submissions. Read more about that in the "Submissions URL" article.