The Industrialization of IT Edit

Myth: B2B IT publishers sell advertising to tech vendors. Their media brands employ dozens of reporters and editors who weigh pitches about emerging companies and technologies. The best pitches bring the best coverage. Reality: B2B IT publishers are digital manufacturers, mass-producing behavior that signals buying interest. Here's what's really going on.

Lewis DVorkin Emerges with Tap Stories: Storytelling for Mobile

Lewis DVorkin, the man who transformed Forbes.com, is inventing again. Now an adjunct professor at Cal State Northridge and the CEO of a startup called Newsroom.ai, Lewis has built a content management system -- Newsroom Studio -- designed specifically for smartphones. Its storytelling capabilities -- in the form of tap stories -- may amaze you.

Edit 2020: Context, Emotion

Context and emotion aren't just coming -- they're here. The New York Times has begun classifying its articles by the emotions they generate. Sirius/XM recently launched several new audio channels programmed for listening while partying, barbecuing or working out. The newest clean-slate industry in America, cannabis, sells its products by context and emotion, too.

Techonomy is Different

What makes Techonomy different? Founder and EIC David Kirkpatrick asks himself that every day. When David launched the brand in 2010, few event producers addressed how technology was transforming society. In 2010, President Obama finally got around to sending a Tweet. In 2016, candidate Donald Trump averaged 375 Tweets a month.

SWMS in Review: Q1 2019

Here's the debut of something we hope you like: a quarterly review of all the content posted here on the SWMS site. (You'll need your login and password.) "SWMS in Review" is ideal for your smartphone, thanks to Adobe Spark technology.  Please let us know what you think of SWMS in Review and how we can make it better. 

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Contributed Content 2019: Spotting the Beacon in the Dark

Which publications still accept one-off contributions? Of the 114 titles in our contributed content Google Doc, roughly 100 still accept standalone articles. Unfortunately, the most attractive venues -- Forbes, TechCrunch and WSJ to name three -- want ongoing commitments. Inc. and Entrepreneur already have hundreds of contributors and don't hunger for more.

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Contributed Content Coaching from the Financial Times

Financial Times opinion and analysis editor Brooke Masters this month produced a short video -- and companion article -- explaining how to contribute content to the publication. Brooke offers five basic points that every executive author should consider before pitching -- to the FT or for that matter anywhere else.

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Cheat Sheet: Sites that Sell Gear (Mostly) to Guys

It seems there are as many platforms as publications these days. A subscriber recently sent us a list of cool-things-to-buy sites, apparently geared to males and built on affiliate marketing, where the publishers make a commission on every item sold.

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Inside a Charm Offensive: the Los Angeles Times Covers Huawei

Invest 15 minutes in last week's LA Times profile of Huawei and you'll appreciate the power of candor. The Chinese telecom giant had every reason to expect a grilling from legendary journalist Norman Pearlstine and his team. Instead, Huawei received fair treatment in context useful for both parties.

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Journalists are leaving media brands every week. Read the fruits of 16 confidential interviews with journalists now working at tech brands or PR agencies, and five interviews with the executives who hired these journalists.
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Though he is damn near synonymous with data journalism, Nate Silver is still having a hard time launching FiveThirtyEight at ESPN.... Read more

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... and the headline ended with ...That May Surprise You. A great click-bait technique. Well, the things didn't surprise us and they won't surprise... Read more

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