Keith Shaw: Beware eWeek's Bot

Robots are great for many things, but answering chat requests isn’t one of them. I discovered this personally while updating information for the SWMS Paid Content Cheat Sheet. As a journalist, I’m used to visiting websites looking for information, especially PR contacts to request more information. There is nothing more frustrating than...

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover VC Funding Rounds

Updated Jun. 22, 2020 -- Few things are tougher than building a useful list of reporters who cover funding rounds. Technically, any beat reporter could cover funding news based on the startup being a contender in an emerging marketplace. But PR folks mostly seek reporters who cover funding rounds from any VC in any market -- as they should.

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Bloomberg Unveils 'Bloomberg CityLab'

Bloomberg today launched Bloomberg CityLab, the editorial property it acquired last December from The Atlantic. Its mission is to bring readers “reporting, maps and data about local stories that make a global impact.” All Bloomberg CityLab content will be free to read through the rest of 2020.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: Science Edit

Science coverage is everywhere these days. This should be good news for PR pros with science stories to tell, but it’s not that simple. Much of the coverage, obviously, goes to Covid-19. Less obviously, it goes to space. And beginning this month, other newsy topics have staked their claim. What shelf space is left? We studied 14 media brands and found out.

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Anton Molodetskiy: Supporting Tech Clients and Social Justice in Trying Times

We’re only halfway into 2020 and it's already clear that this year is one of the most transformative years for media, business communications, and PR. Companies of all sizes are struggling to connect effectively with employees and the public on major issues like COVID-19 and the protests against police brutality.

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Cheat Sheets: Bail Funds & Orgs Supporting BLM, Police/Jail Reform, Black LGBTQ

SWMS is proud to present a GDoc with comprehensive lists -- with links -- for memorial funds that support violence victims, BLM orgs and bail funds, police and jail reforms, and orgs that support Black LGBTQ. Huge thanks to contributor Anton Molodetskiy for his in-depth research.

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover Contact Tracing

Whoever thought this would ever be a beat? Well, strictly spreaking it's not a beat but part of a broader swath of territory patrolled by journalists covering the path forward from the catastrophe that is Covid-19. Here's a short list of those who are covering apps that will help detect infection.

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A Fortune Reader Survey Gives and Receives

We spent time this week completing a recently-fielded Fortune subscriber study and it was revealing indeed. A good way to ascertain what’s important to a publication is to complete a subscriber survey. The questions are designed to deliver basic info about subscribers but also are framed to test future concepts.

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SWMS Notebook: Pitching on Pandemic, Social Unrest

No airplanes? No problem! We've moved our coverage-challenge brainstorming fully online, and we've learned (and re-learned) many a lesson, in prepping for the sessions and in conversation. Here's a Q&A summarizing problems and solutions relating to pandemic responses and social unrest -- and some general pitching do's and don'ts.

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Cheat Sheet -- Tier 1 Content for Paid Subscribers Only

If you're looking for backdoors into Tier 1, you might try some of the virtual events we list in our new cheat sheet. Most events are scheduled on an ad hoc basis, so that won't make it easy. Still, since so few PR pros know about these opps, your chances are decent.

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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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