Pitch Opp: "Open Future" from The Economist

Having been around since 1843, The Economist has a finely honed instinct for survival. The newspaper’s current editorial custodians, led by EIC Zanny Minton Beddoes, lately sense disturbing shifts in politics, economics and society. These shifts, The Economist believes, bode ill — perhaps for the newspaper itself.

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Lindsay Ciulla: "That Time When..." a Broadcast Coup Fell Through

Several years ago, I had a strong rapport going with an executive producer (EP) from a hot weekday financial market show on behalf of one of my F500 clients. The company’s stock was doing really well and, as a bonus, the EP happened to personally follow the company.

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Cheat Sheet: Amazon, Google Reporters

One might ask, "Why do I care about FAANG reporters when FAANGs aren't my clients?" Many of your clients compete, at least indirectly, with one of these behemoths. Health insurers once couldn't imagine Amazon as a competitor. So here are the beat reporters in the big edit shops, as of April 2018.

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SWMS Security Edit Deep-Dive, Part 6: AI, IoT, Cloud, Autonomous

For the final installment of our six-part deep-dive, we're going by the numbers. Which are the publications that deliver the most coverage of the four major "horizontal" security markets -- AI, IoT, cloud and autonomous. Data culled from IT Database.

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Cheat Sheet: US-Based Correspondents for European Publications

Pitching a big-picture story? Consider pitching correspondents for overseas publications. They're paid to spot trech trends that few others see, and to put them in simple perspective for casual readers. If your agency isn't turf-constricted, peruse our list of European media influencers based in the US.

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Matt Rosoff: "Been Doing This for 21 Years, Never Seen It This Bad"

“This week I’ve had a record number of people tell me they cannot talk to me because their PR department has blackballed me for no clear reason,” Chrissy Farr Tweeted on Apr. 6. “So glad you opened this door,” Tweeted CNBC editorial director Matt Rosoff the next day. “Every week I am stunned anew by how some PRs assume our business works, vs how it actually works.”

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SWMS Security Edit Deep-Dive, Part 5: Threats and Breaches

Threat-and-breach coverage is by far the biggest topic in security editorial. It’s got the Armageddon thing going for it, which always breeds high numbers of page views and social shares. We once heard a veteran security PR pro refer to covering security as “the crime beat” and he’s not far off.

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SWMS Security Edit Deep-Dive, Part 4: Business Coverage

“Get ‘em to write a story about us — just about us,” the clients exhort. In security that’s even tougher to achieve than in most industry segments. Mostly that’s because time-strapped reporters are too busy chasing breaches and threats. Company profiles are as evergreen as stories get.

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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.