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.
The reach-the-millennial phenomenon is a bit past peak but many clients still seek coverage. We assembled a list of millennially-minded reported, many in Tier 1 -- and we hereby share it with you. List current as of Mar. 2018.
So the client has extra time in Chicago. Who lives around there that can file 600 words on her? Some of these folks could. List current as of April 2018.
There aren't as many interview opps for female CMOs as one might think. Yes, general Q&A opps are eligible, but if you want to the client to showcase her marketing acumen, a short list is what you'll need. Here's ours, current as of Apr. 2018.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
“Preventive” and “remedial” spring to mind when envisioning coverage for the C-suite. Skills is one of those C-suite evergreen topics, and in 2018 it’s been more of same. And the channel has that dual appeal -- to the product buyers and to the C-titles who own the budget.