SWMS editorial teleconference: Pam Baker and Todd R. Weiss, B2B tech edit freelancers

Not all journalists operate the same way. This week’s SWMS editorial teleconference with B2B tech freelancers Pam Baker and Todd R. Weiss was a good reminder. When it comes to HARO/ProfNet, vendor blogs and survey stories, Pam and Todd see things differently. 

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover VC Funding Rounds

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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Is Good Sexy? Or is Good Boring? Amanda Orr on Social Good PR

SWMS subscriber Amanda Orr writes:

Thank you for bringing this topic to the light in Media Survey, Sam, as it’s been on my professional mind for quite some time. Anecdotally, about three quarters of my clients over the past two to three years have had “social good” corporate missions.

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Profile: Brian Krebs

Security researcher Brian Krebs this month published an analysis that only he could create. It's an exhaustive explainer on recent DNS hijacking attacks, purportedly conducted by Iranian hackers. How does a tech PR pro get the attention of this man? We asked around. Below is a compendium of what we heard back, both on and off the record.

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Cheat Sheet: Workforce Automation/RPA/PLM Reporters

Go deep with these B2B targets who have rich expertise in industrial software, robotics and manufacturing... that sort of thing. Many of these reporters cover the topic only occasionally, but the writing is strong and technical.

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Profile: Paul Roberts, EIC, Security Ledger

Anyone in a tech PR security role is likely familiar with Security Ledger, the security web site published by tech edit veteran Paul Roberts. Hired by the IDG News Service in 2002, Paul went on to work for InfoWorld, eWeek, The 451 Group, ThreatPost and CSM Passcode.

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TechCrunch Extra Crunch: Overview

TechCrunch this week introduced TechCrunch Extra Crunch, a premium subscription tier that brings extra content and services to the publication’s most passionate readers. Tech PR gets new opportunity to pitch startups without needing a news hook. (See related analysis.)

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Cheat Sheet: Data Journalists

By request, here's a deep look at data journalism in Tier 1. We offer info on 17 data journalists working at the WSJ, NYT, Bloomberg, Quartz, Fortune, Financial Times, The Economist and Minneapolis Star-Tribune. This certainly will get you started. Also included: URLs to Tier 1 dataviz content and Twitter feeds.

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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.