Recent Edit News and Analysis

David Strom: Seven Orgs That Should Give Us Hope

We all know that the Bezos Post and the Grey Lady are doing well selling monthly subscriptions. (During the last three months of 2016, the Times added 276,000 net digital-only subscribers, more than they started the year.) 

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Killer Trigram: 'Will Make You'

If you’re publishing to the Internet, and Facebook shares are your goal, the most powerful headline ingredient you can use is this trigram — “will make you.” That’s the word this week from BuzzSumo, which crunched 100 million headlines from March 1st through May 10.

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WSJ's 'Boss Talk' is Back

WSJ Boss Talk is back on a more-or-less bi-weekly schedule. PR pros seeking to place CEO profiles are rejoicing, as profile opps are scarce. But beware: the Journal exacts its price. In studying the past four installments, we found that it tends to profile only well-known companies...

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SMB Pitch Opp: Mind Your Business on Sirius/XM 111

You may think of Loren Feldman as the SMB guy for Forbes, but he also hosts Mind Your Business, a weekly radio show on Sirius XM 111. Says Loren: “It definitely helps me keep learning – but that’s easy. I have a lot to learn.”

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Inc. Wants Contributors and Invests in Them

One prominent site still on the hunt for contributors is Inc.com. Executive editor Laura Lorber oversees two full-time editors and collaborates with six others to manage the network of more than 400 experts. Inc. is not into the one-offs. They want family members.

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Contributed Content Challenges at The Next Web

It’s easy to forget that the media world — on the business side — has its share of scammers and scumbags. When publishers fight back as they should, PR pros can get caught in the crossfire. Case in point: The Next Web.

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Contributed Content: Copy Tips

Contributed content is tougher than ever to place. Sites that used to accept it no longer do. Getting the writing right is the least of it -- but it's where to start. In this SWMS deep-dive, we’ll be prescriptive and touch upon basics you may know but your clients may not. It can be scary to “manage up” but preventing problems is always easier than solving them.

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IDG Lays Off 93 in Historic Cut

IDG Communications yesterday laid off 93 employees, mostly in US-based editorial. It was the largest layoff in IDG’s 53-year history. Says IDG CMO Josh London in an email: “This was a difficult decision for the company, but we are grateful to those colleagues whose roles have been affected for their many contributions to IDG.”

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Our Antidote to VR Hype

There’s a certain fatigue about VR these days. It’s here and it isn’t. It’s 30 years old and brand new. What's the truth? Just as health tech and fintech finally got here, so will VR, AR and MR. For comms pros, as we said last month, it's smart to read up and prepare. But there's far to go.

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Backdoor Pitch Opp: VB Live!

Here’s a backdoor pitch opp for you — VentureBeat’s VB Live webinar series. “It’s about 80 percent edit-driven,” says VB webinar manager Wendy Schuchart. The subject matter is the same mixture of tech trends and VC-minded advice that you see on the main VentureBeat web site.

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