Recent Edit News and Analysis

The Community Co.: A Ticket to Contributed Content and More

Agencies and clients face a reckoning with contributed content. The latter still assumes that opportunities abound. More than 100 entries in the SWMS contributed content gatekeepers list proves them right. Then again, when it comes to Tier 1, it just might be best to pay whoever lifts the velvet rope.

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Our CEO Profile Cheat Sheet

-- Updated Aug. 20, 2020 -- Here is our latest and best list of titles and authors known to produce CEO profiles. The possibilities on one hand have shrunk considerably. On the other, literally dozens of publications will consider CEO pitches -- but the context has to be there.

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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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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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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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Fast Company Unveils 'Queer 50'

Fast Company last week unveiled The Queer 50, a first-ever list of LGBTQ women and nonbinary innovators in business and tech. The idea germinated in Fall 2019, when Fast Company editors and members of Lesbians Who Tech decided informally that “it was about time a list like this existed,” recalls FC editor Julia Herbst.

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Keith Shaw: 5 Times I Needed Help From PR

Most journalists like to say that they don’t need help from a PR professional, but in my career I’ve found their assistance valuable in specific situations beyond general news requests. If you’re looking to be proactive and find areas where you can assist a journalist, these areas can be the start of establishing a relationship for future pitches and client outreach.

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Benioff Masters CNBC

From a PR point of view, all Tier 1 TV interviews should go as well as the May 4 CNBC Jim Cramer interview of Salesforce founder Marc Benioff. Jim asked only four questions during the five-minute interview, three of which were veiled invitations for Marc to say whatever he had to say — which he did.

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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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Fri, 2014-08-22 12:45

The Awl's Matt Buchanan has some great sources inside the New York Times. Here's a must-read on how Suzanne Spector backed into the top job. The so... Read more

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