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Cheat Sheet: 2020 Gift Guides

Few topics interest our subscribers more than, "Whom do we pitch for holiday gift guides?" Thanks to contributing editor Rhiannon Pacheco, we proudly present a working list of whom to pitch, with contact info and commentary designed to boost your chances. Seventy guides in all.

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Cheat Sheet: Personal Finance Reporters

Whether they're millennials or Gen Z, many younger Americans are starved for guidance on money management -- and of course tech and business editorial is happy to oblige. Here's our cheat sheet on reporters who cover the tech and relevant techniques.

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The SWMS Tech Media Model

Coverage in a given media type will deliver a specific result. The biggest disconnects in tech PR often come when clients push for coverage in a given media type without understanding what can come of it. In a remedial spirit, we offer version 1.0 of the SWMS Tech Media model, categorizing the benefits of media coverage by Tier 1, IT Trades, verticals, reseller media, podcasts & newsletters and paid media & events.

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Cheat Sheet: Substack Newsletters

Fascinated with Substack newsletters? Nearly all are niche-y; many are pitchable. As in the world of podcasts, however, Substack newsletters often are launched by gifted, overextended SMEs who wind up writing once or twice -- or never -- and then abandon the project. Those who stick it out create big value for passionate readers.

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Deep-Dive: FT's 'How to Lead'

In ‘’How to Lead,’ the Financial Times offers one of the few ongoing weekly CEO profile opportunities in business journalism. Based on studying the most recent 15 interviews through Aug. 9, if you’ve got an executive based outside the US who imaginatively copes with Covid-19 — in a way that others can emulate — you’ve got a shot.

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Cheat Sheet: Data Journalists

Refreshed Jul. 30, 2020 -- By request, here's a deep look at data journalism in Tier 1. We offer info on 16 data journalists working at the WSJ, NYT, Bloomberg, Quartz, 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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Takeaways from The Newly Refreshed Paid Content GDoc

Is paid content worth it? It’s still expensive in the big shops. If you’re OK sponsoring newsletters and podcasts, your dollar goes further. The following are the most actionable takeways from research contributed by veteran tech edit veteran Keith Shaw.

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover VC Funding Rounds

Updated Jun. 22, 2020 -- 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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