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SWMS Deep-Dive: Fintech

“Whose ox will be gored by this?” That’s what EICs often ask reporters when their hot trend pitch seems a little too frothy. Fintech stories always passed this test. Robo-advisors will nuke the brokers! Bitcoin will sink the banks! So will the online lenders!

Those days are over.

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Cover Story Elements: What It Took and What It Still Takes

Back in 2011, for a subscriber, we produced a slide deck titled “Cover Story: What It Takes” and last month rediscovered it deep in a sub-directory. Now here we are in 2017. Had anything changed? Story lengths sure have. Reporters lucky enough to write 2017 narratives almost universally complain of having to trim the copy... 

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The 2017 SWMS Podcast List

Two days ago a subscriber asked us whether we had a current list of podcasts, with pitch contacts and what they were looking for. We didn’t then but we do now. You’ll enjoy perusing our Google Doc with 37 podcasts, iTunes links and enough background to get you started. We color-coded the ones we thought you’d have the best chance of pitching.

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Small Business (SMB)

Small business makes up most of US business. Yet there's such a small amount of media specifically dedicated to it. That's why knowing who the specialists are is so important. Here's a living document on who's who and how to reach them. No fancy formatting: send us what you know and we'll build a shared doc together.

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Who Still Runs Infographics?

Which publications still run infographics? A subscriber recently asked us this good question. The answer is, more than you might think. We found 18 publications that ran infogs this month as edit-driven contributed content, across both B2B and B2C. We saw others that ran them, with strings attached.

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The SWMS Tier 1 Podcast List

Which Tier 1 titles are podcasting? In June 2016 we explored the podcast efforts of 11 top titles, listing the shows and their missions, and where there is opportunity, whom to pitch. Here's our spot check, in alphabetical order.

 

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Contributed Content Gatekeepers

-- Updated Apr. 2017 -- Few topics are more requested in SWMS valet research than, "who oversees contributed content at..." By popular subscriber demand, here's an all-new, expanded contributed content gatekeeper cheat sheet. 

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Cybersecurity Reporters

Updated June 2016 -- There's a big difference between security reporters and cybersecurity reporters. The latter are politically and militarily connected and compete with world-famous consultants. Here's our take on the top 12 cybersecurity influencers (hat tip to Little Bird for the research assist).

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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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