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Cheat Sheet: AWS Reporters -- Not So Obvious

We decided to break out our AWS cheat sheets along the lines of the obvious and less obvious. Even then, our lists might be missing your faves. We predicated our choices based on the volume of copy they produce, as measured by our friends at IT Database/Tech News.

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Cheat Sheet: AWS Reporters -- The Obvious

For some reason we've managed not to offer cheat sheets on key tech categories, so as the summer progresses we're going to fix that. Let's get started with a list of 20 AWS reporters -- the more obvious ones, who write frequently. Watch for our list of 20 AWS reporters who might not be so top-of-mind.

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Cheat Sheet: Trades and Tier 1 in a Nutshell

This is a bit of an experiment -- a tiny amount of words seeking to set apart Tier 1 from the trades. What are their core values? Are any shared? How are they similar and different? PR pros may know all this -- especially you vets -- but do the clients? Perhaps this short-and-sweet copy can (in a small way) make agency-client life easier. 

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Cheat Sheet: 102 Security Reporters

If you work in cybersecurity PR, you've got at least 102 rows on your own spreadsheet, each with the name of a must-pitch target. Are your names the same as ours? This month we scrubbed our list and tidied up the email contact info. Here it is. Happy pitching. 

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Deep Dive: Cracking the Washington Post, Pt. 2

The 17 Washington Post tech journalists featured in this week’s SWMS cheat sheet find themselves in the right place at the right time. As Google, Amazon and Facebook face Federal investigation, most of these seasoned scribes will serve as de facto war correspondents. Tech PR will hate this impending war.

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Cheat Sheet: Sites that Sell Gear (Mostly) to Guys

It seems there are as many platforms as publications these days. A subscriber recently sent us a list of cool-things-to-buy sites, apparently geared to males and built on affiliate marketing, where the publishers make a commission on every item sold.

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SWMS Healthcare Deep-Dive: Google Docs

In one Google Doc, we analyze 116 articles across five publications, capturing authors, headlines, URLs and whether the article was positive, negative or neutral in tone. In another, we list the 118 editorial sections contained in 18 leading healthcare publications, accompanied by lists of Tier 1 and Tier 2 journalists, tables on site traffic (SimilarWeb) and coverage volume (IT Database), F2F events and more.

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SWMS Healthcare Deep-Dive: Part 1 -- Landscape Stories

Even in a realm as “vertical” as healthcare, stories are still stories. Technology is transforming both business and society. Companies and their leaders face crises. Startups succeed and fail. Conversely, much is unique to healthcare. Few industries are more regulated, depend more on new science, and have such a direct impact on life and happiness.

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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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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.
Fri, 2014-10-24 10:04

Maybe so, says (SWMS subscriber) Edelman's Steve Rubel. Quoted by DM News, Steve worries that if 50 percent of content is consumed... Read more

Tue, 2014-10-21 11:05

Though he is damn near synonymous with data journalism, Nate Silver is still having a hard time launching FiveThirtyEight at ESPN.... Read more

Thu, 2014-10-09 09:14

... and the headline ended with ...That May Surprise You. A great click-bait technique. Well, the things didn't surprise us and they won't surprise... Read more

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