More than 1,000 media people lost their jobs yesterday. At BuzzFeed the toll will range between 225 and 250. At Verizon Media Group — home to Yahoo, AOL and TechCrunch — it was more like 850. What’s happening and what does it mean for PR?
Here's another profile of an unpitchable editor. Stop the madness! Right? Well, we learned quite a bit in our conversation with BuzzFeed senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz. He’s an inspirational 30-year-old who more than holds his own in one of tech media’s most powerful investigative shops.
When was the last time PR pros swarmed the Huffington Post? We’re guessing about a year ago, when it threw its contributed-content doors wide open. In any case, after 12 successful years, the Huffington Post is no more. Its owner, Verizon, this week renamed it “HuffPost.”
Have you ever wanted to really stick it to a reporter? That's what Twitter communications exec Nu Wexler did this week. On Monday, BuzzFeed senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz sent a private message to someone familiar with Twitter Engineering, presumably a current employee. Alex asked this person for an off-the-record interview.
If you've had trouble reaching journalists at BuzzFeed, you're not alone. Why is this? Reporters aren't always responsive, as an PR pro can tell you. But there's something else at work here. We spent some time on Glassdoor this week in search of answers.
A subscriber recently asked us, "What stories are better conceived as sponsored content than as earned media?" Great question. That's why we spent time this week studying sponsored content in some of the millennially-minded publications, looking to spot trends beyond the obvious. Perhaps you'll write and tell us whether we succeeded.
Trying to reach millennials? Join the club. This week we studied BuzzFeed, Fusion, Mic, Ozy, Quartz, Vice, Vocativ and Vox to map PR's path to tech coverage. Here's what we learned. Millennially-minded tech reporters build their beats around "culture" and "future." No pitch will work unless so tailored.
Ellen Cushing has what you might call a cool job. Only three months after becoming an articles editor at BuzzFeed, she spent five days on a bus touring the American Southwest with teenage Vine and YouTube stars. Her 7,873-word chronicle is exactly the kind of piece most readers would associate with The Atlantic or Rolling Stone but never with a perceived candy dispenser like BuzzFeed.
What is it like to be a reporter at Business Insider? "Everyone is kind of their own CEO," says west coast bureau chief Matt Rosoff. There's no daily copy quota, as there is at Pando Daily and was at Gigaom. Every reporter is free to chase a big story that takes weeks to report if the story is big enough. However, Matt adds, "there's an expectation that we're not going to be missing any news."