Recent Edit News and Analysis

PR Winners and Losers from David Strom's RSA Inbox

RSA Conference (RSAC) has come and gone, and hopefully the email flow has finally stopped. As usual, the conference and its associated 300 or so emails shows what the best and worst PR practices are. This time I asked Sam if I could share with you my analysis of these inquiries, in the hope that we (we being the trade press) can work better with you.

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SWMS editorial teleconference: Pam Baker and Todd R. Weiss, B2B tech edit freelancers

Not all journalists operate the same way. This week’s SWMS editorial teleconference with B2B tech freelancers Pam Baker and Todd R. Weiss was a good reminder. When it comes to HARO/ProfNet, vendor blogs and survey stories, Pam and Todd see things differently. 

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Is Good Sexy? Or is Good Boring? Amanda Orr on Social Good PR

SWMS subscriber Amanda Orr writes:

Thank you for bringing this topic to the light in Media Survey, Sam, as it’s been on my professional mind for quite some time. Anecdotally, about three quarters of my clients over the past two to three years have had “social good” corporate missions.

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TechCrunch Extra Crunch: Overview

TechCrunch this week introduced TechCrunch Extra Crunch, a premium subscription tier that brings extra content and services to the publication’s most passionate readers. Tech PR gets new opportunity to pitch startups without needing a news hook. (See related analysis.)

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The Block: Trustworthy Crypto Edit Led by EIC John Biggs

The Block "is not an enthusiast site [for crypto]," says new editor-in-chief John Biggs. "We're not rah rah rah all day long like other sites." The 12-year veteran of TechCrunch is now a full-timer at The Block, a thoughtful crypto publication that's coming up on its first birthday.

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For PR, 'Social Good' Can Be a Tough Sell

Is “social good” a good topic to pitch? Mashable does have its “social good” section. Fast Company’s Ben Paynter and VentureBeat’s Kyle Wiggers do write frequently on the topic. This week we added six additional reporters to our SWMS social good cheat sheet, as well as a twice-weekly newsletter from Vox.

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Behind BuzzFeed's 200+ Layoffs: The Big Roll-Up

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?

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Here's What's Behind Business Insider's BI Prime Paywall

Does Business Insider hurt itself reserving select articles only for BI Prime subscribers? Probably not. Of all the types of articles BI publishes, only three tend to be gated, SWMS research shows. Unfortunately, those types include most stories PR folks would pitch.

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WSJ Rolls Out AI Vertical

Dow Jones this week introduced WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence (WSJ Pro AI), the sixth in a series of WSJ Professional Editions designed for business executives and technologists immersed in a particular field. Unlike the other WSJ Pro verticals -- focused on cybersecurity, central banking, venture capital, private equity, and bankruptcy -- the AI vertical is free.

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Substack: Influence Worth Hunting For

Add Substack to the list of platforms frustrating to PR -- Product Hunt, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Quora -- that command attention but aren't pitchable like publications. Founded in 2017, Substack is a publishing platform for indie newsletter authors. It's cool and we'll get into why, but Substack's web site is more or less a metaphorical black box.

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2019: The Pre-Holiday Notebook

Here's a selection of 2019-related links and notions you may find predictive of things to come. Explored are three cool tools that automate the creation of rough drafts, the rise of graphics at the WSJ, and the specter of global financial chaos that could transform the world of business and tech media.

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