"I feel like I spend most of my week saying no," says Dark Reading contributed content gatekeeper Marilyn Cohodas. The publication's managing editor reviews the contributions submitted by PR folks. The good authors, she says, "understand the big picture and understand the problems that need to be solved."
Which publications still accept one-off contributions? Of the 114 titles in our contributed content Google Doc, roughly 100 still accept standalone articles. Unfortunately, the most attractive venues -- Forbes, TechCrunch and WSJ to name three -- want ongoing commitments. Inc. and Entrepreneur already have hundreds of contributors and don't hunger for more.
Financial Times opinion and analysis editor Brooke Masters this month produced a short video -- and companion article -- explaining how to contribute content to the publication. Brooke offers five basic points that every executive author should consider before pitching -- to the FT or for that matter anywhere else.
If you like the Forbes Technology Council, you'll like the newly announced Ad Age Collective. It's based on the same idea: paying an affordable annual fee for the right to publish content to a prestigious site and to enjoy additional benefits -- such as professional introductions and early-bird pricing to live events.
When Axios launched in 2016, its founders described its goal as “smart brevity,” or more colorfully, as “Twitter meets The Economist.” Take a look, for example, at Sara Fischer’s most recent Media Trends newsletter and you can see that Axios has succeeded. Observe the form, not necessarily the substance.
-- Updated May 8, 2019 -- Contributed content is becoming harder than ever to place. Our one-of-a-kind Google Doc of gatekeepers is freshly scrubbed and augmented. It's the most popular aspect of our web site. Enjoy and good luck.