Good writing isn't always "good." Using a writing-clarity app called Hemingway, SWMS this week analyzed 15 recent articles from authors in a dozen publications. The tool's chief bias: shorter sentences are better. Another: passive voice is used only by poor writers. Oh, and adverbs suck.
It's not too early to start planning for Vice's nightly news program on HBO. Announced last fall, the as-yet-unnamed program is being shaped by Vice executive news VP Josh Tyrangiel, the former Bloomberg executive who turned the once-staid Businessweek into something edgy and colorful.
Where are all the company profiles? They abounded when the IPO window was wide open. Not anymore. Back when he wrote for Forbes, Dan Lyons told us that PR people always wanted him to write "book reports" -- here's who we are, and we've done this and that. That sounds like a company profile, doesn't it?
Arik Hesseldahl left Recode this month. Recode EIC Dan Frommer tells us there's no replacement lined up yet. Meanwhile, PR pros anxiously watch and wait, for enterprise reporters are scarcer than ever. FierceMarkets laid off several last month. IDG has lost a few through resignations and did not replace them.
New York Times deputy technology editor Quentin Hardy appears tomorrow night at a sold-out PRSA event in Silicon Valley. Billed as an "enterprise tech" journalist, Quentin does cover AI, and a bit of cloud. Truth is, Quentin hasn't sourced his own material all that much lately; instead he opines on other NYT reporters' material as part of the NYT's Daily Report.
Few edit shops frustrate PR pros more than HBR. With all of those big-name professors and book authors, how the heck do you place contributed content? According to Similarweb, HBR.org gets 9.6 million unique visits per month, lower than Computerworld (11.5M) but higher than CIO (4.5M).
Any experienced content marketer has battled the lawyers at one point or another. What are their no-no's? At last month's Skyword Forward symposium in Boston, we asked around for what the latest legal no-no's are these days.
Recode deputy managing editor Joe Brown is waiting for your contributed posts -- the ones actually conceived by the executives who get the bylines, written in first-person, confidently and generously. The section is called "Voices," after all.
Those mourning the loss of 11 IT-related FierceMarkets sites this month will cheer news of two new places to pitch. The first is TechTarget's SearchITOperations.com, which launched Jun. 7. Says editor Meredith Courtemanche in an email: "SearchITOperations spun out of SearchDataCenter, with some help from SearchCloudComputing and SearchAWS...
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.
First there was "A/B testing," where a publisher would float two different headlines on their own site and go with the better one. That's still around, but nowadays it's all about "dark testing" on Facebook. TechCrunch does this, as do Refinery29, Fusion and many other titles that publish directly to the FB platform.