Profile: Jaikumar Vijayan, freelancer

Here’s what tech freelancer Jaikumar Vijayan has to say about PR pitches. “They are a lot better than they used to be. In fact, I’d say about 70 percent of the pitches I get are great ones. They are succinct. They get to the point. They summarize what it’s all about.”

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AR/VR: Shapes of Things to Come

The first company to sell virtual reality (VR) goggles and gloves, VPL Research Inc., was founded in 1985. How, then, can VR still be seen as an emerging technology? If you’ve ever applied a filter in Snapchat — and who hasn’t? — you’ve used augmented reality (AR). Why does AR seem so exotic?

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Cover Story Elements: What It Took and What It Still Takes

Back in 2011, for a subscriber, we produced a slide deck titled “Cover Story: What It Takes” and last month rediscovered it deep in a sub-directory. Now here we are in 2017. Had anything changed? Story lengths sure have. Reporters lucky enough to write 2017 narratives almost universally complain of having to trim the copy... 

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Pitch 'How' Headlines to Tier 1

You often ask us, "Where can I place a company profile? Who writes them?" At least in the 157 SWMS valet requests we received in Q1, rarely had PR pros considered the ‘how.’ Tier 1s such as Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company and Inc. love those “blueprint” headlines that show readers what success -- in all its aspects -- can look like.

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Introducing 'Crunchbase News'

In Jan. 2016 Alex Wilhelm left a safe, good job at TechCrunch to build a news staff at Mattermark, a startup selling access to rich data on tech startups and investors. Alex is now at rival Crunchbase on a similar mission: infusing smart analysis with numbers that prove the case.

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eWeek Debuts a New Web Site, with More Innovation to Follow

eWeek last week redesigned its web site and launched new personalization features that allow readers to easily follow topics and authors. Coming soon: a content-sharing arrangement with Silicon Angle’s video brand, theCube, as well as a new approach to case studies broadly named “IT Science.”

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TechCrunch Launches 'Sessions'

TechCrunch has launched a new event series, Sessions, designed to dive deeply into a single tech topic. Sessions: Justice takes place Jun. 6 in San Francisco. The second, Sessions: Robotics, follows Jul. 17 in Boston. A Los Angeles-based event (AR/VR?) remains unannounced.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: PureWow

When you think of consumer tech edit for women, which brands come to mind? TheSkimm? Refinery 29? Make sure PureWow is top-of-mind. The seven-year-old, New York-based PureWow has 15 million monthly uniques visiting the web site and three million who opt in for its newsletters. Its Facebook page has more than 1.1 million likes.

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Profile: Jennifer Jolly, Techish

Jennifer Jolly is a media star. She contributes weekly to USA Today and is a regular on NBC’s The Today Show. She also contributes to the New York Times though not so much lately. Jennifer is also an educator. Last month she launched Techish, her own tech site. Its mission: demystify technology for everyday people.

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Ina Fried Debuts Axios Newsletter on Tech

Axios debuts Login, a daily tech newsletter, on Monday. You’ll want to read it. Produced by chief technology correspondent Ina Fried, Login will cover tech for “a broad, sophisticated audience,” Ina says. An inspiration, she explains, is the Good Morning Silicon Valley newsletter back when John Paczkowski (now at BuzzFeed) wrote it. 

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Matthew Rothenberg Now Executive Editor at Spiceworks

A builder of IT software and IT community, Spiceworks is now in the IT media business, too. Former eWeek and ZDNet editor Matthew Rothenberg joined the Austin, Tex.-based company this week as executive editor.

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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.