Recent Edit News and Analysis

Lindsay Ciulla's PR First-Aid Kit: Handling the Busted Embargo

So, you pre-briefed a group of reporters on an upcoming announcement, with the expectation that they’re going to post a story shortly after your embargo lifts. You and the client worked closely together to make sure the reporter had all assets they’d need for a story.

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SWMS Tech Edit Spotlight: Crypto

For tech PR, “crypto” is here, finally. After years of hearing about it, many if not most agencies have clients somewhere in the space. Swaths of journalists cover it. Most exciting: crypto is now “baked in” — there’s a crypto angle to just about every aspect of tech edit, from gender to IoT.

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Our Fellowship with MuckRock

In partnership with MuckRock -- and to celebrate our 20th anniversary -- SWMS has donated $20K to help fund the Sam Whitmore Media Survey Fellowship. MuckRock serves journalists, researchers and citizens by requesting, analyzing and sharing government documents as obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

SWMS 20: What We Did and Why

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Sam Whitmore's Media Survey. No business can survive without the loyalty of its customers. We call them subscribers, and we thank every one of them. In this piece we revist the various looks of the SWMS web site over the years.

Pitch Opp: "Open Future" from The Economist

Having been around since 1843, The Economist has a finely honed instinct for survival. The newspaper’s current editorial custodians, led by EIC Zanny Minton Beddoes, lately sense disturbing shifts in politics, economics and society. These shifts, The Economist believes, bode ill — perhaps for the newspaper itself.

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Lindsay Ciulla: "That Time When..." a Broadcast Coup Fell Through

Several years ago, I had a strong rapport going with an executive producer (EP) from a hot weekday financial market show on behalf of one of my F500 clients. The company’s stock was doing really well and, as a bonus, the EP happened to personally follow the company.

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Cheat Sheet: Amazon, Google Reporters

One might ask, "Why do I care about FAANG reporters when FAANGs aren't my clients?" Many of your clients compete, at least indirectly, with one of these behemoths. Health insurers once couldn't imagine Amazon as a competitor. So here are the beat reporters in the big edit shops, as of April 2018.

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Matt Rosoff: "Been Doing This for 21 Years, Never Seen It This Bad"

“This week I’ve had a record number of people tell me they cannot talk to me because their PR department has blackballed me for no clear reason,” Chrissy Farr Tweeted on Apr. 6. “So glad you opened this door,” Tweeted CNBC editorial director Matt Rosoff the next day. “Every week I am stunned anew by how some PRs assume our business works, vs how it actually works.”

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SWMS Security Edit Deep-Dive, Part 5: Threats and Breaches

Threat-and-breach coverage is by far the biggest topic in security editorial. It’s got the Armageddon thing going for it, which always breeds high numbers of page views and social shares. We once heard a veteran security PR pro refer to covering security as “the crime beat” and he’s not far off.

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Lindsay Ciulla: "That Time When..."

I’d love to say that every single time I’ve worked on a major announcement or campaign, things went perfectly - but that’s unfortunately not exactly how things go in PR. One of the most crushing let-downs is when an exclusive falls through. How do you react? What do you tell your client?

 
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New Security Publication: Decipher

Decipher is the new security site that’s all about hope. The web site launched this week under the direction of editor-in-chief Dennis Fisher and senior managing editor Fahmida Y. Rashid. Both spent years in the IT trades — but that’s not what earmarks Decipher for success.

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