Recent Edit News and Analysis

Profile: Ross Andersen, The Atlantic

What do you do when a publication has a monthly print-web audience of 40 million? If you’re in tech PR, you pitch it. When approaching The Atlantic, you’ll need the touch of a gem cutter. The 160-year-old publication doesn’t see vendors as newsmakers.

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4 Factors that Devastated the Journalism Business

We developed the following thoughts in this two-part series while preparing to present last month at a subscriber site. Part 1 explores four factors that devastated the journalism business. Part 2 will explore four factors that can help it flourish once again.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: Fortune's 'The Ledger'

When you think of publications that spot trends early, does Fortune come to mind? It certainly should in the case of The Ledger, Fortune’s ongoing look at “Fintech and Blockchain.” We studied the last month’s worth of articles (48 in all) and spotted the following patterns:

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Profile: Matt Rosoff, CNBC.com

Tech edit industry veteran Matt Rosoff is a builder. He helped IDG build a web channel and event around BYOD. He built Business Insider’s west coast presence as well as its enterprise tech reporting team. Since January, Matt has built out CNBC’s tech reporting team.

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David Strom on Pitching

We asked David Strom to respond to the same questions that TC Currie answered last month. David, a regular contributor to SWMS, was the founding editor-in- chief of CMP’s Network Computing, a previous editor-in- chief with Tom’s Hardware, and currently runs the Inside Security email newsletter.

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Profile: Andy Patrizio, IT Freelancer

To understand IT trade journalism today, understand Andy Patrizio. The freelancer works at home and writes for multiple publications. He’s technical at heart and sees “news” in terms of cool tech and its impact on business. Vendors matter less.

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TC Currie on Simplicity

There’s long been a divide between techies and non-technical folks who can’t understand new technology. The early success I had in my career came not just from my ability to code, but from my ability to translate between these two groups. That skill was a mainstay throughout the 20+ years I spend in software development.

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Pitch Opp: DisrupTV from Constellation Research

In your quest to land enterprise tech coverage, don’t overlook Constellation Research’s DisrupTV. It’s a weekly web-based video program co-hosted by Constellation CEO R Ray Wang and Salesforce chief digital evangelist Vala Afshar.

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The Truth About CEO Profiles

CEO profiles seem scarcer than ever, while demand for them soars. Each month our subscribers request valet research on “targets” for CEO profiles. There aren’t many and there aren’t enough. This analysis aims to be as constructive and useful as possible. That said, five expert editors tell it like it is.

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Quentin at Google: Six Months In

Once you’ve worked for the WSJ, NYT, Forbes and Fox, what do you do for an encore? You go to work for Google, explaining the cloud. At least that’s what Quentin Hardy did. Six months in, he loves it. He writes, moderates panels and soon will produce videos. Mostly, he gets to go deep and stay deep on the biggest story of our times.

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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.
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