Recent Edit News and Analysis

Two Pairs of Top Editors Launch Content Marketing Shops

Michael V. Copeland and Jeffrey Davis, from the late Business 2.0, last month launched Story Made Good to create "powerful stories about the future of technology and humanity." On the B2B side, former Computerworld EICs Bill Laberis and Paul Gillin have launched IT Content Experts, focused on generating B2B tech content that drives sales.

 

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Hemingway: A Cool Writing Tool

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.

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Countdown: Vice News on HBO

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. 

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Even More Narrative Story Types

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?

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The Arik Hesseldahl Watch

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.

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Skyword's Biggest Story Yet

It's showtime for Skyword. Founded in 2010 and facing fierce competition, the Boston-based content marketer has gone all-in with new partner Robert McKee, a world-famous, 75-year-old storytelling expert whose students have gone on to win 60 Oscars and 200 Emmys.

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Two New IT Titles to Pitch

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...

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How Fusion Tests Its Articles on Facebook and How You Can, Too

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.

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A Vendor Wrote It, or Sponsored It. Here's How to Disclose It

A veteran IT editor wrote to remind us that some publications flag contributed and sponsored content more clearly than others. In this InfoWorld example, the author's identity is not seen until the bottom of the article. By contrast, in this Huffington Post example, readers see that the author works for Apigee before they begin reading.

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WSJ Pro: News, Data and Events

No publisher has more prestige than The Wall Street Journal. But like every publication, it must fight the forces of commoditization that make editorial excellence unprofitable. The WSJ strategy: combine news, data and events into a premium-priced vertical that differentiates from articles-only competitors.

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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.