Recent Edit News and Analysis

OTT Heaven from Motor Trend

Video typically comes from TV networks and web sites. Increasingly, it will come from special-interest over-the-top (OTT) networks, delivered by apps you load from your mobile device or find pre-loaded on your Apple TV or Roku. This week The Enthusiast Network announced an update to just such an OTT platform, called Motor Trend on Demand.

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Fall '16 Event Season Unfolding

Event season is heating up. Gigaom this month will announce the speaker lineup for Gigaom Change, its first F2F event under the leadership of CEO Byron Reese. The New Yorker is also getting into the tech event business with the debut of the New Yorker TechFest, chaired by the widely-respected New Yorker editor David Remnick.

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Watch It -- Here's Facebook Live

Tech PR pros don't need something else to do, but it's probably time to keep an eye on Facebook Live (FBL). Launched last August, FB's live video portal has come of age. Brands, celebrities, tech journalists and mere mortals are broadcasting live every day to large and growing audiences.

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New Tech Brings Broad Edit Labels -- and Pitch Possibilities

It's tougher than ever to determine who covers what in today's tech media. Beats and sections used to be simple. Most publications had ample staffs, and the technology they covered (laptops, networking, printers) were largely unambiguous and well-understood.

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NewCo Shift: Editorial for Responsible Capitalism

Traditional business publications celebrate companies that put stockholders first. NewCo Shift, the media brand launched this month by entrepreneur John Battelle, celebrates a new breed of capitalism that puts people first. That may sound trite. We'll get to why it isn't.

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NewCo Shift: Staff and Structure

Let's take a look at how NewCo Shift's web content is organized, and the founding staff that produces it. CEO and co-founder John Battelle will announce several key editorial hires in coming weeks. Already aboard is executive editor Jimmy Guterman, who has written for dozens of publications over the years and is widely respected in the industry.

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Introducing Circuit Breaker, a Gadget Blog from The Verge

Vox Media has launched Circuit Breaker, a gadget blog run by The Verge and built to live on Facebook. Circuit Breaker also lives as a channel on The Verge itself, but the mission is to get The Verge's gadget content flowing in FB streams like yours.

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SWMS Narrative Formulas, Updated

SWMS publishes and periodically updates a list of narrative story types that recur year after year in tech and business media. Today we refresh that list with examples that might spell pitch success for PR pros specializing in B2B IT, especially in times when you have no "news."

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Wired Profile Stirs Journo Angst

Did you catch Christopher Mims on Twitter this week? The WSJ columnist criticized Wired for its newly published profile of Magic Leap, which it calls "the world's most secretive startup." "No one plays the access journalism game in tech better than Wired," he Tweeted, explaining that "Wired's piece on Magic Leap is good, but is it journalism? It reads like an extended, rapturous press release."
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Erick Schonfeld's Next Act: Bringing the Startups to You

Instead of you going to DEMO, what if DEMO came to you? That's the idea behind Traction Technology Partners, founded last December by former DEMO producers Erick Schonfeld and Neal Silverman. Theirs is a complicated business model. But it is the right idea in an era where F2F and community are so symbiotic and will only remain so.

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Doug MacMillan Temporarily Exits WSJ for Fellowship

Doug MacMillan will leave the WSJ this summer to become a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University in New York. "There's no plan to announce yet about who will be taking over my beat, but I know that I am leaving the bureau in very capable hands," Doug says.

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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.