If you’ve had difficulty contributing content to TechCrunch gatekeeper Jon Shieber lately, you’re not alone: readers sent us a lot of “what’s-going-on?” emails in recent days. Even after our own email exchange with Jon, it’s still unclear exactly what is going on.
After year-end layoffs and buyouts, troubles continue to plague the WSJ. Beloved WSJ deputy EIC Rebecca Blumenstein quit this week to join the New York Times. EIC Gerard Baker will face tough questions at an all-hands WSJ meeting on Monday.
“Every journalist, no matter the beat, covers politics now,” Tweeted Bloomberg tech reporter Sarah Frier yesterday. In just 17 hours the Tweet received close to 3,000 likes and 1,000 RTs. It seems to be about countries these days, not companies.
The WSJ’s SF bureau has realigned after departures of Don Clark and Scott Thurm. Bureau chief Jason Dean has divided things by enterprise hardware and enterprise software, by company. Not sure how startups and 2nd-tier players get covered in such a system.
A new, beta version of TechNews emerged this week. You may know the product by its old name, IT Database. By any name it’s a trusted search tool that unearths who’s been writing about what in B2B tech edit. It celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The latest TechNews version, in beta, allows users to “follow” reporters and be alerted when they write something new.
Readers have been asking us about the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for C-level executives. You have to invite yourself and then pay to get in. Once you’re approved, you can publish up to ten times a year on Forbes.com. Is it worth the money?
A target is a target and a hit is a hit, but one day soon you’ll choose which sites to pitch based on how they perform on mobile. One big reason: Google’s algorithms have begun to rank the mobile version of a site’s content. This means that a site’s influence increasingly hinges on how it works on the go.
Were you alive in 1985? Mike Vizard was reporting tech news and is still at it, freelancing for IT Business Edge and three other titles. Few journalists have more experience and connections. No tech PR pro can afford not to know what Mike told us during his recent 27-minute interview with us.
Medium yesterday laid off a third of its workers and closed offices in New York and Washington, DC. The respected platform isn't sinking, but barring swift repairs it soon will be listing, losing money without a clear way of making it.
Our readers had a lot to say about our open letter written from a fictitious B2B agency to a well-meaning fictitious client. A lack of candor often plagues an agency-client relationship after the glow of the kickoff has faded. Our open letter was designed to let agency leaders say what was on their minds.
Where would you rather get coverage, Computerworld or Datanami? If you represent a company selling enterprise software, you probably don’t have much of a choice. Visit Computerworld today and you’ll see lots of practical, readable, sharable stories, but nothing like “Spark Gains Momentum With Latest Investment,” or “MariaDB Takes On Teradata, Vertica with Column Store.”
Last week we published an open letter from a fictitious agency to a fictitious client, urging it to recognize new and daunting realities. We didn’t promote it in last week’s emailer because, frankly, we weren’t sure we should have published it. After all, we analyze tech media for a living. Dispensing business advice to PR agencies isn't something you ask us to do.
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.