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Axios and 'Smart Brevity'

When Axios launched in 2016, its founders described its goal as “smart brevity,” or more colorfully, as “Twitter meets The Economist.” Take a look, for example, at Sara Fischer’s most recent Media Trends newsletter and you can see that Axios has succeeded. Observe the form, not necessarily the substance.

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Profile: Liz Webber, Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur has more than 800 contributors and its doors remain open. You can write occasionally or every week. Find an audience and editors will promote you from “guest writer” to “contributor” and finally to “VIP contributor” if you make the all-star team.

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Contributed Content Gatekeepers: The Directory

-- Updated Jul. 19, 2018 -- Contributed content is becoming harder than ever to place. Our one-of-a-kind Google Doc of gatekeepers is freshly scrubbed and augmented. It's the most popular aspect of our web site. Enjoy and good luck.

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Our CEO Profile Cheat Sheet

-- Updated Mar. 14, 2018 -- Reading Adam Bryant’s brilliant final Corner Office column last month proved a painful reminder that CEO profiles are scarcer than ever. In August, editors from Forbes, Fast Company and ZDNet shared with us some reasons for the scarcity, which made for interesting reading but did little to placate CEO clients awaiting their 15 minutes.

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Opportunity Awaits as HuffPost, Ad Age Put the Squeeze on Contributed Content

There’s subtle PR opportunity in the wake of last week’s sad news from HuffPost and Ad Age. HuffPost officially shuttered its long dormant contributor platform, which allowed approved contributors to publish at will. On the other hand, HuffPost simultaneously launched HuffPost Opinion and HuffPost Personal...

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How to Approach Axios with Contributed Content

With Axios now attracting an audience of more than 16 million monthly uniques (per SimilarWeb), it’s now a Tier 1 place to be. And it takes contributed content, too. Yes, most of it is about Trump, Russia or UFOs. But there’s a surprising amount of tech-related content as well. This week we analyze three contributions that might inspire you to approach.

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Inc. Wants Contributors and Invests in Them

One prominent site still on the hunt for contributors is Inc.com. Executive editor Laura Lorber oversees two full-time editors and collaborates with six others to manage the network of more than 400 experts. Inc. is not into the one-offs. They want family members.

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Contributed Content Challenges at The Next Web

It’s easy to forget that the media world — on the business side — has its share of scammers and scumbags. When publishers fight back as they should, PR pros can get caught in the crossfire. Case in point: The Next Web.

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Contributed Content: Copy Tips

Contributed content is tougher than ever to place. Sites that used to accept it no longer do. Getting the writing right is the least of it -- but it's where to start. In this SWMS deep-dive, we’ll be prescriptive and touch upon basics you may know but your clients may not. It can be scary to “manage up” but preventing problems is always easier than solving them.

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