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More Narrative Formula Examples

Perhaps you saw our Nov. 30 analysis of narrative story formulas that continually appear in Tier 1. The idea would be for PR pros to contour their story pitches to fit one of these formulas, since publications are writing these kinds of stories anyway.

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A New Paid Opp at Enterprise Times

UK-based Enterprise Times has an interesting proposition this year for B2B agency folks: instead of pitching weak news and hoping for the best, why not pay for prominent publication at an affordable rate?

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SWMS Diagram: The Tier 1 Edit Process

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that when you’re pitching Tier 1 reporters, you are pitching their bosses at the same time. That’s why it’s helpful to understand the entire editorial process in the publications you’re pitching — not just the persuasion part.

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Three Challenges for Fortune In 2024

We’ve probably overcovered Fortune this year relative to other publications, but only because the 94-year-old publication outperformed everyone else in the industry. That was then. Fortune may struggle in ’24 to replicate 2023’s success. Here’s why.

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Deep Dive: Eight Narrative Formulas That Still Work

Ten years ago last month, we published a list of narrative story formulas that often showed up in Tier 1 publications. Our research back then determined that a small number of edit formulas provided structure for a large number of pitchable, high share-of-voice feature stories.

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For Years, Forbes Ran A Shadow Web Site That Tricked Advertisers

What a terrific scoop from the WSJ’s Patience Haggin: Forbes for years operated a shadow, tiny-traffic web site — at — that housed advertising bought to run on the big-traffic site. Advertisers paid for the real site but were placed on the spammy shadow site. After WSJ broke the story, Forbes took the shadow site offline. One quote from the story: “Imagine if a car dealership slapped a Lexus sticker on an economy Toyota and sold it to you as a Lexus.”

Publishers Using Gen AI To Improve Their Own Search

Digiday’s Sara Guaglione has a great scoop on how several publishers — including the FT, Forbes, Business Insider, The Guardian and others — are using gen AI tools to improve their own search engines. One publisher told Sara that site search historically is “not a widely-used function.”


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