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SWMS Dossier: Jane Thier, Fortune

At 27, she is one of the important Tier 1 journalists in the business. Important certainly to SWMS readers, because no one writes more CEO profiles than Brooklyn resident Jane Thier.

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Dossier: Ken Yeung, VentureBeat

Ken Yeung has returned to VentureBeat to cover AI as a contributing writer and editor. Tech PR veterans may remember Ken as a VB staff writer in 2015 and 2016. Now he is back. Knowing all about the fast-paced culture VB founder Matt Marshall has built.

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SWMS Q & A: Jared Council, Journalist

Jared Council is one of a kind. Yes, he covered AI for the WSJ, which is sort of a conventional thing for a good reporter to do. Then things changed. Jared blended what he did with who he was deep inside.

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Dossier: Dylan Sloan, Fortune

Fortune editorial fellow Dylan Sloan will turn 24 in May. If you happened to visit Freeport a year or two back, you might have run into a wavy-haired bouncer at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub.

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SWMS Dossier: Belle Lin, WSJ CIO Journal

If tech journalism had its own 30 Under 30 list, Belle Keni Lin certainly would be on it. The 28-year-old WSJ reporter started her career as a marcom intern, first at Dropbox and later at Fleetsmith, an IT software company later acquired by Apple.

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Q&A: Heather Joslyn, The New Stack

Heather Joslyn is well into her third year at The New Stack, and only a month or so into her tenure as EIC at the most technical tech pub in the business. Yet Heather by her own estimation is not overly technical. How does she do it?

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Our Q&A With GPT-4 About Kyle Wiggers

The following is a “conversation” between SWMS and GPT-4 regarding recent work from TechCrunch senior reporter Kyle Wiggers. It has been edited for length and clarity, as we do our Q&As with humans.

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Pitching InfoWorld’s ‘Generative AI Insights’ Blog

If you represent a company with an AI story to tell, consider pitching a piece to InfoWorld’s Generative AI Insights blog. Edited by IW executive editor Doug Dineley, Generative AI Insights “provides a venue for technology leaders to explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by generative artificial intelligence.”

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Refinery29 Buys An Event Company

Another scoop from Sara Fischer at Axios: Refinery29 is “taking over” B2C event brand Beautycon, among the most successful F2F events in the beauty space. The idea is to augment the R29 brand and make the title less vulnerable to a weak advertising market.

News Corp. Is Negotiating With AI Companies

Quoted by the UK-based Press Gazette, News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said, “Courtship is preferable to courtrooms – we are wooing not suing. But let’s be clear, in my view those who are repurposing our content without approval are stealing.”

The Gen AI titans are currently paying publishers between $1M and $5M a year to train their LLMs on publishers’ content, the Press Gazette reports.

FT Opens Up Its Content to OpenAI

While the NYT pursues its suit against OpenAI, the Financial Times has chosen to license its content to help OpenAI train current and future LLMs. The NYT seems to be on the wrong side of this issue, with the Associated Press and Axel Springer also choosing to see OpenAI as a source of income, rather than an enemy.

Here’s the opposing view, from Press Gazette’s Dominic Young, who advises publishers to play a game of chicken with OpenAI and its LLM competitors.

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