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Profile: David Carr, Similarweb

We usually don’t profile journalists unless you can pitch them, but we’re making an exception in the case of Similarweb senior insights manager David Carr. Veteran tech PR pros may remember David from his years at InformationWeek. These days, David’s mission is very much like yours…

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Deep-Dive: Kyle Alspach, VentureBeat

VentureBeat staff writer Kyle Alspach wrote 15 articles last week. Yes, fifteen, and they averaged a bit more than 900 words each. So if you’ve have a hard time reaching Kyle with your cybersecurity pitch, that could be why.

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Q&A: Damon Darlin, Kaiser Health News

A veteran of the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the New York Times, Kaiser Health News executive editor Damon Darlin has never been a vendor-centric editor — and he still isn’t. But for thoughtful PR pros there’s a sliver or two of light. There always is.

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Profile: Kenrick Cai, Forbes

Forbes senior reporter Kenrick Cai chases Series A funding and spotlights fast-rising startups. Upon graduation from Duke University in June 2019, Kenrick joined Forbes as an intern and worked his way up.

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Protocol Adds Three Enterprise Reporters

As TechCrunch is to funding news and hot startups, Protocol is to enterprise computing. Last year you couldn’t say that, especially after go-to reporter Joe Williams departed for Bloomberg. This year you totally can. Protocol recently hired three enterprise reporters and seeks two more.

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Profile: Andrew Nusca, Morning Brew

After more than ten successful years at ZDNet and Fortune, Andrew Nusca is wrapping up his first successful year at Morning Brew, the newsletter publisher co-owned by Insider Inc. As executive editor, Andrew oversees the daily Morning Brew flagship newsletter, the one with more than three million daily readers.

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Introducing: The Ojo-Yoshida Report

Two veteran journalists from the semiconductor world have teamed up to launch The Ojo-Yoshida Report, which explores “the intended and unintended consequences of technology innovation.”

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More on TikTok

So much left over from the deep-dive… TikTok traffic to news interviews tends to be low, even with CEOs such as Andy Jassy… same with breaking news footage of an airplane on fire in the sky, or raging flood waters. But Stanley Cups? Off the chart.

The Root Of The Issue For Publishers

From the UK-based Press Gazette daily newsletter, Feb. 7: “Meta made $135bn in revenue last year. In the UK alone it made more in advertising than every UK publisher (print and online) combined.”

A metaphor might be, in the old days, if you wanted to buy a car, you had to buy it from a “car” company, be it GM, Ford, Chrysler or American Motors. Now you can import your vehicles from several countries, or just Uber everywhere.

Similarly, the publishing business is now fully disrupted. You are no longer forced to advertise with “publishers,” and ever larger numbers of advertisers do not.

Microsoft and Semafor Team Up On AI-Driven Wire Service

The FT has detail on a collaboration between Microsoft and Semafor. Microsoft will prove Semafor with AI technology that will help Semafor spot timely news and analysis written in any language around the world, and (b) assemble it in a newsfeed to run on the Semafor site. The newsfeed will be branded as “Signals.” Said Semafor co-founder Ben Smith to the FT: “Signals will be written entirely by journalists, with artificial intelligence providing a research tool to inform posts.”

Changes At Bloomberg

Brad Stone is now editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, for which he was a senior writer from 2010 to 2015. Succeeding Brad as Bloomberg’s executive editor of global technology is none other than Brad’s trusted colleague for so many years, Tom Giles. Expect no substantive changes in either shop.

Got Any Open Jobs?

Tweets former TechCrunch reporter Catherine Shu: “I’m available for journalism and PR/comms work.”

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