Before Pitching a Narrative, Mock One Up

Most in-house PR pros crave lengthy Tier 1 narratives focused only on their company. Agencies want them focused on the lucrative client. Mock-ups can help. Why not write — at length — the story you envision? We did just that for a subscriber and here’s what we learned.

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Marker: About 'How' and 'Why'

It's been just five weeks since the soft launch of Marker, the new business publication from Medium. Based on an analysis of the 36 articles published so far, the content is predominatly business advice for startups -- and not appreciably different from what readers can find elsewhere.

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Amazing Visual Storytelling from the New York Times

If you're interested in state-of-the-art storytelling, look no further than last week's special report from the New York Times. Titled "The Office: An In-Depth Analysis of Workplace User Behavior," it's not necessarily something to read -- it's something to play with.

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Inside the FT's Profile of PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada

Every CEO profile counts these days. Every enterprise software story does, too. So when we saw Financial Times west coast editor Richard Waters dedicate more than 1,000 words to PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada, that was a big deal. How did that story come about?

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Cheat Sheet: Holiday Gift Guides

It's too good to be true: the names and contact info for sixteen editors who oversee product selection in holiday gift guides? We scoured LinkedIn and followed chains until we found -- in our best estimation -- a core group of decision-makers who can put the clients' products on the holiday short list.

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Axios 'Smart Brevity' -- A New Standard for Internal Comms?

By now you know about Axios and its "smart brevity" (which an Axios comms pro once described as "going deep, writing short"). More than a slogan, smart brevity is a bullet-based, easily scannable writing style designed to convey information clearly at a glance. And now it's more than a writing style...

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Cheat Sheet: Forbes, CNN, AP

This cheat sheet is a bit different -- a loose "org chart" of edit operations at Forbes, CNN and AP. It's presented as a list, not a chart. It doesn't contain every name in each of these three huge organizations, but it does frame the top of each. None of those three orgs offer a masthead, so enjoy. Input and refinements welcome.

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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.