Lindsay Ciulla's PR First-Aid Kit: Handling the Busted Embargo

So, you pre-briefed a group of reporters on an upcoming announcement, with the expectation that they’re going to post a story shortly after your embargo lifts. You and the client worked closely together to make sure the reporter had all assets they’d need for a story.

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SWMS Tech Edit Spotlight: Crypto

For tech PR, “crypto” is here, finally. After years of hearing about it, many if not most agencies have clients somewhere in the space. Swaths of journalists cover it. Most exciting: crypto is now “baked in” — there’s a crypto angle to just about every aspect of tech edit, from gender to IoT.

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Our Fellowship with MuckRock

In partnership with MuckRock -- and to celebrate our 20th anniversary -- SWMS has donated $20K to help fund the Sam Whitmore Media Survey Fellowship. MuckRock serves journalists, researchers and citizens by requesting, analyzing and sharing government documents as obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

SWMS 20: What We Did and Why

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Sam Whitmore's Media Survey. No business can survive without the loyalty of its customers. We call them subscribers, and we thank every one of them. In this piece we revist the various looks of the SWMS web site over the years.

Profile: Pat Thibodeau, TechTarget

Where were you in 1981? Perhaps you were just a twinkle back then. Pat Thibodeau was a newspaper reporter in New Britain, Conn. Fifteen years later he moved to Computerworld, where he worked for more than 20 years. Now he reports for TechTarget’s HR and ERP verticals, and he believes he’s in the right place.

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Dion Hinchcliffe: Constellation Research, ZDNet

Does Dion Hinchcliffe still write for ZDNet? Well sure… just not as much as he used to. Being a Dad to three-year-old twins has slowed him just a bit. “As they get older I can find more time to write,” the proud Papa told us last week. One can find Dion’s core work at Constellation Research, where he serves as VP and principal analyst.

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Pitch Opp: "Open Future" from The Economist

Having been around since 1843, The Economist has a finely honed instinct for survival. The newspaper’s current editorial custodians, led by EIC Zanny Minton Beddoes, lately sense disturbing shifts in politics, economics and society. These shifts, The Economist believes, bode ill — perhaps for the newspaper itself.

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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.