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Cheat Sheet: Amazon Reporters

This list of 15 top targets cover Amazon as a company. We left out the stock price reporters, the ecommerce pros and the other specialists. These are the reporters who watch Amazon’s challenges, in labor, regulation and overcoming the entropy affecting all of FAANG.

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Alex Kantrowitz Wrote the Book on Facebook and Other Titans

BuzzFeed senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz says he’s proud of his first book, Always Day One, published last month in hardcover and online. Always Day One explores management attitudes and techniques that keep Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft on top (Apple not so much, due to its secrecy, Alex says).

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Cheat Sheet: Amazon, Google Reporters

One might ask, “Why do I care about FAANG reporters when FAANGs aren’t my clients?” Many of your clients compete, at least indirectly, with one of these behemoths. Health insurers once couldn’t imagine Amazon as a competitor. So here are the beat reporters in the big edit shops, as of April 2018.

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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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