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Cheat Sheet: Consumer Tech Podcasts

Where are the pitchable consumer tech podcasts? So many of them are produced by people who disregard pitches. So we used our best judgment building this cheat sheet — which ones might you have a ghost of a chance of influencing?

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Cheat Sheet: Consumer Tech Targets

We’re really trying to thread the needle on this one: who are the consumer tech journalists who aren’t necessarily product reviewers, and who don’t specialize in particular products or brands? Simply put, who are the consumer tech generalists?

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How to Pitch the Wired Consumer Products Team

SWMS contributor Rhiannon Pacheco writes: Landing a product review in Wired is a big win. We sat down with senior editor Michael Calore to learn more about who and how to pitch, whether Wired takes exclusives, and how product coverage can be a cultural reflection of sorts.

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Scary Mommy, Fatherly and TheDad: Parental Targets to Pitch

Most B2B publications serve professional buyers of products and services. In B2C, typically, it’s all about passions. Is parenthood a passion? Some Spider Studios knows it is. The NYC-based web publisher is doing pretty well these days with the combination of Scary Mommy, Fatherly and The Dad.

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Edit 2020: Context, Emotion

Context and emotion aren’t just coming — they’re here. The New York Times has begun classifying its articles by the emotions they generate. Sirius/XM recently launched several new audio channels programmed for listening while partying, barbecuing or working out. The newest clean-slate industry in America, cannabis, sells its products by context and emotion, too.

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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.

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