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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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Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Monthly

Now a misnomer, the Businessweek name will stick around for a while longer. Bloomberg is investing big in paper stock and photography. It’ll be a coffee table magazine, showcasing all that Bloomberg does. Now we know why Brad Stone took this new assignment. The first refurbed issue arrives in July.

Semafor Goes AI Crazy

Fourteen of 19 tech stories in the Semafor technology section are about AI. Two of the five outliers were about TikTok’s potential sale. Semafor sells itself on being differentiated. Chasing AI-news-of-the-day won’t achieve that.

Refinery29 Buys An Event Company

Another scoop from Sara Fischer at Axios: Refinery29 is “taking over” B2C event brand Beautycon, among the most successful F2F events in the beauty space. The idea is to augment the R29 brand and make the title less vulnerable to a weak advertising market.

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