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Analysis: IT Brew

Launched in May 2022, IT Brew is learning what it is. In the early going it is very much a twice-weekly cybersecurity newsletter. Last month, 14 of 17 articles focused on the topic. Each of the 14 was deeply reported, with lots of quotes and links.

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Cheat Sheet: Case Study Reporters

This one is a bit squishy because case studies are rarely “a beat.” Undaunted, we combed Tier 1 and IT trades and came up with 13 names for you. We’re open to your suggestions — whom did we miss? Please share!

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Deep-Dive: WSJ CIO Journal

We went deep this week on CIO Journal, the WSJ vertical that turned ten years old last month. Our subscribers regularly ask how to break through. We hope our data and analysis can help.

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Change is Coming to 31-Year-Old ZDNet

Change is coming to 31-year-old ZDNet. According to EIC Jason Hiner, ZDNet is honing its focus on professionals of all sorts — not just IT pros. Its historic emphasis on B2B and IT will soon be over.

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Tom Krazit’s Secret Weapon

PR pros often wonder how to measure the influence of a particular publication. Similarweb measures audience size and that’s great. How do you measure a publication’s relationship with its readers?

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Cheat Sheet: CIO, CFO Pitch Opps

A subscriber requested we hunt for columns and other standing elements where one could pitch a CIO or CFO. We found several potential opportunities. The vehicles were one-off or occasional, not recurring, so this isn’t a typical “cheat sheet.” Still, this short list is worth a look.

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Cheat Sheet: Edge Computing Reporters

Here’s a list of 14 reporters who write frequently about edge. The biggest audience in play here is VentureBeat’s. Sorry to disappoint but we found no business reporters who cover edge computing. let us know if you have!

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Pitch Opp: SEO Revisions

Not every article has to be freshly written and unique. B2B publishers often establish — and regularly refresh — “what is” articles designed to answer basic questions about a technology.

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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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