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Q&A: Steve Lohr, NYT

If you’re younger than 43 years old, Steve Lohr was reporting for the New York Times before you were born. Imagine all the stories he has written… the interviews he has conducted… and all the pitches he has seen.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: Science Edit

Science coverage is everywhere these days. This should be good news for PR pros with science stories to tell, but it’s not that simple. Much of the coverage, obviously, goes to Covid-19. Less obviously, it goes to space. And beginning this month, other newsy topics have staked their claim. What shelf space is left? We studied 14 media brands and found out.

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Cheat Sheet: Science Targets

Because “science” is a sprawling topic, it’s tough to narrow things down to a tight list of Tier 1 prospects. That kind of thing never stopped us before, so here’s our take on the must-pitch group. Whom are we missing? 

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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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