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SWMS Dossier: Belle Lin, WSJ CIO Journal

If tech journalism had its own 30 Under 30 list, Belle Keni Lin certainly would be on it. The 28-year-old WSJ reporter started her career as a marcom intern, first at Dropbox and later at Fleetsmith, an IT software company later acquired by Apple.

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‘Fellows’ and ‘Interns’ Make Great Targets

Most PR pros categorize targets by beat, then by publication. There’s another way — by experience. The rookies are happy to be where they are. And quite often they are friendly toward PR, especially when you appear to know a little bit about them.

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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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Odds & Ends

Bradley Davis left the New York Post to become director of business news at Insider. There he will oversee reporters who cover breaking news for

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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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