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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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Odds & Ends

Red Ventures isn’t selling ZDNet anytime soon. If anything, the 30-year-old franchise is growing. Look for enhanced coverage of health, education and personal finance in

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Chris Preimesberger’s Next Act: ZDNet

Few B2B journalists are more respected than Chris Preimesberger. After more than 15 years at eWeek, Chris now contributes to ZDNet, writing for Larry Dignan, who hired Chris into eWeek all those years ago.

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Dion Hinchcliffe: Constellation Research, ZDNet

Does Dion Hinchcliffe still write for ZDNet? Well sure… just not as much as he used to. Being a Dad to three-year-old twins has slowed him just a bit. “As they get older I can find more time to write,” the proud Papa told us last week. One can find Dion’s core work at Constellation Research, where he serves as VP and principal analyst.

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FRIDGE NOTES

Much of Gen Z Searches on Social, Not Google

Says Digiday today: 40 percent of Gen Z uses TikTok or Instagram when searching for lunch recommendations. The younger you go, the tighter the grip held by platforms. Musk’s calculation that few will ever leave X might not be too far off in the long run.

Digiday: Journalists Taking A Dim View of Gen AI

Digiday granted anonymity to seven journalists working in shops that are experimenting with generative AI. “Nothing we have found is ready for prime time, at least not for serious journalism purposes,” says one, adding that “there is no way that AI results in more people being in journalism. This only can result in less.”

Some individuals said they dabble with Gen AI to find good headlines and story ideas.

The last word seemed to go to Insider EIC Nic Carlson, who said, “AI will replace, over time, journalists who refuse to use AI.”

NYT Insists on ‘C.E.O.’

We’ve been working on updating our CEO Profile cheat sheet and noticed that only the New York Times insists on calling these executives C.E.O.s. How stuffy. And the C.E.O.s they do cover always seem to be resigning for one reason or another. We’ll have the updated cheat sheet ready for you very soon. The FT’s ‘How To Lead’ feature appears to be in hiatus. The WSJ has some opportunity in WSJ Magazine.

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