WSJ's 'Boss Talk' is Back

WSJ Boss Talk is back on a more-or-less bi-weekly schedule. PR pros seeking to place CEO profiles are rejoicing, as profile opps are scarce. But beware: the Journal exacts its price. In studying the past four installments, we found that it tends to profile only well-known companies...

Profile: Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic

Adrienne LaFrance, staff writer for The Atlantic covering tech, never worked in the trades. She never cranked out three stories a day. Adrienne once worked as an investigative reporter in Hawaii and reported for Boston University’s WBUR. She knows “story” crafted from the ground up.

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Inc. Wants Contributors and Invests in Them

One prominent site still on the hunt for contributors is Inc.com. Executive editor Laura Lorber oversees two full-time editors and collaborates with six others to manage the network of more than 400 experts. Inc. is not into the one-offs. They want family members.

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Contributed Content Challenges at The Next Web

It’s easy to forget that the media world — on the business side — has its share of scammers and scumbags. When publishers fight back as they should, PR pros can get caught in the crossfire. Case in point: The Next Web.

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Contributed Content: Copy Tips

Contributed content is tougher than ever to place. Sites that used to accept it no longer do. Getting the writing right is the least of it -- but it's where to start. In this SWMS deep-dive, we’ll be prescriptive and touch upon basics you may know but your clients may not. It can be scary to “manage up” but preventing problems is always easier than solving them.

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Contributed Content Gatekeepers: The Directory

-- Updated Sep. 11, 2017 -- Contributed content is becoming harder than ever to place. Our one-of-a-kind list of gatekeepers is freshly scrubbed and augmented. It's the most popular page on our web site. Enjoy and good luck.

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IDG Lays Off 93 in Historic Cut

IDG Communications yesterday laid off 93 employees, mostly in US-based editorial. It was the largest layoff in IDG’s 53-year history. Says IDG CMO Josh London in an email: “This was a difficult decision for the company, but we are grateful to those colleagues whose roles have been affected for their many contributions to IDG.”

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