Quentin Hardy Today

New York Times deputy technology editor Quentin Hardy appears tomorrow night at a sold-out PRSA event in Silicon Valley. Billed as an "enterprise tech" journalist, Quentin does cover AI, and a bit of cloud. Truth is, Quentin hasn't sourced his own material all that much lately; instead he opines on other NYT reporters' material as part of the NYT's Daily Report.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: HBR.org

Few edit shops frustrate PR pros more than HBR. With all of those big-name professors and book authors, how the heck do you place contributed content? According to Similarweb, HBR.org gets 9.6 million unique visits per month, lower than Computerworld (11.5M) but higher than CIO (4.5M).

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Skyword's Biggest Story Yet

It's showtime for Skyword. Founded in 2010 and facing fierce competition, the Boston-based content marketer has gone all-in with new partner Robert McKee, a world-famous, 75-year-old storytelling expert whose students have gone on to win 60 Oscars and 200 Emmys.

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Two New IT Titles to Pitch

Those mourning the loss of 11 IT-related FierceMarkets sites this month will cheer news of two new places to pitch. The first is TechTarget's SearchITOperations.com, which launched Jun. 7. Says editor Meredith Courtemanche in an email: "SearchITOperations spun out of SearchDataCenter, with some help from SearchCloudComputing and SearchAWS...

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Who Still Runs Infographics?

Which publications still run infographics? A subscriber recently asked us this good question. The answer is, more than you might think. We found 18 publications that ran infogs this month as edit-driven contributed content, across both B2B and B2C. We saw others that ran them, with strings attached.

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How Fusion Tests Its Articles on Facebook and How You Can, Too

First there was "A/B testing," where a publisher would float two different headlines on their own site and go with the better one. That's still around, but nowadays it's all about "dark testing" on Facebook. TechCrunch does this, as do Refinery29, Fusion and many other titles that publish directly to the FB platform.

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A Vendor Wrote It, or Sponsored It. Here's How to Disclose It

A veteran IT editor wrote to remind us that some publications flag contributed and sponsored content more clearly than others. In this InfoWorld example, the author's identity is not seen until the bottom of the article. By contrast, in this Huffington Post example, readers see that the author works for Apigee before they begin reading.

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WSJ Pro: News, Data and Events

No publisher has more prestige than The Wall Street Journal. But like every publication, it must fight the forces of commoditization that make editorial excellence unprofitable. The WSJ strategy: combine news, data and events into a premium-priced vertical that differentiates from articles-only competitors.

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FierceMarkets Folds 11 Titles

Tech PR pros took a hit this month with the closing of 11 FierceMarkets tech sites and associated newsletters. Fierce did establish a new daily newsletter called FierceTechExec, which "will provide information technology news across a broader portfolio of industries including biotech, healthcare, wireless, retail and more."

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Why Mattermark Matters

Former TechCrunch reporter Alex Wilhelm loves the challenge of his new job as editor-in-chief of Mattermark. "It's  a combo of my old job -- writing, reporting and publishing, plus a new layer of [managerial] skills I've had to learn." Alex is on the hunt for smart contributed content -- that isn't ghost-written.

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