NewCo Shift: Staff and Structure

Let's take a look at how NewCo Shift's web content is organized, and the founding staff that produces it. CEO and co-founder John Battelle will announce several key editorial hires in coming weeks. Already aboard is executive editor Jimmy Guterman, who has written for dozens of publications over the years and is widely respected in the industry.

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Introducing Circuit Breaker, a Gadget Blog from The Verge

Vox Media has launched Circuit Breaker, a gadget blog run by The Verge and built to live on Facebook. Circuit Breaker also lives as a channel on The Verge itself, but the mission is to get The Verge's gadget content flowing in FB streams like yours.

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Profile: Darren Murph, Global Editor-in-Chief, TechRadar

Darren Murph is back in the tech edit saddle, as global editor-in-chief of TechRadar, a UK-based site with a monthly audience of 44 million. If you already know Darren's name, it's probably through Engadget, where he spent almost eight years during that site's glory days.

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SWMS Narrative Formulas, Updated

SWMS publishes and periodically updates a list of narrative story types that recur year after year in tech and business media. Today we refresh that list with examples that might spell pitch success for PR pros specializing in B2B IT, especially in times when you have no "news."

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Wired Profile Stirs Journo Angst

Did you catch Christopher Mims on Twitter this week? The WSJ columnist criticized Wired for its newly published profile of Magic Leap, which it calls "the world's most secretive startup." "No one plays the access journalism game in tech better than Wired," he Tweeted, explaining that "Wired's piece on Magic Leap is good, but is it journalism? It reads like an extended, rapturous press release."
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Erick Schonfeld's Next Act: Bringing the Startups to You

Instead of you going to DEMO, what if DEMO came to you? That's the idea behind Traction Technology Partners, founded last December by former DEMO producers Erick Schonfeld and Neal Silverman. Theirs is a complicated business model. But it is the right idea in an era where F2F and community are so symbiotic and will only remain so.

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Doug MacMillan Temporarily Exits WSJ for Fellowship

Doug MacMillan will leave the WSJ this summer to become a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University in New York. "There's no plan to announce yet about who will be taking over my beat, but I know that I am leaving the bureau in very capable hands," Doug says.

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How to Pitch The Parallax

Keep an eye on The Parallax, a security-and-privacy site launched six months ago this week. Editor Seth Rosenblatt has recruited an all-star freelance cast largely hailing from IDG (Dan Tynan, Kristin Burnham, Grant Gross, Juan Carlos Perez) and CNET/ZDNet (Charles Cooper, Declan McCullagh).

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Meet the Packet Pushers

If you've got deep-tech B2B IT clients who loathe giving interviews to non-technical reporters, you'll love Packet Pushers. Maybe you already do. Based in England and New Hampshire, Packet Pushers describes itself as "a community of IT practitioners & vendors who write, podcast, and help each other as industry professionals."

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Profile: Stacey Higginbotham, freelancer

As promised last week, here is our conversation with freelance writer Stacey Higginbotham, now the author of a weekly e-newsletter on the Internet of Things. [Listen to our 20-minute audio conversation here.] The highlights: Stacey says she will continue to write for Fortune "once or twice a week... as long as they like my pitches."

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