Jason Kincaid Updates his Must-Read Book on Journos and PR

If you’ve worked less than five years in tech PR, you might not remember Jason Kincaid. The East Bay native was 22 when he walked into founder Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch and onto the tech world stage. Four years later, in 2012, Jason walked away.

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Profile: Sean Captain, freelancer, Fast Company

Wouldn’t it be great if all tech journalists were like Sean Captain? He writes about AI, big data and telecom, yet is open to even broader territory — “people and their ideas.” Though a freelancer, he writes principally for Fast Company, squarely in Tier 1.

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TC Currie on Conference Prep

TC Currie says: "I’ve cut way back on conferences this fall -- down from eight (!!!) last year.. With dozens, if not hundreds of talks, each conference takes a lot of prep (unpaid time, BTW). I do a lot of pre-planning to ensure I get the maximum output out of each experience (read: articles my editor will pay for)."

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Profile: Fredric Paul, New Relic

The company’s stock has risen 75 percent this year. Jim Cramer interviewed its CEO last month. Things are going quite well at New Relic. It must be the content marketing, don’t you think? Let’s put it this way: it should surprise no one that a successful cloud-based software company invests vigorously in content and hires tech edit pros who have been there.

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Profile: Ross Andersen, The Atlantic

What do you do when a publication has a monthly print-web audience of 40 million? If you’re in tech PR, you pitch it. When approaching The Atlantic, you’ll need the touch of a gem cutter. The 160-year-old publication doesn’t see vendors as newsmakers.

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4 Factors that Devastated the Journalism Business

We developed the following thoughts in this two-part series while preparing to present last month at a subscriber site. Part 1 explores four factors that devastated the journalism business. Part 2 will explore four factors that can help it flourish once again.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: Fortune's 'The Ledger'

When you think of publications that spot trends early, does Fortune come to mind? It certainly should in the case of The Ledger, Fortune’s ongoing look at “Fintech and Blockchain.” We studied the last month’s worth of articles (48 in all) and spotted the following patterns:

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Profile: Alex Kantrowitz, BuzzFeed News

Here's another profile of an unpitchable editor. Stop the madness! Right? Well, we learned quite a bit in our conversation with BuzzFeed senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz. He’s an inspirational 30-year-old who more than holds his own in one of tech media’s most powerful investigative shops.

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Journalists are leaving media brands every week. Read the fruits of 16 confidential interviews with journalists now working at tech brands or PR agencies, and five interviews with the executives who hired these journalists.