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.
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."
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.
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).
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."
Phil Kenny oversees data journalism at The Economist. Phil joined the newspaper 15 years ago. Since then, empirically speaking, he has seen it all -- but he hasn't published much of it. Accepting vendor data is "a trap we never fell into," Phil says.
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."