Recent Edit News and Analysis

Our CEO Profile Cheat Sheet

-- Updated Aug. 14, 2018 -- Here is our latest and best list of titles and authors known to produce CEO profiles. With some hesitancy we have included the pay-to-play operations we know about. In the earned media world, here is where the band plays on.

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Lindsay Ciulla on Keeping the Clients Happy, Within Limits

It’s time to address the big bad B word: Budget. Oh, and that O word, too: Overservice. Budgets are one of the most important aspects of any client/agency relationship: they help set the basis for the scope, and without the dollars, an agency can’t operate.

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Analysis: Here Come the Unions

Fast Company editors voted to unionize last week. So did the New Yorker’s. Should PR care? Not directly. Unionization does affect the editorial environment in which you pitch. Over time, if the economics of publishing don’t improve, the best journalists may well seek to work where editors are “protected.”

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Analysis: MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review laid off two of its four associate editors yesterday, Emily Mullin and Jackie Snow. Tech PR pros Tweeted encouragement to both. Some readers and editors offered freelance work or shared links to open jobs. The community takes care of its own.

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How to Deal with Difficult Clients (and When to Let Them Go)

SWMS contributing editor Lindsay Ciulla writes: Welcome to a new series focused on agency management concerns. Each month we’ll share a new post dedicated to issues and concerns that senior staff deal with on a regular basis.

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Lindsay Ciulla's PR First-Aid Kit: Handling the Busted Embargo

So, you pre-briefed a group of reporters on an upcoming announcement, with the expectation that they’re going to post a story shortly after your embargo lifts. You and the client worked closely together to make sure the reporter had all assets they’d need for a story.

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SWMS Tech Edit Spotlight: Crypto

For tech PR, “crypto” is here, finally. After years of hearing about it, many if not most agencies have clients somewhere in the space. Swaths of journalists cover it. Most exciting: crypto is now “baked in” — there’s a crypto angle to just about every aspect of tech edit, from gender to IoT.

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Our Fellowship with MuckRock

In partnership with MuckRock -- and to celebrate our 20th anniversary -- SWMS has donated $20K to help fund the Sam Whitmore Media Survey Fellowship. MuckRock serves journalists, researchers and citizens by requesting, analyzing and sharing government documents as obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

SWMS 20: What We Did and Why

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Sam Whitmore's Media Survey. No business can survive without the loyalty of its customers. We call them subscribers, and we thank every one of them. In this piece we revist the various looks of the SWMS web site over the years.

Pitch Opp: "Open Future" from The Economist

Having been around since 1843, The Economist has a finely honed instinct for survival. The newspaper’s current editorial custodians, led by EIC Zanny Minton Beddoes, lately sense disturbing shifts in politics, economics and society. These shifts, The Economist believes, bode ill — perhaps for the newspaper itself.

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Lindsay Ciulla: "That Time When..." a Broadcast Coup Fell Through

Several years ago, I had a strong rapport going with an executive producer (EP) from a hot weekday financial market show on behalf of one of my F500 clients. The company’s stock was doing really well and, as a bonus, the EP happened to personally follow the company.

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