We learned much in our 15 meetings last week in Chicago and Washington, DC. For example, we learned that some clients live in a time warp. No, Tier 1 reporters don't want to travel to Timbuktu for your press conference or product demo. And only a reporter new to a beat has time for coffee. Also, what's with the quotas and ultimatums?
With CES a month away, we asked veteran tech journalists, "if you could wave a magic wand and change the experience of covering CES, what exactly would you change?" We got more than our share of throwaway answers. We also got plenty of earnest answers that might help make a PR pro's Vegas experience more successful.
Eighteen months out of Syracuse, Business Insider's Maya Kosoff is a modern tech reporter. She covers startups and venture capital on her own terms; there's nothing she is obliged to write, no story that will land her in trouble if she fails to post it. Like her BI colleagues, Maya produces lists, exposés and scoops -- none of which are fertile vehicles for PR.
Tech Insider arrived this week. Required reading is EIC Gus Lubin's post on his team's mission: to plumb the converging worlds of tech, science, innovation and culture, telling "the stories that matter to everyone" in tech, science, innovation and culture "with text, video, photo, and audio."
There's a cool new way to measure the influence of top tech reporters and the sites they work for. Techmeme last month augmented its Leaderboard to reflect how frequently a reporter's work is linked to by other sites and cited in social media posts. Who's atop today's list? Mark Gurman. Know him? (He's got zero followers on LinkedIn so no one on there knows him.)
You send us lots of rejected contributed content, asking what went wrong. Sometimes we can spot a path forward, but it's heartbreaking to hear that "the client wants it written this way" or "this has already been approved." That's why this week we studied nine sets of contributed content guidelines from top edit targets and packaged what we think is their most valuable advice.
What is it like to be a reporter at Business Insider? "Everyone is kind of their own CEO," says west coast bureau chief Matt Rosoff. There's no daily copy quota, as there is at Pando Daily and was at Gigaom. Every reporter is free to chase a big story that takes weeks to report if the story is big enough. However, Matt adds, "there's an expectation that we're not going to be missing any news."
[Learned lots this week in meetings with editors and subscribers. Here are this week's notes from the field. Hope you enjoy. Please let us know if you like this format and how we can make it better.]
First, the newsy stuff. Business Insider is close to launching a consumer tech publication that will offer news, reviews and analysis with the 'tude we have come to expect from BI.