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IDG Lays Off 93 in Historic Cut

IDG Communications yesterday laid off 93 employees, mostly in US-based editorial. It was the largest layoff in IDG’s 53-year history. Says IDG CMO Josh London in an email: “This was a difficult decision for the company, but we are grateful to those colleagues whose roles have been affected for their many contributions to IDG.”

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Ben Worthen's New Life at Content Marketer Ready State

You may remember Ben Worthen from his six years at the Wall Street Journal or seven years at CIO Magazine. Today Ben is well into his second year as EIC of Ready State, a San Francisco-based marketing agency providing strategy, design and content. "Marketing is really good at what you want to say," Ben says. "Journalists are trained to say, 'Does anybody care?'"

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Kim Nash Joins CIO Journal

Kim Nash this week joined the WSJ's CIO Journal as senior writer, after five years at Baseline and more than 20 at IDG's Computerworld and CIO. Taking the WSJ job was "not a difficult decision whatsoever... I'm excited and honored to be here," Kim tells us. "I have a lot of longtime friends at IDG. I know a lot about the company and feel emotionally attached to it... but I can tell you I am thrilled to be here."

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9 Things Taylor Swift Told Baby Goats About Headline Writing

Did I make you laugh? Good, because if you have an inner Tina Fey or Jimmy Fallon, and you bring that instinct to work, you can come sit by me. Snark and humor resonate with readers and fuel headlines that people love to share. Enterprise tech headline writing, which I have been practicing intensely since 2008, also involves science, art, and muscle memory. Great headline writers keep up to date on the science, appreciate the art, and relish the practice.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: IDG's Contributor Network

Looking to place IT-related contributed content, not just once or twice, but regularly? The fast-growing IDG Contributor Network "is a collection of blogs written by leading IT practitioners about technology trends, business opportunities and the challenges they face every day." The IDG Contributor Network is directed by Joyce Carpenter, who spent eight years building Computerworld's blog network.

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SWMS Profile: Frank Ohlhorst, freelancer

 "[NDAs] help me pepper my ideology for future coverage. They also generate different types of leads where if they say something off the record about what a partner company is developing, then I know to put that on my radar but not get active with it."

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SWMS Profile: Laurianne McLaughlin, online managing editor, CIO.com

Laurianne McLaughlin doesn't write as much as she used to but has gained influence, as home page editor at CIO.com and custodian of the virtualization and cloud computing "drill down" sections.

CIO is a tough nut to crack but less so if you've got some chops in social media and clients who can hook you up with front-line IT pros. Laurianne's biggest job: to differentiate CIO's coverage.

Can you help her?

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SWMSTweet & SWMS Facebook Group: Latest Feeds

From our subscriber-only feeds:

* In a blog post last week, Jeremiah Owyang put his finger on another illness plaguing tech journalism today. See if you agree.

* Wired.com senior editor Dylan Tweney saw our recent piece on virtual trade shows and contributed his two cents. It was an unexpected comment coming from a Wired guy.

* Did you ever cut and paste text from a web site that knew you did, and admonished you for doing so? No? Then you've never been to AOL's DailyFinance.com.

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