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.”
Ben Kepes used to be a writer who did a bit of investing on the side. Today the enterprise tech influencer is an investor and advisor who does a bit of writing. Why the switch? "I was tired of being played," says Ben. "As journalists we get a very one-sided picture of what's happening."
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."
Unlike most of the reporters you pitched this year, IDG News Service senior correspondent Katherine Noyes is a former senior copy editor and adjunct college instructor. That makes her a language expert. Her years of covering Linux and open source make her a tech expert, too.
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.
If you want to get your product reviewed in the tech trade press, you have limited outlets available.
“The emphasis, really, is on filling the news hole.”
"It’s got to be intriguing and relevant. That’s the key word – relevant. Relevant to our readers. Relevant to what’s going on in the industry today. Relevant to what’s hot in the industry today."
Jon Brodkin digs deep on cloud and virtualization and if you're Microsoft or VMware, you already enjoy big coverage. But what about the subtleties of these hot trends? How does a small company break through?
For his Twitter followers, Jon's news sense -- and skepticism -- are legendary. He also has quite a few views about PR.
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