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TechCrunch Dims the Lights on Contributed Content

If you’ve had difficulty contributing content to TechCrunch gatekeeper Jon Shieber lately, you’re not alone: readers sent us a lot of “what’s-going-on?” emails in recent days. Even after our own email exchange with Jon, it’s still unclear exactly what is going on.

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SWMS IT Media Spot Check, Pt. 1

In the wake of recent layoffs at eWeek and InformationWeek, it’s time to keep a closer eye on the pitch opps that remain across the IT media landscape. To that end, here’s the first of a two-part SWMS IT media spot check. Pitch opps, nuggets and more...

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Analysis: TechCrunch's Coverage of Startup Battlefield

One week ago, TechCrunch showcased 23 lucky startups as part of TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield competition. The winner turned out to be an analytics company that helps gamers play better. The big news for PR -- how do TechCrunch reporters write about cool companies when their bosses say they're cool?

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How Fusion Tests Its Articles on Facebook and How You Can, Too

First there was "A/B testing," where a publisher would float two different headlines on their own site and go with the better one. That's still around, but nowadays it's all about "dark testing" on Facebook. TechCrunch does this, as do Refinery29, Fusion and many other titles that publish directly to the FB platform.

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Why Mattermark Matters

Former TechCrunch reporter Alex Wilhelm loves the challenge of his new job as editor-in-chief of Mattermark. "It's  a combo of my old job -- writing, reporting and publishing, plus a new layer of [managerial] skills I've had to learn." Alex is on the hunt for smart contributed content -- that isn't ghost-written.

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The SWMS Tier 1 Podcast List

Which Tier 1 titles are podcasting? In June 2016 we explored the podcast efforts of 11 top titles, listing the shows and their missions, and where there is opportunity, whom to pitch. Here's our spot check, in alphabetical order.

 

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Contributed Content Gatekeepers

-- Updated Jan. 2017 -- Few topics are more requested in SWMS valet research than, "who oversees contributed content at..." By popular subscriber demand, here's an all-new, expanded contributed content gatekeeper cheat sheet. 

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Erick Schonfeld's Next Act: Bringing the Startups to You

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.

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Doug MacMillan Temporarily Exits WSJ for Fellowship

Doug MacMillan will leave the WSJ this summer to become a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University in New York. "There's no plan to announce yet about who will be taking over my beat, but I know that I am leaving the bureau in very capable hands," Doug says.

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Alex Wilhelm, Mattermark EIC

Alex Wilhelm left TechCrunch last month to become EIC at Mattermark, a 45-person, SF-based data mining shop. Says Alex: "You can be independent, build out your own editorial team, we have all this data, you can guide your own ship and that's an attractive proposition." 

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