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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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Mar. 7, 2016

Our Bay Area trip was fun and informative. As usual, AEs and SAEs struggle to reach reporters who are overworked, arrogant or both. In one particularly heartbreaking story, a senior PR pro (and a fine person, in our view) told us of approaching a well-known reporter at an event, only to see him spot her, turn his back and walk away. There is no excuse for this.

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Fortune's Latest Ventures

Fortune this week launched a new section, a new list, a new daily newsletter on healthcare/pharma, and hired three new editors. Fortune now attracts 20 million monthly visitors, a record. Editor Alan Murray has flat-out transformed this title in just 18 months.

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Profile: Stephen J. Bronner, Entrepreneur

Officially speaking, Stephen J. Bronner is now a deputy editor at Entrepreneur, supervising seven staff writers. "It's always fantastic when you're able to do a new job with the same people you've become accustomed to over the years," he says. We say "officially" because Stephen isn't straying far from the contributed content gatekeeper role he filled for the past two years.

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CEO Profiles, Parts 1 & 2

We've been studying CEO profiles lately -- because subscribers have been asking us to. Here's what we found. CEO profiles focus either on CEOs getting to the top, or the techniques they use to stay there. The getting-to-the-top pieces are almost always "Can They Do It" stories, portraying a CEO's quest to establish a new marketplace or vanquish entrenched competitors.

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Sage Advice from Nine Contributed Content Guidelines

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.

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Writing Tips from Entrepreneur's Stephen J. Bronner

Entrepreneur contributors editor Stephen J. Bronner last week sent us his cheat sheet titled "How to keep Entrepreneur.com editors happy." It's required reading for any PR pro seeking to land a contributed post -- there or anywhere. As you'll see, it's designed to make Stephen's editing job easier -- but sheds practically no light on the topics Entrepreneur cares about most.

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SWMS Special Report: Design

Even before the Apple Watch arrives, "design" has come to dominate the hive mind. (The latest evidence: this week's 16,628-word New Yorker profile of Apple chief designer Jony Ive.) Wearables, car tech and IoT -- three of today's top tech trends -- all owe themselves to design. Smart VC firms are hiring designers-in-residence. Yet editorially, the rise of design is easy to miss. 

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