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A POV on Insider/Business Insider

Earlier this month a subscriber asked us for a POV on Insider/Business Insider. What makes them tick? Our response initially was intended only for the subscriber — but we changed our mind about that.

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Beware Hostile ‘Climate’ Edit

Protocol launched a climate vertical last week. Axios launched a new Climate Truths Deep Dive series, chronicling “how climate change affects nearly everything…” Insider this month launched a multi-part article series on Financing a Sustainable Future.

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TC’s ‘Equity’ Podcast Turns Five

TechCrunch’s Equity podcast turns five years old this week. If you haven’t listened lately, consider it. It’s “a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.”

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Change is Coming to 31-Year-Old ZDNet

Change is coming to 31-year-old ZDNet. According to EIC Jason Hiner, ZDNet is honing its focus on professionals of all sorts — not just IT pros. Its historic emphasis on B2B and IT will soon be over.

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Inside Datanami’s ‘People to Watch’ List

Datanami last week announced its list of 2022’s People to Watch. Datanami last week announced its list of 2022’s People to Watch. Eight men, four women. Six whites, six from cultures under-represented. “I can’t say that it’s a scientific process,” EIC Alex Woodie told us.

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On Ukraine

On Feb. 28 we received an inquiry from a subscriber (vendor, not agency) asking whether journalists were bristling at being pitched in light of the crisis in Ukraine. The subscriber said “proactive pitching” had been paused. Here was our response…

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Open Stats for Nov. 30 SWMS emailer

The SWMS-Semrush Top 15 Index was the most-opened article in our Nov. 30 emailer. Then, in descending order… cheat sheet on exec interview opps; Fortune contributed content formulas; “Challenge of 2023” analysis; Krazit/Kaye share what works; Protocol shuts down; cheat sheet on VC events/SMB events; cheat sheet on smart lighting

A16Z’s ‘Future’ Shutting Down

Great perspective from Insider reporters Rob Price and Melia Russell. Excerpt: “It doesn’t always end well when you hire people to tell the world how great you are. Future.com, from my periodic glances, is a snooze fest, devoid of even the most justifiable skepticism and tension,” wrote Brad Stone, a veteran tech journalist, in a Bloomberg newsletter this year.”

Rachel Metz Laid Off from CNN

From Mastodon…

Rachel Metz on mastodon @rachelmetz@mstdn.social

CNBC Reporter Suspicious of PR

CNBC personal finance senior editor Jim Pavia posted this on Twitter: “A PR rep pitched an op/ed and said it was exclusive to CNBC. We did edits and I pinged her with a pub time. She said colleagues sent the piece to another media outlet “unbeknownst” to her and it published. Wonder why my comfort level is so low when it comes to PR firms?”

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