Deep Dive: Cracking the Washington Post, Pt. 2

The 17 Washington Post tech journalists featured in this week’s SWMS cheat sheet find themselves in the right place at the right time. As Google, Amazon and Facebook face Federal investigation, most of these seasoned scribes will serve as de facto war correspondents. Tech PR will hate this impending war.

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Lindsay Ciulla: Read and Succeed

Picture this. It’s Sunday morning. You have no plans. You roll out of bed and grab a cup of coffee. Now... what’s in your other hand? For most of us these days, the answer is “my phone.” But are you scrolling Instagram with that time? Or –- alternatively -– are you reading a magazine?

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Profile: Tom Smith, DZone research analyst

DZone, the free-to-join online community for developers, employs a staff of eight content pros whose job it is to spotlight the trends. Tom Smith is one of those eight and he wants to hear from you. “I get about ten press releases a day… but DZone is not a breaking news site, ” Tom says, phoning in on his cell from a user conference.

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For Your Next B2B Speaking Opp, Tell It Techie-Style

The usual wisdom when it comes to pitching a conference or webinar session is to offer up someone from your marketing department. I want to give you a counter proposal: find the most technical person in your shop that you can give your talk and try to avoid pitching your CMO at all costs.

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Review: Techonomy NYC 19

Last week's Techonomy NYC 19 event attracted a small, passionate audience that heard brilliant and inspirational speakers. Amid the topics of IoT, 5G and AI were appearances by social media pioneer Jeremiah Owyang, Bank of America chief operations and technology office Cathy Bessant, and two presidential candidates, Andrew Yang and John Delaney.

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Profile: Marilyn Cohodas, CC Gatekeeper, Dark Reading

"I feel like I spend most of my week saying no," says Dark Reading contributed content gatekeeper Marilyn Cohodas. The publication's managing editor reviews the contributions submitted by PR folks. The good authors, she says, "understand the big picture and understand the problems that need to be solved."

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The Industrialization of IT Edit

Myth: B2B IT publishers sell advertising to tech vendors. Their media brands employ dozens of reporters and editors who weigh pitches about emerging companies and technologies. The best pitches bring the best coverage. Reality: B2B IT publishers are digital manufacturers, mass-producing behavior that signals buying interest. Here's what's really going on.

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eWeek Benches News Reporters, Builds 'Library' of Buyer Content

eWeek (formerly PC Week) is well into its 36th year and never has it been more different. Under the leadership of EIC Chris Preimesberger and QuinStreet top management, eWeek this month pulled back from news and analysis and refocused on helping buyers decide what to buy. PR folks won’t like that.

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Lewis DVorkin Emerges with Tap Stories: Storytelling for Mobile

Lewis DVorkin, the man who transformed Forbes.com, is inventing again. Now an adjunct professor at Cal State Northridge and the CEO of a startup called Newsroom.ai, Lewis has built a content management system -- Newsroom Studio -- designed specifically for smartphones. Its storytelling capabilities -- in the form of tap stories -- may amaze you.

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Podcast to Pitch: Kotecki on Tech

Among all the tech podcasts, which ones do you pitch? Since all podcast audiences are small and hard to measure, you’d probably want to start with the ones who truly want to hear from you. In that scarce category is Kotecki on Tech, produced and hosted by former Politico video blogger James Kotecki.

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