Looking to contribute content to the world? Project Syndicate might be a place to do it. Founded in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, non-profit Project Syndicate is a web site that houses commentaries on economic, business and political issues of our time. Its tag line: "The World's Opinion Page."
Where are all the company profiles? They abounded when the IPO window was wide open. Not anymore. Back when he wrote for Forbes, Dan Lyons told us that PR people always wanted him to write "book reports" -- here's who we are, and we've done this and that. That sounds like a company profile, doesn't it?
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.
Did I make you laugh? Good, because if you have an inner Tina Fey or Jimmy Fallon, and you bring that instinct to work, you can come sit by me. Snark and humor resonate with readers and fuel headlines that people love to share. Enterprise tech headline writing, which I have been practicing intensely since 2008, also involves science, art, and muscle memory. Great headline writers keep up to date on the science, appreciate the art, and relish the practice.
Fifteen years ago this week I sat in a Chicago hotel room, took out a notebook and wrote "Media Watch" at the top of the page. I was a vice-president at Ziff Davis Publishing at the time. ZD was a powerful force in the tech business and was about to go public. But my 14-year tenure there was about to end.