Two Questions: Kia Kokalitcheva, Axios

SWMS contributor Rhiannon Pacheco writes: "Growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, Kia Kokalitcheva grew up discussing tech over the dinner table with her engineer father -- it was inevitable that she’d end up working in tech. As VC and tech reporter at Axios, and in her former work at Fortune and VentureBeat, she’s had access to the tech scene’s who’s who."

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28 Terms That Communicators Might Not Want to Use Anymore

DEI awareness is one thing, applying its principles through official corporate language quite another. We had the opportunity to examine a style guide produced by a tech company steeped in content publishing. There's a lot to learn from it.

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Tier 1 Editors: 'Best to Take Gender Out of Headlines'

Three years ago we studied dozens of profiles carrying the headline, ‘Meet the Woman Who…” and “Meet the Man Who…” With gender now so fluid, we wondered whether that's now an insensitive construct, to be avoided. We asked Tier 1 editors what they thought.

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Duo Security's 'Decipher' Takes a Hit and Bounces Right Back

It’s tough to recover when a key employee jumps ship, but that’s exactly what Decipher EIC Dennis Fisher managed to do, last month hiring Lindsey O’Donnell-Welch from rival Threatpost. Just like that, Decipher again is well-positioned to provide its context and analysis on cyberthreats and the efforts to thwart them.

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'Genius Makers' Reveals Priorities of Author Cade Metz

You may think of Cade Metz as a good writer, but he’s also a voracious reader — which in turn makes him a better writer. When Cade arrived at the idea of Genius Makers -- about “the mavericks who brought AI to Google, Facebook and the world" -- he set out to write “a nonfiction book about the AI arena, but to have it read like a novel.”

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Leah McLean: On CISOs, Reporters, and the 'Why'

SWMS contributor Leah McLean writes: Just as reporters need a reason why they should write the story being pitched, buyers of security solutions want useful detail on why they should buy. Being in close contact with these buyers as I am, let me share a real-world scenario.

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Cheat Sheet: Space/Satellite Targets

Covering the space business is hotsy-totsy these days. The fact that Musk and Bezos are involved hasn't hurt. The "space" beat isn't everywhere yet, but a look at this cheat sheet can help spot the contours. We favored Tier 1 as best we could. Still, whom are we missing?

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SWMS in Review: Q1 2021

​Here's a highly scrollable way to see what we produced in the first quarter of 2021. SWMS in Review is well-suited to explain to someone else what SWMS is all about. Statistically speaking, we averaged one cheat sheet and one new pitch opp per week.  

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