Recent Edit News and Analysis

Keith Shaw: Pitching Robotics During Covid-19

Writes tech edit vet Keith Shaw: "I’ve noticed a shift, given the coronavirus outbreak, in the types of robotics and automation stories that technology media sites are pursuing. At the top of the list now are stories about robots and automation companies that offer services and software that are helping to combat the virus..."

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What to Expect -- Mar. 30-Apr. 3

Welcome to "What to Expect," a weekly TL;DR analysis/prediction of the tech and business media landscape in the age of coronavirus and Covid-19. Based on journalist interviews and backchannel discussions, we'll share our best advice on story shaping and pitching strategies. "What to Expect" will appear each Monday.

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Alex Shapiro: Editorial 'Types'

Writes PR pro Alex: "Hanging out with reporters is my favorite part of the week and, having done it for a while, I’ve noticed some personality types that seem to recur. Here’s a pair of some of the most colorful media personalities I’ve encountered, and tips for getting on their good side."

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'How Do You See Covid-19 Changing Business, Technology and Society?'

We asked Tier 1 and B2B journalists, "How do you see Covid-19 changing business, technology and society in the long run?" Here's what they had to say. Their answers were given Mar. 22 and 23.

 

 

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SWMS Teleconference: Matthew Lynley on Data Storytelling

Here's a 43-minute video teleconference with Matthew Lynley, data storytelling expert and a former editor with Business Insider, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and the WSJ. We discuss infographics, surveys, scrollytelling and much more. A full wrap-up on the conversation is coming soon.

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SWMS Compass: What Works for Tier 1 and B2B in Covid-19 Crisis?

What kinds of stories actually get green-lighted in a crisis? There is so much team reporting, rolling digests and other compendia. We dug into Tier 1 and B2B IT titles this week and spotted four formulas that seem to work pretty well so far -- even for lesser known tech vendors. What story types are you seeing?

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Silicon Angle's Paul Gillin on Coronavirus/Covid-19

Here's a 16-minute video interview with Silicon Angle reporter Paul Gillin, who descrbes the tenor of PR pitches he's been getting, and what he thinks are achievable goals for PR as the coronovirus crisis worsens. We'll be publishing a full article, comprising all his insights, later today.

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ZDNet's Larry Dignan on Covid-19's Long-Term Implications, and What to Pitch

Global business may never be the same once we exit the coronavirus crisis, says ZDNet global EIC Larry Dignan. In a video posted on TechRepublic and in an exclusive SWMS video interview, Larry says that companies may come to realize they're spending money they never really needed to spend -- on things like...

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Analysis: 'Emerging Technologies' is a PR Dead End

Strangely enough, amid all the innovation that surrounds us, few reporters patrol the emerging technologies beat. How can that be? After researching this long-in-coming SWMS deep-dive, we came to realize that “emerging technologies” is one of those boil-the-ocean beats that just cannot be covered in the literal sense of that word -- nor should anyone try.

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The New Stack: Largely Immunized

Celebrating its sixth anniversary this Spring, The New Stack has built a successful tech edit franchise without relying upon web advertising or subscription revenue. Founder and publisher Alex Williams relies instead on sponsored posts, podcasts and ebooks dedicated to deep-tech education and professional development -- augmented by news and analysis from staff editors and contributors.

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