Recent Edit News and Analysis

SWMS Security Edit Deep-Dive, Part 5: Threats and Breaches

Threat-and-breach coverage is by far the biggest topic in security editorial. It’s got the Armageddon thing going for it, which always breeds high numbers of page views and social shares. We once heard a veteran security PR pro refer to covering security as “the crime beat” and he’s not far off.

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Lindsay Ciulla: "That Time When..."

I’d love to say that every single time I’ve worked on a major announcement or campaign, things went perfectly - but that’s unfortunately not exactly how things go in PR. One of the most crushing let-downs is when an exclusive falls through. How do you react? What do you tell your client?

 
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New Security Publication: Decipher

Decipher is the new security site that’s all about hope. The web site launched this week under the direction of editor-in-chief Dennis Fisher and senior managing editor Fahmida Y. Rashid. Both spent years in the IT trades — but that’s not what earmarks Decipher for success.

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The New TechCrunch Design

The new TechCrunch web platform, launched in beta this week, will keep you reading more of what you’ve chosen. And it stands to change how you think of stories and pages. TC's edit direction remains the same — companies, technologies, founders and investors. It’s still about breaking news and smart analysis delivered wryly.

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TC Currie on Diversity & Inclusion

There’s a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion these days. And a lot of eye-rolling. But there’s something genuinely important going on here. In November I was invited to speak on a panel called Meet the Media: Women in Tech Talk Diversity, Inclusion & Equity put on by PRSA-SF and I thought I’d share some highlights.

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Axios and 'Smart Brevity'

When Axios launched in 2016, its founders described its goal as “smart brevity,” or more colorfully, as “Twitter meets The Economist.” Take a look, for example, at Sara Fischer’s most recent Media Trends newsletter and you can see that Axios has succeeded. Observe the form, not necessarily the substance.

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Cool Tool: Tech4Reporters

TechCrunch editor-at-large John Biggs spoke with us last week about Tech4Reporters, a tool designed to help busy reporters understand the technology they’re writing about. It’s a tool John funded himself and he gives it away. Why? He wants journalists to have access to tech experts who don’t expect positive publicity in return for their insights.

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Here's a Sample of Entrepreneur's Monthly Newsletter to Contributors

Courtesy of insights editor Liz Webber, here's a sample of the monthly newsletter than Entrepreneur sends to its contributors. It focuses on tips and tricks and guidance from those who already do it right.

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Profile: Liz Webber, Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur has more than 800 contributors and its doors remain open. You can write occasionally or every week. Find an audience and editors will promote you from “guest writer” to “contributor” and finally to “VIP contributor” if you make the all-star team.

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SWMS Trend-Spot: B2B Editorial

Occasionally a client may ask, "What's the big picture in B2B tech editorial?" If you're lucky, that is. Usually they're waiting for your deliverables. But every now and then it helps the client-agency relationship to go have the proverbial beer and discuss what's happening in B2B edit, in the seams where it's hard to notice.

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Here's Two Must-Read Charts from Constellation Research

You might think of Dion Hinchcliffe as a ZDNet contributor, but he’s also an analyst at Constellation Research. And this month he produced a superb 34-page report for “The New C-Suite” that every B2B PR pros will enjoy reading, and can use to help build relationships with clients and reporters.

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SWMS Analytics Insights: Case Studies and Impact of Gating

In the SWMS piece to your right, we posited that case studies might not be worth the trouble of arranging — or writing — because few readers shared them on social. There’s more to it than that. Using the ShareableMetrics tool from ShareableMetrics the company, we’ve learned two additional things...

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