Recent Research

Cheat Sheet: Holiday Gift Guides

It's too good to be true: the names and contact info for sixteen editors who oversee product selection in holiday gift guides? We scoured LinkedIn and followed chains until we found -- in our best estimation -- a core group of decision-makers who can put the clients' products on the holiday short list.

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Cheat Sheet: Forbes, CNN, AP

This cheat sheet is a bit different -- a loose "org chart" of edit operations at Forbes, CNN and AP. It's presented as a list, not a chart. It doesn't contain every name in each of these three huge organizations, but it does frame the top of each. None of those three orgs offer a masthead, so enjoy. Input and refinements welcome.

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Four Newsroom Architectures to Know and Navigate

A subscriber recently asked us to differentiate how newsrooms are structured across magazines, newspapers, online/blogs and broadcast. Knowing who reports to whom, and about workflow, can help PR pros strategize beyond "the target." No target works in a vacuum.

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From the Archives: The Best and Worst of CES Pitches

The best-written pitch is the one that works. Your style is "good" when it leads to a hit. That said, there are all too many ways to go wrong. Our subscribers continually say that the crickets are chirping like never before. Is your pitch as good as it can be?

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Cheat Sheet: AWS Reporters -- Not So Obvious

We decided to break out our AWS cheat sheets along the lines of the obvious and less obvious. Even then, our lists might be missing your faves. We predicated our choices based on the volume of copy they produce, as measured by our friends at IT Database/Tech News.

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Cheat Sheet: AWS Reporters -- The Obvious

For some reason we've managed not to offer cheat sheets on key tech categories, so as the summer progresses we're going to fix that. Let's get started with a list of 20 AWS reporters -- the more obvious ones, who write frequently. Watch for our list of 20 AWS reporters who might not be so top-of-mind.

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Cheat Sheet: Trades and Tier 1 in a Nutshell

This is a bit of an experiment -- a tiny amount of words seeking to set apart Tier 1 from the trades. What are their core values? Are any shared? How are they similar and different? PR pros may know all this -- especially you vets -- but do the clients? Perhaps this short-and-sweet copy can (in a small way) make agency-client life easier. 

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Cheat Sheet: 102 Security Reporters

If you work in cybersecurity PR, you've got at least 102 rows on your own spreadsheet, each with the name of a must-pitch target. Are your names the same as ours? This month we scrubbed our list and tidied up the email contact info. Here it is. Happy pitching. 

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Journalists are leaving media brands every week. Read the fruits of 16 confidential interviews with journalists now working at tech brands or PR agencies, and five interviews with the executives who hired these journalists.
Wed, 2014-08-20 21:39

We don't know much about TrendKite, vendors of PR automation software. But we enjoy the tight, imaginative and no-nonsense writing in its blog. Her... Read more

Thu, 2014-08-14 22:09

Good series ongoing from Christopher Penn at SWMS subscriber SHIFT Communications. Part 3 of the 10-part series is on "The Frankli... Read more

Thu, 2014-08-14 21:59

That's the hed from this piece from the HuffPo. Hat tip to SWMS subscriber The Hoffman Agency.... Read more

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