Recent Research

Cheat Sheet: Privacy Reporters

Privacy reporters will have their moment in the 2020s. Traditionally, the privacy beat tends to be folded into cybersecurity. As social media becomes increasingly regulated, the privacy story will be told by privacy reporters. Here are 17 of the leading journalists in the space. 

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Lift This Writing Tip from Quartz

When you think Axios, you think “smart brevity.” When you picture Business Insider, you see those 30-word headlines and lengthy decks that finish the story before the reader even starts it. Quartz has its own comprehension hack, though only paid QZ subscribers get to see it.

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Cheat Sheet: Culture Reporters

The "culture" beat started out as "how tech impacts culture" but with the quadrafecta of Covid-19, recession, BLM and now the election, culture has come to mean pretty much "life in general." Here's a short list of a dozen culture reporters mostly from Tier 1, with links and contact info.

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Clarity Counts: Our Research with the Hemingway Writing Tool

Here at SWMS we see lots of unsuccessful pitches and unplaced contributions. Unclear writing is usually to blame. Clarity counts. Clarity is not brevity. Clarity is what lets readers understand you the first time — with no rereading. Writing tools measure clarity. We’ve been experimenting with them. Some results below.

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7 Strategies for DEI Pitch Success

[SWMS contributor Kally Lavoie writes:] As we outlined in an earlier article in our recent SWMS deep-dive, pitching DEI thought leadership is “high-risk, high-reward” for both clients and the PR teams that represent them. It can be tempting to stick one’s head in the sand and shy away from sensitive pitching topics, but there are many benefits of speaking out on DEI topics...

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Four Edit Themes for DEI in 2021

[SWMS contributor Kally Lavoie writes:] This year has shown us that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) stories are rapidly changing and will continue to do so well into 2021. While we can’t predict what will happen with the November election, we’ve pulled together some advice on story shaping on how DEI will evolve into 2021.

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Cheat Sheet: DEI Targets, Orgs, Resources

Would we do a DEI deep-dive without a Google Doc? Contained in this one is a list of 31 (and counting) reporters focused on DEI. Also included are tabs on DEI nonprofit organizations likely to be quoted by journalists, along with DEI survey and research tools and DEI awards. 

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Cheat Sheet: Best Places to Work Awards

Few PR coups are bigger than winning a Best Places to Work award. Now you've got a place to hunt: here's our Cheat Sheet with 48 opportunities, many of them vertical as offered by Fortune. Big thanks to SWMS contributing editor Rhiannon Pacheco for her hard work.

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