Recent Profiles

Computerworld Columnist Invites Pitches about Mobile

Got clients focused on mobile IT issues? Pitch Evan Schuman's The Zen of Mobile IT column at Computerworld. Formerly a retail IT columnist at CBSNews.com and eWEEK, Evan emphasizes that pitches must involve mobile IT issues that would impact Fortune 1000 IT execs and coders.

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Profile: Sean Michael Kerner, freelancer

Sean Michael Kerner is a B2B tech reporter, and according to his LinkedIn profile, is an "Internet consultant, a strategy and developer/writer and sometimes entrepreneur." While Sean no longer writes for eWeek, he recently picked up freelance work at Business Insider and still writes for Enterprise Networking Planet, eSecurity Planet, ServerWatch and ITPro Today.

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Profile: Tom Smith, DZone research analyst

DZone, the free-to-join online community for developers, employs a staff of eight content pros whose job it is to spotlight the trends. Tom Smith is one of those eight and he wants to hear from you. “I get about ten press releases a day… but DZone is not a breaking news site, ” Tom says, phoning in on his cell from a user conference.

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Profile: Marilyn Cohodas, CC Gatekeeper, Dark Reading

"I feel like I spend most of my week saying no," says Dark Reading contributed content gatekeeper Marilyn Cohodas. The publication's managing editor reviews the contributions submitted by PR folks. The good authors, she says, "understand the big picture and understand the problems that need to be solved."

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Podcast to Pitch: Kotecki on Tech

Among all the tech podcasts, which ones do you pitch? Since all podcast audiences are small and hard to measure, you’d probably want to start with the ones who truly want to hear from you. In that scarce category is Kotecki on Tech, produced and hosted by former Politico video blogger James Kotecki.

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Profile: Keith Shaw, Robotics Business Review

In May 2017, IDG laid off Keith Shaw after 21 years of service. Today he’s EIC of seven-year-old Robotics Business Review (RBR), based down the road from IDG headquarters in Framingham, Mass. RBR’s audience isn’t anywhere near IDG size — about 150,000 uniques per month — but Keith and his team cover one of the most exciting tech segments on the planet. 

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Profile: David Pogue, NYT, CBS

​David Pogue is tech media’s Sgt. Pepper: the act we’ve known for all these years and guaranteed to raise a smile. After a bout of obscurity at Yahoo Tech, David is back with new columns at the New York Times and New York Magazine, increased presence on CBS Sunday Morning and a forthcoming page-turner of a book.

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Profile: Brian Krebs

Security researcher Brian Krebs this month published an analysis that only he could create. It's an exhaustive explainer on recent DNS hijacking attacks, purportedly conducted by Iranian hackers. How does a tech PR pro get the attention of this man? We asked around. Below is a compendium of what we heard back, both on and off the record.

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SWMS editorial teleconference: Chris Kanaracus, TechTarget

Enjoy our editorial teleconference with TechTarget senior news writer Chris Kanaracus. The former IDG reporter arrived at TT last October after two-plus years at Constellation Research. Chris spent 45 minutes with our subscribers and dispensed a lot of helpful pitch advice.

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Profile: Jeremy Owens, Marketwatch

Sometimes overlooked in the galaxy of Dow Jones edit properties is Marketwatch, and it shouldn’t be. The 21-year-old title employs roughly 50 journalists focused on markets and companies. The tech beat is covered by three reporters and a veteran columnist under the direction of technology editor Jeremy Owens.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: WSJ Journal Reports and 'The Experts'

How do you land coverage in WSJ Journal Reports? Pitch the beat reporters. “It’s hard to target these reports,” says senior editor Larry Rout. He explains that the best stories come from those with the domain expertise, be it in healthcare, energy or wealth management.

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