Recent Profiles

SWMS Spotlight: Fast Company

Since its launch in 1995, Fast Company always got it right. Not once has it reinvented itself. Sweeping layoffs? Never. Revolving door at the top? Nope. The publication has had only four EICs. The incumbent, Bob Safian, has reigned nine years amid breathtaking changes in publishing and technology.

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Quentin Hardy Today

New York Times deputy technology editor Quentin Hardy appears tomorrow night at a sold-out PRSA event in Silicon Valley. Billed as an "enterprise tech" journalist, Quentin does cover AI, and a bit of cloud. Truth is, Quentin hasn't sourced his own material all that much lately; instead he opines on other NYT reporters' material as part of the NYT's Daily Report.

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Tech Edit Spotlight: HBR.org

Few edit shops frustrate PR pros more than HBR. With all of those big-name professors and book authors, how the heck do you place contributed content? According to Similarweb, HBR.org gets 9.6 million unique visits per month, lower than Computerworld (11.5M) but higher than CIO (4.5M).

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Why Mattermark Matters

Former TechCrunch reporter Alex Wilhelm loves the challenge of his new job as editor-in-chief of Mattermark. "It's  a combo of my old job -- writing, reporting and publishing, plus a new layer of [managerial] skills I've had to learn." Alex is on the hunt for smart contributed content -- that isn't ghost-written.

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Profile: Darren Murph, Global Editor-in-Chief, TechRadar

Darren Murph is back in the tech edit saddle, as global editor-in-chief of TechRadar, a UK-based site with a monthly audience of 44 million. If you already know Darren's name, it's probably through Engadget, where he spent almost eight years during that site's glory days.

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Profile: Stacey Higginbotham, freelancer

As promised last week, here is our conversation with freelance writer Stacey Higginbotham, now the author of a weekly e-newsletter on the Internet of Things. [Listen to our 20-minute audio conversation here.] The highlights: Stacey says she will continue to write for Fortune "once or twice a week... as long as they like my pitches."

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Profile: Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

If VentureBeat staff writer Jordan Novet says he'll get back to you, don't be surprised if on the odd chance he doesn't. Don't misunderstand: Jordan has integrity and means what he says. But look what happened in just two days this week: the IRS suffered computer failure; LinkedIn, Cisco and Microsoft acquired companies; and Box and Salesforce announced new products.

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Mic: Ignore at Own Risk

Mic now reaches 30 million readers each month. It just recruited Ruth Reader from VentureBeat to cover "innovative technology and the people behind it." That sounds promising. But Mic's relentless focus on big ideas -- sublime and ridiculous -- is likely to frustrate PR for a while yet.

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Profile Update: Fahmida Y. Rashid, InfoWorld

This time last year, InfoWorld senior writer Fahmida Y. Rashid managed the RSA Conference blog. "If journalism is a 10,000-foot view, [at RSAC] I was getting a 20,000-foot view," Fahmida says. And she learned a valuable lesson: security is only part of the picture.

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Profile Update: Christina Farr, Fast Company

Healthcare-minded PR pros keep Christina Farr near the top of their pitch list, for good reason. Christina joined Fast Company last month as a senior writer covering "health and technology," one of the most fascinating beats you can have these days.

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