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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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Contributed Content 2019: Spotting the Beacon in the Dark

Which publications still accept one-off contributions? Of the 114 titles in our contributed content Google Doc, roughly 100 still accept standalone articles. Unfortunately, the most attractive venues -- Forbes, TechCrunch and WSJ to name three -- want ongoing commitments. Inc. and Entrepreneur already have hundreds of contributors and don't hunger for more.

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Contributed Content Coaching from the Financial Times

Financial Times opinion and analysis editor Brooke Masters this month produced a short video -- and companion article -- explaining how to contribute content to the publication. Brooke offers five basic points that every executive author should consider before pitching -- to the FT or for that matter anywhere else.

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How to Pitch Business Insider's "My First Day as a CEO"

A sharp-eyed subscriber alerted us this week to a cool, little-known Business Insider feature called “My First Day as CEO.” After a bit of sleuthing we identified the editor who oversees the franchise, and she offered us good background and pitching advice.

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Contributed Content by Membership: the Ad Age Collective

If you like the Forbes Technology Council, you'll like the newly announced Ad Age Collective. It's based on the same idea: paying an affordable annual fee for the right to publish content to a prestigious site and to enjoy additional benefits -- such as professional introductions and early-bird pricing to live events.

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Our CEO Profile Cheat Sheet

-- Updated Mar. 15, 2019 -- Here is our latest and best list of titles and authors known to produce CEO profiles. With some hesitancy we have included the pay-to-play operations we know about. In the earned media world, here is where the band plays on.

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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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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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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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Contributed Content Gatekeepers: The Directory

-- Updated May 8, 2019 -- Contributed content is becoming harder than ever to place. Our one-of-a-kind Google Doc of gatekeepers is freshly scrubbed and augmented. It's the most popular aspect of our web site. Enjoy and good luck.

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