Will Covid-19, better known as the coronavirus, change how tech and business reporters spend their time? Yes, and the changes have begun. We're querying tech and business editors and will update this article throughout coming days. Here's what we've learned from the front lines so far.
New York Times
The New York Times has been around since 1851. According to SimilarWeb, the NYT gets 400 million unique visits each month from more than 250 countries. Naturally, PR pros want to plug into this prestige and power — which is why many NYT editors often suspect your motives when you approach them.
Once you’ve worked for the WSJ, NYT, Forbes and Fox, what do you do for an encore? You go to work for Google, explaining the cloud. At least that’s what Quentin Hardy did. Six months in, he loves it. He writes, moderates panels and soon will produce videos. Mostly, he gets to go deep and stay deep on the biggest story of our times.
Axios soft-launched yesterday. It's the publication Dan Primack left Fortune to join. You can sign up for its newsletters here. The web site debuts late next month. Pitching Axios will be difficult but not impossible. Think Quartz, Bloomberg Gadfly, The Atlantic, The New Yorker.
Seeing as Bloomberg Businessweek has published its "The Year Ahead" issue, it's probably OK to begin assessing 2017 and what it will bring tech PR pros and the editors they pitch. Today let's keep it simple and consider just one issue -- stunning job losses where print advertising and unions still reign.
Adam Bryant has a new job at the New York Times -- editorial director of its events division, NYTLive. Adam deferred our request for an interview, saying he's still "getting his arms around" his new role. He did confirm what is most important to PR pros: he will continue to write his Corner Office column.
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.
Pitching New York Times management columnist Adam Bryant is like taking an open-book test: all the information is right there, but you can still get it wrong. There are the roughly 400 columns he has written since 2009. He's got the Corner Office book, and others.
Former Fortune reporter Stacey Higginbotham last week launched her own email newsletter. It's called "Stacey Knows Things," and to no one's surprise it's focused on the Internet of Things. The first one contained a 362-word lead story (on Nest), a two-paragraph billboard for her 51st IoT podcast, and ten briefs structured much like the one you're reading right now.