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F2F Events: Endangered?

Are tech events on the wane? Quartz last month pulled the plug on The Next Billion, its three-year-old conference series with $1,500 ticket prices. The Bloomberg Technology Conference, historically held each June in San Francisco, is as yet unscheduled for 2017.

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WSJ SF Updates Beats

The WSJ’s SF bureau has realigned after departures of Don Clark and Scott Thurm. Bureau chief Jason Dean has divided things by enterprise hardware and enterprise software, by company. Not sure how startups and 2nd-tier players get covered in such a system.

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Notes from the Field, Nov. 17, 2016

It's hard to imagine the Wall Street Journal without deputy bureau chief Don Clark -- he worked there 23 years. But as of Dec. 15, Don is out the door, having accepted the buyout offered last month by WSJ parent company News Corp. Always quick to return an email, tech PR pros will miss him. Says Don: "That's what they've been telling me -- and it's gratifying."

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Profile: Vauhini Vara, freelancer

Vauhini Vara is not your typical "target." You may remember her as among the first Wall Street Journal reporters to cover Facebook and Twitter. In 2008 she left WSJ for the University of Iowa and a Master's Degree in creative writing. In 2013 she launched the Currency blog at NewYorker.com and oversaw the site's business section.

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Hemingway: A Cool Writing Tool

Good writing isn't always "good." Using a writing-clarity app called Hemingway, SWMS this week analyzed 15 recent articles from authors in a dozen publications. The tool's chief bias: shorter sentences are better. Another: passive voice is used only by poor writers. Oh, and adverbs suck.

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WSJ Pro: News, Data and Events

No publisher has more prestige than The Wall Street Journal. But like every publication, it must fight the forces of commoditization that make editorial excellence unprofitable. The WSJ strategy: combine news, data and events into a premium-priced vertical that differentiates from articles-only competitors.

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Wired Profile Stirs Journo Angst

Did you catch Christopher Mims on Twitter this week? The WSJ columnist criticized Wired for its newly published profile of Magic Leap, which it calls "the world's most secretive startup." "No one plays the access journalism game in tech better than Wired," he Tweeted, explaining that "Wired's piece on Magic Leap is good, but is it journalism? It reads like an extended, rapturous press release."
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Doug MacMillan Temporarily Exits WSJ for Fellowship

Doug MacMillan will leave the WSJ this summer to become a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University in New York. "There's no plan to announce yet about who will be taking over my beat, but I know that I am leaving the bureau in very capable hands," Doug says.

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WSJ's Elizabeth Dwoskin to WaPo as SV Correspondent

Elizabeth Dwoskin this week departed the WSJ to become Silicon Valley correspondent for the Washington Post. She starts March 21. Good luck finding anyone who didn't admire her WSJ work covering big data, and most recently, algorithms.

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