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Alex Shapiro: Editorial 'Types'

Writes PR pro Alex: "Hanging out with reporters is my favorite part of the week and, having done it for a while, I’ve noticed some personality types that seem to recur. Here’s a pair of some of the most colorful media personalities I’ve encountered, and tips for getting on their good side."

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Lindsay Ciulla: Build the PR Team That Works for You

[Please welcome back SWMS contributing editor Lindsay Ciulla, a senior VP with (SWMS subscriber) Weber Shandwick Worldwide. --Ed.] Well friends, in what feels like the blink of an eye we’re somehow halfway through the first quarter of 2020 -- in a decade that (at least when I was growing up) promised flying cars and travel via teleportation.

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Alex Shapiro: In-House PR FOMO Reality Check

[We asked PR vet Alex Shapiro to contrast the worlds of agency and in-house PR. He knows both. Enjoy the read. -Ed.] For agency PR pros, the grass may seem particularly greener right now on the in-house side and there's no shortage of hot companies hiring. We're all told the job market's hot, and that can often feel true for the revolving doors of PR.

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Matthew Lynley: What Makes for a Great Communications Pro

[We asked Matthew Lynley, a former journalist with VentureBeat, TechCrunch and the WSJ, what makes for a great comms professional. Here's what he had to say. -- Ed.] Companies with massive budgets can hire a PR team the size of a small army. But hiring more people doesn’t make the company better at PR.

 
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Mitch Wagner: 'Get to the Point -- Fast'

[We asked veteran tech reporter Mitch Wagner to deconstruct two of his recent news stories, explaining why he wrote them the way he did. Mitch has done so -- you will enjoy his contribution. --Ed.]

A tech journalist today needs to get to the point right away. As a tech journalist, I have an ideal reader in mind every time I write an article. As I write, I'm always asking myself how I can best serve that reader with the news they need to know, fast.

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Anton Molodetskiy: Don't Fear the Phone

[Enjoy this true story from SWMS contributor and PR pro Anton Molodetskiy -Ed.] You may think that journalists would rather talk to a telemarketer than answer your phone call, but the phone is still a key tool for both reporters and PR. I learned this hard way a few years ago while managing outreach for a B2B startup coming out of stealth.

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Journalists are leaving media brands every week. Read the fruits of 16 confidential interviews with journalists now working at tech brands or PR agencies, and five interviews with the executives who hired these journalists.
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