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Profile: Derek B. Johnson, SC Media

You’ll struggle to find a better wordsmith than SC Media senior staff writer Derek B. Johnson. SC’s most recent reportorial hire writes clearly and fluidly, with voice, just as he did previously at Federal Computer Week. Security-minded PR pros might say, “Awesome! Will he cover my client?”

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Profile: Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

VentureBeat veteran Dean Takahashi discusses his views of virtual events (attends them and hosts them too), and laments the end of an era when a vendor’s headquarters was something to write about.

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Profile: Harry McCracken, Fast Company

Fast Company technology editor Harry McCracken sheds light on newsgathering at physical and virtual events, and changes in FC edit coverage brought on by Covid and other factors. Interview was conducted July 2020.

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Profile: Kevin McLaughlin, The Information

Like us all, The Information’s Kevin McLaughlin is trying to cope with Covid’s impact on his daily routine. The veteran newsgatherer misses face-to-face interactions with his colleagues. He too has his views on the value of virtual events.

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Profile: Eric Savitz, Barron’s

Barron’s associate editor Eric Savitz weighs in on virtual events — those from Barron’s and others — and what it might take for them to succeed. One thing is for sure, Eric says: “People are trying to make them work.”

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Profile: Ina Fried, Axios

Axios newsletter author Ina Fried discusses her views of virtual events large and small, and the single most important thing PR pros should do when preparing to pitch.

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Profile: Mike Vizard, IT Freelancer

Veteran IT freelancer Mike Vizard discusses his views of virtual events, whether he covers enterprise startups, and shares how he thinks of “news” these days. Interview was conducted July 2020.

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How to Pitch Contributions to Fast Company’s ‘Work Life’

If it wasn’t before, Fast Company’s Work Life section became perfectly positioned when legions of readers began working where they lived and living where they worked. “I will say what our editor-in-chief, Stephanie Mehta, has said about Work Life, which is, it’s table stakes for us,” says deputy editor Kathleen (Kate) Davis.

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Constellation Research’s Post-Pandemic Playbooks

“Pitch the reporters but study the analysts” has been our mantra for a while now. In that spirit, we recently checked in with Constellation Research founder R “Ray” Wang, who has been busy presenting to clients — and listening to them, too.

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