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If anyone truly understands the power of indie influence, it’s got to be Lewis DVorkin. Lewis was the editor who transformed Forbes into a home for hundreds of independent contributors. Before that, in 2008, he launched the indie publishing platform True/Slant — a decade before Substack appeared on the radar.
Andy Patrizio has been a tech freelancer for more than a decade. You may know Andy from Network World but he also writes for Business Insider and others. He’s technical, but strives to write simply because he knows his readers may not be. Andy depends on PR to contribute its share of story ideas. For you, Andy has this advice.
SWMS contributor Rhiannon Pacheco writes: “Growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, Kia Kokalitcheva grew up discussing tech over the dinner table with her engineer father — it was inevitable that she’d end up working in tech. As VC and tech reporter at Axios, and in her former work at Fortune and VentureBeat, she’s had access to the tech scene’s who’s who.”
You may think of Cade Metz as a good writer, but he’s also a voracious reader — which in turn makes him a better writer. When Cade arrived at the idea of Genius Makers — about “the mavericks who brought AI to Google, Facebook and the world” — he set out to write “a nonfiction book about the AI arena, but to have it read like a novel.”
SWMS contributor Rhiannon Pacheco writes: We connected with Bloomberg consumer tech reporter Mark Gurman to explore what it would take for him to cover a less well-established company than Apple, and why he’s excited to explore (and cover) the technology that will follow the smartphone.
Cade Metz is consistent. We interviewed him in 2008, 2012 and 2015. Each time he has carried the same message: though he reports on tech, it’s always about the people. This week we checked in with Cade to discuss Genius Makers, his new book about “the mavericks who brought AI to Google, Facebook and the world.” Again with the people!
Forbes senior editor Alex Konrad gave us a metric ton of insight this month — one article just wasn’t enough. So this week we plumb the notebook of SWMS contributor Rhiannon Pacheco, who interviewed Alex earlier this month, and present the rest of Alex’s thoughtful and heartfelt advice for PR pros looking to win his attention.
[SWMS contributor Rhiannon Pacheco writes:] “Today we’re excited to launch Two Questions, an incisive, get-to-the-point interview series where we sit down with a top-tier journalist to learn what makes them tick and why they love what they do. Our inaugural guest: Forbes senior editor Alex Konrad.
The SWMS-Semrush Top 15 Index was the most-opened article in our Nov. 30 emailer. Then, in descending order… cheat sheet on exec interview opps; Fortune contributed content formulas; “Challenge of 2023” analysis; Krazit/Kaye share what works; Protocol shuts down; cheat sheet on VC events/SMB events; cheat sheet on smart lighting
Great perspective from Insider reporters Rob Price and Melia Russell. Excerpt: “It doesn’t always end well when you hire people to tell the world how great you are. Future.com, from my periodic glances, is a snooze fest, devoid of even the most justifiable skepticism and tension,” wrote Brad Stone, a veteran tech journalist, in a Bloomberg newsletter this year.”
Rachel Metz on mastodon @firstname.lastname@example.org
… at least for one day. His tale is poignant, albeit tl;dr.
Anita Ramaswamy is leaving TechCrunch to be a U.S. columnist at Reuters BreakingViews, covering crypto primarily.
CNBC personal finance senior editor Jim Pavia posted this on Twitter: “A PR rep pitched an op/ed and said it was exclusive to CNBC. We did edits and I pinged her with a pub time. She said colleagues sent the piece to another media outlet “unbeknownst” to her and it published. Wonder why my comfort level is so low when it comes to PR firms?”