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Tier 1 traffic is dropping, but not as much as we reported last month. It turns out that Similarweb refined its algorithms late last year, impacting SWMS analysis published Jun. 28.
Tier 1 audiences are plummeting, according to SimilarWeb data compiled by SWMS. Of 15 titles analyzed year over year, only Axios showed a gain. Every other brand suffered double-digit losses. Let’s take a look at the data.
Here’s a list of eight reporters who cover Africa — general news and business news — for top-tier publications. Included is SimilarWeb traffic data as of June 2021.
Pitching columnists is often wiser than pitching reporters because they don’t need third-parties to back up their assertions. If they believe it, they can write it. So we have assembled a list of prominent tech columnists at WSJ, NYT and Bloomberg, current as of June 2021.
VC firm Andreessen Horowitz is building what you might call its own Wired — a pro-tech media brand appealing both to consumers and business. It’s unnamed as yet, but A16Z is hiring fast. So far, at least, parts of it appear to be pitchable.
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.
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Top open: Brendan Vaughan. Then: pitch advice from Axios; ZDNet logo; Foller.me Twitter tool; SMB targets in Tier 1; Ted Lasso; GMA cheat sheet; Boston-based VC reporters; gifting targets; why Quartz readers renew.
FC is hiring a new assistant editor to oversee contributed content.