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Two Questions: Cade Metz, NYT

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!

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Alex Konrad: A Deeper Look

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.

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Cheat Sheet: Editorial Boards

Sometimes it pays to go to the top. If you’re pitching something truly conceptual — something that can make a publication look prescient in the long run — then go to the editorial board. We’ve got a list of six boards for you, with contact info.

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Profile: Christopher Mims, WSJ

Christopher Mims isn’t your typical Tier 1 columnist. Chris reports his theses. Coming from a science background, he surrounds his opinions with lots of evidence — much of it empirical. Given the challenges associated with pitching someone like Chris, it might be best to think of him as a proxy for all of “Tier 1.”

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How WSJ, Fast Company are Framing the Pitchable Future

Few topics captivate reporters more than the future. SWMS this week studied the past two “The Future of Everything” reports in the WSJ — and a dozen stories in Fast Company’s The Shape of Tomorrow section — to identify pitch approaches that might work for you. 

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Calacanis Slams NYT for Ignoring ‘World-Positive’ Startups

Are you struggling to interest Tier 1 reporters in lesser-known clients? So is Jason Calacanis. The former journalist and well-known investor and podcaster sounded off Jul. 7 to CNBC’s Jon Fortt and two other hosts about the trouble he and other VCs have had in breaking through — especially to the New York Times.

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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: 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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Tech Edit Spotlight: CNBC Disruptor 50

The top ten companies gracing this year’s CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list received scant Tier 1 coverage during the previous 12 months. Based on SWMS research, the coverage that companies did receive was overwhelmingly from verticals. We did see three flattering profiles, worth deconstructing to see the elements they required.

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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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FRIDGE NOTES

Dotdash Meredith Lays Off 274

… including TripSavvy senior editorial director Laura Ratliff. Expect to see lots of senior talent cut from venerable consumer titles.

‘Open’ Stats on Jan. 26 SWMS Emailer

Here’s what you opened, in descending order: VB/ Quartz “fill out the form”; Suman Bhattacharyya Q&A; cheat sheets on AI newsletters and HR verticals; Meteor Q&A; cheat sheet on manufacturing/3D printing; SWMS contributed content cheat sheet update; SWMS-Semrush Top 15 in healthcare edit

Wisdom from the AP…

“We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing “the” labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as ‘people with mental illnesses.’ And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.”

Two More Protocol Reporters Land Good New Jobs

Aisha Counts and Max Cherney have landed good new jobs roughly six weeks after being laid off from Protocol. Both coincidentally are covering big tech companies. Aisha now covers Twitter and Meta for Bloomberg, and Max now works for Silicon Valley Business Journal covering Apple, Meta and Google.

Adweek Lays Off 14

Graphic designer Gabby Ulloa, breaking news reporters Natalie Venegas and Rafael Canton, senior editor David Cohen and senior story editor Nicole Ortiz were among those laid off from Adweek yesterday. Fourteen in total were laid off, ten from the newsroom.

Vox Media Lays Off 7% of Staff

Axios has the story. Seven percent translates to roughly 130 people, Sara Fischer writes. Eater took some hits, as did the Vox Media visuals team.

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