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Cheat Sheet: SxSW Reporters

We don’t have the 2023 list, but we dug into who covered it last year and came up with 16 targets, all of whom still work at those same outlets. It’s an interesting mix of Tier 1 and verticals, locals and national.

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‘Fellows’ and ‘Interns’ Make Great Targets

Most PR pros categorize targets by beat, then by publication. There’s another way — by experience. The rookies are happy to be where they are. And quite often they are friendly toward PR, especially when you appear to know a little bit about them.

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Cheat Sheet: Edit Influencers in M&A

We came up with 25 names of reporters and editors, from the deep trades to the top of Tier 1. Pretty much any CNBC show covers M&A when it breaks, so we omitted that property. We’re pretty sure everyone else is in there, with contact info.

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Cheat Sheet: Consumer Tech Podcasts

Where are the pitchable consumer tech podcasts? So many of them are produced by people who disregard pitches. So we used our best judgment building this cheat sheet — which ones might you have a ghost of a chance of influencing?

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover Creators

we have completely revamped the now-deleted creator cheat sheet published in Feb. 2022. There’s a lot of SEO going on these days with the term “creators” — just about every newly released consumer tech product is “ideal” for them. So we omitted faux targets like those.

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Cheat Sheet: Podcasts for CMOs

This cheat sheet is a revamp from our May 2022 research. We found nine additional CMO-related podcasts since then, and none that had lapsed. How unusual. Let us know if we have missed your favorite.

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover CMOs

Here are 19 targets who cover CMOs. Bloomberg and CNBC not on it. Tier 1 tends not to see CMOs as newsmakers. WSJ CMO Today and Forbes are the exceptions. This is updated from our May 2022 list.

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Cheat Sheet: HR and Hiring Verticals

If you’ve ever tried it, you probably know that the HR segment is frustrating to research. Many of the titles hail from overseas. Contact names are hard to obtain (though we did). Paid and earned are blended and barely distinguished.

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NYT Competitor Shellacked… by NYT

A thousand words about The Messenger, a well-funded news startup that had a few challenges out of the gate? Read for yourself (password probably required) with an eye toward whether the NYT’s audience is being served.

SWMS Turns 25 Today

SWMS turns 25 today — only because our subscribers made it possible. Thank you for all the support over all the years.

Open Stats for SWMS 5/9 Emailer

In descending order: who’s still left at ZDNet and TechRepublic; cheat sheets on SF-based tech reporters and AI in retail; Esther Ajao Q&A; cheat sheets on DEI, AI newsletters, accessibility and podcasts for retail investors; Larry Dignan joins Constellation Research; Robin Wauters podcast; cheat sheet on room videoconferencing systems.


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