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Inside Protocol Braintrust: A Contributed Content Opp

Protocol has not only hired a boatload of top journalists in its first 18 months, but also has recruited almost 200 contributors whose work appears in a thought leadership vertical called Braintrust. If you represent thought leaders, you’ll enjoy this Q&A with Protocol associate editor Kevin McAllister — your pitch contact — and Protocol president Tammy Wincup.

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Be an ‘Expert’ in the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal is about to ramp up The Experts, the contributed content operation affiliated with Journal Report. WSJ is open to vetting new “panelists” (contributors) in each of six areas: energy, health, leadership, retirement, small business and wealth management.

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Our CEO Profile Cheat Sheet

— Updated Mar. 2, 2021 — Here is our latest and best list of titles and authors known to produce CEO profiles. The possibilities on one hand have shrunk considerably. On the other, literally dozens of publications will consider CEO pitches — but the context has to be there.

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Pitch Advice from Mo Marshall — Analyzed

Nothing brings PR anxiety like crickets, especially when you pitch contributed content and include the submission. Was the pitch bad? Was the piece bad, or both? Or neither! Or maybe “they just didn’t see it, so I’ll ‘float it to the top of their in-box’ in a day or two.”

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Meet Wendy Almeida, community editor, Third Door Media

Placing contributed content ideally comes without strings — “pitch it, place it, forget it” — but that’s not how it works at Third Door Media, publishers of Search Engine Land, Marketing Land and MarTech Today. Third Door is in the community business. Community editor Wendy Almeida wants to help but you must help her too.

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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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