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Analysis: Here Come the Unions

Fast Company editors voted to unionize last week. So did the New Yorker’s. Should PR care? Not directly. Unionization does affect the editorial environment in which you pitch. Over time, if the economics of publishing don’t improve, the best journalists may well seek to work where editors are “protected.”

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Profile: Sean Captain, freelancer, Fast Company

Wouldn’t it be great if all tech journalists were like Sean Captain? He writes about AI, big data and telecom, yet is open to even broader territory — “people and their ideas.” Though a freelancer, he writes principally for Fast Company, squarely in Tier 1.

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Even More Narrative Story Types

Where are all the company profiles? They abounded when the IPO window was wide open. Not anymore. Back when he wrote for Forbes, Dan Lyons told us that PR people always wanted him to write “book reports” — here’s who we are, and we’ve done this and that. That sounds like a company profile, doesn’t it?

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Sage Advice from Nine Contributed Content Guidelines

You send us lots of rejected contributed content, asking what went wrong. Sometimes we can spot a path forward, but it’s heartbreaking to hear that “the client wants it written this way” or “this has already been approved.” That’s why this week we studied nine sets of contributed content guidelines from top edit targets and packaged what we think is their most valuable advice.

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Drafting..: "This time last year, the Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal vertical boasted five stellar reporters -- Sara Castellanos, Jared Council, Angus Loten, John McCormick and Agam Shah. Today's CIO-J boasts only three: Angus, Isabelle Bousquette and Suman Bhattacharyya."

✨Some professional news✨After five years at @BusinessInsider, I am thrilled to be joining @LinkedInNews as their technology editor. I’m excited to branch out beyond advertising, and take the skills I’ve picked up as a reporter over the past 8+ years to demystify a broader beat.

Personal news: Today is my first day @thisisinsider as a senior sustainability reporter!

I'll be covering how companies tackle #esg issues like climate change, plastic waste & working conditions, w/ a focus on accountability.

Get in touch at cboudreau@insider.com.

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