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Inside IDG’s Insider Pro

This past year was tough on tech PR — no need to recount the details. But in the nick of time IDG Insider Pro has breezed into town. Though it does run product reviews that appear on other IDG sites, it’s no mere roll-up. It’s got unique analysis and contributed content and much that other sites do not have — and it’s pitchable like the old days.

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2019: Evergreen Content & SEO

A fixture in our Q4 subscriber meetings was the discussion of SEO and evergreen content. Here’s how the set-up went. “Think about how much has been written about digital transformation… the many thousands of articles. Now let’s go to Google, type in ‘digital transformation’ and let’s see what ranks highest.”

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Profile: Matt Rosoff, CNBC.com

Tech edit industry veteran Matt Rosoff is a builder. He helped IDG build a web channel and event around BYOD. He built Business Insider’s west coast presence as well as its enterprise tech reporting team. Since January, Matt has built out CNBC’s tech reporting team.

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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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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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