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Deep-Dive: Tim Keary, VentureBeat

After becoming a VentureBeat freelancer last month, Tim Keary wrote 41 stories in 42 days. With rare exception, the articles focused either on a product announcement or a funding round. Dozens of companies saw their news covered thoroughly — in a context useful to buyers.

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Deep-Dive: Kyle Alspach, VentureBeat

VentureBeat staff writer Kyle Alspach wrote 15 articles last week. Yes, fifteen, and they averaged a bit more than 900 words each. So if you’ve have a hard time reaching Kyle with your cybersecurity pitch, that could be why.

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Odds & Ends

VentureBeat has launched Data DecisionMakers, a “community” that wants your contributed content…

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Odds & Ends

Peter Allen Clark left Time to become technology editor at Axios…Lucinda Shen left Fortune to join Axios, too — she will cover fintech there… Kyle Alspach left CRN to cover security for VentureBeat…

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Profile: Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

VentureBeat veteran Dean Takahashi discusses his views of virtual events (attends them and hosts them too), and laments the end of an era when a vendor’s headquarters was something to write about.

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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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Vendors: Don’t Forget the Contact Info

Bloomberg reporter Matthew Boyle Tweets: “Another hour lost to rooting around a startup’s ‘newsroom’ page, looking in vain through the fawning case studies and trite “thought leadership” blog posts for the name of an actual human media contact with an email address and (!) phone number.”

Good Pitching Advice from Axios

Tweeted by Axios health tech reporter Erin Brodwin: “If you’re pitching me on a company’s credentials, no need to tell me how great the founding team is, where they’ve worked, etc. — I’ll find out. Tell me how they solve a problem, how they’re diff from rivals (and there are *always* rivals), how they track outcomes and get paid.”

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