What I’m working on this week – 4/16/14

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I’ve been traveling the last couple of weeks, so I’ve let this weekly series of posts slide. Unfortunately, the image below is misleading. I haven’t been traveling in my gigantic yellow convertible. I still need to finish a couple of repairs before she’s seaworthy again. I hit the road again next week, but I have […]

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How Bad Pitches Trigger the Rule of Resentment

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I’m currently conducting a survey about pitching practices. In my State of the Pitch survey, I pose a couple of open-ended questions, asking people to draw my attention to important things I didn’t think to ask about. One question, “If you could teach journalists one thing about the realities of PR, what would it be?” […]

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What I’m Working on This Week – 3/19/14

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Open Stories, Seeking Sources My editor at Datamation wants me to write a new cloud story, a topic I’ve drifted away from for the last month or two. This story will investigate how the cloud could eventually evolve to become a foundational technology, similar to the Internet. Cloud-delivered services are powering Big Data, the Internet […]

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What I’m working on this week — 3/12/13

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Open Stories, Seeking Sources My editor at Network World wants another Big Data story from me. Now, before you ask, no, the last Big Data story has not run yet. My Big Data startup roundup should run soon, but I haven’t been given an exact date. The new story moves away from startups and towards […]

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What I’m working on this week — 3/4/14

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Last week, my email marketing service provider, Aweber, was hit by successive waves of DDoS attacks. The attacks knocked them offline, and as a result, my Story Source updates were knocked offline too. I didn’t have anything scheduled to go out last week, so no big deal, but the attack did get me to think […]

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Are you looking for a PR/marketing job with a hot startup?

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Are you or any of your colleagues looking for a Sr. Marketing Manager/Director of PR position? The CEO of Aryaka reached out to me for recommendations, and then contracted with me to manage much of this hunt. I can’t think of a better pool of candidates than Story Source subscribers. Aryaka is a cloud-based WAN […]

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Seeking “Best Productivity Apps of 2013″ for Network World roundup

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A couple of weeks ago, I asked my Story Source subscribers to send me app recommendations for a roundup I’m working on for Network World.  I wanted apps based on neuroscience that help people with concentration, productivity, conquering bad habits, etc. Well, that didn’t quite pan out. I only found about 5 or 6 apps […]

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What PR Can Learn from Network World’s Top Feature Stories for 2013 – Part 2

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If you missed the first part of this 2-part blog, be sure to check out the entry from Tuesday, so you know what the heck I’m talking about here in Part 2. Last month, my editor at Network World, Neil Weinberg, sent out story performance stats to his team of freelance feature writers. After digging […]

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New startup roundup for CIO: cloud security startups

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I’m working on a new startup roundup for CIO: 10 Hot Cloud Security Startups. Okay, before you shoot off a pitch, please follow this decision tree to determine whether or not your startup is a fit, and to navigate some of the questions I’ll have if your startup isn’t the perfect fit. If you can […]

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Lessons from Network World’s Top Stories of 2013 – Part 1

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What PR Can Learn from Network World’s Top Feature Stories for 2013 We journalists have a troubled relationship with PR. No surprise there, but when you dig into the specifics, we look like a mirror image of the dysfunction in Washington. Part of the problem is due to PR’s asymmetrical advantages. As Marc Cowlin wrote […]

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