ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Coffee with a Journalist is the best resource for learning about tech journalists and how you can work with them.
Each week, we interview a new guest on the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of journalism, what their inbox looks like, the types of pitches they want to receive, how they collect sources and compile stories, personal insights on current news topics, and ways you can learn to connect with them.
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Oct 20, 2020
Today, we’re joined by John Biggs, the Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo magazine. John’s tenure in journalism has spanned 17 years including his past roles at The New York Times, TechCrunch, and CoinDesk. Not only is John a well-known journalist but he’s also an entrepreneur and author, and most recently launched his newest book, “Get Funded - The Startup Entrepreneur’s Guide to Seriously Successful Fundraising.” On today’s episode, John shares about his early days at Gizmodo, his thoughts on what “tech news” consists of, how pitching has shifted over the past 10+ years, and more.
Oct 13, 2020
On today’s episode, we’re joined by Peter Adams, a reporter for Marketing Dive - an umbrella company of Industry Dive. Peter’s coverage includes news, updates, and cultural trends in the marketing industry and most recently has written about the industry shifts due to COVID-19, marketing amidst social movements, and generational consumer behavior. Today, Peter shares about his favorite canned coffee, what makes Marketing Dive’s daily newsletter unique, the types of stories you can pitch him, and more.
Oct 06, 2020
Today’s guest is Kate Clark, a reporter for The Information covering venture capital and startups. Kate joined The Information in January of 2020 and was previously a reporter for TechCrunch breaking some of the biggest stories to hit the venture capital industry. On the episode today, Kate shares insight about her process for identifying sources in her inbox, where and who she gets her story ideas from, the peaks and valleys of reporting, and more.
Sep 29, 2020
On today’s episode, we’re joined by Olivia Solon, the editor of tech investigations for NBC News. She has previously worked at news outlets including The Guardian, Bloomberg, and WiRED. Olivia gives us an in-depth look into her inbox “shit-show”, she shares more about her recent coverage surrounding Facebook and racial bias claims, why she prefers tips over press releases and pitches, and more.
Mary Ann Azevedo
Sep 22, 2020
On the show today, we’re joined by Mary Ann Azevedo, the managing editor for FinLedger - a fintech-focused media brand designed for financial services professionals. Mary Ann has been a journalist for over 20 years serving as a reporter and editor, most recently with Forbes and Crunchbase News. Mary Ann talks about her new role and building a team at FinLedger, juggling writing, editing, and being a mom, her coverage on startups and how fintech is evolving, and more.
Sep 15, 2020
Today’s guest is Samson Amore, a technology reporter for The Wrap where he covers tech, esports, podcasts, and gaming. Samson previously reported for the Los Angeles Business Journal and worked for notable news outlets including NPR and the Boston Globe. During the show, Samson tells us about his love of drinking coffee, the growth of The Wrap, the types of pitches that are helpful, how much of his stories include pitches, and more.
Sep 08, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Rob Pegoraro, a contributor to Fast Company, Yahoo Tech Finance, Wirecutter, and the Washington Post. Rob has been a journalist for over 20 years, and now covers computers, gadgets, and consumer-tech related news. Rob shares his insights surrounding data privacy, how he thinks about the broader view of a pitch related to a story he’s working on, why he hasn’t created a TikTok video yet, and more.
Sep 01, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Ilyse Liffreing, the social media editor and reporter at Ad Age. Ilyse has served previous roles at NBC News and Digiday, and now covers the latest news surrounding social media, prominent platforms, and the emerging landscape. Ilyse shares with us how many hundreds of emails she receives daily, why she has to read every pitch in her inbox, the components of a good pitch that fit her beat, and more.
Aug 25, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Ben Schiller, the managing editor for features and opinions at CoinDesk. Ben has over 20 years of experience in business and tech journalism serving previous roles at Fast Company and BREAKERMAG. Today, Ben dives into the 3 segments of CoinDesk’s audience, his focus on feature articles and trend stories, why pitches must be topical and newsworthy, BREAKERMAG’s former “furry” mascot, and more.
Aug 18, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Katherine Foley, a health and science reporter for Quartz. Katherine focuses on stories surrounding age-related health and aging populations and most recently has been covering these types of stories related to COVID-19. Today, Katherine tells us about how Quartz approaches COVID-19 coverage, how she organizes pitches in her inbox, why you shouldn’t pitch her personal email, her free personal newsletter, and more.
Aug 11, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Joel Shannon, a reporter for USA Today’s Nation Now team. Joel covers trending news stories including weather, health, and national news, and recently has covered stories about COVID-19. On the episode, Joel shares about the unique way Now News works with local news publications, why pitching him might be tough, how he works with beat writers from USA Today, and more.
Aug 04, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Joshua Pinkay, a senior editor for Obvious Magazine as well as SoCal Magazine. For Obvious Magazine, Joshua covers various entertainment topics from interviews and personal profiles to news and updates within the industry. And for SoCal Magazine, he covers events, news, and human-interest stories with notable members of the Southern California community. On the show today, Joshua tells us about his focus on human interest-oriented stories, his approach to crafting stories that are built for a wide audience, and lots more.
Jul 28, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Macy Williams, a senior shopping editor for POPSUGAR. As her bio says she, “literally shops for a living,” and writes about the best fashion, beauty, fitness, and home products. On the episode, Macy shares about the hundreds of pitches she receives and how relevant they are to her beat, the ways she builds relationships with PR pros, and more.
Jul 21, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Katharine Schwab, the deputy editor of Fast Company’s technology section. Katharine covers large tech companies and how technology affects everyday consumers. Katharine talks about her transition from writer to editor, the importance of having a good subject line to grab her attention, how the tech team at Fast Company decides what stories to write about, and more.
Jul 14, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Robert Archer, senior editor at CE Pro Magazine, and Tech Editor for Commercial Integrator, a sister pub to CE Pro. Robert covers a wide range of consumer electronics including audio, TVs, computer electronics, and more. Robert shares the types of stories CE Pro covers as a trade publication, the types of tech products he covers for the magazine, what he enjoys most about his job, and more.
Jul 07, 2020
On today’s show, we’re joined by Eugene Kim, the chief tech correspondent at Business Insider. Eugene specializes in covering Amazon and e-commerce. Eugene talks about his unique approach to covering one of the most profitable tech companies, his interest in seeking out data-driven stories, why pitches should be short and to the point, and more.
Alana Hope Levinson
Jul 01, 2020
Alana Hope Levinson, the deputy editor for MEL Magazine, sits down with us this week on the show. Alana tells us how the magazine got its start and by who, she shares the types of stories that interest her most, how you can pitch the rest of the editorial team stories and shares about one of her recent articles surrounding liquor stores and quarantine.
Jun 23, 2020
This week we're joined by Sara Jerde, publishing editor for Adweek. Sara gives an inside look into her favorite animal from childhood til now, her role covering the media industry, how she talks to sources daily, the effects COVID-19 has had on the newsroom, and more.
Jun 16, 2020
On the show this week we sit down with Adam Popescu, freelance journalist featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Businessweek, and more. Adam talks about writing human-centric stories, his preference for building relationships with sources, his thoughts on local news, what's like being a freelance journalist, and more!
Jun 09, 2020
On the show for today, we sit down with Brenda Stolyar from Mashable. Brenda gives us an inside look into pitches she likes to receive, the "crazy" story angles she works on at Mashable, her love for reading and lots more.
May 26, 2020
This week's episode features Jacob Krol from CNN Underscored. Jacob joins us to talk about his love of reviewing products, his favorite singer (Hint: The Boss), his pitching preferences, and lots more.
May 19, 2020
Today on the show, we're joined by Natasha Mascarenhas from TechCrunch. Natasha gives us the details on her tactics for finding sources (hint: Slack), the reason she takes coffee meetings, her favorite daily newsletters and more.
May 12, 2020
Today on Coffee with a Journalist we sit down with Alex Heath, a reporter for The Information. Alex takes us through his background in journalism, shares some advice for aspiring journalists, his life covering Facebook, and more.
May 05, 2020
On today's episode, we're joined by Max Willens from Digiday. Max shares more about his coverage as platforms reporter, his slow time of year (hint hint), his preference for working with known sources and more.
Apr 28, 2020
Gabriela Barkho from Modern Retail joins us on the show today. Gabriela tells us about her "secret" martini Instagram, her transition from writing about fashion to technology, her turnaround time on articles and more.
Apr 21, 2020
On today's episode, we are joined by David Ingram from NBC News. David tells us about how cluttered his inbox is, his keen eye for free WiFi, how long it takes him to investigate and write stories and lots more.
Apr 14, 2020
Today, we sit down with Alex Kantrowitz from BuzzFeed to talk all about his new book, Always Day One, available on Amazon. Alex also gives us an inside look into his beat at BuzzFeed, his preference for keeping pitches in his inbox, what publications he reads and more.
The Wall Street Journal
Apr 07, 2020
On today's episode, Ann-Marie Alcantara formerly of Adweek joins us to talk about her love for Star Wars, how she easily connects with sources, her dismay for pitches, and lots more.
Mar 31, 2020
Welcome to the first episode of the second season of Coffee with a Journalist!
On the show today, Alex Wilhelm, formerly of Crunchbase News, joins us to talk about his goal for his readers, what he's been writing about for Crunchbase News, his early start to journalism and lots more.
Jun 04, 2019
On the final episode of Season 1, Sophia Kunthara of the SF Chronicle joins our host, Beck Bamberger, to talk 1:1 about her career and previous journalism jobs. Sophia and Beck go into detail about her Hearst fellowship, her time working with the Downtown Devil, and the worst pitches she has received thus far.
New York Business Journal
May 28, 2019
On today’s episode, Anthony Noto of the New York Business Journal joins our host, Beck Bamberger. Anthony and Beck go into detail about his love for storytelling, reporting on Silicon Valley, and his love for all things creative.
May 21, 2019
Our latest guest is none other than Polina Marinova from Fortune magazine. She's the author or "Term Sheet" as well as the weekly newsletter "The Profile." In this episode, Beck and Polina dive into her itch to move to NYC, her start as a community manager and so much more.
May 14, 2019
On today’s episode, Alejandro Alba of NowThis joins our host, Beck Bamberger, on Coffee with a Journalist. Alejandro and Beck go into detail about the video he hosts and products for NowThis News, when and how his journalism career started, his love for travel and more.
May 07, 2019
On the latest episode of Coffee with a Journalist, Dave Lee of BBC sits down 1:1 with our host, Beck Bamberger. On this episode you’ll learn just how many emails are sitting in Dave’s inbox, how he experienced his first taste of journalism, and the types of stories he looks for when writing at BBC.
Apr 30, 2019
The newest guest on Coffee with a Journalist this week is none other than Mike Murphy of Quartz. You might recognize Mike for his signature thick-rimmed glasses Twitter photo, but we’re here to share MUCH more. Today, Mike and Beck speak 1:1 about his upbringing across the pond, his love of tech, and how often he receives pitches that may or may not be relevant to his beat at Quartz.
Apr 23, 2019
Our latest guest on Coffee with a Journalist joins us from the Tech Editor’s desk at Adweek. Give a warm welcome to Josh Sternberg! Josh shares a little about his tendency to read EVERY pitch he receives, his vast experience covering tech over the past 17 years, and his past job as a...publicist.
Apr 16, 2019
On the newest episode of Coffee with a Journalist our host, Beck Bamberger chats 1:1 with TechRadar’s Senior Home Entertainment Editor, Nick Pino. Learn about Nick’s love for video games, how he’s written over 1000 articles over his journalism career, and his belief system when it comes to a work-life balance.
Apr 09, 2019
This week’s guest on Coffee with a Journalist is none other than Sal Rodriguez from CNBC. Sal sits down 1:1 with our host, Beck Bamberger, and goes into detail about his upbringing in Texas, his start in journalism at ASU, his big move from LA to San Francisco and more.
Apr 02, 2019
On the latest episode of "Coffee with a Journalist" Lexy Savvides from CNET sits down with the host, Beck Bamberger, to chat about her growing interest in technology which started at an early age, her move from Australia to the states, and the good (and bad) pitches that land in her inbox.
Mar 26, 2019
The second guest on "Coffee with a Journalist" features Abrar Al-Heeti from CNET. Host, Beck Bamberger, talks with Abrar about her move to California, how she landed her first paid writing gig with CNET, the unique approach she brings to her writing, and her experience in today's journalism environment.
Mar 19, 2019
On the very first episode of "Coffee with a Journalist," OnePitch's Co-Founder, Beck Bamberger, sits down with Kerry Flynn from Digiday to talk about her Harvard education, how she transitioned from Environmental Science to journalism, her love of coffee, and what it's like covering social media platforms and more at Digiday.