“Coffee with a Journalist” features candid conversations with top tier editors, reporters, and journalists who share their publicist pet peeves, pitching best practices, outlook on the future of journalism, and more.

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Mar 23, 2021

Lydia Dishman, Fast Company

Today, we’re joined by Lydia Dishman, a regular contributor to Fast Company. Lydia writes about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. Lydia has been an independent journalist since 2009 and previously wrote for SC Magazine, CBS Interactive, and USA Today.

Lydia shares details about surveys and sample sizes, one of her recent pieces about the places to work at home, shares praise about her Fast Company co-workers, and much more.

Mar 16, 2021

Emily Canal, Insider

Today, Emily Canal from Insider joins us on the podcast. Emily is a senior reporter at Insider covering entrepreneurship around small business and strategy. Prior to joining Insider, Emily was a reporter for Inc. Magazine and Forbes.

On the episode, Emily dives right into the stories she’s covering and reporting on, subject lines that catch her attention, some of her recent favorite books, and so much more.

Oct 06, 2020

“The best conversations, the best sources, come out of a conversation, even just a 20-minute conversation with five or six potential stories.”

– Kate Clark, The Information
Mar 09, 2021

Mar Masson Maack, The Next Web

Today, Mar Masson Maack from The Next Web joins us. Mar is the Editor of Growth Quarters and Podium at The Next Web and joined the outlet in 2017.

During today’s episode, Mar tells us more about the tie in between Growth Quarters and Podium and The Next Web, the percentage of pitches in his inbox, how he analyzes pitches and sources, and more.

Mar 02, 2021

Heather Somerville, The Wall Street Journal

Our guest on the show today is Heather Somerville, a technology reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Heather joined The Journal in 2019 and covers venture capital and finance.

Heather started her career in 2007 with The Charlotte Observer and has previously reported on the tech industry for Reuters and the Bay Area News Group, including the San Jose Mercury News.

Today, Heather shares more about her openness to Zoom “coffee meetings,” her passion for writing a particular type of story, her thoughts on embargoes, and more.

Feb 23, 2021

Alejandro de la Garza, TIME

Today, Alejandro de la Garza, a Reporter for TIME Magazine, joins us on the podcast. Alejandro joined TIME in 2018 and he writes on science and tech - most recently surrounding the technological implementation of various tools and strategies to combat COVID-19.

During the episode, Alejandro explains more about his unique title and how it relates to the magazine, why he appreciates follow-ups, what topics he’s sick of being pitched, and more.

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Feb 16, 2021

David Carnoy, CNET

Today we’re joined by David Carnoy, an Executive Editor for CNET. David joined CNET in April 2000 and covers gadgets, tech, and e-publishing. David started his career in 1989 as an editorial assistant and has held other positions including editorial director and senior editor. 

On the episode today, David tells us more about how many gadgets he receives for review, what and when he prefers to hear about products, his career as a novelist, and more.

Feb 09, 2021

Brit Morse, Inc.

Today’s guest is Brit Morse, an assistant editor for Inc. Magazine. Brit joined Inc. in September 2017 and covers startups, entrepreneurship, and access to capital. Aside from writing, she is also a violinist and is learning how to play the guitar.

During the episode, Brit tells us more about her recent conversations with employment lawyers, how she follows up with sources, her occasional interview with founders, and more.

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“I speak from the perspective of someone who was a guest on this lively show. Beck Bamberger does a great job of setting a relaxed tone that produces an entertaining and informative conversation that makes a download worth the time for the listeners, particularly for public relations professionals. I recommend giving it a whirl”

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“PR pros - if you aren’t listening to this podcast you need to! Each week this podcast goes behind the scenes with well known journalists and gives you insight into what they are working on, tips for pitching, what they do and don’t like. You sometimes learn personal info which you can leverage in your pitches. We all know that cutting through the weeds and getting a reporters attention is getting harder and harder but this podcast gives you the tools to get a reporter to respond and get your client the coverage they want!!!! Make sure you add this to your list of favorites.”

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“I have listened to several episodes of this podcast and have found them extremely valuable. The journalists on the show share tips about what they look for in pitches, the dynamics of their team/outlets, how they compile their stories, and what their thoughts are on the changing journalism landscape.

All PR pros should be listening to this podcast! It’s been so helpful. ”

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