“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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Jan 27, 2021

Dom Nicastro, CMSWire

Today on the show, Dom Nicastro, a senior reporter for CMSWire and Reworked, sits down for a sip of coffee. Dom joined Simpler Media Group in 2014 and covers digital customer experience technology and strategies for the digital workplace and employee experience. He is also currently a Saturday morning radio show host for the North Shore Sports Desk on 104.9. Previously, Dom was a managing editor and freelance healthcare editor.

During today’s episode, Dom talks about his technology disconnect during the holidays, the new Reworked website and editor, why he wants to connect with people and not companies, and more. Let’s hear more from Dom now!

Jul 21, 2020

“I think hearing directly from people whose lives have been impacted by technology can be a really powerful way to tell a story that we don't see as much. So that's something that I personally feel invested in, in helping those stories be told.”

– Katharine Schwab, Fast Company
Jan 26, 2021

Bryan Walsh, Axios

Bryan Walsh, Axios’s Future Correspondent, joins us on the show today. Bryan joined Axios in February 2020 and covers emerging technology and the trends shaping geopolitics, work, warfare, and more. Additionally, he writes the twice-weekly Axios Future newsletter. Bryan has been a reporter and writer since 2001 when he started at TIME Magazine, he helped launch OneZero on Medium, and is the author of “End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World” available on Amazon.

Today, Bryan shares in detail about the types of stories he writes for Axios, his bi-weekly newsletter and how he weaves pitches and sources into them, his experience reporting at TIME which led him to write his book, and more.

Jan 19, 2021

Sissi Cao, The Observer

Today, we’re joined by Sissi Cao, a Business and Tech Reporter for Observer. She joined the team in October of 2017 and covers major news and updates surrounding power players including Tesla, SpaceX, Toyota, Amazon, and Uber. She’s also worked for Trusted Insight as a Finance Editor and for Capital News Service as a Business Reporter and Web Designer.

Sissi talks about one of the most interesting cold pitches she received on the show today, the Slack channel her team uses for PR pitches, the similarities between Silicon Valley and the journalism industry, and more.

Jan 12, 2021

Christine Hall, Crunchbase News

We’re joined by Christine Hall from Crunchbase News on today’s episode. Christine has been a Contributing Writer for Crunchbase News since April of 2020 covering startups and venture capital with a focus on venture-backed companies, entrepreneurs, trend pieces, and funding announcements. She started her career as a reporter for The Houston Business Journal in 2002. 

On the episode today, Christine tells us about her process for reading, responding, and forwarding emails to colleagues, how she’s adapted to remote work, her favorite kinds of novels, and more.

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Jan 05, 2021

Caroline Haskins, BuzzFeed News

Today, on the 50th episode of Coffee with a Journalist, we’re joined by Caroline Haskins from BuzzFeed News. Caroline has been a Technology Reporter at BuzzFeed News since 2019. Prior to then, she was a staff writer for Motherboard and an Editorial Intern at The Outline. 

During the episode, Caroline tells us about her process for finding unique stories to cover, how hectic her inbox can be, a major story she broke during the George Floyd protests, and more.

Dec 22, 2020

Erin Griffith, The New York Times

Today’s guest is none other than Erin Griffith from The New York Times. Erin has been a Correspondent for NYT since 2018. She currently reports on technology start-ups and venture capital from the San Francisco bureau. Erin has also been with many other notable news outlets including Wired, Fortune, and Adweek. 

During the episode, Erin tells us about the type of stories she’s been focusing on at NYT, the importance of subject lines, one of her favorite stories she’s written, and more.

Dec 15, 2020

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press

Joining us today is veteran journalist, Michael Liedtke from the Associated Press. Michael has been a business/tech writer for AP since April of 2000. He covers a wide range of tech businesses from Google and Yahoo to Netflix and Twitter. Additionally, Michael covers the issues affecting technology and society, including stories on privacy and innovation. 

During today’s episode, Michael talks about why he’s more likely to read an email he receives, his feelings on local journalism, and much more.

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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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