“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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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.

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.

Alejandro de la Garza, TIME
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.

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!

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.

Apr 06, 2021

“What I write about is accessibility and how technology helps us and does not help us.”

– Steven Aquino, Forbes
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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