First, because Fortune didn’t feel like buying GigaOM outright, the pub simply hired six of its writers (Twitter accounts in the links):
- Media critic and prolific tweeter Mathew Ingram
- Stacey Higginbotham, who focuses on tech-driven devices
- Barb Darrow, cloud tech expert and lover of “industry dirt”
- Katie Fehrenbacher, who focuses on the intersection of tech and energy, “green” and otherwise
- Jeff John Roberts, specialist in the laws and policies that affect the tech industry
- Jonathan Vanian, covering tech as applied to business
As Barrow notes, it’s not quite time to start pitching Fortune’s newest tech team (as if that ever stopped any ambitious PRs):
don’t know my new email addy and don’t start till April 27 people!
— Barb Darrow (@gigabarb) April 8, 2015
…but of course you should still follow them and keep them in mind for future coverage.
In other tech reporter news, Reuters lost two of its top journalists on the beat.
- Edwin Chan, who was the org’s West Coast bureau chief specializing in Chinese tech companies like Alibaba, will be Asia tech editor for Bloomberg based in Hong Kong
- Alexei Oreskovic, who covered Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. for Reuters, will now be senior editor in Business Insider’s San Francisco office…so while you probably won’t be pitching him directly, he will make a lot of decisions about the coverage your tech clients receive.
We are frankly a bit surprised that none of the writers mentioned in this post went to Fusion or BuzzFeed.
More to come, of course…