Cision to Co-Sponsor Sam Whitmore s Media Survey Discussions with Leading Tech Reporters and Bloggers

Cision Ramps up Efforts to Foster Best Practices in PR by Joining Long-running Weekly Webinar Series

CHICAGO, IL, August 5, 2008   Cision, the leading provider of media research, distribution, monitoring and analysis services, announced it will co-sponsor Sam Whitmore s Media Survey (SWMS) teleconference discussions with tech editors from top mainstream and new-media outlets. The long-running series of weekly webinars features live interviews and Q&A with top reporters and bloggers hosted by Sam Whitmore, a well-known media analyst and leading consultant to editorial and marketing professionals.

 Cision is committed to fostering best practices in the public relations industry,  said Peter Granat, Executive Vice President of Cision.  Sam Whitmore s expertise in creating a constructive dialogue with leading editors and reporters enables PR professionals to be more helpful and productive in working with the editorial community. 

Whitmore said the purpose of the teleconferences is to share knowledge and understanding of what kinds of information the editors need.  Each week our harried tech PR pro subscribers even the experienced ones can learn a little bit more about the plight of today’s harried tech journalists,  Whitmore said.  After the call, we send a teleconference synopsis in e-mail, along with a link to the audio file, so you can archive this precious knowledge. 

Upcoming SWMS/Cision Editorial Teleconferences:

  • Tues. Aug. 12: Stacey Higginbotham, reporter, GigaOm
  • Tues. Aug. 19: Mark Hall, editor-at-large, Computerworld
  • Tues. Aug. 26: Steve Gillmor, editor, TechCrunchIT
  • Tues. Sep. 2: James Kendrick, blogger, JK On the Run
  • Tues. Sept. 9: Chris Gaither, technology editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Tues. Sep. 23 Michal Lev-Ram, reporter, Fortune Magazine
  • Tues. Sep. 30: Erick Schonfeld, co-editor, TechCrunch
  • Tues. Oct. 7: Jim Ledbetter, editor, The Big Money

Subscribers can sign up online at for $149 per call. After each call, Cision will provide a summary of the discussion with pitching tips and information on the outlet. There is also an archive of previous calls accessible here.

About Sam Whitmore s Media Survey:
Sam Whitmore has practiced and studied tech journalism for 25 years. After 14 successful years at Ziff Davis Publishing, where he served as a news-breaking reporter, columnist and editor-in-chief for PC Week, Whitmore established Sam Whitmore’s Media Survey (SWMS), a tech media analysis service designed to help PR pros win coverage for their clients. Since 1998 SWMS ( has helped PR pros understand how publications make editorial decisions and how to harness that knowledge for better pitching results. Key to SWMS is its weekly Editorial Teleconference series now in its eighth year showcases a leading tech influencer each week in a frank, fast-paced 30-minute conversation.

About Cision:
Cision is a leading global media intelligence company, serving the complete workflow of today s communications, social media and content marketing professionals. Offering the industry s most comprehensive PR and social software, rich analytics and a Global Insights team, Cision enables clients to improve their marketing and strengthen data-driven decision making. Cision also represents the Gorkana Group, PRWeb, Help a Reporter Out (HARO) and iContact brands. Headquartered in Chicago, Cision has over 100,000 customers worldwide and maintains offices in Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and China. For more information, visit or follow @Cision on Twitter.