Editorial Guide

Computerworld is the leading source of news and information for IT professionals who know that technology is at the core of business innovation. For more than 45 years, we have relentlessly covered the changes in the IT industry to keep our readers informed about the most important issues and trends in the fast-moving world of technology. By better understanding what's going on, IT leaders and decision-makers can make the smartest tech decisions and investments. We give our readers the information they need, in context, with in-depth analysis and mission-critical insight that cuts through vendor hype so readers know what's important and what's not.

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  3. We insist on fair, unbiased presentation in all news and articles.
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  5. Plagiarism is grounds for dismissal.
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  7. Journalists do not own or trade in computer industry stocks.
  8. No secondary employment in the IT industry is permitted.
  9. Our commitment to fairness is our defense against slander.
  10. All editorial opinions will be clearly labeled as such.

Working with Computerworld

Our technology coverage includes the latest news, features, reviews, opinions and analyses about IT, and our editorial team is always interested in hearing from you. Reporters cover different aspects of the IT industry; check out our Editorial Beats/Contacts to find the best person to contact.

Editorial FAQ

Computerworld, an IDG company, has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide for more than 45 years. Computerworld's award-winning website (Computerworld.com), special publications, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest global IT media network.

What topics does Computerworld cover?
Computerworld covers the latest tech news and analysis, emerging trends and ideas, management and technology challenges, and career and hiring advice. Computerworld provides peer-based content that's packed with real-world strategies for implementing technology to drive business results.

Who is Computerworld's audience?
Enterprise IT leaders at all management levels seeking to align their business and technology goals. Only Computerworld delivers efficient coverage of all key stakeholders in the IT purchase process.

Are exclusive stories important to Computerworld?
We welcome them, but our news hounds are more than capable of digging up their own scoops.

Do you sign embargoes?
No. But we will agree to keep news under wrap in particular cases, like when we are testing a forthcoming product or working on a feature with a long lead-time.

Does Computerworld accept vendor-written contributions?
No, we don't accept vendor-contributed articles or unsolicited stories. Please see below for our guidelines for story pitches and freelance writer queries.

We are a business publication, and our target readers are IT professionals in midsize to large companies. We generally do not focus on services or products geared exclusively to the consumer market or very small businesses. Crossover services and products are fine, but they must be useful in a business context.

PR professionals: Your best bet for pitching a quick-turnaround story is to reach out directly to the appropriate beat reporter whenever possible (consult our Editorial Beats/Contacts). For long-term features, please email pitches@computerworld.com.

Freelance writers: All Computerworld news stories are written by staff reporters; however, many of our features and reviews are written by freelancers. Experienced freelance technology writers are encouraged to send a query with your idea to the appropriate editors:

How do I find out more about an item on the editorial calendar?
For editorial calendar queries, email pitches@computerworld.com. Someone who knows about the story will get back to you.

Also see the Computerworld Research page for information about our annual special reports, surveys and awards programs.

What kinds of stories does Computerworld publish?
Computerworld publishes both fast-turnaround news stories and long-term feature stories; there are different teams of reporters and editors working on each.

The news reporters and editors are interested in tech trends based on news events. Our reporters try to follow up on straight news stories with analyses that look at the news from various angles. For instance, we posted several stories about the Target breach as new details emerged, but we also reported on the dangers of remotely accessible HVAC systems, the likelihood that the attack would spur EMV smart-card adoption in the U.S., and so on.

For longer features, we look at bigger-picture topics such as how enterprises are using various technologies (current or coming up in the next year to two), management advice for IT leaders, career advice for IT staffers.

A few very large vendors aside, Computerworld rarely writes about vendors — and that includes new product announcements, executive appointments, earnings news or anything specifically vendor-focused. IDG News Service, which provides news stories to Computerworld and most other IDG publications, reports on product news. A list of IDG News Service beats can be found at http://www.idg.com/www/home.nsf/docs/beats.

Does Computerworld publish product reviews?
Computerworld publishes several product reviews each month. While we do review some enterprise-level products, we tend to concentrate on the latest technologies in the end user space — the type of products that either our tech-savvy readers will want to buy for themselves or that employers will want to offer employees. We cover both hardware (such as smartphones, tablets, hybrids, storage, accessories and other devices) and applications (both desktop and mobile).

We welcome review units sent shortly in advance of shipping (contact us before sending, please!), but we do not review devices that are still in beta or that are currently being crowd-sourced. To request a review of your product, contact Barbara Krasnoff, Senior Reviews Editor.

What types of pitches get the editors' attention?
On the news side, pitches related to news events.

On the features side, we're most interested in pitches related to IT trends and issues in business and technology. We want to share with readers how enterprises are using technologies in new or interesting ways, what benefits they're seeing, what the pitfalls are. What problems are IT professionals grappling with, and what solutions are there?

In terms of sources, we are most interested in IT contacts from user companies — the CIOs or IT managers who are using a vendor's products — rather than vendor executives.

Which editor do I contact with a product/service announcement, news story or meeting request?
Find the most appropriate beat reporter or contact one of the news editors. For news, contact beat reporters directly by looking over the coverage listed in the updated beat list and emailing them. Most of our reporters and editors prefer email.

What research does Computerworld publish and what awards programs are available?
Computerworld conducts surveys of its readership throughout the year on issues affecting the IT worker. View descriptions of each survey project along with key dates and links to past reports at our Computerworld Research page.

How do I keep up with the latest from Computerworld?

Editorial Beats/Contacts

Online story requests, press releases and story tips should be sent to the appropriate editorial beat writer.

Editor in Chief
Scot Finnie

Ellen Fanning

Executive Editors
Sharon Machlis
Online & Data Analytics

Ken Mingis
News & Strategy

Managing Editors
Valerie Potter

Bob Rawson
Copy and Production

Senior News Editors
Johanna Ambrosio

Marian Prokop

Senior Reviews Editor
Barbara Krasnoff

Senior Features Editor
Tracy Mayor

Features pitches and inquiries

Editorial Research
Mari Keefe
Editorial Project Manager

Rebecca Linke
Senior Associate Editor

Reporters and Beats
Sharon Gaudin — Cloud computing, Azure, Amazon, Google, e-commerce, social media, Internet search, emerging technologies, A.I., robotics.

Matt Hamblen — Enterprise mobile, enterprise security, enterprise mobility management (EMM), mobile payments, wireless carriers, wearables, privacy, net neutrality/broadband.

Gregg Keizer — Microsoft, Apple, Windows, OS X, iOS, Web browsers, Apple i-devices, major security vulnerabilities, breaches and patches.

Lucas Mearian — Storage advances, energy tech, technology patents, auto telematics, healthcare IT, crowdfunding, 3D printing.

Patrick Thibodeau — Outsourcing and IT workforce issues, H-1B, IT careers, business financials (HP, Intel, IBM), enterprise applications, Internet of Things, data analytics/Big Data/BI, data centers, supercomputing and HPC, disaster tech.

Editorial FAQ

Questions about working with Computerworld editors and reporters? See our Editorial FAQ.

Editorial Beats/Contacts

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