PR Vibes: PR Vibes: Knewz, The Verge, Fierce and other moves, adds and changes

FierceMarkets has launched FierceElectronics, covering electronics, sensors, embedded, power management and analog news and technology. The editorial team includes former ComputerWorld editor Matt Hamblen (based in Harrisonburg, Virginia) and longtime electronics writer Spencer Chin (based in the greater New York City area). Both will assist with content planning for Sensors Expo & Conference.

The SDxCentral editorial team expands. The publication reports on Twitter: “We have nearly doubled out editorial staff over the past couple of weeks with our recent hiring of Tobias Mann as an editor and Sydney Sawaya as associate editor in our ever-expanding quest to bring you the best coverage from across the software-defined everything (SDx!) space.”

Raphael Satter has started a new role at Reuters, where he’ll be covering cybersecurity and tech policy. Satter, former technology correspondent at The Associated Press, is based in London.

Bevin Fletcher has left the AdvantageMedia fold (WirelessWeek, CED) and joined FierceWireless as associate editor. She covers the wireless industry on a variety of topics including regulation, technology, and business. She has also worked as a journalist at life sciences and finance news publications, covering biotech and corporate bankruptcy, respectively.

Rick Merritt has left EE Times after more than 25 years as its industry voice. According to his Twitter, “I’m grateful for my years there telling stories about engineers, technology and business. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. It ain’t over yet. Stay tuned for where my byline will appear next.”

The Verge’s Dan Seifert gains a new title. According to Dan’s Twitter, “After seven years at the @Verge, I’m still working at the Verge! But I have a new title of Deputy Editor now, which I’m very proud and excited to hold. Still in charge of our Guidebook reviews program, which I have big plans for (also we’re hiring)!”

News Corp is launching a news distribution service. Called Knewz, it’s intended to offer an alternative to Google and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal. Knewz is currently in beta testing and can be accessed at

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