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A tech reporter’s challenge: Cutting through the hype

September 21, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres, a reporter at CIO Dive, covering the software industry, data analytics and the future of technology, spoke with UNC-Chapel Hill journalism professor Andy Bechtel about his job.

Here is an excerpt:

Q. What are the unique challenges to covering the technology beat?

A. Given my niche beat, one crucial challenge is to consistently deliver valuable takeaways for an audience that is incredibly well informed.

Our readership already knows what technologies like cloud computing or data analytics are, how they’re used and who the key players are. What they want to know is how their use will change, how these changes will impact the decisions they’ll need to make next year, or five years out. They want to know what’s next.

Cutting past the hype is a common challenge for tech reporters. I lean on data, conversations with technologists and voices from analysts to understand where the real value in tech trends lies.

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