COURTLAND BROOKS - Jan 10 - Each year we rank the top reporters who reported on the Internet dating industry and made the cut on OPW. We only list the news that is of most importance to the dating industry executive. i.e. news that has strategically inspirational or sensitive coverage. Here's our Online Personals Watch Internet dating top ten reporters list for 2016.
First place, second year in a row. Still with Tech Crunch, still writes about internet culture, social networks and consumer-facing technology. This year, we used 10 of her articles on OPW. She wrote even in 2016, mainly about dating apps news, i.e. she covered the recent changes in Hinge app.
Nathan McAlone (see story summaries), Business Insider
Nathan joined Business Insider in 2015 as an Editorial Intern and later Tech Reporter, he's an Associate Tech Editor now. He focuses on the future of entertainment and media, apps and startups generally. He wrote about various dating apps, mostly about Tinder and Hinge last year and we used 7 of his articles on OPW. He also wrote about the dating industry even more than in 2015, which gets him in at second place.
Fitz Tepper (see story summaries), Tech Crunch
Another Tech Crunch writer on the top ten list. Fitz joined TechCrunch in 2015 and writes about a wide range of topics, including i.e. hardware, payments, social apps, legislation and more. He wrote about Bumble a lot last year and we used 6 of his articles.
Sam Shead (see story summaries), Business Insider
Sam's located in the UK and covers mostly European news. He first appeared on this list last year. He writes about startups, venture capital, artificial intelligence and the sharing economy and more. This time, he wrote i.e. about DatePlay, Happn or Inner Circle. We used 5 of his articles, that means joint fourth / fifth place with the next name on this list, but we used almost all his coverage of the dating industry on OPW.
Quentin Fottrell (see story summaries), MarketWatch
The third year in a row on our top 10 list! Quentin writes about personal finance, news and lifestyle. He did two big interviews with Grant Langston, the new CEO of eHarmony last year. We summarized 5 of his stories on OPW last year.
James Cook (see story summaries), Business Insider
Another European BI tech writer. James wrote multiple articles about internet dating companies and we used 4 of them on OPW. That's a joint 6-8 place along with the following two writers.
Steve O'Hear (see story summaries), Tech Crunch
One more TC author made it to this list. He focuses on European startups, companies and products. Last year, he wrote about the Badoo / Lulu deal, amongst other topics. And we also used 4 of his articles on OPW.
Paresh Dave (see story summaries), LA Times
Covers the California technology sector with a focus on L.A. startups for the L.A. Times. We used 4 of his articles on OPW during 2016. He wrote about Grindr, Three Day Rule, Tinder and eHarmony.
Caitlin Dewey (see story summaries), Washington Post
Caitlin also appeared on this list for the last 2 years and writes "about internet (and a variety of other things)" in her own words (source: LinkedIn profile). She wrote a number of (internet) dating related articles in 2016, for example about Ashley Madison or Zoosk.
Georgia Wells (see story summaries), Wall Street Journal
And yet another name that is not new on this list, she appeared on it last year as well. She is a multimedia producer for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco tech bureau. Wrote about Match Group a lot last year, for WSJ and MarketWatch.
Although many PR professionals might suggest that there is no 'beat' for Internet dating. Some reporters do actually cover it enough that they should be firmly on your radar. Here's our top ten. There's several hundred that we've been in contact with over the years. Often they only write once or twice about the Internet dating industry. But some reporters are quite consistently interested in dating.