The Atlantic: Can We Stop Talking About the Scientology Thing?
The Atlantic wants you to stop talking about its Scientology native ad imbroglio. Like, really, get over it.
“It’s been 10 months now, and it’s still being brought up,” Scott Havens, president of the Atlantic, said at the Digiday Publishing Summit in Miami this week. He has grown weary of being “the poster child of what not to do.”
In January, the Atlantic posted an odd advertorial package for the Church of Scientology that touted the religion’s growth under its leader, David Miscavige. Readers (and even some Atlantic writers) were confused and angry. The Atlantic swiftly apologized for the overreach and today swears it has learned from the mess.
“For a moment in January, I thought we had unraveled 155 years of trust with our readership,” Havens added. “I don’t want to go through that again.”
In short, the Atlantic has moved on. And it wants you to move on, too. But some people have a hard time letting go. As recently as a month ago, the New York Times was still writing about the brouhaha as a cautionary tale. The Atlantic has since created advertising guidelines on how it deals with native ads and posted them on its site. Item No. 1: “The Atlantic will not allow any relationship with an advertiser to compromise The Atlantic’s editorial integrity.”
And while Havens said that the company – and perhaps even the industry as a whole – is better off for the episode, he “wouldn’t want anybody to go through that.”
Image via Flickr
In The Know, The New York Times and Harvard Business Review are Digiday Media Awards winners in 2021
The 2021 Digiday Media Awards honors the companies, technologies and campaigns that have stood out throughout the media over the past year.
Former Manchester United footballer Louis Saha is helping athletes become media entrepreneurs
Athletes have become more marketable than the teams and competitions they represent and ownership is the new priority and that’s driving partnerships with the best entrepreneurs and investment professionals to create businesses where they have large percentage ownership stakes.
Member ExclusiveMedia Briefing: How sports publishers are handling this year’s Olympics
In this week's Media Briefing, publishing reporter Sara Guaglione covers how sports publishers have had to adapt their coverage plans and ad sales strategies for this year's Olympics.
SponsoredNew data shows contextual targeting is driving brand safety and favorability
Paul Goldbaum, Chief Technology Officer, Seedtag In a very top-level approach, return on investment is among one of the top-ranking KPIs that brands prioritize when it comes to ad campaigns. However, in an online world filled with misinformation, fake news and unsafe content, brand image and favorability also need to be a top consideration ahead […]
Member ExclusiveDigiday Guide: Everything you need to know about Gen Z’s media consumption habits
This Digiday+ Guide helps marketers navigate the wishes of Gen Z, an authentic and transparent demographic that isn't afraid to cancel a brand.
Cheat Sheet: Nielsen studies show ‘light’ listeners make up nearly half of podcast audience
Nielsen's latest studies show the number of podcast listeners who tune in one to three times a month has grown 10% since 2018.