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Confessions of a journalist moonlighting as a native ad writer: 'I'm not proud' - Digiday

Confessions of a journalist moonlighting as a native ad writer: 'I'm not proud' - Digiday | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

At a time when good-paying freelance assignments are harder to come by, many journalists are heeding the call of native advertising, where the pay is decent and the work is steady. But there’s a cost. Many worry about the impact on their credibility as a journalist. Some are even finding they aren’t so welcome back in newsrooms once they work for the business side.


In the latest in Digiday’s “Confessions” series, we talked to a veteran freelance writer who has written for top women’s magazines and other national publications about the dark side of native. In this case, the journalist was working for a publisher’s content studio, which assigned stories a given client wanted written....

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A sadvertising tale... "lowest common denominator" for writer.

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The Rise of Sadvertising: Why Brands Are Determined to Make You Cry

The Rise of Sadvertising: Why Brands Are Determined to Make You Cry | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There was a time in the not so distant past when funny ruled advertising. Whether  absurd and awkward, sharp and wry, or broad and ball-busting, comedy in all its forms was the dominant language in marketing. Then something changed. Quietly at first, then in a more pronounced fashion. In the beginning, certain people (not us) would find themselves discreetly, incredulously, wiping a tear from their eye while watching an ad online. These individuals might blame things like new parenthood on the lapse in steely resolve. “It’s nothing,” they’d say, brushing off the moist impact of a touching story, adding a defensive reminder that, c’mon, they weren’t made of stone!


But then, things began to escalate. Ad-induced tears flowed across the land, and even diehard cynics started admitting to welling up over commercials. And these weren’t just your public service announcements, carefully crafted to emotionally manipulate you into action on issues that were already emotional powder kegs. These were spots for shampoos, for Internet services, for banks, for soft drinks, for retailers, for peanut butter, for beer! They were contemplative, moving, and all scored with the Piano Chord of Emotion. Even Super Bowl viewers were no longer safe from baldfaced lunges at the cockles. Pretty soon the promise of a good cry became an engine of social sharing.

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Have you been brought to tears by an ad, or five, over the last while? Fast Company looks at the rise of "Sadvertising." It's an epic article, great read and hugely recommended 10/10.

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