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Covering gay marriage when it's really, really personal

On a sticky August day last year in Cincinnati, I filed into the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on assignment for Al Jazeera America’s website to cover oral arguments in the four cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage—the same cases that led to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Seated next to me happened to...

Gannett Internet usage stat questioned

Letter to Romenesko From DUANE MARSTELLER, former Gannett employee: In celebrating its first day on its own, the “new” Gannett has been touting a stat that claims that it accounts for 40% of Internet usage. The company also has made the claim in earnings reports, on its web site and I also saw it included … Read More

The World's 18 Best Outdoor Campaigns of 2014-2015

We continue our 2015 Cannes Lions wrap-up today with a gallery of the Grand Prix and gold Lion winners in the Outdoor category. Only two of the campaigns were done by U.S. agencies, but TBWA\Media Arts Lab made it count by winning the Grand Prix for Apple. Show More Summary

Zoo Shows That Summer Popcorn Fare Isn't Just for the Big Screen

From Jurassic World to Avengers: Age of Ultron, summer movies are all about escapist fun. As CBS looks to lure audiences during the same season, it's found a show that distils the pleasures of those summer popcorn films in Zoo. Premiering...Show More Summary

ThePostGame Will Partner With WPP's New Sports Entertainment Business

ThePostGame, a 4-year-old digital media property that reaches roughly 40 million people per month, is set to make a few major announcements. First up will be a sales and marketing partnership with WPP's new entertainment, sports and partnership business, ESP Properties. Show More Summary

Here are the best links, resources, and roundups from SRCCON, the conference for journalism code

Business casual, bad coffee, dry prewritten speeches, and an 8 a.m. start with no time between sessions — these things are familiar to anyone who’s ever been to a conference. SRCCON (pronounced “Source-Con”), organized by Knight-Mozilla OpenNews and held over two days last week in Minneapolis, aims to avoid the bad conference stereotypes and offer,...

Dow Jones union members vote to extend their contract for another year

Last Tuesday, the union representing journalists at the Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones properties asked members if they wanted to extend their contract with a small raise, or negotiate a new one. “The results are in,” the union says, “and your answer is clear: extend the contract.” The memo: From: IAPE TNG/CWA Local … Read More

Ad of the Day: Memorial Sloan Kettering Tells Three Powerful, Inspiring Cancer Stories

Giving people a new way to think and talk about cancer." That's the mission of three Internet films from New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, according to chief communications officer Avice Meehan. "We started to frameShow More Summary

Where Are All the Cannes Lionesses?

Last Wednesday night, I couldn't sleep. My partner Holly Fallows and I were up for our first award at Cannes. Two girls from the north of England were up for an award. At Cannes. No biggie. I found myself playing out every scenario:Show More Summary

This Quirky Campaign to Rename British Landmarks Boosted Chinese Visits 27%

Would you be more likely to shop Savile Row if it were called "The Street for the Tall, Rich and Handsome"? Or maybe book a visit to Sherwood Forest if it were known as "The Forest of Chivalrous Thieves"? Those were just a few of the names proposed by Chinese citizens in a U.K. Show More Summary

Adweek Daily Brief: R/GA Celebrates Its 33 Lions Wins

Microsoft is handing off its display, mobile and video ad sales to AOL, but the software giant denies that there will be any jobs cuts. Plus, R/GA celebrates its massive success at the Cannes Lions festival. The digital shop won 33 Lions this year. Show More Summary

6 Creatives Waged a Design Battle in Front of 1,000 People, and Here's What They Made

CANNES, France—Lots of designers believe themselves to be God's gift to Photoshop, but few have to prove it on stage in front of a screaming, alcohol-fueled crowd. As part of this year's Cannes Lions festivities, Shutterstock challenged six art directors to do just that at the stock art service's Pixels of Fury competition. Show More Summary

How Narragansett Beer Rebuilt Its Brand With a Meager $100,000 Media Budget

It's not often that a 125-year-old brand can reinvigorate itself without a complete reinvention. But that's what Narragansett Brewing Company has been able to do. With a shoestring media budget of just $100,000 and guerilla-style word-of-mouth...Show More Summary

26% of Millennials Give Fake Birthdays to Score Better Online Deals

Would you fake a birthday to get an online deal? What about hiring a personal consultant to make sure you're getting the most out of your frequent-flyer miles? Those are just two of the tricks millennials use to find the best bargains...Show More Summary

What I Learned Judging the Innovation Lions, Where Actions Are the World's Best Ads

Cannes Lions was born out of the Cannes Film Festival in the 1950s. And so, unsurprisingly, its origins were in narrative filmmaking—it awarded good commercials. Billboards weren't added until nearly 40 years later. And this, apparently,...Show More Summary

Microsoft Now Leans on AOL for Ad Sales and Reportedly Cuts 1,200 Jobs

Microsoft will reportedly lay off 1,200 people as it hands over display, mobile and video ad sales to AOL and AppNexus. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft and AOL revealed a multifaceted deal this afternoon, with the sales component covering nine major international markets. Show More Summary

Publicis' Global CEO, a Potential Successor to Chief Maurice Lévy, Takes on a New Role

Arthur Sadoun's star keeps rising at Publicis Groupe. The exec, named global CEO of Publicis Worldwide in 2013, is adding oversight for MSLGROUP, the public affairs, corporate communications and event unit at the French holding company, to his list of responsibilities. Show More Summary

It's Good to Be the Star of Cannes: R/GA Wins 33 Lions and Agency of the Year

Digital agency R/GA is having arguably its best year ever, leaving last week's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity with 33 shiny new Lions statues, including eight Cyber Lions and 11 Mobile Lions. That total—a record for R/GA—earned it Agency of the Year honors. Show More Summary

NBC Dumps Trumps' Beauty Pageants, Keeps 'Celebrity Apprentice'

NBC has cut some of its lucrative business ties with Donald Trump following Trump's comments about the United States' relationship with Mexico during his announcement for president on June 16. "The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems," Trump said. Show More Summary

CBS Says It Will Finish on Top as It Completes Its Upfront Sales

The CW is no longer the only network to have taken upfront sales off its summer to-do list. Three days after The CW finished its upfront business, CBS announced it too has wrapped things up. The network said in a statement, "As we near...Show More Summary

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