Introducing First Things First, Adweek’s New Daily Resource for Advertising, Marketing and Media

The newsletter will bring you the news, but also tips to help you do your job better

First Things First will cover the biggest stories from and also double as a resource to help you do your job better. Illustration by Dianna McDougall

Welcome to First Things First, Adweek’s first written daily newsletter. First Things First won’t just be a roundup of the latest advertising, marketing and media news—we’ll provide context around that news, as well as highlight the in-depth analysis pieces we publish daily. Additionally, we’ll share the best piece of creative each day, because, after all, we’re Adweek, and what’s an Adweek newsletter if we’re not highlighting what makes advertising great?

In each newsletter, we’ll also include a section designed to help you do your job better. We’re sharing tips on career development and workplace strategy from everyone from CCOs to junior copywriters. If you’re interested in participating in this section, drop me an email at Today, you’ll hear from execs at multicultural agencies Alma and Orcí about having tough conversations with clients about diversity and inclusion.

We’ll also use First Things First to highlight distinctive parts of your businesses to showcase the diverse opportunities across the brand marketing ecosystem. In today’s edition, we’re spotlighting the in-house creative unit for the Miami Heat, which is a unique offering in the NBA.

Each newsletter will end with a list of top stories from

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Meet the authors of First Things First:
Jameson Fleming is Adweek’s chief of staff; he oversees the day-to-day execution of Adweek’s editorial strategy. Previously Jameson oversaw Adweek’s Trending section in the magazine and served as a web editor of Adweek’s online content. He’s known around the Adweek office as the guy who wears meat sweats.

Kimeko McCoy is the meme-obsessed social media editor at Adweek, where she works across verticals and platforms to reach the social masses. In addition to sending the occasional viral tweet, Kimeko writes for Adweek print and digital, co-hosts the podcast Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad with David Griner, and moderates Adweek’s Twitter chat every Wednesday at 2 pm. She’s also the proud parent of a senior citizen lab-dachshund mix named Luxy.

Today’s Top Stories

What a clean room means for Amazon advertising

Amazon is reportedly developing clean room technology to help its advertisers better understand the impact of their spend on consumer behavior—and shine a light on previously undisclosed performance metrics. A clean room enables platforms and brands to combine, analyze and attribute aggregated first-party data and platform-side audience data in a privacy-centric way. For advertisers using Amazon, this could be a game-changer and allow the ecommerce giant to better compete with Google’s and Facebook’s ad businesses. Reporter Lisa Lacy explains what advertisers need to know about the new technology.

Agencies are investing in artificial intelligence—but AI isn’t coming for copywriters’ jobs

In the latest issue of Adweek magazine, reporters Patrick Kulp and Minda Smiley wrote stories about how agencies are leaning into artificial intelligence. Kulp’s piece explains how agencies are opening up AI divisions to do everything from improving their workflows to creating chatbots and voice apps. Smiley’s story looks at copywriting and why creatives should view AI as a tool to make the practice more efficient instead of as technology that will replace copywriters.

Walmart will no longer sell certain types of ammunition

After a gunman killed 22 people at Walmart last month, the retailer has decided to stop selling certain types of ammunition, handguns in Alaska and banned open carry of firearms in states where it is legal. The retailer previously banned video game displays, which drew the ire of protesters and teacher unions for targeting the wrong cause of mass shootings.

Previously, Dick’s Sporting Goods made sweeping changes to its gun policies and saw lifts in brand perception (Walmart also saw gains in brand perception at the same time after raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm).

The deepfakes are coming. What will their impact on society be?

Thanks to a Chinese app, you can now become Leonardo DiCaprio or insert yourself into Game of Thrones. The impressive deepfake technology behind the app spurred a viral tweet over the Labor Day weekend and generated more discussion about how we’ll ever be able to trust video again. In his column for Adweek, advertising, marketing and technology consultant Shelly Palmer explains how one bad actor could create an entire network of believable virtual people capable of disrupting an election (spoiler: it’s not as difficult as you think).

Ad of the Day: One Couple Gets 2 Very Different Ads in This Clever Parallel Campaign

One couple. Two very different dreams.

In its newest campaign for Britain’s Barclaycard, agency Droga5 London tells charmingly parallel tales of a scenario that might sound familiar: patiently enduring a loved one’s favorite activity while thinking of where you’d rather be.

So are you more of a music festival twirler or a no-holds-barred wrestling superfan? Either way, this campaign’s got you covered.