Vice Media Urges Marketers to Reassess ‘Antiquated’ Blocklists  

For a second year, Vice uses NewFronts to call for industry change

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Marsha Cooke, svp of content strategy and community at Vice Media, said advertisers have not changed their ways after a similar call to action in 2019. Vice Media

In the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice, marketers and agencies that work with Vice Media have added terms like “Black Lives Matter,” “protest,” “Minneapolis” and even “Black people” to blocklists. As a result, the publisher’s news coverage related to those ongoing nationwide protests was monetized at a rate 57% lower than other news coverage.

@kelseymsutton Kelsey Sutton is the streaming editor at Adweek, where she covers the business of streaming television.