The New York Times is continuing to build upon the momentum of its “Truth is Hard” campaign with a new video advertisement designed for broadcast television, print and digital media in honor of International Women’s Day.The video — which will air across The New York Times platforms, as well as in paid media spots on the major morning and evening network news shows starting Thursday — includes text of the opening lines from a smattering of recent stories related to international women’s rights. The excerpts come directly from pieces written by Times reporters around the world, with datelines ranging from Nigeria and Afghanistan to Lansing, Michigan.
Like the ads that came before it, “The Truth Has a Voice” maintains the simple, aesthetic black text juxtaposed against a white background, ending with imagery of an article about women running for public office as seen from a mobile phone. It also complements an ad that aired during the Golden Globes in January, which made a pointed statement about the role of The New York Times in accelerating national discussion around sexual assault and harassment following its explosive exposé of Harvey Weinstein. Since the Times broke the story in October, there has been a floodgate of victims speaking out against abusers in an array of industries.The commercial is the creative brainchild of advertising agency Droga5, which the Times maintained a relationship with after the firing of chief creative officer Ted Royer in February for alleged workplace misconduct. While specifics around his termination have not been released, the company said the decision was made as part of a commitment to “maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all our employees.” (According to a spokesperson for the Times, the International Women’s Day commercial was led by Tim Gordon, executive creative director at Droga5.)
A print advertisement that ran in Thursday’s print version of The New York Times.
While Weisenbach said there is no concrete data to show that the advertising campaign has translated directly to an increase in subscriptions, The New York Times has seen a significant lift in print and digital memberships. In early February, it reported that it added 157,000 digital subscriptions in the fourth quarter of last year and that revenue surpassed $1 billion in 2017, comprising 60 percent of total revenue at The New York Times.
“We know from our consumer research that not enough people understand what it takes to do quality original reporting and once they do, they’re more likely to pay for it,” Weisenbach said. “We have 3.5 million subscriptions, and we have to help our readers understand why it’s worth it.”
As part of the latest ad, the Times is also launching a series called “Overlooked,” which will featured posthumous obituaries for notable women that the publication failed to honor in the past as part of its effort to better hold itself accountable. “The campaign is about shining a light on our journalism that holds power to account,” Weisenbach said.
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