Native Advertising: Advertorial Disruption in the 21st-Century News Feed, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Native Advertising

Advertorial Disruption in the 21st-Century News Feed, 1st Edition

By Lisa Lynch


128 pages

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Native Advertising examines the emerging practices and norms around native advertising in US and European news organizations. Over the past five years native advertising has rapidly become a significant revenue stream for both digital news “upstarts” and legacy newspapers and magazines.

This book helps scholars and students of journalism and advertising to understand the news industry’s investment in native advertising, and consider the effects this investment might have on how news is produced, consumed, and understood. It is argued that although they have deep roots in earlier forms of advertising, native ads with a political or advocacy bent have the potential to shift the relationship between news outlets and audiences in new ways, particularly in an era when trust in the media has reached a historic low point. Beyond this, such advertisements have the potential to shift how media systems function in relation to state power, by changing the relationship between commercial and non-commercial speech.

Drawing on real-world examples of native ads and including an in-depth case study contributed by Ava Sirrah, Native Advertising provides an important assessment of the potential consequences of native advertising becoming an even more prominent fixture in the 21st-century news feed.

Table of Contents

1. Native advertising saves the newsroom? How news outlets came to embrace native advertising and how audiences and regulators grapple with its rise 2. Studio N: In-house native advertising at US and European news publishers 3. Native on the issues: native advertising and issue-based messaging from corporations and nonprofits 4. Going native at The New York Times: a case study (by Ava Sirrah) 5. The future: the end of (native) advertising and the afterlife of news; Index

About the Author

Lisa Lynch is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Media and Communications, Drew University, USA.

Ava Sirrah is a doctoral candidate in Communications at Columbia University, USA. Previously, she worked on brand partnerships in T Brand Studio at The New York Times .

About the Series


Studies in Digital Journalism

The Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism series features ground breaking short form publications which engage with cutting edge technological and critical developments and debates in contemporary digital journalism theory and practice. Titles in the series explore emerging hot topics, present detailed case studies and offer new assessments of theoretical and conceptual innovations in relation to subjects including digital journalism ethics, robot news, data journalism, web metrics and online surveillance. Titles respond quickly to the latest developments in the field and showcase the work of best new and established critical thinkers in this vibrant and emerging area.


For more information on submitting a proposal for the series, please contact Bob Franklin at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies