Decline in readers, advertising leads hundreds of US newspapers to fold

Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket.He wears a tie; Maurina insists upon professionalism. He is the press  in its entirety.Maurina, who posts his work to Facebook, is the only person who has come to the Pulaski County courthouse to tell residents what their commissioners are up to, the only one who will report on their deliberations — specifically, their discussions about how to satisfy the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it will pay to repair a road inundated during a 2013 flood

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Loop Media Introduces a Self-Serve Video Advertising Platform on Loop TV, Powered by OrkaTV

Business Wire | September 26, 2023

Loop Media, Inc. ("Loop Media") (NYSE American: LPTV), the free streaming television media company for business which provides over 2 billion video views every month via restaurants, retail businesses, office buildings, doctors’ offices, airports, bars, and college campuses, announced today that it has rolled out in beta testing a self-service video advertising platform (“Loops Ads Manager”) for local businesses and venues to advertise on the Loop Media platform. Loop Media believes this anticipated new line of advertising revenue could be a significant additional contributor to Loop Media’s revenue, as Loop Media seeks to capture local advertising dollars that do not generally flow through the larger ad demand partners working with regional and national advertisers. Local and regional venues, services, brands, businesses, and agencies will be able to place ads on any of Loop TV networks’ 71,000+ screens, including partner screens, via the Loop Media Ads Manager, built in partnership with OrkaTV. This partnership is designed to empower local and regional marketers’ access to Loop Media’s powerful network at am.loop.tv. “The Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA) estimates that national advertising makes up 35% of the yearly out of home advertising revenue and this is the area where Loop Media has primarily participated in since its inception,” said Jon Niermann, Chief Executive Officer of Loop Media. “With Loop Ads Manager, which we’ve built for the growing local demand for our platform, we are now able to more aggressively participate in the local advertising revenue stream which makes up 65% of the annual out of home advertising revenue. In addition, we’re providing our customers--and essentially any local business--the opportunity to advertise directly on the Loop TV platform in their local markets or beyond. Advertisers will be able to select their choice of markets anywhere in the nation with a quick, efficient, easy to use tool, and at an advertising entry price point that a local business owner can justify and manage,” Niermann continued. OrkaTV built the Loop Ads Manager on top of its best-in-class Streaming TV ad tech infrastructure. This enables Loop TV to offer differentiated features such as the proprietary “Venue Type” forecasting tool for targeting desired audiences watching TV-Out-of-Home (TVOOH) FAST channels. The Loop Ads Manager can ingest existing creative, or its creative experts with decades of experience can assist a business owner in creating a new ad with minimal input. “We built the Loop Ads Manager to democratize the entire process and cut through the prohibitive cost thresholds, clutter and usability issues that are inherent in most DSPs,” said Mike Woods, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of OrkaTV. “The result is the easiest way for small businesses or any business to get their ads on Loop TV’s premium streaming TV channels,” he added. “We love having Loop TV in our venue! We are even more excited to be able to efficiently advertise The Pink Tub in other venues in order to reach new customers in our local market at a cost that is affordable for us!” said Victoria E. Thomas-Bodie, Founder & Executive Vice President of Operations at The Pink Tub, an opulent organic handmade body and bath brand based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Loop Ads Manager will begin service in beta-testing mode on September 21st. About Loop Media, Inc. Loop Media, Inc. ("Loop Media") (NYSE American: LPTV) is a leading digital out of home (DOOH)TV and digital signage platform optimized for businesses, providing free music video, news, sports, and entertainment channels through its Loop TV service. Loop Media is the leading company in the U.S. licensed to stream music videos to businesses through its proprietary Loop Player. Loop Media’s digital video content reaches millions of viewers in DOOH locations including bars/restaurants, office buildings, retail businesses, college campuses, airports, and on free ad-supported TV platforms and at local gas stations on GSTV terminals in the United States. Loop is fueled by one of the largest and most important short form entertainment libraries that includes music videos, movie trailers, branded content, and live performances. Loop Media’s non-music channels cover a multitude of genres and moods and include movie trailers, sports highlights, lifestyle and travel videos, viral videos, and more. Loop Media’s streaming services generate revenue from advertising, sponsorships, and from subscriptions. To learn more about Loop Media products and applications, please visit us online at Loop.tv

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OpenX Teams up with Cedara to Become the First Adtech Platform to Deliver a Complete Programmatic Campaign Emissions Solution

Business Wire | October 05, 2023

OpenX Technologies, Inc., one of the world’s leading omnichannel supply-side platforms, today announced a milestone partnership with Cedara, the Carbon Intelligence Platform. With this integration, OpenX becomes the first digital advertising company to offer automated emissions measurement on campaigns, reduced campaign emissions, and a custom carbon offset portfolio solution for remaining campaign emissions via Cedara’s platform. By pairing Cedara’s media emissions reduction and offset capabilities with OpenX’s status as the first Net-Zero adtech company, this partnership leads the industry’s sustainability initiative with best-in-class solutions for measuring and reducing emissions both at a corporate level and in media distribution. This fully integrated solution will enable buyers to: sync organizational emissions data with media buys access highly curated and third-party certified projects achieve transparency and customization into how and what offsets are leveraged through the creation of custom offset portfolios seamlessly onboard and measure emissions from OpenX’s campaigns Cedara provides automated omnichannel emissions measurement and deep business intelligence across both organizational and campaign-level emissions for advertisers and the media supply chain. Paired with OpenX’s comprehensive media activity data, this partnership enables transparent and accurate emissions measurement to deliver a truly sustainable supply path for buyers. We are thrilled to partner with OpenX, as they have a long-term commitment to sustainability and are consistent innovators. Our partnership gives buyers an end-to-end, sustainable programmatic product that they simply can’t get anywhere else, said Eric Shih, COO at Cedara. “With Cedara, we are able to offer an end-to-end solution that enables brands to measure the impact of their digital activity and provides control over and transparency into how and where quality offsets are used while delivering performance across our publisher portfolio,” said Joseph Worswick, VP EMEA and Head of Global Sustainability at OpenX. “In keeping with OpenX’s commitment to our own emissions reduction, we’re excited to see more businesses successfully build sustainability solutions as it shows the demand from digital advertising is growing.” About Cedara Cedara, founded in 2021, is on a mission to help businesses decarbonize and to build a more sustainable future for society. With its end-to-end climate management software platform, Cedara enables organizations of any size, along with their employees, to measure, reduce, offset and report on all carbon emissions. Cedara adopts a high-impact, data-driven approach to develop transformative solutions for enterprises and their partners to accelerate the shift to a climate-friendly economy. To learn more, please visit cedara.io. About OpenX OpenX is a supply-side platform that is a leader in advertising technology, and is helping to create a world where the open web thrives. The company powers advertising on web, mobile, and connected TV formats, enabling marketers to reach their target audience across OpenX’s global network of publishers. OpenX works with more than 130,000 premium publisher domains and receives more than 300 billion ad requests every day. OpenX is a certified CarbonNeutral® company and is verified for having fulfilled their SBTi Net-Zero targets. Visit the company’s website at www.openx.com.

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Marketing Architects Unveils Streaming TV Platform for Performance Marketers

Business Wire | October 10, 2023

Streaming TV advertising is taking a step toward the future. This week, TV advertising agency Marketing Architects launched a new platform for CTV advertisers called Annika Streaming. Based on technology initially developed for linear TV, Annika Streaming buys CTV and streaming inventory more efficiently than current marketplace offerings allow. This enables performance brands to capitalize on streaming’s potential. Annika’s development began six years ago when Marketing Architects built an AI-powered DSP for linear TV. The platform was designed to evaluate custom audience and performance criteria, set it against market trends and historical data, then calculate which media buys will drive the best ROI for individual brands. The result was a linear TV marketplace that delivered premium inventory for TV advertisers without premium price tags. But as viewership shifted to streaming and connected TV, it was essential brands follow consumers to the channel. Unfortunately for performance marketers, streaming’s promise of advanced targeting and measurement capabilities has been overshadowed by its high prices, typically 5-10X higher than linear TV. To close this gap, Marketing Architects spent the last two years building a proprietary streaming capability, bringing the efficient prices Annika achieved in linear into streaming and CTV. Now, Annika Streaming solves some of the biggest challenges for performance marketers on the channel. Pricing: Annika Streaming obtains rates significantly more efficient than industry-leading third-party DSPs. These are achieved through a data-driven approach that benefits streaming publishers and advertisers alike. Targeting:The platform offers several layers of contextual, geographic, and dayparting targeting capabilities, plus retargeting. Distribution: Annika is fully integrated with dozens of streaming publishers and buys inventory available on Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Firestick, and smart TVs. Measurement: With Annika, advertisers get access to multiple measurement models running in parallel, including IP address tracking and holdout groups for incrementality testing. Marketing Architects clients had first access to Annika Streaming, which they are currently using to complement linear TV campaigns. The platform is available to select new brands starting this week. Learn more by visiting marketingarchitects.com/streaming. About Marketing Architects Marketing Architects is an All-Inclusive TV agency that rebuilt the traditional agency model to help brands drive profitable growth. Founded in Minneapolis, Marketing Architects has spent 25 years building homegrown technology to solve TV's pricing, measurement and scale challenges. For more information, please visit www.marketingarchitects.com.

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