ASME Releases Updated Ad Guidelines

Mediaweek, 10/21/10

With ads popping up on covers, traipsing across editorial white space and woven into magazines in otherwise unusual ways, the American Society of Magazine Editors’ guidelines—which say how to keep ads and editorial content separate—haven’t always kept up.

On Oct. 21, ASME released revised guidelines for the first time in five years (posted at, with new language concerning the use of false covers, sponsored sections, interruptive advertising and ad adjacencies—high-profile examples of which have lately come before the association.

ASME also is working on revisions to its digital guidelines to reflect the growing use of invasive and interruptive ads online and federal rules requiring bloggers to disclose commercial ties. That process is expected to be finished later this year.

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