McClatchy Local Newspapers Use Washington Post's Programmatic Stack

More than 30 of McClatchy’s local news sites will license The Washington Post’s programmatic tech stack Zeus Performance.

Zeus now powers the ad framework for more than 50 sites, including TheSeattle Times, Snopesand The Dallas Morning News.

“With McClatchy, we are building bridges and tunnels throughout the local-media ecosystem that better connects publishers and advertisers alike,” stated Jarrod Dicker, vice president of commercial and general manager of Zeus. 

Zeus Performance will power McClatchy’s ad framework, rendering and demand software. 

“This partnership will immediately accelerate page load speed to ensure our clients’ advertisements are highly viewable and adjacent to the extraordinary journalism produced by our 30 local newsrooms,” stated Nick Johnson, vice president-head of advertising for McClatchy. 



WaPo says this is the first step in a deeper relationship with McClatchy.

Johnson told Axios the Zeus partnership will primarily help McClatchy's network of local news sites deliver more viewable ads that load faster.

In May, WaPo signed a partnership with the Local Media Consortium, which represents 3,500 local media outlets from 90 media companies. 

“As the coronavirus continues to impact advertisers and media companies alike, this new partnership — backed by the venerable Washington Post brand — could not be more timely or essential,” stated CEO of the LMC, Fran Wills, at the time.

Zeus Performance is one of three monetization tools built in-house by WaPo that make up the Zeus Technology Suite

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