Portrait of Jess Zafarris

Jess Zafarris

Jess Zafarris is an audience engagement editor at Adweek. She is an award-winning content and marketing strategist and a prolific online and print journalist. She is also the author of the book Once Upon a Word: An Etymology Dictionary for Kids (Rockridge Press, Feb. 2020) and the creator of Useless Etymology, a humor blog documenting curious word origins. Previously, she served as the executive director of marketing and communications for Gotham Ghostwriters and digital content director and director of content strategy for Writer’s Digest and Script magazine. Her nine years of prior experience in digital and print content direction and marketing include such roles as editor-in-chief of HOW magazine and online content director of HOW and PRINT magazines, as well as roles at the Denver Business Journal, KMGH-TV in Denver and the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

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2020’s Top Ads in 3 Minutes; 3 Tech Developments That Will Change 2021: Thursday’s First Things First

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We Didn’t Start the (Retail) Fire; Lessons from TV in 2020: Tuesday’s First Things First

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Cheerios’ Beloved Ad Gets a Sequel; Never Gonna Give Ads Up: Friday’s First Things First

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No Dicks Allowed; Inside Google’s Privacy Sandbox: Thursday’s First Things First

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Readers’ Pick for Ad of the Year; Most-Watched Shows of 2020: Tuesday’s First Things First

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Disney+ Aims for 100 New Titles a Year: Friday’s First Things First

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10 Lessons from 2020’s Most Creative Activations; Facebook, the Monopoly?: Thursday’s First Things First

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The Best Shows of 2020; Foursquare, Hinge Get Glowups: Wednesday’s First Things First

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Sexy Colonel Sanders Gets a Lifetime Movie; 20 Best Holiday Ads of 2020: Tuesday’s First Things First

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