Fourth Annual Accelerator Pitch Program

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News Media Alliance Now Accepting Applicants for Fourth Annual Accelerator Pitch Program

Winners will pitch news media, advertising executives at annual mediaXchange conference

November 15, 2016

Arlington, VA – The News Media Alliance is now accepting applications for its fourth annual Accelerator Pitch program at mediaXchange 2017, which will take place April 30 – May 3, 2017, at the Marriott New Orleans, Louisiana. The Accelerator Pitch program provides the opportunity for media startups to pitch their businesses to the largest annual gathering of news media industry executives and their colleagues in North America.

The Accelerator Pitch program is open to startup companies that have been founded within the last three years whose product or service helps meet newspaper and online news media companies’ print, digital or advertising needs.

“The Accelerator Pitch program has become a key way our members hear about the newest and most innovative solutions out there for news media companies,” said Michael MaLoon, News Media Alliance VP of Innovation. “These startups are developing imaginative solutions that are helping news media companies define their futures.”

The Alliance will select the most relevant qualified startup companies from the submissions it receives to pitch their product or service to key media, newspapers and advertising executives in interactive presentations during mediaXchange 2017.

“Since our debut at the conference in DC we have really grown our platform, team and footprint. Our work with newspapers and media companies is being recognized nationally,” said Brock Berry, CEO for AdCellerant, a 2016 Accelerator Pitch winner. “It’s been a great year and the News Media Alliance Accelerator Pitch was a great contributor.”

The Alliance is accepting entries for the program beginning today through 5:00 pm EST on Friday, December 30, 2016. Entries will be judged on usefulness to news media companies, innovation and creativity. To enter, qualified companies should fill out the online entry form on or before the December 30, 2016 deadline. The winners will be notified by Friday, February 10, 2017.
For more information and to apply, visit


About mediaXchange 2017:
The annual News Media Alliance mediaXchange 2017 will take place April 30 – May 3, 2017, at the New Orleans Marriott in the French Quarter. The conference is designed to inspire and provide valuable ideas to help news media professionals grow audience and revenue for their print and digital products. The theme of the conference is “The Futures of News” – the many ways news media are positioned to excel through technology and innovation, as well as providing high-quality journalism and engaging with local communities. For more information visit

About News Media Alliance:
The News Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 news organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. Alliance members include print, digital and mobile publishers of original news content. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on ensuring the future of news media through communication, research, advocacy and innovation. Information about the News Media Alliance (formerly NAA) can be found at


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