CEO Column: Things I’m Thankful For

It is the time of the year to reflect on blessings, and I certainly have a lot to be thankful for.
Last year, I talked about laying the groundwork for the future at the Alliance. This year, we’ve begun to make real progress toward that future. We launched our Support Real News campaign, been very vocal about the challenges presented by the  Facebook-Google platform duopoly, seen the fall of the media cross-ownership ban and grown our membership to reflect the robust international media industry.

I’d like to start my gratitude with our amazing members. I’m thankful to our current members, who have the courage and fortitude to take on hard problems, and to the new members, who are willing to put their faith in our bright future. Representing this vibrant industry is a pleasure and I’m grateful for the role of championing such an important and vital industry.

Next, there is my incredible team. This year, we welcomed Rebecca Frank as Director of Research, Jennifer Peters as reporter of trends and insights, Greg Lange as our revenue and membership associate and Rachel Fox as an administrative assistant. They join my already amazing team and have quickly shown their amazing talents, embracing our mission with enthusiasm. I know our members will be pleased with what we have planned in the next year.

This year, we also moved to new offices (albeit just down the road) and I’m incredibly pleased with how the modern, open and collaborative new space reflects our work style and mission. Soon, we’ll share images of our new place and I very much look forward to more of you visiting.  I’m also thankful to be done moving!

And I would be remiss if I didn’t say thanks for my amazing wife, my children and the fact that our home renovations are finally complete.

Happy Thanksgiving from the News Media Alliance!

David Chavern serves as President & CEO of the News Media Alliance. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce.

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