Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

News Media Alliance leadership frequently participates in well-respected and widely attended industry and key vertical conferences. Upcoming events featuring our executives are listed below.

Upcoming Engagements

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Past Engagements

Solutions for America’s Local News Crisis: Policy and Peril

November 19, 2021

Across America, the shuttering of local newspapers is contributing to a growing crisis in trusted local news and information, and an emerging challenge for America’s democracy. The Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy hosted a discussion with key digital entrepreneurs and leading DC-based policy thinkers devising solutions — including legislation — to remedy this crisis, which has led to thousands of closed or diminished local newsrooms.

Panelists included: David Chavern, News Media Alliance president & CEO; Steven Waldman, cofounder of Report For America; Mitra Kalita, cofounder of URL Media; and Gordon Crovitz, co-CEO of Newsguard.

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Acting on Newspapers’ Behalf: What is the JCPA and LJSA?

October 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. CST

Join the Louisiana Press Association to learn more about two bills currently making their way through Congress that could benefit newspaper media – the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act and the Local Journalism Sustainability Act – what they could mean for you, and what you can do to help get them passed.

Session leaders are Danielle Coffey, News Media Alliance EVP and general counsel, and Dean Ridings, America’s Newspapers CEO. There is no cost for members of newspaper related press associations.

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Paying for News: Who Should Get Paid, and How?

September 14, 2021 at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. EDT

From Australia to Europe to the U.S., lawmakers and regulators are taking steps to encourage or require technology platforms to negotiate license and payment terms with news publishers for the rights to share or display news content on their platforms. But how would those licenses be administered? How would payments be managed, and what should qualify as “news”? Building a new licensing and payment system from scratch.

News Media Alliance Executive Vice President and General Counsel Danielle Coffey will join this session as a panelist.

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The Remuneration of News Media Content by Online Platforms: Solutions from Europe and Around the World

LUISS School of Law

June 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Webinar organized by the BILL Research Center with the support of FIEG – Federazione Italiana Editori Giornali and the collaboration of WAN/IFRA – World Association of News Publishers.

Keynote speech by Danielle Coffey, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, News Media Alliance

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Médias en Seine

November 19, 2020, Paris, France 

franceinfo, the 24/7 french global news media of Radio France, and Les Echos, leading economic information media in France, have organized the third edition of Medias en Seine, the major gathering about media in Paris for a time of reflection and sharing around seven major themes to meet the major challenges of the media.

News Media Alliance President & CEO, David Chavern, will participate virtually from the U.S. in a roundtable from 1:10 – 1:40 p.m. Central European Time (CET) (7:10 – 7:40 a.m. EST), “Publishers: What partnership with GAFA?” with Fabrice Fries, president of the AFP; Sybille Lemaire, executive director of Bayard Press; and Olivier Bomsel, professor at Mines Paris-Tech University. This will be an opportunity to draw the first lessons from the pandemic, share our situations, our experiences, our ideas and what we see for the future.

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The Lincoln Network Reboot Conference

November 10, 2020 (Virtual)

From November 6–10, the Lincoln Network hosted the Reboot Conference, a series of virtual conversations about the intersection of technology and policy. Day three of the conference focused on the future of online news, and included conversations with leaders of the Knight Foundation, the American Journalism Project, Substack, The Washington Post, and The Texas Tribune, among others.

On Day Three, News Media Alliance President & CEO, David Chavern, joined Lincoln Network’s Marshall Kosloff for a discussion of the state of online media, the overwhelming power of the digital duopoly over news publishers, the role of Section 230, and the profitability of digital news as we move to an even more online future.

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International Institute of Communicators Telecommunications and Media Forum

December 10, 2019,  Washington, D.C.

Alliance Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Danielle Coffey will participate in two panels at the International Institute of Communicators annual Telecommunications and Media Forum on Tuesday, December 10. The first is from 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. and is titled, “National Privacy Agendas Post GDPR; Data Protection Regulation – Objectives, Effectiveness and Impacts.” The second panel is from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. and is titled, “Keeping Pace with the Ubiquity of Artificial Intelligence – Policy, Regulation, Ethics, Trust.”

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DMLA 2019

October 29, 2019,  Los Angeles

Alliance Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Danielle Coffey will participate in a session on Tuesday, October 29 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Digital Media Licensing Association 2019 Conference titled, “Platforms & Search: European and News Publisher Perspective.” In this session, we continue our exploration of the evolving relationship between content and tech. Danielle will be joined by Alfonso Gutierrez, President, CEPIC (Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage).

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Inland/SNPA Annual Meeting

October 6, 2019, 1:30 p.m., Chicago

Alliance Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Danielle Coffey will deliver a keynote presentation titled, “What’s the Latest on the Newspaper Industry’s Campaign to Get a Fair Revenue Arrangement with Digital Giants?” She will explain the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act and provide an update on its progress through Congress.

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Through the Noise Podcast: News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern

May 7, 2019

David Chavern appeared on Through the Noise,  a podcast that explores “’the business of communicating’ through conversations with [business leaders] who deal with the management – technical or creative – process of communications.” In this in-depth interview, Chavern talked with host Ernesto Gluecksmann about the News Media Alliance and the state of the news media industry.

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 Mega-Conference 2019

February 25-27, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

On Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00 a.m., Alliance President & CEO David Chavern will moderate a panel, Leaders in Transformation, which will feature the leaders of the companies that are adapting to the changes in the market the fastest.

Panelists include:

Moderator: David Chavern, President & CEO, News Media Alliance

– Rob Barrett, president of Hearst Newspapers Digital Media

– Jeff Elgie, CEO, Village Media, a network of local news and information sites that serves markets across Canada.

– Alan Fisco, president and chief financial officer The Seattle Times

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Mega-Conference program

America East News Media and Technology Summit

April 1-3, 2019, Hershey, PA

On Monday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m., Alliance President & CEO David Chavern will moderate the Executive Keynote Luncheon Panel on Success Stories — Several Ideas that Work, which will include short individual presentations from top industry executives.

AT&T Forum for Technology, Policy, and Entertainment Symposium on Application Programming Interfaces and Privacy

February 5, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Livestream

Len Cali, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T, led an in-depth discussion on Application Programming Interfaces (API) and privacy, featuring a keynote address from Thomas Norton, Executive Director, Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy, and Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan. The event included an in-depth panel discussion with policy experts, moderated by Axios Reporter Sara Fischer.

Alliance Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Danielle Coffey participated as a panelist. Panelists included:

Moderator: Sara Fischer, Reporter, Axios

  • Danielle Coffey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Counsel, News Media Alliance
  • David LeDuc, Vice President, Public Policy, Network Advertising Initiative (NAI)
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner and Co-Chair, Antitrust Practice, Baker Botts
  • Michelle Richardson, Director of the Privacy & Data Project, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
  • John Verdi, Vice President of Policy, Future of Privacy Forum

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