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

CNPA 25th Governmental Affairs Fly-In – Sacramento, CA

California News Publishers Association (CNPA)

February 7, 2024

News/Media Alliance Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs Neil Quinter will participate in the 25th CNPA Governmental Affairs Fly-In, which will convene California-based news media for an afternoon of meetings with legislators at the State Capitol.

In their meetings, they will discuss the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), which would require Big Tech platforms such as Meta and Google to provide fair compensation to news publishers for use of their content online, among other topics.

Background: The News/Media Alliance is supportive of the CJPA (AB 886), which was introduced by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) in March 2023 and passed out of the California State Assembly in June 2023 in a floor vote of 55-6 before it was held over. The CA Senate Judiciary Committee held an Informational Hearing in December 2023 where California legislators learned more about the state of journalism in the state, the challenges local newsrooms face and potential solutions, and how the CJPA in particular can help support a vibrant free press. The bill is expected to be brought up early in the 2024 session.

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Past Engagements

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law Hearing on “Oversight of A.I.: The Future of Journalism

January 10, 2024

News/Media Alliance President & CEO Danielle Coffey testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law held at a hearing on “Oversight of A.I.: The Future of Journalism,” which explored the impact of the growth of generative artificial intelligence (GAI) technology on publishers’ ability to provide high-quality journalism and possible oversight mechanisms to help protect and sustain quality journalism.

Coffey’s comments explained how Generative AI tools exploit news content to compete directly with publishers, yet need quality journalism to train their systems. Coffey focused on the copyright infringement implications of how GAI developers train and use their models, as well as the need for legislation, including requiring transparency and responsibility from GAI developers, and passing the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA), which would allow publishers to collectively negotiate for fair compensation for use of their content by the dominant tech platforms, such as Meta and Google.


News/Media Alliance press release

AI Insight Forum: “AI – Transparency, Explainability, Intellectual Property, & Copyright”

November 29, 2023

News/Media Alliance President & CEO Danielle Coffey attended as an invited participant in a bipartisan forum hosted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on “AI – Transparency, Explainability, Intellectual Property, & Copyright.” This is the seventh AI Insight Forum that seeks to further innovation and develop bipartisan artificial intelligence legislation that takes the opportunities as well as the threats of AI technology into account. Also participating in the forum are 19 leaders from various industries, including the news media, entertainment, and tech industries.

The Forum focused on two key areas of AI policy: 1) transparency and explainability and 2) intellectual property and copyright, including addressing concerns around the use of copyrighted content in training and prompting. These are the most vital artificial intelligence concerns for the News/Media Alliance’s members.

In addition to a written statement provided in advance of the Forum, Coffey provided oral remarks sharing the unique perspective of the news and magazine industry.

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View Danielle Coffey’s written statement

News/Media Alliance press release

Recode Decode with Peter Kafka (Podcast)

November 2023

News/Media Alliance President & CEO Danielle Coffey joins the Recode Decode podcast with Peter Kafka to talk about AI developers’ use of quality journalism to populate generative AI technology. Coffey’s interview starts at 26:40.

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Axios AI+ Summit – San Francisco, CA


November 8, 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. PST

At this invitation only event hosted by Axios, leaders across technology, entertainment and business will share insights on the opportunities and risks that come along with the AI revolution and the role humans play in it. News/Media Alliance President & CEO Danielle Coffey will sit down with Axios Senior Media Reporter Sara Fischer for a chat about the impacts of generative AI on journalism.

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2023 Alberta Magazines Conference – Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, Alberta, Canada

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
Enthusiasm, Credibility and Trust: Key Insights from the 2022 News/Media Alliance Magazine Media Factbook

May 11, 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Rebecca Frank, Vice President Research and Insights at the News/Media Alliance, joins us to share insights from the recently released 2022 Magazine Factbook. You’ll get the latest research and trends compiled from data on magazine consumption and audience preferences, and hear how to use this information in your advertising sales efforts.

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2023 News Industry Mega-Conference

America’s Newspapers and News/Media Alliance
Advocating for Newspapers

April 4, 2023, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

In this discussion with Danielle Coffey, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, News/Media Alliance and Dean Ridings, CEO, America’s Newspapers, learn about the latest advocacy efforts to protect local journalism, what the future holds for legislation and how publishers can get involved to help protect local journalism.

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General Assembly – Madrid, Spain

Inter American Press Association (IAPA)
Update on the Conditions of Commercial Use of Editorial Content in the European Union and the Americas

October 29, 2022, 5:00-6:15 p.m.

Danielle Coffey, News/Media Alliance EVP & General Counsel, will participate in a panel, “Update on the conditions of commercial use of editorial content in the European Union and the Americas,” with Angela Mills-Wade, executive director, European Publishers Council; Aurore Raoux, News Media Europe; and Paul Deegan, News Media Canada.

Moderator: Florian Nehm, Axel Springer

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2022 News Media Business Summit – Harrisburg, PA

Editor & Publisher, 360 Media Alliance, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association
Industry Legislative Updates

October 13, 2:15 p.m.

Danielle Coffey, News/Media Alliance EVP & General Counsel, will participate in a panel discussion on the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA) and antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook.

How Younger Generations Define Our Future!

October 14, 11:15 a.m.

Rebecca Frank, News/Media Alliance VP, Research & Insights, will present the Alliance’s Gen Z research findings.

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The Information Policy Lab: News Sustainability in a New Era of Tech Regulation

UCLA Law’s Information Policy Lab and the Institute for Technology, Law and Policy

September 7, 2022, 3:00 p.m. EDT

The coronavirus “infodemic”, the proliferation of disinformation, and the rise of authoritarianism worldwide have underscored the importance of fact-based journalism to public health, development, and accountable governance even as it has laid bare the complicated relationship between journalism and the technology platforms that mediate the public sphere. It has also underscored the deep structural inequalities in the information ecosystem as journalism struggles to remain visible and viable amid constantly shifting changes in how news is produced, packaged, and consumed. While online platforms have offered new opportunities to connect journalists with audiences, evade censorship, and engage in influential cross-border collaborations, they have also forced journalists to contend with shifting algorithmic priorities, warped incentive structures in the online economy, and an increasingly complex array of technology policies that shape the environment in which they work.

Danielle Coffey, News/Media Alliance EVP & General Counsel, will join Mathew Ingram, Columbia Journalism Review and Julia Angwin, The Markup on this virtual panel moderated by Courtney Radsch, Institute for Technology, Law & Policy, exploring how contemporary legal regulatory developments might support sustainable journalism, and avenues forward for promoting a vibrant and healthy and public sphere.

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The Key to Gen Z: Insights and Ideas to Build Lasting Relationships

Patch Labs

June 9, 2022

Rebecca Frank, VP, Research & Insights, will present the Alliance’s Gen Z research findings.

Online Event: ‘Media Sustainability in the Big Tech Era’

The Inter-American Dialogue

May 25, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

In September 2021, more than 20 international and regional press associations in the Americas published a document claiming that the “sustainability of journalism is at risk.” The group highlighted the vulnerabilities facing the journalism industry in the digital age, where other actors capitalize on much of the value generated by news organizations. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, characterized the threats facing the journalism industry as a “worrying extinction of the media,” a concern that UNESCO included in their declaration Windhoek + 30.

The European Union and Australia have established initiatives in which large digital platforms compensate media outlets for the use of their content, thus achieving some progress toward sustainability of the local media. At this online event, panelists, i

ncluding News Media Alliance Executive Vice President & General Counsel Danielle Coffey, will look at a regulatory framework in the Americas that considers each nation’s different economic, cultural, and political contexts and achieves a balance between small media organizations and large technology platforms that guarantee the media’s sustainability.

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The Key to Attracting Gen Z Subscribers

Virginia Press Association

May 19, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Rebecca Frank, VP, Research & Insights, will present the Alliance’s Gen Z research findings.

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How News Organizations Can Connect with Gen-Z

MDDC Press Association

May 10, 2022, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Rebecca Frank, VP, Research & Insights, presented the Alliance’s Gen Z research findings.

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Virtual Panel on Media Sustainability

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day (Virtual)

May 3, 2022

Danielle Coffey, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the News Media Alliance will join the panel, “Media Viability: What Can Really be Done?”

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Panel summary

Unlocking the Key to Gen Z

NY Press Association Spring Conference

April 30, 2022, Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs, NY

Rebecca Frank, VP, Research & Insights, presented the Alliance’s Gen Z research findings.

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Protection of Journalism in the U.S.

Emily C. & John E. Hansen Intellectual Property Institute at Fordham Law School’s 29th Annual  Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy
Conference (Virtual)

April 21, 2022, 9:15 a.m.

Danielle Coffey, Executive Vice President, News Media Alliance is a speaker at concurrent session on Copyright Law & Competition Law on Protection of Journalism in the U.S.:

Copyright protections are intended to ensure a return on investment in creative works. It is important for the government and the courts to clarify and strongly enforce those protections with regard to quality journalism that requires investment in reporters and newsrooms. However, with monopolies that distribute news content, a copyright protection is only as valuable as the ability to assert the right. In this case, competition law addresses such marketplace failure.

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Regulations on Payments for Journalistic Content

IAPA Mid-Year Meeting (Virtual)

April 20, 2022

Danielle Coffey, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the News Media Alliance is a panelist.

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News Industry Mega-Conference 2022

April 10-12, Orlando, FL

“Eyes on 2025: Actions to Secure a Sustainable Future”

On Monday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m., Alliance President & CEO David Chavern will moderate a panel, “Eyes on 2025: Actions to Secure a Sustainable Future,” with senior executives, exploring where the industry is going and what needs to happen today to ensure future success.

“Advocating for Local Newspapers”

On Tuesday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m., Alliance Executive Vice President & General Counsel Danielle Coffey will participate as a panelist in the session, Advocating for Local Newspapers, which will include updates on the latest advocacy efforts to protect local journalism: the LJSA, the JCPA, what the future holds for legislation and how publishers can get involved to help protect local journalism.

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Mega-Conference program

New Copyright Challenges in the Publishing Industry

March 30, 2022, 12:00 p.m. EDT

This panel discussion will address hot-button copyright issues affecting the publishing industry today, including digital first sale, controlled digital lending, state compulsory licensing, and ancillary rights.

Panelists include: Danielle Coffey, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, News Media Alliance; Terry Hart, General Counsel, Association of American Publishers; and Umair Kazi, Director of Advocacy and Policy, Authors Guild. Moderated by Devlin Hartline, Legal Fellow, Forum for Intellectual Property, Hudson Institute.

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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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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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