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Digital Content Next and Local Media Association to partner with WAN-IFRA ahead of Second Digital Media North America Conference

Digital Content Next and Local Media Association to partner with WAN-IFRA ahead of Second Digital Media North America Conference

Frankfurt, Germany, and New York, USA – 2018-04-04

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) announced today that Digital Content Next (DCN) and the Local Media Association (LMA) have joined its annual North American conference as strategic partners, joining current partners, the News Media Alliance and Reuters.

The event will take place from June 26-27, 2018, in New York City. Reuters will once again host the event at its Thomson Reuters Building.

"We strongly believe that working together with local and national news media organizations guarantees delivering relevant and timely topics in our events,” said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA. “Last year’s partnership with the News Media Alliance and Reuters proved to be the right move. Extending this partnership to include Digital Content Next and its influential network of more than 70 premium members, and the Local Media Association, an association with more than 2,800 members, will allow us to deliver a quality event to an even broader audience of news media executives in the US and Canada."

Last year the inaugural edition of Digital Media North America was launched in New York City, attracting 120 news media executives from 30 companies. The North American event is now an integral addition of WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Conference series and network, already active in Europe, Latin America, Asia, India and Africa. More than 1,700 delegates participate in the organization’s Digital Media events annually, making it one of the most relevant international business platforms dedicated to the transformation of the news media industry.

“We are excited to be part of this event that will showcase digital subscription case studies from around the world,” said LMA President, Nancy Lane. “For many of our newspaper members, this is their biggest priority right now. Thanks to WAN-IFRA for their leadership in this area.”

"Discussions on how media organizations can cultivate their deep, trusted relationships with consumers to drive subscription revenue are critical to the health of our industry and we're looking forward to joining the conversation," said Jason Kint, CEO of Digital Content Next.

This year’s edition of Digital Media North America will solely focus on: conversion and retention in digital subscriptions and membership programmes. The one-and-a-half-day event will provide a unique opportunity to hear how leading local, national and international news media companies that are tackling these challenges – not only in the US and Canada, but also internationally. Last year’s edition attracted speakers from a variety of companies: Telegraph Media Group, Le Monde, The Washington Post, Schibsted, Prisa, Axios, The Outline, Turner, The New York Times…

The winners of the North American Digital Media Awards, which recognize the most groundbreaking digital products that engage readers while growing online business, will be announced during the conference. Registration is open until Friday, April 20 and winners will be eligible for WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards.


Rodrigo Bonilla, Director for the Americas, WAN-IFRA 

About the Partners

Local Media Association is the only organization that brings all media together for the purpose of sharing, networking, collaborating and more. More than 3,000 newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, directories, pure plays and research & development partners, are active members. LMA assists local media companies with their transformation strategies via cutting-edge programs, conferences, webinars, research and training.

Digital Content Next is the only trade organization dedicated to serving the unique and diverse needs of high-quality digital content companies that manage trusted, direct relationships with consumers and marketers. The organization was founded in June 2001 as the Online Publishers Association (OPA). DCN’s members are some of the most trusted and well-respected media brands that, together, have an unduplicated audience of 256,277 million unique visitors or 100% reach of the U.S. online population*.

Since 1850, Reuters has experimented, invented, and created content and news solutions to become the world’s leading international news agency. Always at the forefront of real-time breaking news and high-impact global multimedia content, Reuters is constantly innovating our products and services to meet the business needs of its clients .Whether they are serving broadcasters or publishers, Reuters provides award-winning coverage of the day’s most important topics, including: business, finance, politics, sports, entertainment, technology, health, environment, and much more, in 16 languages with speed, impartiality and insight.

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

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, based in Paris, and Frankfurt, with regional offices in Chennai, Singapore, and Mexico City, is the global organization of the news media industry. It represents more than 18,000 print and online publications and serves over 3,000 member companies in more than 120 countries. Its mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity, and help independent news publishing companies to succeed in their transformation process, increase their business, and perform their crucial role in open societies. WAN-IFRA offers its members a broad spectrum of specialized events, publications and research reports. It is also the worldwide platform for ideas, information and experience.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix Multiplatform Custom Audience Duplication, June 2017, U.S. DCN Member Entities

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