All meetings and programming will take place at the Gleacher Center.

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Collaboration Day, sponsored by CitySpark

(Private meeting) 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Knight x LMA BloomLab cohorts 1-2 combined (includes lunch): Led by the BloomLab team of John Celestand, program director, Apryl Pilolli, technology director, and Robert Walker Smith, digital revenue director.

(Private meeting) 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: FIMS Lab (includes lunch): Led by the FIMS Lab team of Dorrine Mendoza, lead program director, Jay Small, program co-director; and Julia Campbell, program co-director.

(Private meeting) 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: News is Out (includes lunch): Led by Penny Riordan, director, business strategy and partnerships, LMA.

8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: LMA Lab for Journalism Funding (includes lunch): Led by Frank Mungeam, chief innovation officer, LMA. All graduates of the lab, as well as the current cohort, are invited to attend this workshop that will feature case studies, Q&A with funders and much more. 

Noon-5 p.m.: One-on-one with R&D partners: When completing your LMA Fest registration, check yes to participate in the one-on-one R&D meetings! You will then select which of the industry’s premier R&D partners you’d like to meet to learn about the newest products and services (with a focus on revenue growth). Learn more about all of the participating companies so far.

Noon: Exhibitors begin setup and one-on-one meetings begin.

LMA Fest begins at 1 p.m. with opening day workshops

Jim Brady
Kathy Im
Toni Draper
Catherine Badalamente
Erica Smith
Shana Black

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: C-Level Roundtable with Industry Thought Leaders

Philanthropy’s role in local news: A conversation with Jim Brady, vice president/news, Knight Foundation, and Kathy Im, director journalism and media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Moderated by Dr. Toni Draper, chief executive officer, The AFRO. Q&A will follow.

Trust in local news: Why an industrywide effort is needed now. Led by Catherine Badalamente, chief executive officer, Graham Media Group and chair, LMA board of directors; Erica Smith, digital editor, The Times Union/Hearst and chair, LMF board of directors; and Shana Black, program manager for inclusive journalism, The Associated Press and founder, Black Girl Media.

Penny Riordan
Peter Lamb
Liz Hayes
Andrew Ramsammy
Julia Campbell

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Workshop: How to Sell Your Best Idea

This workshop is designed to help you present your ideas, proposals and packages in a captivating and persuasive manner. Our expert coaches will guide you through practical exercises and share tips and tricks on how to engage your audience, tell a compelling story, and deliver a persuasive presentation. You’ll also learn how to use visual aids to enhance your message and leave a lasting impression on your audience.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll have the confidence and tools to deliver a persuasive and memorable presentation that motivates your audience to take action. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to improve presentation skills and learn how to sell ideas effectively. Register now and take the first step toward becoming a confident and persuasive presenter.

Panelists: Penny Riordan, director, business strategy and partnerships, LMA; Peter Lamb, owner, Lamb Consulting; Liz Hayes, director of strategy, The Branded Content Project; and Andrew Ramsammy, chief impact officer, Local Media Association. Moderator: Julia Campbell, chief business transformation officer, LMA.

2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Refreshments with R&D Partners

Frank Mungeam
Dorrine Mendoza
Aimee Rinehart

3 p.m.-4:45 p.m.: AI for Everyone: A Workshop Focused on Opportunities and Efficiencies

Artificial intelligence is about to change our world and the local media industry. There are implications and opportunities for everyone including those charged with revenue, operations, content and more. After a primer to review the basic tenets of AI, this workshop will be split into three key areas:

  • Revenue teams: Perfect for digital sales leaders looking to be more efficient through the use of AI.
  • C-level teams: Designed for senior-level executives who want to better understand the opportunities with AI.
  • Content applications: Applicable for both senior-level executives and those charged with content strategies.

A leader will work with each group to identify and explore the most promising opportunities, including those that can be immediately implemented upon your return. 

Workshop leader: Frank Mungeam, chief innovation officer, LMA. C-level group leader: Dorrine Mendoza, lead director, Family and Independent Media Sustainability Lab, LMA, and former Meta/CNN; Aimee Rinehart, local news AI program manager, The Associated Press; more to be announced.

5 p.m.-6 p.m.: Welcome Happy Hour

Want to sponsor this happy hour? Contact today for details.

Wednesday, Aug. 2

8:30 a.m.: Breakfast with R&D partners

9 a.m.-10 a.m.: General Session

Catherine Badalamente
Mike Reed
Evan Smith
Tracy Brown

The Future of Local News 

Reinventing business models for local news has never been more important. Our panel of industry leaders will talk about what excites them, what keeps them up at night and where they are placing their bets. 

Panelists: Catherine Badalamente, chief executive officer, Graham Media Group; Mike Reed, chief executive officer, Gannett; Evan Smith, senior advisor, Emerson Collective, The Texas Tribune. Moderator: Tracy Brown, managing editor, WBEZ/Chicago Public Media.

10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.: Break-out sessions

Frank Mungeam

Breakout 1: Philanthropic Funding of Journalism: Two Must-see Case Studies

Two of the best case studies in the industry (to be announced soon) will be featured in this session. Top executives will share how they are funding a larger percentage of their newsroom through philanthropic funding. 

Moderator: Frank Mungeam, Chief Innovation Officer, LMA.

Tina Xiao
Jeff Moriarty
Jay Small

Breakout 2: Revenue Streams in Streaming

As audiences have shifted attention to OTT, Connected TV, YouTube and other video streaming platforms, so have digital advertising buyers and sellers. What’s the right streaming product mix to grow revenue? And how do local media outlets cash in on the rapid growth of video streaming – even if they’re not native to television? 

Panelists: Tina Xiao, Global Partners, Google; Jeff Moriarty, executive vice president/chief product officer, Nexstar Digital; Jodelle Bailey, senior director, digital training and sales operations, Sinclair Broadcast Group. Moderator: Jay Small, chief operating officer, LMA.

11:15 a.m.-noon: Breakout sessions


Breakout 1: Sales Management: Retention, Comp, Incentives, Recruiting

Retention of clients and employees is critical in this economy.  During this session, strategies will be shared about positioning sales resources, retention of clients and sales executives an explore sales compensation and incentives to drive success.

Panelists: To be announced. Moderator: Robert Walker-Smith, digital revenue director, Knight x LMA BloomLab.

Breakout 2: C-level Roundtable: AI Threats and Opportunities

A thought leader in the AI space will host this off-the-record session that will challenge local media executives to think bigger and bolder, while avoiding the pitfalls. 

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch

Interested in sponsoring a table at the lunch? Contact today!

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions

Jason Jedlinski

Breakout 1: C-level Roundtable: Strategies to Grow Audience

Social media was a huge driver of audience growth over the past decade, but that is no longer the case. At the same time, news avoidance has become a global problem. Bottom line: it’s harder than ever before to grow and engage audiences. In this roundtable discussion led by Jason Jedlinski, we’ll share new and innovative strategies to grow audience and collect first party data. Jedlinski’s impressive bio includes top leadership positions at The Hill, Wall Street Journal and Gannett.

Moderator: Jason Jedlinski, consultant and former executive at The Hill, The Wall Street Journal and Gannett.

Brock Berry

Breakout 2: Sales Training: Helping Our Sales Teams Become True Marketing Consultants

This session for sales managers will focus on helping sales teams become true marketing consultants. Our expert speakers will share practical strategies for sales approaches, collaborating with marketing teams, and understanding clients’ needs. Attendees will learn how to align sales and marketing efforts, craft compelling messages, and leverage data to measure campaign success. This session aims to elevate sales teams to trusted advisors for clients, and improve overall sales and marketing performance. 

Moderator: Brock Berry, CEO, AdCellerant.

2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Refreshment break with R&D partners

3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Breakout sessions

Apryl Pilolli

Breakout 1: Gimme Your Email: Strategies to Collect First-party and Monetize It — Revenue Opportunities at the Intersection of B2B and B2C First-party Data

In today’s digital landscape, collecting first-party data has become more critical than ever. As third-party cookies phase out, marketers and advertisers are turning to first-party data as a valuable resource to understand their customers and prospects better. In this session, we will provide actionable insights on how to leverage collect and leverage first-party data to drive revenue and improve customer engagement.

Moderator: Apryl Pilolli, technology director, Knight x LMA BloomLab.

Elinor Tatum
Robin Gruen
Julia Campbell

Breakout 2: Cause, Community and Purpose-driven Marketing: The Revenue Potential of Service Journalism and Corporate Social Responsibility 

Discover the secrets of building genuine connections with your audience and advertisers by aligning your brand values with the social causes that are important to them. In this session, we will delve into the power of community building through shared values, and how it can boost engagement and inspire loyalty. We will also explore the revenue potential of service journalism, which not only educates and informs your audience, but also showcases a brand’s dedication to social good. We will provide insightful case studies and best practices that highlight the advantages and opportunities of purpose-driven marketing.

Panelists: Robin Gruen, vice president, brand and content marketing, Lee Enterprises/BrandAve Studios; Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief, New York Amsterdam News. Moderator: Julia Campbell, chief business transformation officer, LMA.

4 p.m.-5 p.m.: General Session

Tina Xiao

Supercharge Your Content Monetization: Explore New Revenue Opportunities with Google News Initiative

Get ready to turbocharge your content monetization strategy with an informative session hosted by Tina Xiao, the Global Program Manager for Google News Initiative. In this session, you’ll explore exciting new revenue services, products, and tools that can help media companies make more money from their content.

We’ll take a deep dive into the latest and greatest opportunities available, including Google’s Newsletter tools, AdSense, and more. You’ll learn best practices for monetizing your content and hear successful strategies on using these tools to increase your revenue streams.

This session is your chance to learn from the experts at Google News Initiative and take your revenue strategy to the next level. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to supercharge your content monetization!

Moderator: Tina Xiao, Global Partners, Google.

7:15 p.m.: Night Out at the Cubs Game, Courtesy of RevContent

Free tickets for the first 100 to register for LMA Fest. Don’t delay.

RevContent Local Reporting Award

Applications are now open for the RevContent Local Reporting Award. This $5,000 award recognizes local reporting projects or articles that have significantly impacted the local community. Applications are due on Friday, June 23. Winners will be announced at LMAfest in August 2023. Winner need not be present.


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