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Digital Content Next Sets 2017 Agenda, Adds To Executive Committee

January 19, 2017 | By DCN

Trade association will continue to lead on the value of premium and trust in digital media industry in next year

NEW ORLEANS, LA – (January 19, 2017) – Digital Content Next (DCN), the only trade association exclusively dedicated to trusted, high-quality digital content brands, today announced updates to its 2017 Executive Committee at its members-only DCN Next: Summit from New Orleans, LA. In 2017, DCN will remain focused on advancing the future of the digital content industry by demonstrating the power of content to forge trust between consumers, publishers and marketers, while also shining a light on any misconceptions in the modern digital marketplace.

The 2017 Executive Committee Officers, as announced at a members-only board meeting on January 18, are: Co-Chairs: Christy Tanner, SVP & GM, CBSNews Digital, CBS Interactive and Marty Moe, president, Vox Media; Vice Chair: Michael Silberman, GM, Digital, New York Media; Treasurer: M. Scott Havens, global head of Digital, Bloomberg Media; and Secretary: Jed Hartman, CRO, The Washington Post.

DCN also welcomes new Executive Committee members Michael Finnegan, president, Atlantic Media; Loren Mayor, COO, NPR; and Darcy Keller, chief communications & marketing officer, Financial Times Group. Rounding out the 2017 Committee is Beth Buehler, COO, Rodale. John Kosner, EVP, ESPN Digital & Print Media, ESPN and Martin Nisenholtz, founder of Digital Content Next (formerly the Online Publishers Association), will continue to serve as special advisors to the organization.

“In the past year, the importance of environment has become clear again and advertisers are beginning to seek assurance their ads and investments are running across our brands. In addition, the November election results bring a new set of challenges to the press and the policies that support the content business,” said DCN CEO Jason Kint. “Now more than ever, it is important for us to create an environment where our leadership, research and public voice are the drivers of change. We look forward to the work ahead with the expertise and commitment of our new and returning committee members.”

The organization has experienced a record 45 percent growth in membership over the past two years. Premium digital content companies joined in the last year include Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Guardian Group, The Enthusiast Network (TEN), and Knight Foundation Membership Companies Billy Penn, Gimlet Media, The Marshall Project, The Texas Tribune and Voice of San Diego.

The Board of Directors provides DCN with an on-the-ground perspective on the important issues that are impacting their various business areas and the digital media industry overall. This information helps DCN formulate research that educates the industry and marketplace and advances important discussions, like the Niche Publishers: How to Create Sustainable Business Models in a Digital Marketplace, released at the DCN Next: Summit event.

With a focus on all types of revenue, DCN has expanded its scope to share additional intelligence and industry findings through its InContext website, public events and research. For the latest, follow DCN on Twitter.

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Digital Content Next (DCN) 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). Comprised of some of the most trusted and well-respected media brands, DCN produces proprietary research for its members and the public, creates public and private forums to explore and advance key issues that impact digital content brands, offers an influential voice that speaks for digital content companies in the press, with advertisers and policy makers, and works to educate the public at large on the importance of quality content brands. Digital Content Next’s membership has an unduplicated audience of 223,098 million unique visitors or 100% reach of the U.S. online population. * More information about Digital Content Next is available at https://digitalcontentnext.org/.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix Multiplatform Custom Audience Duplication, June 2016, U.S. DCN Member Entities

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