At a House Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, the News Media Alliance debuted a new video, Legislation to Protect Local News, on efforts to protect the future of news publishers and high-quality journalism in the United States.
Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan of Axios provided keynotes and Alliance President & CEO David Chavern moderated a panel of news executives. Panelists included Toni Bush, News Corp; Nicole Carroll, USA TODAY; Jonathan Kanter, Paul Weiss and Neil Patel, The Daily Caller.
The Legislation to Protect Local News video is a compelling overview of the importance of quality journalism, especially local news, and why the future of news is at risk if we don't act now by leveling the playing field with the big tech platforms such as Facebook and Google. Chavern, as well as Maribel Perez Wadsworth, President of USA TODAY Network and Publisher of USA TODAY, and Terry Egger, CEO and Publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, are among those appearing in the video.
In addition, clips with House bill co-sponsors, Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and David Cicilline (D-RI) from the Washington Post Live Event on Protecting Local News on April 4, set the stage for how news publishers could finally be able to negotiate for fair compensation from the platforms.