Session at Senior Leadership Conference to examine partnerships between Medill, news organizations


During the Senior Leadership Conference in Chicago, learn how partnerships between one of America’s leading journalism schools and five Chicago-area news organizations are yielding encouraging new performance outcomes in the key areas of research and insights, content strategy, business strategy, product design and leadership development.

Mackenzie Warren

Mackenzie Warren, a longtime news executive at Gannett who now leads Northwestern University’s Medill Local News Accelerator will be joined by leaders from La Raza, which has served Hispanic Chicagoans for 53 years; the Daily Herald, whose history in the region stretches back almost to the time of Abraham Lincoln; and more.

Medill's Local News Accelerator is a business incubator designed to help Chicago-area news organizations achieve new levels of performance against both their missions and their bottom lines.

Before joining the Northwestern team, Warren was senior director of news strategy at Gannett Co., the largest publisher in the United States. He also led the company’s training and career-development practice, where his programs vastly improved promotion, retention and diversity in executive leadership positions across the nation. In these roles, he worked with more than 4,000 journalists from 250 newsrooms in 46 states and territories. He was the on-air and on-stage host of USA TODAY’s 10-state event series designed to connect young voters with key issues in the 2016 election. Across more than two decades in news organizations in Ohio, Illinois, Florida, California and Washington, D.C., he was a reporter, designer, digital director, managing editor and associate publisher. Warren earned a BSJ from Medill and completed a postgraduate business fellowship, hosted at Harvard University.