Your participation is needed in our legislative advocacy efforts!

Advocacy efforts are critically important to the newspaper industry. This session will focus on the latest updates from Washington, critical legislation that will impact newspapers, and the latest in legal efforts tied to digital equity.

Topics include:

News Media Alliance Update on the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act and Google and Facebook

With Danielle Coffey, senior vice president and general counsel, News Media Alliance

Danielle Coffey will discuss an expansion of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (the safe harbor bill) that will ensure compensation and equitable terms for small and local publishers, as well as an oversight mechanism that will ensure the platforms conduct good faith negotiations. She will review at a high level an internal assessment of the value of news content to the platforms.

An Update on America’s Newspapers' Advocacy Efforts

With Alan Fisco, president of America's Newspapers, and Dean Ridings, CEO

This program is available to members of America's Newspapers, as well as trial members, as part of their membership (at no additional cost). Learn about membership or sign up for a free trial membership here.

The Zoom webinar link for this event will be sent to all registered participants on March 10.


For registration questions, please contact:

Patty Slusher, director of programming, at 847-282-9850, ext. 102 or

Our presenters

Danielle Coffey is senior vice president and general counsel for the News Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 news media outlets worldwide. She leads the organization’s advocacy and strategy towards a digital future for journalism, which includes building better partnerships with tech platforms and urging for a more favorable legislative and regulatory environment for the digital distribution of news content. Coffey earned her JD from the Catholic University Law School, with a specialization in Communications Law.

Alan Fisco provides oversight and leadership of The Seattle Times’ executive team, and maintains direct leadership of finance, circulation, operations, human resources and labor. He is also responsible for The Seattle Times’ affiliate newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, and its commercial printing subsidiary, Rotary Offset Press. Fisco currently serves as president of America’s Newspapers. He is a board member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, where he previously served as board chair and treasurer. Fisco has a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington.

Dean Ridings is CEO of America's Newspapers. Prior to being named to his current position following the merger of Inland Press Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Ridings served for two decades as president and CEO of the Florida Press Association. He managed five state media associations and Intersect Media Solutions, a $40 million for-profit enterprise providing marketing research and media solutions to regional and national clients. He also initiated new forums and events, most notably hosting debates for state and national level political office.