A Time of Change

I’m transitioning to a new role at a private family office.  I am unable to accept any speaking engagements at this time....

SXSW- Mentor Session

Monday, March 13, 2017 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM Mentor Sessions at SXSW enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional. Mentor Sessions...

Proposition: We Can Solve the Fake News Problem

February 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm   This event, presented in conjunction with the NYC Media Lab, will be a debate on the proposition: We Can Solve the Fake News Problem. The past election cycle provoked a debate on how spurious news and information affects public...

Maximizing Opportunities in Video

November 16, 2016 | 6:00 pm   An expert panel featuring leaders from innovators in the video space including representatives from INSIDER, Now This, and Vox will introduce their companies and discuss their individual approaches to video, platform strategy and...

VIDEO: Off-Platform Distribution

When a publisher makes the decision to distribute content off-platform, an element of control over that control is often relinquished.  Here, I discuss one trade-off publishers consider when moving to off-platform distribution: the effect on a publisher’s...

VOTE NOW: SXSW PanelPicker is Live!

VOTE NOW!   I loved being a mentor at SXSW 2016, and I’m ready to do it again.  But I need your help!  Please click through and vote in support of my mentor application for SXSW 2017.   VOTE...

Getting Involved

Here are two strategies I’ve used to get the legal department more involved in the larger corporation organization. First, I’ve shown my clients in the company that the legal department can add a lot of value to deals.  I’ve worked to demonstrate...

Inspired Connection

When you are championing a project, it’s 100% your responsibility to talk about it. To let people know what you’re up to so you can get resources and support. In the past, I’ve characterized this responsibility as “asking for help”, because getting...

Media Mixer

July 13, 2016 Don’t let summer pass you by!  Join the Daily News Innovation Lab at The DL’s private rooftop bar for drinks and conversations with your media and tech colleagues. Complimentary drink tickets available while supplies last.   REGISTER FOR...

NY Tech Meetup- August 2016

August 2, 2016 | 7:00 pm Meet the Daily News Innovation Lab team during an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in New York, followed by a networking afterparty.  We’ll introduce the Innovation Lab and talk about ways that early-stage...

The Evolving Newsroom: Journalists as Strategists

September 21, 2016 | 6:00 pm   As media companies increase their focus on business models, economic realities are affecting the way journalists work. Instead of a strict separation between the “business” side and the “editorial” side, journalists are being asked...

NYC Media Lab 16

September 22, 2016 | 8:00 am – 6:00 PM NYC Media Lab 16 is a snapshot of the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media from universities in NYC and beyond. This is an opportunity for media executives, technologists, and decision makers to explore...

Building a Successful Legal Department

May 25, 2016 Please join us on Wednesday, May 25th for a breakfast panel on How to Build a Successful Legal Department. Panelists Cyna Alderman (Senior Vice President & General Counsel of New York Daily News), Sari Granat (Managing Director & General Counsel...

Conversations: Platforms as Publishers: Where are We Now?

May 11, 2016 As we approach the one-year anniversary of the launch of Facebook’s Instant Articles, and more publishers look to off-platform distribution to find their audiences through Facebook, Google AMP, Apple News, Snapchat and beyond, what impact have we...

Data Journalism Summit

April 11, 2016 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM The Data Journalism Summit at the Associated Press in New York will showcase the top data journalism department thinkers and executives, illuminating the best strategies and tactics for organizing effective data journalism departments...

The Evolution of the Innovation Lab

The story of the Innovation Lab is the story of the importance of paying attention.  Picking your head up from the day-to-day of your job, and being in tune with what’s going on around you.  I don’t think it’s fair to say that the startup community was clamoring for...

The Lawyer’s Role

What should the in-house lawyer’s role be? Is it limited to legal analysis, or is there something more? For example, a contract is submitted for review that the lawyer thinks makes little or no sense for the Company to pursue. Or something is written for a publication...

The Lawyer’s Role

What should the in-house lawyer’s role be? Is it limited to legal analysis, or is there something more? For example, a contract is submitted for review that the lawyer thinks makes little or no sense for the Company to pursue. Or something is written for a publication...

Beth Morrison Projects

When I was first introduced to Beth Morrison Projects, I was not enthusiastic. I was at a networking event hosted by a vibrant, engaging woman who I’d met through work. She is passionate about women in technology and the arts, and was bringing together some of...

Personalizationpalooza

February 25, 2016 Building upon the success of last year’s event, Personalizationpalooza is a ½ day program that will feature a dozen speakers delivering lightning talks, demonstrations and discussion focused on data science and the opportunity for increasingly...

SXSW – Mentor Session

Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM Mentor Sessions at SXSW enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional. Mentor Sessions...

Hacks/Hackers Connect NYC

February 26-27, 2016 What can you expect at Connect NYC? The NYC event will take place at the City University of New York (CUNY) graduate journalism school. CUNY is located in midtown Manhattan, right next door to The New York Times — an easy walk to many other major...

Conversations with Digital Natives: Teens Talk

January 13, 2016 The Daily News Innovation Lab presents four teenage speakers who will talk about their relationship with tech and media from the POV of consumers and makers. This is a great opportunity to better understand how the issues the tech and startup...

Conversations: How Data is Changing Media Companies

November 18, 2015 As data is becoming increasingly available, how are media companies digesting and presenting data to best communicate and illustrate their stories and products? How do journalists know when data is reliable? How is data impacting the way news is...

NY Media Festival: News and Innovation

October 9, 2015 Digital Media Wire and Empiricly bring together leaders and influencers in music, games, video and innovation for 4 days of b2b conferences, open houses, innovation unconferences and startup event. Lightning Talk: How the New York Daily News Uses...

Conversations: Inside Twitter's News Strategy

September 9, 2015 Join Twitter’s News team for a discussion on how Twitter is working with publishers, how the company is investing in new forms of discovery, and how Twitter will impact the 2016 elections. Our panelists will discuss and debate their thoughts on...

Conversations: Inside Twitter’s News Strategy

September 9, 2015 Join Twitter’s News team for a discussion on how Twitter is working with publishers, how the company is investing in new forms of discovery, and how Twitter will impact the 2016 elections. Our panelists will discuss and debate their thoughts on...

Digital Media Strategies: New York Media Tour

September 8, 2015 The New York Media Tour takes you to the premises of four leading media organisations in New York. Each visit features a presentation focusing on a key area of innovation within the host’s business, and a guided tour of the offices. This Event...

Collab/Space New York 2015

July 15, 2015 How can established media and tech companies foster innovation from within large organizations? That will be the focus of our second annual Collab/Space New York workshop on July 15, 2015. This Event Has...

Investments in Media: Figuring Out the Endgame

June 30, 2015 The Media and Entertainment sector had an unprecedented amount of investment poured into it over the past year. At this panel, we ask people that work in media, invest in media and cover media investments what they think about the endgame. We’ll...

Conversations: Next-Gen Revenue for Content Creators

May 19, 2015 For our May event, “Next-Gen Revenue for Content Creators”, we will be focusing on how content creators are finding creative new ways to monetize their websites and digital properties. Our panelists will discuss and debate their thoughts on...

Technology, It’s not just for Geeks, It’s for everyone

May 13, 2015 On Wednesday, May 13th, the Queens Chamber is hosting our Queens Business Expo and Breakfast. This year at our breakfast, “Technology, It’s not just for Geeks, It’s for everyone”; will be discussing how technology companies are not defined as the ones...

Conversations: Social Media in the Age of Algorithms

March 25, 2015 For our March event, “Social Media in the Age of Algorithms,” we will be focusing on how publishers are handling the effect of algorithms on referral traffic, specifically social media. Our panelists will discuss and debate their thoughts on...

Conversations: The New News Organization – New Entrants

October 15, 2014 For our kick-off event we will be exploring the wave of new digital outlets shaping media today.  Our panelists will discuss and debate their thoughts on what lies ahead for them and for the industry as a whole on a panel moderated by Daily News...

Collab/Space New York 2014

July 8, 2014 How can established media and tech companies foster innovation from within large organizations? That will be the focus of the upcoming Collab/Space New York workshop on July 8, 2014, an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on “intrapreneurial”...

Global Innovator III

February 27, 2014 Join us on Feb. 27th at 5:30pm for Global Innovator III, a monthly NY-tech event designed to showcase 5 of the world’s most innovative global startups looking to become the next big thing. Our focus this time? MEDIA! This Event Has...

SwitchPitch NYC

October 1, 2013 SwitchPitch is a role-reversal event where established companies pitch funded innovation projects to qualified startups looking for great partners. This Event Has...

Lessons from a first time SXSWer: Face your FOMO

If you struggle with FOMO, SXSW will be a hard place for you.  At any one time, there are literally dozens of panel choices, meet-ups, happy hours, lounges, and demos at choose from, plus thousands of people to talk to- there’s just no way to do it all.  You could...

Innovation and Just in Time Team Deployment

In working with the Daily News Innovation Lab team, my initial thought was to invite everyone to everything, but make it all optional. I’ve reconsidered. My new philosophy is: Share everything with everyone, but don’t invite everyone to everything, even if the...

If You Want to Innovate, Speak Up! #2

Part Two: Don’t Innovate Alone After the first participating company joined the Daily News Innovation Lab, I focused a lot of energy on supporting them.  I wanted to make sure they were successful and getting access to the resources they needed.  I wanted them...

Innovation and the Importance of a Beta

One of the unique assets that media companies bring to programs like the Daily News Innovation Lab is the ability to provide real-time feedback from end users who are the intended audience for the product. When Datavisual started at the Lab, they already had a tool...

Building a Team: The Power of the Red Shirts

The first public event the Daily News Innovation Lab team participated in was SwitchPitch last fall.  It was held at the Skirball Center, with hundreds expected to be in attendance. Merissa Silk came up with the idea of team t-shirts that would make us stand out in...

If You Want to Innovate, Speak Up!

Part One: Ask for Help   There’s an amazing dynamic in the New York startup scene. People help each other out. Just start talking and you’ll see what I mean. These folks are generous. They share their experiences.  They make suggestions.  They want to participate...

Springboard Innovation by Targeting the Right Project

The Daily News Innovation Lab was started as an experiment in working with startups in a more collaborative way.  While the industry itself is in need of big change, one of the keys to the initial success of the Daily News Innovation Lab was starting small and picking...

Have We Innovated Yet? The Importance of Defining Success

One of the first bits of internal feedback I received when discussing the possibility of starting an Innovation Lab at the Daily News was tied to revenue. Wouldn’t it be amazing if, over time, the Company could assemble a portfolio of successful startups, have a bit...

How a Mission Statement Can Spark Innovation

When the Daily News’s Vice President of Marketing (and Lab team member) Sammy Simpson told me he wanted to facilitate a brainstorming session to develop a mission statement for the Daily News Innovation Lab, I was skeptical. It all sounded a little hokey to me. But I...

Forming a Team

One of the biggest challenges in starting the Daily News Innovation Lab was assembling the right team.  The Lab was pitched to the Daily News’s CEO as similar to “Google 20% time”.  In other words, no new staff, just staff interested and excited about the project who...

4 Reasons Why Media Companies Should Start Innovation Labs

My experience with the Daily News Innovation Lab has been really rewarding, and I can share four reasons why I think any media company would benefit from starting an innovation lab: 1.    With the right startup team, anything is possible. This summer, the Daily News...