Local Media Consortium expands its executive board in response to membership that’s more than doubled


The Local Media Consortium (LMC) has expanded its executive board from eight members to 10, including three new members from Inland member companies, as membership continues to increase in the strategic partnership aimed at increasing digital revenue at newspapers.

“In the three short years since its launch, the Local Media Consortium has grown from representing 32 member companies to more than 70, and we project membership to exceed 80 companies in 2017,” said Rusty Coats, LMC executive director. “The executive board has done an admirable amount of work to forge new partnerships, explore new development opportunities and facilitate new ways for our members to work together. I look forward to working with both new and returning board members, whose expertise is uniquely suited to help us expand our footprint and provide new opportunities for local media companies in today’s digital world.”

Coats added that the LMC’s growth stems from its ability to harness the power of the whole: “By banding members together, the LMC is able to provide local market media companies with the means to not only compete but flourish in the digital space.”

The new board members include Emily Dresslar, director of strategic partnerships at Calkins Digital; Eric Johnston, COO at Pioneer News Group and Thom Kastrup, chief revenue officer for BH Media. Among the re-elected board members are Tom Sly, vice president, digital revenue at The E. W. Scripps Company and Doug Phares, president of Sandusky Newspaper Group.

The Local Media Consortium is a strategic partnership of leading local media companies focused on increasing member companies’ share of digital revenue and audience by pursuing new relationships with a variety of technology companies and service providers. LMC membership spans more than 75 local media companies in top markets across the United States and Puerto Rico, and includes more than 1,600 publications. The LMC audience footprint currently spans 155 million unduplicated unique monthly visitors, and LMC member companies serve more than four billion page views to readers.