Nick Charles is a writer/editor and communications executive. He has written and reported for and served as editor to various digital and legacy media at the local and national level including The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, OH, People magazine and AOL Black Voices. He’s currently the Managing Director for Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 Black-owned newspapers and online properties. He is also the co-author of the soon-to-be-published, Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America.
Chief Content and Collaboration Officer
Andrew serves as the Local Media Association’s Chief Content and Collaboration Officer. He’s is a multiple Emmy Award winner with more than 20 years of global experience in creative, content and production. Ramsammy’s career efforts in public media have resulted in more than $5.5 million in sponsorship revenue.
Before joining LMA, Ramsammy has served as director of digital content for Global Sport Matters, a media enterprise at Arizona State University; director of audience strategy for Arizona PBS; executive director of United Public Strategies; director of content projects and initiatives at Public Radio International; and was executive producer of the hit Texas PBS travel show, The Daytripper. Andrew is based in Scottsdale, AZ.
Maya Pottiger is a data journalist and independent contractor for Word in Black. She was previously a data journalist for the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland, where she earned both her BA and Master of Journalism. Her work has been featured in publications across the country.
Local Media Association
Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Lane is the dynamic leader of Local Media Association, a thriving and innovative organization that works with over 2,800 local media brands (newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, digital news sites & more), as well as several hundred R&D partners in the industry. LMA’s mission is to help local media companies discover, vet and test business models that will support news.
She is the 2019 recipient of the Borrell Award of Merit, presented each year to an executive who has done the most to foster innovation in the local media industry.
LMA assists media companies with digital and cultural transformation via cutting-edge programs, conferences, webinars, research, experiential opportunities & training. Lane is the author of numerous industry reports over the past few years on a wide variety of subjects. She blogs about disruptive innovation on a regular basis and is a sought-after speaker at media events in North America and Europe.
Lane’s top focus areas for 2020 are: the launch of three news collaboratives, that also focus on business transformation; three funds that have collectively raised $1.9MM to date – the fund for local journalism, the fund for Black journalism and the COVID-19 local news relief fund; the launch of the Center for Journalism Funding including a lab with 15 publishers and The Branded Content Project with 24 beta partners.
She has developed LMA into one of the most progressive and forward-thinking media associations in the world.
Lane spent 13 years in the newspaper industry as publisher, ad director and senior level executive in Pa., Conn. and Mo. before taking over LMA in 2000.
She is also the Immediate Past President of the Villanova University Alumni Association.
Chief Operating Officer
Jay Small is Chief Operating Officer of Local Media Association. He helps guide and oversee key LMA programs serving the local media industry, including conferences, Innovation Missions and other events; Chief Digital Clubs and Chief Content Clubs; R&D initiatives; and enabling technology and content platforms.
He previously served as President of Cordillera Digital, a division of Cordillera Communications that drove digital strategy, sales, marketing, and operations for TV stations nationwide. A transformative executive with a background in business leadership and creative arts, Small held senior posts at The E.W. Scripps Co., Belo Corp., and Thomson Consumer Electronics. He has also driven digital growth as a strategic consultant, with clients including major media groups, trade associations, a global pharmaceuticals company, financial institutions and small businesses.
Small earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Southern Illinois University. A guitar enthusiast, he enjoys performing in rock/blues bands.
Branded Content Manager
Julia is a branded content strategist and innovative project manager who is leading a combined initiative focused on branded content for the Local Media Association, Local Media Consortium, and the Facebook Journalism Project. A former Gray Television executive with extensive branded content experience, Campbell is leading a group of 29 broadcasters, print, and digital publishers who are testing out promising business models. The ultimate goal is to report back to the industry and provide playbooks that publishers can use to succeed and grow revenue in their local markets.
Campbell spent nearly a decade at Gray Television, previously as vice president of media systems, where she created MomsEveryday, an award-winning television, digital, social and OTT branded content initiative focused on helping local businesses connect with families across the country while creating profitability for the TV stations. In addition to extensive branding experience, Campbell is familiar with the challenges and opportunities of local news, having served in director and editor positions at a number of local and national TV stations, including CNN. Her media career has crossed through some of the smallest of markets, like Casper, Wyoming, to some of the largest such as Atlanta. Campbell earned her bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.
The Branded Content Project
With over three decades of marketing experience, Peter Lamb has worked with some of the world’s largest media companies and helped orchestrate some of their most impressive successes. As a strategy consultant Peter transforms media companies to make them more efficient, more competitive, and more profitable. For Peter’s clients, this entails an unprecedented focus on NEW-NEW revenue, an approach that targets customers that have never used the client’s products or services.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Peter Lamb went on to become an internationally-known tennis star, competing at both Wimbledon and the US Open between 1975 and 1982. He earned an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Peter then set about doing marketing work for big names like IBM and Harte Hanks Communications until 1991, when he founded Lamb Consulting and began harnessing his unique and proven approach to marketing and business to guide publications all over the world.
Since the inception of Lamb Consulting, Peter has worked with an extensive list of clients that span the globe. He has consulted with El Clasificado, the largest weekly Spanish-language publication in the US, the Wall Street Journal, Google and Facebook. He has also advised the Black Press Media Group in Canada, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Star-Metroland Media. From Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Hungary, Great Britain, and Singapore to Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York— Peter has helped transform publications and empower them to become more effective and profitable. His speaking engagements, seminars and webinars have been endorsed by many national/international media events, including the WAN-IFRA World Newspaper Congress, International Classified Marketing Association, Local Media Association, and more.
When Peter isn’t busy transforming businesses, he spends his time with his family and enjoying the outdoors. He’s an avid reader and finds his inspiration from the stories of athletes, entertainers, and world figures that have overcome difficult circumstances to achieve something great.