David Arkin is the Chief Content Officer for the Local Media Association. His experience spans nearly 20 years as an editor and content executive developing high-quality journalism and building transformative digital strategies.
For LMA, Arkin is launching and will run the organization’s Chief Content Club, a group of audience development and news managers who learn about key content and audience development trends. He also runs LMA’s content training program, content consulting service and works on news partnerships with Facebook and Google. He oversees the organization’s website and social media accounts.
For the past year he served as Chief Content Officer for Community Impact Newspaper, where he oversaw content operations and strategy, for both print and digital, for the company’s 22-hyper-local newspapers, with distribution of 1.7 million in Austin, Dallas and Houston. His efforts led to several national journalism awards for the company.
Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for Product & Development for GateHouse Media, a position he held for almost five years. His total tenure with GateHouse was nearly 10 years. During that time, he built and successfully scaled the Center for News & Design, and hired 275 people to provide original content, page design, digital development services and training. He also led the company’s content strategies and developed successful social media, video and digital storytelling strategies. In his last year, he overhauled the user experience and design of GateHouse’s 500 websites.
He was the LMA Digital News Innovator of the Year in 2015 and has served on the Local Media Foundation board of directors for the past five years, most recently as First Vice President. He also previously was a member of the Associated Press Media Editors board of directors.