Chief Digital Officer David Payne: Gannett Breaks New Ground by Revamping USA Today’s Digital Platform (VIDEO)

David Payne: SVP & CDO at Gannett Co. Inc.

David Payne: SVP & CDO at Gannett Co. Inc.

“Innovation only happens if you are pissed off…it has to be driven by a passion for fixing something.”

That’s the view of David Payne, SVP and Chief Digital Officer at Gannett Company, explaining what spurred him to take on the risk of completely revamping USA Today’s digital presence.

Payne talked about that overhaul, as well as a range of issues facing the digital media industry, as a keynote speaker at the inaugural Chief Digital Officer Summit at Thomson Reuters World headquarters in New York City in February 2013.

A one-on-one conversation was moderated between Payne and Riley McDonough, former SVP/GM Americas, Consumer Publishing, Thomson Reuters.

What we did, Payne said, “was scary for a lot of people.” But after determining that the current business models for digital journalism were.....

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  • Robert Stack

    Fascinating to see how newspapers and magazines are revamping their digital platform to insure they are relevant in the delivery of content to the readers they serve.

  • Elizabeth Bryan

    Truly amazing and innovative. Kudos to David Payne for getting mad enough to make huge change. That is the HEART of what needs to happen with many of our world issues and we should all be taking David’s cue.

    • Robert Berkman

      Thanks for the note Elizabeth. I got the sense that a lot of his colleagues in the audience were inspired by the risk he took–and they let him know that they admired him for taking those bold steps.


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