Research to unlock answers. Strategies to succeed.

CJ&N is a media market research company serving news and information content providers.



Never before have media habits changed so quickly. You need more insight. We have cutting-edge solutions. CJ&N’s research creativity and precision allows you to make confident decisions.


A whole team of experts in your corner. Deeply involved in your strategy and invested in your success. From product development to training, our team is always working on your behalf.

Digital Media Consultation

The future has never been closer. Our experience helps you see it first. Allowing you to focus on the best opportunities to get consumers engaged with your content. Social, mobile, apps? Yes, we do that.

Talent Development

Your people are what makes the difference. Our talent coaching takes your best and makes them better. Decades of experience in training successful communicators, including some of the biggest names in the media business.

Constantly connected and continuously searching for the latest and greatest content – that’s today’s news and information consumer. Suddenly the game has changed and the competition goes far beyond the guys across the street.  CJ&N can help you stand out in today’s crowded and fast-paced environment.

Recent Posts . . .

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International News Hits Close To Home – But Local Stations Don’t

November 16th, 2015|0 Comments

The attacks in Paris really hit home for me this weekend – as they have for many Americans. And so has the disappointing local TV coverage of this huge international […]

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Paris and Your Local News Digital Products

November 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I have unrealistic expectations … that stations take on their digital products in an aggressive, relevant and meaningful way.  But after all, it is the future (and […]

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November 4th, 2015|0 Comments

The GM woke up from a nightmare. In a cold sweat, all he/she could think about was something from the nightmare, when the network affiliate relations representative said on the […]

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If Your Apps are an Afterthought, Rethink Your Priorities

October 27th, 2015|0 Comments

What’s the first touch point for your brand on a daily basis?  For increasing numbers of local television stations, that answer is “an app.”  More than many newscasts and probably way more than your website, […]

CJ&N helps news and content providers succeed in a constantly connected world.

About Us

John Altenbern

John Altenbern


John Altenbern, MBA

John has more than 40 years’ experience in the television and media industry.

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Michael Anderson

Mike Anderson

Director of Communications

Mike Anderson, MA

As CJ&N’s Communications Director, Mike is constantly in motion.

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Steve Doerr

Steve Doerr

Vice President of Client Development and Senior Consultant

Steve Doerr

The brand is everything. Steve has built some of the most distinctive brands in local media because of his sharp focus on becoming distinctive.

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Eldon Hale

Elden Hale

Senior Consultant

Elden Hale

You can’t beat the experience of a guy who has guided and managed number one television stations and media groups for decades.

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Laura Hernández

Laura Hernandez

Senior Consultant, Talent Coach

Laura Hernandez

You couldn’t ask for a better teacher. Hundreds of communications professionals have benefited from Laura’s coaching –

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Mary Beth Marks

Vice President Research

Mary Beth Marks, PhD.

Who else would wake up in the middle of the night because a research idea popped into her head?

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Bruce Northcott

Bruce Northcott

Principal Founder

Bruce Northcott

As one of CJ&N’s founders Bruce has seen it all. And that’s why his wise counsel and insight continues to be invaluable.

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Donna Petersen

Marketing Consultant

Donna Petersen, MBA

Success takes discipline. In a media world that seems to change every day, Donna provides clients with a clear sense of marketing direction.

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Steve Schwaid

Steve Schwaid

Vice President Digital Strategies

Steve Schwaid

In today’s digital environment, content creators must stay focused. How do you get out in front of trends instead of chase last year’s idea?

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David Tressel

David Tressel

Senior Marketing Consultant

David Tressel

Sometimes you just need a shot of creativity in your marketing efforts. That’s where Dave comes in.

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David Voelker

Dave Voelker

Senior Research Analyst

Dave Voelker, PhD.

What do you get when you take a statistics whiz and expose him to the media industry?

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