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May 30 2013


More details on ‘news:rewired plus’ training days on 19 September

Image by Mark Hakansson

Image by Mark Hakansson

Did you know that you can sign up to attend a one-day intensive workshop the day before news:rewired?

The next news:rewired digital journalism conference is on 20 September. We also offer a ‘news:rewired plus‘ option so that you can attend one of three one-day training workshops the day before the conference, on Thursday 19 September.

If you are coming from overseas and want to make the most of your time in the UK, or if you just want to learn a new skill, signing up for a one-day course will allow you to really get to grips with one of the subjects on offer.

There are three news:rewired plus one-day workshops to choose from. If you are a regular at news:rewired you will recognise some or all of the trainers. They have all been involved with the event in the past, for example both Luke and Glen delivered workshops at our last event in April. We have invited them to lead one-day courses based both on their expertise in the field and the positive feedback from news:rewired delegates.

The three options are below. Click the links for full details.

Luke-LewisCreating a buzz: How to grow active social media communities. This course is led by Luke Lewis, editor of BuzzFeed UK.
Glen_Mulcahy-MAbigMobile journalism: How to create quality video and audio on an iPhone and iPad. This course is led by Glen Mulcahy, innovation lead at Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE.
Kathryn Corrick headshotIntroduction to open data for journalists: finding stories in data. This course is led by Kathryn Corrick from the Open Data Institute.



The first 50 news:rewired tickets (whether standard or ‘plus’), are available at an early bird discount rate. We only have a few left – so hurry!

This means early bird news:rewired plus tickets cost £280 (+VAT), while standard, conference-only news:rewired tickets cost £95 (+VAT). Tickets include lunch, refreshments and after-event drinks on the day of the conference.

The earlybird discount will only apply to the first 50 tickets sold, or until the end of Friday (31 May), whichever comes first. After this point standard tickets will rise to £130 (+VAT) and ‘news:rewired plus’ tickets will rise to £310 (+VAT).

You can buy standard conference tickets at this link. If you select a news:rewired PLUS ticket Journalism.co.uk will contact you to confirm which training course you would like to attend on the Thursday (19 September) and provide further details.

May 22 2013


LinkedIn to run workshop for journalists at news:rewired

Image by Nan Palmero on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Image by Nan Palmero on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The next news:rewired digital journalism conference, which takes place on Friday 20 September, will cover a range of subjects, including breaking news, verification, mapping and online video.

The agenda will also offer a variation of session styles, from panel discussions and case-study presentations, to more practical workshops.

One of the workshops which will be on offer to delegates at the event will focus on LinkedIn, giving delegates a run-through of the different features available to help them in their news.

The workshop will be run by:

Richard George headshot

Richard George, corporate communications manager, EMEA, LinkedIn

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Darain Faraz, communications manager, LinkedIn




The workshop will help journalists:

Find out how the world’s largest professional network can power your reporting: from finding expert comment and keeping up-to-date with the organisation on your beat, to establishing your own professional identity and driving traffic for your stories.

Other workshops running at news:rewired will include one dedicated to verification tools and techniques, run by Storyful’s Claire Wardle, and another detailing some of the key mapping tools for journalists working on data visualisations, run by data editor for the Guardian, James Ball.

Here is more on the initial agenda and speaker details announced earlier this week. We will have more details to share soon.

For those interested in attending, just a reminder that there is not a lot of time remaining to secure the limited early bird discount tickets we have available for just £95 (+VAT).

We only put 50 of these on sale and and many have already gone. Once all 50 have sold, or by the end of Friday 31 May, whichever comes first, ticket prices will rise to the standard price of £130 (+VAT).

‘news:rewired plus’ option:

As well as the discounted conference-only ticket (for £95 +VAT) there is also the option of a ‘news:rewired plus’ ticket, at an early bird discount rate of £280 +VAT, which gives entry to news:rewired on Friday 20 September as well as access to a Journalism.co.uk training course the day before (Thursday 19 September).

Delegates can choose from the three training courses below, to attend on the Thursday:

Courses are run subject to demand and spaces are limited, so buy now to avoid disappointment.

‘news:rewired plus’ tickets are already available to buy at this link at the early bird discounted rate. Once the first 50 early bird tickets have been sold, or by the end of Friday 31 May, whichever comes first, the ticket price will rise to £310 +VAT. When you book a ‘news:rewired plus’ ticket a member of the Journalism.co.uk team will contact you via email to confirm which course you would like to attend.

April 09 2013


10 reasons you should attend journalism conference news:rewired

Next Friday (19 April) 35 speakers and more than 200 journalists and other media professionals will come together for news:rewired, a digital journalism conference.

This is the ninth news:rewired conference and is being held at MSN HQ in London, (near Victoria station). It is organised by Journalism.co.uk, a site reporting on innovations in digital journalism.

Here are 10 reasons you should be one of the 250 people attending (and hurry, we don’t have many tickets left and the event always sells out). Here’s the link to buy a ticket.

1. To learn about tools to help you do your job as a journalist

We have Vadim Lavrusik, journalist programme manager for Facebook coming over from the US to lead a practical keynote session in Facebook tools for journalists. Before joining Facebook, Vadim worked at Mashable and the New York Times.

Madhav Chinnappa and Stephen Rosenthal from Google will lead a Google tools masterclass. You can learn how to get your content on the Google Currents app and how to use various free tools.

You can learn how to use Popcorn Maker, a tool for creating web-native video.

2. To hear about developments that have taken place in digital journalism so far in 2013

That includes the release of Vizibee, a video network app for journalists, and the launch of BuzzFeed UK. We have Luke Lewis, editor of BuzzFeed UK leading a workshop on growing a social media communities. The lightning round will highlight a few other new projects and businesses too and there will be an announcement at the event from ipadio.

3. To hear speakers travelling from the US and elsewhere

We have speakers travelling from far and wide for the event. This is a rare opportunity to hear from Vadim Lavrusik from Facebook, from Cory Haik from the Washington Post and from ProPublica’s Blair Hickman.

We also have speakers from ScribbleLive (Canada), Newsmodo (Australia), Scoopshot (Finland) and the Mozilla Foundation (Italy).

4. To hear from key news outlets

We have speakers from Washington Post, ProPublica, Huffington Post UK, BuzzFeed UK, the Financial Times, Guardian, the Economist, CNN, Trinity Mirror Regionals, RTE, Channel 4 News, BMJ and The Next Web.

5. To attend practical sessions and hear case studies

The sessions are highly practical and case-study led so that by the end of the day you will have a Twitter stream, notebook, or memos on your phone or tablet filled with ideas shared during the day.

You can hear about sources of government data, how the BMJ is doing in-depth investigations, how the Washington Post is approaching curation, how ProPublica, CNN iReport and Trinity Mirror regionals are encouraging community participation, and you will get chance to ask questions and take part in a debate about standards and best practice in making corrections online, communicating on social media and linking to sources.

6. For ideas on making digital journalism pay

There will also be a Q&A session with three people who have launched journalism start-ups. It’s a chance for you to find out how they are making money and lessons learnt along the way. This could be a useful resource for anyone thinking of starting their own project or looking for ideas for new revenue streams for a news outlet.

7. For ideas for low and zero budgets

Each session is designed to include ideas for news outlets of all sizes and all budgets. If you work in a small newsroom without a dedicated social media team, without data journalists and developers, you will leave the event with just as many ideas as the people attending who work for larger outlets.

8. It’s also about the conversations

Attending conferences is not just about hearing case studies that give you ideas for your own projects and practical tips and tools, it is also about the conversations you have during coffee breaks and over our after-event drinks. Fellow delegates can also inspire ideas and spark new connections, which can then lead to partnerships and even job opportunities.

You might want to take a look at the delegate list to see who’s coming (most, but not all, delegates are included on the list).

9. It’s just £130

Not bad for hearing from 35 speakers, attending seven sessions (there are 11 sessions in total, with two streams running in parallel at various points in the day). The price also includes lunch and networking drinks.

10. Don’t just take our word for it

Here are a few things previous delegates have said about the event:

“Spend a day at news:rewired, then go back and wow your colleagues with your new found technical expertise,” Janet Snell, RCN Publishing.

“The combination of speakers from the cutting edge of journalism and an assembly of people driven to be at the cutting edge makes news:rewired the most electric gathering of journalists in Europe. A must-attend,” Markham Nolan, Storyful

“A conference that invests in talking about the future of journalism and social media, rather than simply reacting to changes in practice after they’ve already happened,” Richard Moynihan, Metro

The speaker list is here, the agenda is here, and you can buy tickets here.

April 08 2013


#newsrw final session to discuss digital journalism ethics and standards

Journalism.co.uk’s one-day digital journalism conference news:rewired, which takes place later this month on Friday 19 April, will close with a joint discussion session looking at ethics and standards in online journalism, from social media etiquette to linking policies and online corrections.

The session will feature a panel of digital journalists who will share their advice and tips on best practice online:

  • Tom Standage, digital editor, the Economist
  • Jenny Rigby, social media and special projects producer, Channel 4 News
  • Sean Ingle, sports editor, Guardian.co.uk
  • Martin Bryant, managing editor, The Next Web

The session will be driven by discussion between the panel members and the audience.

The full agenda for the conference, which is being held at MSN UK’s offices in Victoria, London, is available online, and there are still tickets left for those who would like to attend on the day.

Tickets cost just £130+VAT and include lunch and refreshments during the day and networking drinks after the event. The conference usually sells out, so buy tickets now to avoid disappointment.

For those interested in an additional day, we also offer ‘news:rewired plus’ tickets for just £310, which include both a ticket to the news:rewired conference on Friday 19 April and a day of intensive training in either advanced online research or data visualisation the day before, Thursday 18 April. Space on these training courses is limited, so book now to secure a place.

April 04 2013


Announcing Scoopshot as latest sponsor of news:rewired


We’re pleased to announce Scoopshot as the latest sponsor of news:rewired, which takes place on Friday 19 April.

The one-day digital journalism conference will be held at MSN UK’s offices in Victoria, London.

Scoopshot helps news outlets gather images and video from users who can submit content and state the cost to use it. Media companies can also set “tasks” to request specific content via its mobile app.

Chief executive of Scoopshot Niko Ruokosuo will join the participatory communities session panel at news:rewired. The session will look at engagement with news communities and developing contributory networks.

“Scoopshot looks forward to sharing with the news:rewired audience how a community of a quarter of a million mobile contributors can be used to get instant, unique and authentic image content about anything from anywhere in the world,” the company said.

The rest of the panel includes Blair Hickman, social media producer at ProPublica, Jo Kelly, communities editor for Trinity Mirror regionals and Sarah Brown, a producer at CNN iReport.

The full agenda can be found online, and there is still time to join us on the day. The remaining tickets can be bought at this link for just £130 +VAT each.

April 02 2013


A closer look at who is coming to news:rewired on Friday 19 April

With most of the tickets for digital journalism conference news:rewired now sold, we’ve taken a look at which organisations delegates are coming from. The list includes local, national and international news outlets, universities, PR agencies and technology firms, as well as a number of freelance journalists. See the Wordle below for a visualisation of the delegate list by company or organisation:

Delegate company wordle April 2013

A list of most of the delegates who will be attending on the day can be found here. There are still some tickets available for just £130 +VAT, which can be purchased at this link.

The agenda and speakers list can also be found on the event website. The speakers list includes digital journalism experts from outlets including Facebook, Google, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Channel 4 News, Huffington Post UK, CNN iReport, ProPublica and many more.

September 05 2012


Announcing Desk-Net as the first sponsor of news:rewired – digital stories

We are pleased to announce that Desk-Net is the first sponsor of news:rewired – digital stories, Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism conference.

The one-day event, which takes place on Thursday 6 December at MSN UK’s offices in Victoria, will be focused on the latest innovations in the digital news industry, providing reporters with practical lessons and industry specialists with case studies and valuable insights.

Desk-Net is a web-based newsroom management tool that supports journalists in managing the news list and in related editorial decision processes.

Its existing customers also use Desk-Net to co-ordinate all editorially-relevant events and to assign reporters, photographers and other users to tasks. Users can collaborate across any number of publication channels, even across newsroom and company borders.

Matthias Kretschmer, founder and chief executive of Desk-Net, said:

In an ever more networked world Desk-Net helps our customers with keeping editorial quality high while improving operational efficiency across publication channels and newsrooms.

Desk-Net is the market-leading newsroom management tool in the German-speaking area, and is rapidly gaining news outlets as customers in other European countries. Newsrooms with editorial teams ranging from 10 to 860 people use Desk-Net.

August 07 2012


First speaker and session details for news:rewired, Thursday 6 December

We’re pleased to announce the first speaker and session details for the next news:rewired, taking place on Thursday 6 December.

news:rewired will bring together key digital journalism experts and innovators for a day of sessions, workshops, debates and discussion, geared towards equipping you with knowledge of the latest techniques and tools for producing top-notch digital journalism, as well as offering insight into some of the innovative projects evolving within today’s newsrooms – and outside of them.

Here are just some of the session and workshop topics that will be covered at the one-day conference:

  • a look at the key digital lessons learned by news outlets in 2012
  • the opportunities for long-form, in-depth journalism on digital platforms
  • collecting social conversations on networked platforms
  • ideas on how to measure success and make money in the coming year
  • tips for effective audio storytelling
  • reporting in real-time and best practice in liveblogging
  • top tips for Twitter reporting strategy

Sessions will range from panels offering presentations and discussion around certain topics, and more workshop-style sessions, offering demonstrations and practical guides to digital tools.

Speakers already confirmed include:

  • Bobbie Johnson, co-founder of Matter and European editor of GigaOm
  • Alex Miller, executive editor of VICE UK
  • Nate Lanxon, editor of Wired.co.uk
  • Google+ (speaker to be confirmed)

We will be announcing more session and speaker details very soon; keep an eye on www.newsrewired.com for regular updates.

At December’s event we want to make sure delegates get to hear about as many of the tools and platforms which have launched in the past year as possible, and offer the chance to meet those behind the technology.

So this time we’re also looking to include a ‘lightning round‘ of 90-second thought provokers. Let us know if you’d like to suggest anyone to take part in this (feel free to nominate yourself) and we will select around six projects to hear about on the day. We are particularly keen to make sure this gives young innovators in the journalism industry a chance to showcase their work.


  • Thursday 6 December at MSN UK, Cardinal Place, Victoria, London.

There are two ticketing options for news:rewired this time round.

news:rewired: Delegates can purchase a ticket for the one-day conference at the earlybird discount rate of £95 (+VAT) for a limited time. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided at the day-long event, as well as networking drinks afterwards.

news:rewired PLUS: With this new option delegates can instead purchase one of our news:rewired PLUS tickets, which includes both a day’s intensive training on the Wednesday (5 December) and the day-long conference on the Thursday (6 December).

With the news:rewired PLUS ticket delegates can choose one of the three options below for the day of intensive training (the links below give an idea of the content of each course – the dates mentioned on the pages linked to are not part of news:rewired PLUS, this is only available on Wednesday 5 December):

- Introduction to data journalism, run by Paul Bradshaw

- Online media law, run by David Banks

- Advanced online research skills, run by Colin Meek

news:rewired PLUS tickets are also available at an earlybird discount rate of £280 (+VAT).

There will only be 50 tickets (including news:rewired and news:rewired PLUS tickets) available at the discounted rate.

We’ve already sold a third of these and the discount will only apply until 31 August. After this date or once all the tickets have been sold, whichever comes first, the news:rewired ticket price will rise to £130 (+VAT) and the news:rewired PLUS ticket price will rise to £310 (+VAT).

You can buy either of these tickets at this link. If you select a news:rewired PLUS ticket we will contact you to confirm which training course you would like to attend on the Wednesday and provide further details. Space on these training courses will be limited and running of them will be subject to demand.

If you have already booked a ticket for news:rewired and would like to upgrade to a news:rewired PLUS ticket contact Journalism.co.uk editor Rachel McAthy via email.

July 25 2012


Presentation: Tools for visual storytelling workshop by @Coneee

During news:rewired – full stream ahead on Friday (13 July), Conrad Quilty-Harper, interactive news editor at the Telegraph, ran a workshop on tools for visual storytelling.

Here is a copy of his presentation:

February 03 2012


#newsrw – Laura Kuenssberg: ‘If you wouldn’t say it on air, don’t tweet it’

Who owns your Twitter followers? Do you? Does the company you work for?

That was a key discussion point at the final session of news:rewired – media in motion. The debate centered on how different news organisations set social media standards. Panelists were: Laura Kuenssberg, business editor with ITV News; Neal Mann, digital news editor for Sky News; Katherine Haddon, head of online with English, AFP; and Tom McArthur, UK editor of Breakingnews.com.

The question was raised when Kuenssberg mentioned leaving her former employer, the BBC. Like her current Twitter handle (@ITVLauraK), her previous one referenced the BBC. The following issue arose: Could Kuenssberg take her followers with her or were they the BBC’s?

“Can someone own your followers?” Kuenssberg asked. “Unlike an email or a tape or a written page, you can’t take your followers. It’s their call. … They’re not property in the same way something else would classically be property.”

The debate also turned to the subject of Twitter guidelines. The panel generally agreed that if you wouldn’t say it on air, don’t tweet it, a point Laura Kuenssberg introduced.

“If you’re not happy about saying it on air or on a talk show … then really you shouldn’t be putting it on social media,” Mann added.

The same also applies to discussing rumours on social media. Kuenssberg, Mann and McArthur all suggested simply telling readers if something was or was not confirmed by your media organisation.

Haddon explained that employees at AFP aren’t allowed to tweet breaking news – as that is the product the agency sells.

“You can say to people, ‘we’re hearing reports of x, we don’t know what it really means but it sounds like it might be really big and we’re doing everything we can to find out for you’. That’s OK. People can cope with it,” Kuenssberg said.


#newsrw: Interactive publications and multi-platform publishing

Editor-in-chief of iPad and tablet editions at Future Publishing Mike Goldsmith told news:rewired – media in motion today how interactive versions of publications are the future of multi-platform publishing.

He said they were “sexy” but “expensive” and would need some thought if they were going to be available across multiple devices. He also noted a particular difficulty with the fact that they have not been done before.

According to Goldsmith, interactive versions are “perfect” for the iOS experience and have proved to be popular with consumers. However, he did admit that they do not necessarily command a higher price point than the more basic digital replicas that some publications have opted for with their iPad and tablet apps.

Both have challenges, expense and unknown but there are new readers waiting.

He went on to warn of readers’ expectations with interactive apps. He said a HD edition means that readers expect HD content and there’s no point in having an expensive app if the content does not give the same quality.

Goldsmith noted how clearly readers are in control now with reviews on the App Store affecting whether the digital editions do well. He added that due to this a digital replica version of publications cannot be a long term solution for larger brands as readers begin to have higher expectations.


#newsrw: What’s the best time to tweet and post to Facebook?

The social media optimisation panel at news:rewired – media in motion tackled the ongoing issue facing every media outlet that uses social media: How do you use it effectively to reach your audience?

The panelists were: Nate Lanxon, editor, Wired.co.uk@NateLanxonChris Hamilton, social media editor at BBC News; Martin Belam, the Guardian’s user experience lead; and Darren Waters, head of devices and social media at MSN UK.

Using social media “effectively” can mean different things depending on the organisation. For the Guardian, that meant creating its own Facebook app, which launched in September and already has almost 60 million users. More than half of the almost 6 million users of the Guardian’s Facebook app are under 24, Belam said.

“We’re not going to attract a new, young audience with a print product,” Belam told the audience.

MSN UK and BBC News both have Facebook pages and numerous Twitter accounts. The staff at Wired UK, for example, use their Facebook page to share what’s going on at the office.

“We’re making Facebook a kind of behind-the-scenes fan club,” said Lanxon, the site’s editor. “We don’t get a huge amount of traffic from our Facebook fan page. That’s not the focus for us. What people love to do on Wired’s Facebook page is to get a look at behind the scenes stuff.”

And wondering when’s the best time to post to Facebook? According to Lanxon, these times are best:

  • First thing in the morning when you get into the office;
  • Lunch time;
  • 3 p.m.;
  • Between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

#newsrw: What are newsgames and how do you use them?

The idea of using news in a video game is a relatively new and unfamiliar concept to many news editors. Many may not have even heard of newsgames.

So, let’s start with the basics: What exactly is a newsgame and how could it possibly apply to journalism?

In the newsgame session at news:rewired – media in motion, panelist Bobby Schweizer, a doctoral student at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Newsgames: Journalism at Play, addressed those questions.

“Don’t be afraid of experimenting and of trying something new,” he said. “The payoff just might be good journalism.”

Schweizer’s definition of a newsgame is any application of journalism in videogame form. It can fall into one of seven categories: current events; infographics; documentaries; puzzles; teaching literacy; community engagement; and plaforms for games.

Schweizer also laid out eight different uses of newsgames. They can be used to:

  1. Editorialize;
  2. Raise awareness about specific events and what happened;
  3. Simulate dynamics;
  4. Model issues;
  5. Recreate events;
  6. Teach;
  7. Portray experiences;
  8. Turn stories into systems.

Schweizer used many different newsgame examples to illustrate how the games worked. One, called “los 33,” has the user save the Chilean miners who were stuck underground – one by one. Schweizer said it took him eight long minutes to finish the game and made him realize more clearly how the Chilean miner rescue was more than just great visuals.

“It was a laborious slog,” he said. “Eight minutes of having to do that gets at that kind of idea.”


LIVE: The debate – Setting social media standards

In a final debate, delegates are encouraged to discuss with a panel of key industry figures the issue of setting social media standards.

With: Laura Kuenssberg, business editor, ITV News; Neal Mann, digital news editor, Sky News; Katherine Haddon, head of online, English, AFP; and Tom McArthur, UK editor, breakingnews.com.


Mann: “Journalists should be the anchors in the rumour storm.”

Previously ITV, BBC, Sky would never report on rumours, but now we report that there are reports of rioting, for example, but when we knock something down and disprove it, we report that too.


Neal Mann is talking about how usage of social media has expanded since 2008. It became obvious that it needed to be used as a news gathering tool, but problems arose as there were no guidelines.

Kuenssberg and Mann both adhere to the policy: “If you wouldn’t say it on air, don’t post it to Twitter.”


We’re getting into the last session of today. It’s going to be more of a debate and discussion, so tweet questions to @newsrewired.

The panellists are: Laura Kuenssberg, business editor, ITV News, @ITVLauraKNeal Mann, digital news editor, Sky News, @fieldproducerKatherine Haddon, head of online, English, AFP, @khaddonTom McArthur, UK editor, Breakingnews.com, @TomMcArthur.

Moderated by Kevin Anderson, journalist and digital strategist,@kevglobal.


#newsrw: ‘Content is King’ for online video

Most news organisations shy away from the “talking head” video, afraid it won’t engage viewers. Not at the Financial Times.

“If I’m honest, our bread and butter is the ‘talking head’”,  said Josh de la Mare, editor of video at the Financial Times, a panelist on the online video panel at news:rewired – media in motion. “The FT audience is quite strange in that sense. I’m quite surprised myself.”

de la Mare was one of four panelists who shared their expertise on online video, including David Dunkley Gyimah, a video journalist, academic and consultant;  John Domokos, video producer for the Guardian; and Christian Heilmann of Mozilla.

Each shared a different view on video, from the Guardian using reader-submitted videos to the Financial Times talking head videos to Gyimah referring to all news video as cinema. One thing the panel all agreed on is that video will only work if your audience is interested in the content.

“Something needs to be happening for it to be good video,” said Domokos.

“If it’s compelling, they will watch,” Gyimah concurred.

Heilmann suggested video professionals should work on making content interactive by using tools such as HTML5 or Mozilla Popcorn. Different open source technologies like these can allow the audience to add live tweets to a politician’s speech or change an iconic scene from a beloved film. He advocated that “video on the web should use the web”.

“We have a great opportunity to make this engaging, read-write media really work and right now we don’t,” Heilmann said. “We should, as professionals, take that over.”


LIVE: Session 3A – Newsgames

Incorporating gaming mechanics into the storytelling process is a good way to engage readers and help them to understand a news event. This session will hear from experts in this field on how newsrooms can use gaming mechanics, from a basic level – open to those with a limited time and budget – to more advanced video-game styles. The speakers will discuss what type of stories this format is best suited to.

With: Bobby Schweizer, doctoral student at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Newsgames: journalism at play; Shannon Perkins, editor of interactive technologies, Wired.com; Al Trivino, director of innovation at News International; and Alastair Dant, interactive lead at the Guardian.


Newsgames editorialise, and can raise awareness.

Games based on real events like the Hudson river crash, raise awareness and engage readers in a new way.


Bobby Schweizer is opening the session, and poses the question, “what is a news game?”

Current events games, and infographics that allow you explore data are two examples.


LIVE: Session 3B – Multiplatform strategies

News outlets rarely publish on one platform in today’s media market and so when it comes to forming a publishing strategy they need to be aware of the opportunities of each platform, from smartphone and iPad to the Kindle and desktop computer screen. This session will look at the importance of building an effective multiplatform strategy and making the best of content across different devices.

With: Mike Goldsmith, editor-in-chief of iPad and tablet editions, Future Publishing; Douglas Arellanes, technologist, consultant and the director of clients and services, Sourcefabric; Ron Diorio, vice-president of product and community development, Economist.com; and Lucia Adams, web development editor, the Times.


We’re about to kick off on multiplatform strategy. Hope the wifi holds out!


#newsrw: Three pieces of advice for mobile reporting from Sky’s Nick Martin

Sky News correspondent Nick Martin gave three pieces of advice to those looking to get into mobile reporting at news:rewired – media in motion.

He identified how essential it is that journalists are engaging in mobile reporting and shared some of his experiences reporting from various stories using just an iPhone, including the London Riots.

Nick Martin also highlighted the importance of investigating accessories that can be added to enhance the quality of video and sound. One example he showed was an adapter to be able to plug in an XLR cable to record high quality audio.

Martin’s one big piece of advice is to practise. The key to getting better with mobile reporting is to “take the rough with the smooth”.

He also advised beginners not to panic. While it can seem daunting at times, Martin showcased examples where there was no choice but for reporters to get involved with recording video from their mobiles, such as when reporting from numerous locations on one story with only one cameraman. Martin told a story of how he was covering the deportation of two buses of illegal immigrants in America with one cameraman. They each went on one bus and it was his bus that gave the more interesting story – “like a scene from Scarface”. Martin was left with no choice but to use his iphone footage.

Martin’s final piece of advice was to use mobile reporting only when it was appropriate. He said it is not worth setting up a tripod and XLR cables for an iPhone when the cameraman is just five minutes away and time could be much better spent working out the story and what has happened.


#newsrw: Ten facts and figures learnt in the paid-for content models session

One of the sessions at news:rewired – media in motion looked at paid-for content models, tackling the question of how to make money to pay for digital journalism.

The panellists were: François Nel, researcher, academic and consultant on newsroom and digital business innovation; Tom Standage, digital editor, the Economist; Chris Newell, founder, ImpulsePay; Alex Watson, head of app development, Dennis Publishing

Here are 10 facts and figures from the session:

1. Dennis Publishing has had 3.5 million app downloads since the launch off Apple’s Newsstand on 12 October, Alex Watson told news:rewired delegates.

2. Since the launch of Newsstand, purchases within the App Store have generated $400,000 for Dennis Publishing, publisher of The Week magazine. That is the figure after paying Apple’s 30 per cent cut and VAT.

3. A typical Dennis Publishing page-turning PDF app generated 47,000 app downloads between October and February, resulting in $16,000 of revenue. Richer iPad apps with video, for example, generated 53,000 app downloads and $100,000 in revenue.

4. Tom Standage: The Economist “is looking at creating an HTML5 web app” that can be used across devices.

5. “What we sell is the feeling of being informed when you get to the end of it,” said Tom Standage, digital editor of the Economist.

6. 300,000 out of the Economist’s one million print subscribers are using the Economist’s apps.

7. In two years more than 70 per cent of subscribers to the Economist expect to be reading the publication digitally.

8. 77 per cent of digital subscribers to the Economist are new readers, said Tom Standage.

9. Chris Newell: 90 per cent people complete transactions with PayForIt, a mobile payment system. That compares with 50 per cent when asked to pay by PayPal.

10. François Nel looked at the Daily Mail versus Guardian, two leading titles with two different approaches.

The Daily Mail has experienced one of lowest declines in print circulation, while online has seen a “meteoric rise” of 60 per cent year-on-year. The Mail has focused on its website, not on offering lots of different digital platforms.

The Guardian, meanwhile, has seen a 14 per cent decline in print while offering content on many different digital platforms.

The difference between the Daily Mail and Guardian is that the Mail uses “digital channels to supplement” print; the Guardian, with its many digital platforms, offers a “substitute for print”, François Nel said.


PHOTOS: Slideshow of news:rewired – media in motion

Here are photos from news:rewired – media in motion, a conference on the latest trends in digital journalism.

Photos by Mark Hakansson.

Created with flickr slideshow.

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