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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.

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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.

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.

April 25 2012


Latest on news:rewired – full stream ahead: First speakers announced

Speakers on the final panel at our last event, news:rewired – media in motion

We’re pleased to announce more details about our next digital journalism conference, news:rewired – full stream ahead.

The one-day event will bring together key digital journalism experts for a day of sessions and workshops, focused on the latest tools, techniques and tips on how to produce the best journalism online and make it earn its keep, with innovative case studies from the industry.

Today we’re announcing some of the speakers who will be taking part on the day (Friday 13 July).

Jo Geary, digital development editor, the Guardian

Mark Johnson, community editor, the Economist

Craig Silverman, founder, Regret the Error (now published on Poynter)

Conrad Quilty-Harper, interactive news editor, the Telegraph

Jason Mills, editor of web development, ITV News

Luke Lewis, editor, NME.com

Paul Bradshaw, visiting professor in online journalism at City University London and Course Leader of the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. Paul is also publisher of the Online Journalism Blog and founder of Help Me Investigate.

Sessions at the one-day conference will cover:

  • how to work with and maximise engaged communities across platforms
  • the latest developments in mobile news publishing and how best to exploit portable platforms
  • the array of social media platforms at a journalist’s disposal, beyond (and including) Twitter and Facebook
  • advice on handling rumour online and the recommended verification and correction processes
  • money matters – the latest approaches to making money from news online and what users are prepared to offer in exchange for content
  • how the ‘live stream’ approach to digital news reporting and live social feeds are being built into traditional news output

You can book tickets here for just £95 (+VAT) but be quick, 70 per cent of the early-bird tickets have already gone.

There are just 50 early-bird tickets available in total, which we will sell until Monday 14 May at a discounted rate of £95 (+VAT). After this date, or once all 50 tickets have been bought (whichever comes first), ticket prices will rise to £130 (+VAT).Tickets can be purchased at this link and will include lunch, refreshments and after event drinks on the day.

For more information about tickets and availability email ed[at]journalism.co.uk.

For sponsorship/advertising queries contact stefanie[at]journalism.co.uk or james[at]journalism.co.uk.

February 09 2012


January 19 2012


Announcing Business Wire as the lunch sponsor of news:rewired – media in motion

With just two weeks until news:rewired – media in motion we’re proud to announce Business Wire as the sponsor of lunch on the day of the event.

Business Wire, which has 31 offices across the world, offers a press release distribution service aimed at public and investor relations professionals. The company also provides news outlets with multimedia content such as images and video footage, as well as company details, via both online channels and direct feeds into the newsroom.

News agencies including Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Thomson Reuters form part of Business Wire’s more than 60-strong distribution network.

For more information on Business Wire visit www.businesswire.co.uk.

Twitter: @BusinessWire


A Wordle to show who is coming to news:rewired – media in motion

With tickets now sold out for news:rewired – media in motion, who will be there on the day?

A list of delegates is available here, but we have also created the Wordle below to illustrate the representation of companies at the digital journalism conference on 3 February, based on the delegates attending:

January 17 2012


news:rewired – media in motion is now sold out, here is what delegates can look forward to

Tickets for news:rewired – media in motion have now sold out.

Essential information:

  • Time: 9am for registration, please arrive by 9.30 for the start of the conference. The final session will finish at 5.15pm, followed by networking drinks until 8pm.
  • Venue: MSN HQ, Cardinal Place, 100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL – see a map and a picture of the easy-to-spot building.
  • Nearest tube: Victoria (victoria line, circle line and district line)
  • Hashtag: #newsrw
  • Packing list: Don’t forget to bring laptop and phone chargers

As tickets have now sold out, what treats are in store for delegates attending the digital journalism conference on Friday, 3 February?

The one-day conference on the latest trends in digital journalism will open with a keynote speech from Liz Heron, social media editor at the New York Times, who will give delegates a taster of social media strategy from across the pond, outlining how the title taps into social networks for newsgathering and community engagement.

The remainder of the day will feature a total of six sessions and three workshops for delegates to choose from. See the agenda for full details.

You can attend:

1A: Online video - with: Christian Heilmann, Mozilla Popcorn, @codepo8; Adam Westbrook, multimedia journalist, blogger and lecturer, @AdamWestbrook; Josh de la Mare, editor of video, Financial Times. More speakers to be announced.


1B: Paid-for content models – with: François Nel, researcher, academic and consultant on newsroom and digital business innovation, @francoisnel; Tom Standage, digital editor, the Economist, @tomstandage; Chris Newell, founder, ImpulsePay.

2A: Mobile reporting – with: Paul Gallagher, head of online content, the Manchester Evening News, @pdgallagher; Nick Martin, Sky News correspondent, @NickMartinSKY; Ben Fawkes, audio content manager, SoundCloud, @benfawkes; Christian Payne, social technologist, mobile story maker, @Documentally.


2B: Social media optimisation – with: Nate Lanxon, editor, Wired.co.uk, @NateLanxon; Chris Hamilton, social media editor, BBC News, @chrishams; Martin Belam, user experience lead, the Guardian, @currybet; Darren Waters, head of devices and social media, MSN UK, @darrenwaters.

Workshop A: Search engine optimisation skills – with: Malcolm Coles, digital production director, nationals, Trinity Mirror, @malcolmcoles.


Workshop B: Data journalism tools – with Simon Rogers, editor, Guardian Datablog and Datastore, @smfrogers, and Andy Cotgreave, senior product consultant, Tableau, @acotgreave.


Workshop C: Searching social media for news – with Nicola Hughes, Knight-Mozilla Fellow, the Guardian @DataMinerUK.

3A: Gaming mechanics in news – with: Bobby Schweizer, doctoral student at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Newsgames: Journalism at Play, @NewsgamesGT; Shannon Perkins, editor of interactive technologies, Wired.com; Al Trivino, director of innovation at News International, @alfredotrivino; Alastair Dant, interactive lead at the Guardian, @ajdant.


3B: Multiplatform stategy – with: Mike Goldsmith, editor-in-chief of iPad and tablet editions, Future Publishing, @mikegoldsmithDouglas Arellanes, technologist, consultant and the director of clients and services, Sourcefabric, @dougiegyro; the Guardian (speaker tbc). More speakers to be announced.

The final session will bring the whole conference together for a debate on setting social media standards – with: Laura Kuenssberg, business editor, ITV News, @ITVLauraK; Neal Mann, digital news editor, Sky News, @fieldproducer; Katherine Haddon, head of online, English, AFP, @khaddon; Tom McArthur, UK editor, Breakingnews.com, @TomMcArthur.

A drinks reception at the end of the conference will provide a chance to network.

September 16 2011


Announcing Tableau as the latest sponsor of news:rewired – connected journalism

Award-winning data visualisation tool Tableau has been named as the latest sponsor of Journalism.co.uk’s news:rewired – connected journalism conference, on 6 October.

The digital journalism conference will focus on opportunities for greater integration and collaboration, within the newsroom and with the wider community.

Tableau’s senior product consultant, Andy Cotgreave, will join the integrated storytelling panel at news:rewired – connected journalism. Cotgreave is a skilled data story teller who has used Tableau to tell countless stories from new and unexpected perspectives, including how people use London’s Barclays Cycle Hire and how to get cheap tickets to the 2012 Olympics.

The session will be a great opportunity for delegates to get a taster of just some of the tools available online which support truly multimedia reporting, as well as top tips on how to curate and collect the best content for the platform.

Tableau Public is a free software application that allows journalists to create interactive charts and share them online. The software features an intuitive drag and drop interface and does not require any computer programming skills to operate.

Cotgreave will be joined by co-founder of Storify Xavier Damman and online video journalist, lecturer and blogger Adam Westbook. More speakers for the session are still to be announced.

Cotgreave said:

Tableau is excited to be sponsoring the news:rewired conference. We’re living in a world where the volume of data is increasing exponentially. At the same time, journalists are expected to post engaging stories almost instantly. Tableau Public is designed with these demands in mind: our vision is to make it easy for anyone to tell stories with data in way that is fast, easy and beautiful.

Tableau Public is used by numerous news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and Argentina’s La Nación. Tableau also makes several other analytical products including Tableau Digital, which enables users to create interactive visuals and also provides them with customisation tools to tell a single story in many ways.

Tickets for news:rewired are still available and cost just £130 (+VAT). Only a third of the tickets are left so book yours now at this link to avoid disappointment.

August 03 2011


Announcing news:rewired – connected journalism, 6 October 2011

Journalism.co.uk’s next news:rewired event will take place on 6 October at MSN’s London offices in Victoria.

What’s it about?

news:rewired – connected journalism will look at different forms of integration and collaboration in the industry, both inside and outside the newsroom.

As journalists we don’t work in isolation, and collaborating with our audience is becoming increasingly important. And as the way we do journalism changes, organisations need to think carefully about the way members of staff and different departments work together to produce the best product in the most efficient way possible.

Journalism.co.uk’s next news:rewired event will look at the latest opportunities for collaboration in the newsroom given the evolution of new digital journalism roles, and how reporters can work with the wider community to improve, fund and find the journalism of the future.

Sessions at the one-day conference will include:

  • a look at the architecture of the newsroom and new opportunities for integration
  • advice on how to inspire continued and enhanced engagement from a community
  • a guide to some of the top tools and latest digital platforms for integrated multimedia storytelling
  • insight into innovative business models being adopted by community-focused news outlets
  • a discussion on the importance of collaboration for the future of investigative journalism and how to build the necessary bridges between journalists, news outlets and the general public

In the spirit of collaboration, we are keen to hear about anything you would like to see covered during the day. Just let us know @newsrewired or email rachel[at]journalism.co.uk.

Several speakers have already been confirmed for the event, including:

Iain Overton, managing editor, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Philip Trippenbach, editor-in-chief, Citizenside.

Laura Oliver, community co-ordinator, the Guardian.

Turi MuntheTuri Munthe, founder and CEO, Demotix.

Kate DayKate Day, social media and engagement editor, the Telegraph.

Who’s it for?
news:rewired events are for: working journalists with an interest in digital media; media trainers and students; journalism and communications academics; PR and communications professionals; and anyone interested in the future of the journalism and media industries.

Book Your Place!

How can I book tickets?
There are 50 tickets available at a special earlybird rate of £85 (+VAT). But you will need to be quick because this 35 per cent discount is only available until 29 August.

After 29 August ticket prices will rise to £130 (+VAT). For information about tickets and availability email ed[at]journalism.co.uk.

How can I learn more?
You can email rachel [at] journalism.co.uk for more information on the agenda, or to suggest any topics you would like to see covered.

For sponsorship/advertising queries contact stefanie[at]journalism.co.uk or james[at]journalism.co.uk.

Image by WebWizard on Flickr. Some rights reserved

June 03 2011


Speaker presentations: Session 2B – Social media strategy

Find below presentations from Session 2B – Social media strategy.

The session featured Jack Riley, head of digital audience and content development, the Independent; Stefan Stern, director of strategy, Edelman; Mark Jones, global communities editor, Reuters News; Mark Johnson, community editor, the Economist and Suw Charman-Anderson, social technologist.

Jack Riley, head of digital audience and content development, the Independent

Mark Jones, global communities editor, Reuters News

Mark Johnson, community editor, the Economist

May 24 2011


Ch4 News: ‘We are committed to challenging expectations and we like to add a touch of mischief’

This post is by Anna Doble, social media producer at Channel 4 News and a site editor for channel4.com/news. She will be on the panel for the liveblogging session at news:rewired. Here she talks about Channel 4 News’ approach to liveblogging and social media.

Liveblogging is enhancing the journalistic process at Channel 4 News. “Rewriting” might suggest the liveblog format is replacing other content. It isn’t. It adds value to the work of our correspondents, both on the TV programme and online.

The core values of Channel 4 News remain the same. We make news for people that want to know “why?”. We are committed to challenging expectations and we like to add a touch of mischief. Our programme goes out at 7pm, so the liveblog format means we can break news and engage viewers throughout the day, in the run-up to the show. And liveblogs – plus social media in general – enable us to treat our audience as a resource as well as a consumer.

We stepped up our social media presence ahead of the 2010 general election with the goal of creating more meaningful interaction between viewers and correspondents. Social media is a fantastic fit for Channel 4 News for two key reasons. Firstly, we know our viewers want more than a quick news hit – they like analysis, commentary, discussion around news – and social media provides a forum for that. Secondly, our onscreen team have very distinct personalities – recognition of Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru-Murthy in particular is actually disproportionate compared to other news programmes. Because of this, and because we allow those characters to come through in the programme, it means people want to engage with them beyond the 7pm bulletin. Whether that is asking Jon about his tie, or asking Krishnan which are the best new iPad apps, our viewers have an access point.

Jon Snow launched his Twitter profile for the election and, along with Krishnan, he now acts as a social media “hub” for our many accounts – from @channel4news to @FactCheck. We also redesigned our website to make it more social media-centric. The correspondent blogs physically frame the homepage and readers can post comments on Twitter of Facebook directly from the site. We wanted our website to act like a community in its own right – and pulling in live blogs and feeds from social media mean the site always contains up-to-the minute reaction in real time.

We’re working on integrating more video into the blogs – not just the polished packages that go out in the programme, but newsroom vlogs and on-the-spot analysis. A good example is our Budget liveblog which contained newsroom video inserts from Economics Editor Faisal Islam and Business Correspondent Siobhan Kennedy.

We have worked hard to get all of our correspondents and reporters onto social media platforms. Their individual areas of knowledge and skill feed into our news meetings and we hope this sense of “ideas exchange” is replicated to the wider audience via social media. We advise journalists to be themselves, mixing their own journalism with observations about the big issues of the day.

We know that the key to engaging audiences through social media is authenticity, so we’ve never “approved” tweets before publication – or enforced strict rules. Obviously, it is important that we protect our reputation for impartial, independent journalism – so we have a common sense policy which amounts to “if you wouldn’t say it on air, don’t say it online”.

Image by by Martin on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

March 31 2011


news:rewired – hear more about ‘noise to signal’ from our speakers

On Friday 27 May Journalism.co.uk will bring you news:rewired – noise to signal, a one-day event for journalists and communications professionals who want to learn more about the latest tools and strategies to filter large datasets, social networks, and audience metrics into a clear signal for both the editorial and business side of the news industry.

The day will include sessions on: the data journalism toolkit and developing the data story; social media strategy, curation and news sourcing; and making the most of information about your audience.

We spoke to three of our speakers to give you a better idea of some of the issues that will be covered on the day.

Greg Hadfield, director of strategic projects, Cogapp, discusses his work on “open-data cities” and the benefits of open data to journalists, developers, and others; Robin Hamman, director of digital, Edelman, talks about innovation in social media strategy and where media organisations should start; and Matt Wells, blogs editor, the Guardian, explains why journalists should be making the most of social media platforms for news sourcing and verification.

Until 11 April tickets are available at our early-bird rate of £85 (+VAT), a discount of 35%. Buy tickets at this link.

February 15 2011


news:rewired – what would you like to see?

We’re starting to put our heads together again here at Journalism.co.uk to plan the next news:rewired event, which will offer practical advice from experts in journalism and digital publishing.

We’re eager to open up the planning process this time around and hear from the people that attend our events. What would you like to see covered at our next conference? In what format?

Feel free to contribute ideas on themes, sessions, or workshops, or areas of the industry you like to discuss, or on particular tools and techniques you’d like to see covered.

You can leave your thoughts in the comments box below, or tweet us: @newsrewired using the hashtag #newsrw.

Image of the news:rewired crowd courtesy of Thoroughly Good on Flickr.

December 22 2010


#newsrw: Link-by-link coverage of news:rewired – beyond the story

There are plenty of ways to catch-up with all the goings on from news:rewired – beyond the story, so use this post as a guide through the coverage of the day.

Photo by Thoroughly Good on Flickr.

Videos, courtesy of the BBC College of Journalism, will be available at this link.

Presentations can be found in their own category on the site here.

Here are the liveblogs and reports from each session:

Keynote: Joanna Geary, the Times

Tight-knit communities make brands successful, not numbers, says Joanna Geary

1A. Building an online community from scratch

Community editors should be an integral part of the newsroom, says Media Wales’ Ed Walker

1B. Business models beyond the paywall

2A. SEO for B2B and specialist publishers

2B. Branding and entrepreneurialism

3A. Linked data and the semantic web

3B. The digital production desk

ScribbleLive to open up syndication so freelancers can earn for liveblogging

Final session: Are we ready to play the journalism game?

Reaction from our speakers:

Molly Flatt on what left her buzzing and what left her confused after news:rewired:

Stories have traditionally been the lifeblood of the media, but situations or issues that are complex, systemic, non-personalised, and non-localised are actually stifled by the distortion and personalisation of narrative – what they need is interactivity. Events need stories, systems need interactivity.

Plenty of posts from Martin Belam, one of our speakers in the linked data session:

Whether it was the games session, looking at the potential future of IPTV, or the online community session, there seemed a genuine understanding in the room that listening to our readers and viewers is vital, and that the era of the passive mass audience is rapidly drawing to a close.

I’m still always surprised at how little knowledge there is, even amongst otherwise digital people, of how search engines work. It has been a specialist interest of mine for a decade now, but given the fundamental way in which web search engines dominate the human ability to navigate across the world wide web, you’d think content publishers would be an awful lot keener to have their staff understand the fundamentals.

I really enjoyed the day, and there were a lot of great topics at news:rewired, but I think it is important not to come away thinking “oh no, we are doing everything wrong, and all of our journalism now needs to be a 360 degree interactive game featuring linked data, optimised like crazy for search engines, with a serving of online community on the side”.

Reaction from our delegates:

December 20 2010


news:rewired – beyond the story: what the delegates thought

We catch up with some of the delegates at the end of the latest news:rewired event – beyond the story, to ask them what their favourite sessions were, what they will take away from the day’s events and what they thought of the line-up.

About the event

Journalism.co.uk’s news:rewired – beyond the story took take place on 16 December 2010 at Microsoft UK’s London office.

The one-day event looked at the processes and technology beyond producing content which could help make journalism more powerful. Sessions included discussions on building a community from scratch, search engine optimisation, linked data and the semantic web and the digital production desk.

We’re now working to collect together all the news stories, blog posts, tweets, audio, videos and more from the day on this website. You’ll also be able to see presentations from our speakers on the site soon. You can catch up on any sessions you didn’t get a chance to sit in on or for a refresher by checking out the coverage by Wannabe Hacks, who were liveblogging every session, and our reporter Rosie Niven. Follow the hashtag #newsrw to follow all the buzz since the event.

If you’re interested in hearing about future events from Journalism.co.uk, drop us an email.

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