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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.

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.

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:

October 07 2011


#newsrw: Lessons in digital storytelling from Storify and the Guardian

How can journalists best use the latest digital storytelling tools?

In this podcast Journalism.co.uk technology correspondent Sarah Marshall looks at current trends in integrated storytelling, hearing from multimedia producer Adam Westbrook, co-founder of Storify Xavier Damman and executive producer for Guardian.co.uk Stephen Abbott.

All three gave presentations at Journalism.co.uk’s news:rewired – connected journalism event which was held at MSN HQ, London yesterday (Thursday, 6 October).

You can sign up to our iTunes podcast feed for future audio.

Lessons in digital storytelling from by journalismnews

This podcast was first posted on Journalism.co.uk

October 06 2011


LIVE: Final session – The future of collaboration in digital journalism

A panel of digital journalism experts discuss the key issues raised in this environment of participatory journalism: adopting a “digital-first” mentality, the values and standards of the link-economy and the role and responsibilities of journalists and news organisation as active members of the open-web community.

With Steve Herrmann, editor, BBC News Online; Anthony De Rosa, social media editor, Reuters (via Skype), Duncan Hooper, managing editor, news and sport, MSN UK and Momoko Price, communications director, BuzzData. Moderated by Torin Douglas, media correspondent, BBC.


LIVE: Session 3B – Collaboration in investagative journalism

It has often been said that collaboration is key for the future of investigative journalism, be that working in partnership with other news outlets or media bodies, or harnessing the power of the community in investigations. This session gives advice on how best to make a go of large projects by sharing resources and inviting the community to help dig with you.

With Iain Overton, managing editor, Bureau of Investigative Journalism; Simon Perry, founder, Ventnor Blog; Paul Lewis, special projects editor, the Guardian and Christine Spolar, investigations and special projects editor, the Financial Times.

#newsrw 3B Investigative journalism


LIVE: Session 2A – Integrated storytelling

The opportunities for multimedia storytelling online are vast – from video, photographs and audio to social media, visualisations and mapping – but how can journalists bring together an array of different online platforms to tell stories in the most effective way? This session looks at the collection of tools out there to do just this, and some top tips on how to curate and collect the best content for the platform.

With: Xavier Damman, co-founder, Storify; Adam Westbrook, online video journalist and lecturer and blogger; Stephen Abbott, executive producer, culture, the Guardian and Andy Cotgreave, senior product consultant, Tableau Software.


LIVE: Session 2B – Business models in community journalism

Collaboration is not just limited to the production of editorial content, communities can also be key to the business model of a news outlet. This session hears from a series of community-focused media businesses to learn about their models, from crowd-funding to citizen journalism wires.

With Turi Munthe, founder, Demotix; Philip Trippenbach, editor-in-chief, Citizenside; Rick Waghorn, founder, Addiply and Henry Peirse, CEO and founder of GRN.


Charlie Beckett: ‘Go forth, connect and innovate’

Charlie Beckett, founding director of POLIS, opened news:rewired – connected journalism with the keynote speech. He spoke with enthusiasm about events like today’s and moved on to look at what has gone in the last five years and what, in his opinion, is yet to come.

He said how his book, SuperMedia, released in 2008 and at the time aspirational, is now a reality. Beckett joked how the Guardian’s announcement of its digital first strategy seems “like the Vatican announcing the Pope was Catholic”, as he feels it is something the news organisation has been doing for years.

Beckett also commented how we are in an age of uncertainty, not just with journalism but also in terms of the environment we operate in. However, this, Beckett says, makes it an exciting time to be a journalist and make sense of the chaotic world, saying “journalists should be helping to filter, connect and understand”.

But the future is not going to be easy, Beckett warned. Journalists need a whole new set of skills. And they need the payment processes to enable this to become a reality, he explained.

Beckett said journalists should care about the craft as much in this digital age as before the advent of the internet, and urged those at news:rewired to “go forth, connect and innovate”.

Hear from Beckett in this SoundCloud summary of his address.

Charlie Beckett, founder of POLIS, summarises his key messages for journalists by journalismnews


LIVE: Keynote with Charlie Beckett

Pete Clifton, executive producer of MSN Pete Clifton welcomes news:rewired delegates and speakers.

Charlie Beckett (pictured), founding director of POLIS delivers the news:rewired – connected journalism keynote speech.


LIVE: Session 1A – Newsroom architecture

Given the growth of new and evolving roles within news organisations, this takes a look at some of the opportunities for integration and collaboration within the newsroom, from innovative ways to combine and connect departments to new ideas for collaboration between journalists and other digital roles.

With: Helje Solberg, executive editor, VG; Karl Schneider, head of editorial development, Reed Business Information; and James Weeks, executive producer, new media, Sky News.


LIVE: Session 1B – Enhancing community engagement

Building up an audience is only half the battle, after that you have to keep them engaged. This session will offer practical advice from those working with online communities on a daily basis, including how to use comments to bridge the gap between journalist and audience, and how to use new media tools to encourage involvement in the editorial process.

With Laura Oliver, community coordinator, news, the Guardian; Kate Day, social media and engagement editor, the Telegraph; and Cathy Ma, head of social media, IPC Media.

October 05 2011


#newsrw: How to follow news:rewired on the day

With news:rewired – connected journalism just round the corner, we are looking forward to a great day of debate and plenty of new ideas for collaboration both in and outside of the newsroom when the conference kicks off tomorrow (6 October).

Hopefully you will be there to take it all in first-hand, but if not there will be live coverage of the day available from the news:rewired site.

We’ve teamed up with the Wannabe Hacks who will be providing a live-blog of each session, while Journalism.co.uk’s technology correspondent Sarah Marshall will also be bringing you updates via Twitter (@journalism_live and @newsrewired) and via blog posts on a number of the sessions. Follow on Twitter using the hashtag #newsrw.

The BBC College of Journalism will also be there on the day to film the panels, so look out for video coverage of the sessions posted on the news:rewired site.

There will also be interviews with speakers posted on SoundCloud/journalismnews


April 10 2011


UK Journalists on Twitter

A post on the Guardian Datablog earlier today took a dataset collected by the Tweetminster folk and graphed the sorts of thing that journalists tweet about ( Journalists on Twitter: how do Britain’s news organisations tweet?).

Tweetminster maintains separate lists of tweeting journalists for several different media groups, so it was easy to grab the names on each list, use the Twitter API to pull down the names of people followed by each person on the list, and then graph the friend connections between folk on the lists. The result shows that the hacks are follow each other quite closely:

UK Media Twitter echochamber (via tweetminster lists)

Nodes are coloured by media group/Tweetminster list, and sized by PageRank, as calculated over the network using the Gephi PageRank statistic.

The force directed layout shows how folk within individual media groups tend to follow each other more intensely than they do people from other groups, but that said, inter-group following is still high. The major players across the media tweeps as a whole seem to be @arusbridger, @r4today, @skynews, @paulwaugh and @BBCLauraK.

I can generate an SVG version of the chart, and post a copy of the raw Gephi GDF data file, if anyone’s interested…

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.

December 17 2010


Journalism students need to be taught advertising, branding, building relationships, says ad entrepreneur

Journalism students must be taught about advertising, building relationships and branding – a football writer turned advertising entrepreneur told delegates at news:rewired today.

Rick Waghorn, founder of locally-focused advertising network Addiply, said that if we want to build a pyramid of news we have to start at the bottom level based on a local advertising market and messages.

Waghorn told the audience that he had a lightbulb moment when he read an article by Clay Shirky and Craig Newmark claiming that the only saviour for newspapers was a time machine.

The first person he met on his road to Damascus was an ex-ad man. They teamed up to create Addiply, which has helped hundreds of hyperlocal sites earn more from advertising than they would through Google Adsense. The idea has also being adopted by big media, including the Guardian which has applied the system to its its local sites. Addiply is also translating to the U.S market.

But if journalist students followed Waghorn’s advice, they would find themselves having a vastly different career to the kind envisaged in the YouTube clip below, which was shown by panelist Molly Flatt of 1,000heads.

It was striking how almost all the panelists in the branding and entrepreneurialism session had strong ideas that were formed at transitional moments of their life.

The advice from Rory Brown, founder of Briefing Media, is that business-to-business publishing is the place to be. Rory Brown’s own changing consumption of media inspired him to launch the company, which produces the online title The Media Briefing.

He told delegates that he was starting to consume media from lots of different places around the world and no longer went through the simple ritual of reading the Guardian on a Monday or Marketing magazine weekly.

Brown said that his reading habits had fragmented massively and it occurred to him that it would be useful to put all that content in one place and save people the time of building up a network.

Alex Wood‘s Not on the Wires was inspired by a desire to get closer to the story through the use of mobile technology. Formed with two other young journalists, they pioneered their approach to reporting from the field at the G20 protests in London.

They have formed a network of related organisations with like-minded companies, using Not on the Wires as a shop window for their work.

“We have done a lot of unpaid work, we have done a lot of late nights,” he said. “We do it because we are passionate about it.”

Wood admitted that the idea of entrepreneurial journalism would get laughed out of the door at the business schools he attended in Wales and Japan.

Alex Wood at news:rewired:

June 29 2010


Video: Guardian’s Beat Blogger for Cardiff: breaking the boundaries between blogger and journalist

It’s an modern day battle: journalist versus blogger. Often operating in the same field, but with very different aims and objectives, some traditional reporters are wary of this new breed of content creator. However, a new Beat-Blogger role, created by The Guardian, has brought the 2 fields closer together.

Having a local blogger based in several cities around the UK, The Guardian has given itself direct contact with the community, something a national paper would often overlook.

Hannah Waldram is the beat-blogger in Cardiff. At News:Rewired she told OJB more about how the new project is going, and how it has been accepted in the city.

June 28 2010


Video: Vikki Chowney & Tony Curzon-Price on creating a buzz: how to get your content noticed

With so much news content available online and a host of ways to promote and share that material it’s often hard for journalists and bloggers to know how to make their content stand out. There are a host of companies offering a quick fix to this problem with promises of Facebook friends and sky-high traffic stats. However, some of the most successful blogs go for a niche audience who care about the subject matter, and spread the word organically.

OJB grabbed a few minutes at News:Rewired with Vikki Chowney (Reputation Online), and Tony Curzon-Price (openDemocracy) to find out how they make an impact online

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