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Our next news:rewired conference will be on Tuesday 3 February 2015, at MSN HQ in London. (Cardinal Place, 100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL).

Work has now started on building the agenda. In the meantime, take a look at the agenda from our most recent news:rewired which took place on Wednesday 23 July.

Sessions and workshops at the conference included a look at:

  • Book Your Place!engaging the audience through mobile, interactive tools, longform and communities
  • using private social networks to reach readers more directly
  • collaboration between news outlets, journalists and the audience
  • mobile tools and apps for journalists
  • advanced search techniques
  • social media tools
  • and much more…


Time Sessions and speakers
8.40-9.10am Registration
9.10-9.20am Welcome
9.20-9.50am Keynote speech

  • David Ho, editor for mobile, tablets and emerging technology, The Wall Street Journal

In his keynote speech, Ho will focus on how news outlets and reporters can “embrace the mobile revolution” and explore what could be next for storytelling in terms of mobile and emerging technologies.

9.50-10.55am New forms of engagement
Getting stories in front of the audience is the first step, but keeping them engaged will make sure they come back. The opening session will look at how to achieve this through visual mobile journalism, interactive tools, immersive longform articles and new community insights.

  • Bella Hurrell, assistant editor, visual journalism, BBC News
  • Ezra Eeman, founder, Journalism Tools
  • Jo Kelly, head of audience engagement, Trinity Mirror
  • Ben Fogarty, chief executive, Shorthand

Moderated by Matt Navarra, community director, The Next Web

10.55-11.00am Sponsor presentationAn introduction to Kantar Insights, a service to help journalists add data, colour and commentary to their stories.

  • Claire Martin, editor and head of content, Kantar
11.00-11.20am Coffee break
11.20am-12.30pm A: Going direct – chat apps in news
Social media has changed how journalists and news organisations interact with the audience, but new platforms are emerging as a more direct and personal way to engage the audience.

  • Trushar Barot, assistant editor, UGC and social media hub, BBC News Online
  • Luke Lewis, editor, Buzzfeed UK
  • Jason Collie, assistant editor, Oxford Mail

Moderated by Sue Llewelyn, co-founder, UltraSocial

B: Collaboration – beyond the newsroomA look at some examples of where working together – whether with outlets, reporters or readers – can reap real rewards

  • Ernst-Jan Pfauth, publisher, De Correspondent
  • Antoine Laurent, strategist and senior project manager, the European Journalism Centre
  • Felix Franz, freelance journalist and London ambassador, Hostwriter
  • Lyra McKee, freelance investigative journalist and report, Beacon Reader

More speakers to be announced

12.30-2.00pm Networking lunch and optional workshops
A: Building immersive, longform storiesA hands-on workshop led by Shorthand CEO Ben Fogarty, where delegates will learn to use Shorthand to create media-rich, longform stories and how best to approach the medium. B: Understanding the audienceLearn how to use analytics to gain insights into your audience in this workshop with Parse.ly’s Clare Carr. C: Mobile tools and apps for journalistsKeynote speaker David Ho will lead a workshop looking at mobile tools and apps for journalists, with an eye on photos and video.
2.05-3.00pm A: Reddit – more than AMAsA session on how journalists can use the social news platform Reddit to source stories, verify facts and promote content through AMAs.

  • James Cook, contributing editor, The Daily Dot
  • Fergus Bell, social media and UGC editor (international), Associated Press
  • Victoria Taylor, director of communications, Reddit

Moderated by Mark Frankel, assistant editor, social news, BBC

B: Sourcing stories – documents, data and socialA workshop featuring tools and tips on how journalists can search the web for documents and reports, data and social media content for stories.

  • Mark Watts, editor-in-chief, Exaro
  • Heather Bowen, head of social media, Mirror Online
  • Cynthia O’Murchu, investigative reporter, Financial Times

A: Facebook for journalists

A Facebook-led workshop on how journalists can make the most of the world’s most popular social network

  • Karla Geci, head of media partnerships, Facebook
B: Spreadsheet skills – beyond the basicsA hands-on workshop teaching journalists how to find news lines in large, cluttered datasets, and join two data sets with common features

  • John Burn-Murdoch, data journalist, Financial Times
3.50-4.10pm Coffee break
4.10-4.40pm The journalist’s social media toolbox
A look at the most important tools, tips and techniques for journalists using social media

  • Sarah Marshall, social media editor, EMEA, The Wall Street Journal
  • Richard Moynihan, social media editor, The Telegraph
  • Richard Parboo, Livefyre
4.40-4.45pm Sponsor presentation
An introduction to Cronycle, a new tool to help you organise and filter content relevant to your interests.

  • Marina Cheal, managing director, Cronycle
4.45-5.15pm A ‘start-up’ approach to news innovation
Belgian broadcaster VRT has been experimenting with new ways to reach the “YouTube Generation, here the project lead will share his thoughts, experiences and lessons so far.

  • Stijn Lehaen, head of VRT Start-up
5.15-5.20pm Closing and thanks
5.30-7.30pm Networking drinks


“A great day with lots of inspiring stories, fresh ideas and new techniques for journalists to embrace. My notebook is full of great stuff from today”Alex Ward, freelancejournalist.co.uk

“news:rewired is great for the latest digital know-how and publishing tips”Jake O’Neill, Cision UK

“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

“It’s not often you hear Claude Levi Strauss quoted in a presentation at a social media conference. Trust news:rewired to keep the bar extremely high…”Dominique Jackson, Mail Online

“It’s incredibly useful to get out of your own bubble and see what everyone else out there is thinking and doing. We’re all trying to do the same thing – secure the future of journalism”Marek Pruszewicz, BBC