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March’s keynote: 10 lessons from De Correspondent about the changing face of news memberships

| January 18, 2018 – 12:54 pm | 398 views

With less than two months to go until newsrewired on 7 March, we are delighted to announce Maaike Goslinga and Jessica Best of Dutch news organisation De Correspondent will be giving the keynote speech at our 21st digital journalism conference at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

In the keynote, Maaike and Jessica will outline how De Correspondent has built a sustainable news organisation that restores trust in journalism, and that moves readers to become paying members and expert contributors of De Correspondent’s online community.

They will share 10 lessons De Correspondent has learned over the last four years, including the ways members contribute more than just their money; the key things they’ve found through their partnership with NYU’s Membership Puzzle Project; and the ongoing challenges they face in relation to both their Dutch platform, and as they look to launch an English-language platform in 2018.

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Is collaboration the key to “quality journalism”?

| November 28, 2017 – 10:48 am | 458 views

A newsroom is a diverse place where journalists have to work hand-in-hand with other professions to carry out their reporting. Innovative journalism projects involve collaborating with other journalists across the world, developers and so on. It has its benefits and its challenges, so what are the best practices to manage a successful collaboration inside newsrooms, across newsrooms and across departments? How does it work in practice and what are the long-lasting effects?

Three journalists shared their thoughts and experiences at newsrewired.

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Yasmine El Rafie, project manager and product owner at Swedish Radio, shared her thoughts about her team, Digitala insatsstyrkan, which was established two years ago. They help newsrooms inside the organisation with various initiatives, but they have to wait for their call to start a project – the team doesn’t produce their own content.

They do data journalism, research, data visualisation, you name it. “If it’s digital we do it,” said El Rafie.

As a first recommendation, she suggested learning from other projects. What went well, what went wrong, how are they structured?  “When you try to form your team, try to do your homework. Think about what you want to build,” she said.

She provided some key advice for building a cross-disciplinary team:

  • If starting something from scratch, set the tone from the beginning and deliver on it. Show how you do things, so they don’t change along the way. Then you can say: “This is how we’ve always done it.”
  • Recruit smartly, gather a strong team. Select people that won’t mind having a different opinion or perspective.
  • Think about your currency. What is valuable at your company – your time, staff, knowledge?
  • When you say no, always say: Why?

For El Rafie’s team, staff is really important. One strategy they use is bringing in new editors every week to participate, but she still insisted it is important to stick to a structure. They have a routine and a lot of checklists that allow them to have this freedom.

“Knowledge is power. Act certain and they’ll believe you,” she said.

People sometimes see the word ‘collaboration’ and think that it is something disorganised, but it clearly involves a lot of structure. El Rafie said the key when several people are collaborating on a project is to focus on that one thing only. Working on several things at the same time can be stressful, but if you focus on one it can actually reduce stress.

“Eyes on the prize, stick to the gold, no matter what happens in the way,” she concluded.

 A tool for collaboration

“How do we make journalism more about crossing borders, more international, more holistic?”, asked Felix Franz, project manager of Hostwriter, an online network for journalists that was founded based on the premise that to deliver the journalism we need in this complex world, the answer is collaboration. Franz firmly believes it is the key to quality journalism.

Hostwriter works easily – journalists create a profile and add some of their work samples. They go through an accreditation process, and once approved, they can start working with others. Today, hostwriter has around 3,200 journalists from 123 countries.

The network can be used to look for advice, to co-write a story or even as a “couchsurfing” platform if you need to stay at a colleague’s place while you are doing research on a project. The main idea is to bring the community closer, and it has been successful so far, with lots of collaborative stories published on the website.   

A good example – Franz’s “baby”, as he called it – is the Agora Project, a temporary European newsroom for journalists collaborating on stories touching on topics of polarisation in various countries and communities in Europe. According to Franz, this project sums up what collaborative journalism can do.

Tech companies and journalism

Fergus Bell, co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, presented a project that aims to unlock best practices for collaboration between news organisations and technology companies.

“What is the point on finding something if you can’t communicate it efficiently – if you can’t process it?” said Bell. That’s where Pop-Up Newsroom comes in. It uses human-centered design to make digital communication more efficient, focusing on product design, editorial innovation and new business models at the same time.

Their take on collaboration is presence. “The first part of creating one of these projects is to ‘get physical’,” Bell said.

“We want everyone to be in the same place, at the same time and communicating with each other – not putting things in another Google Doc.”

Pop-Up Newsroom has worked on a few projects so far, including their first experiment covering the UK General Election, which you can read about in their report summarising the workflows and challenges.
These different projects sum up some of the best practices for collaborative journalism: lots of structure, different skills that make up a diverse team, physical presence and crossing borders – so getting out of our comfort zone. Ready to collaborate now?

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The next newsrewired training day takes place on 8 March

| December 14, 2017 – 3:32 pm | 524 views

Newsrewired has always been focused on practical learning and knowledge-sharing. Our next conference takes place on 7 March at Reuters in Canary Wharf, and as usual, we are following that with a full day of training. On 8 March at our training venue at The Bridge (near London Bridge), newsrewired+ delegates can choose to attend one of two full day workshops to further develop practical digital journalism skills.

A newsrewired+ ticket gives you access to both the conference on 7 March and one of the workshops on 8 March. Training options will be announced shortly, and you can now register for a discounted early-bird ticket to attend the two days of the event.

Early-bird newsrewired+ tickets are currently available for £323+VAT until 12 January, after which they will cost £368+VAT. They represent a 10 per cent discount compared to booking tickets for both days separately. Get your discounted tickets here.

This will be our 21st conference, and the event on 7 March will feature a mix of workshops and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism.

We are currently working on the agenda, and more details about the sessions and speakers will be announced soon. Some of the topics we are exploring include:

  • best practices and workflows for livestreaming online;
  • producing on mobile for mobile audiences;
  • news delivery on voice controlled interfaces such as Amazon Echo or Google Home.

You can also buy a single-day ticket to the conference at the early-bird rate of £130+VAT. There are a limited number of early-bird tickets available until 12 January or until they sell out, after which tickets will be available for the standard price of £180+VAT.

If you have already booked a ticket to the conference and want to upgrade to a two-day pass, please email Grace Elnaugh on grace.elnaugh@journalism.co.uk.

Discounted tickets now available for newsrewired, 7 March 2018

| December 1, 2017 – 3:47 pm | 823 views
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The next newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place on 7 March 2018 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London. 

This will be our 21st conference, and as usual, we’re aiming to provide delegates with practical skills and ideas they can take home and explore in their own organisations. 

The day will feature a mix of workshops and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism. 

Audio, slides and resources from November’s newsrewired

| November 28, 2017 – 1:52 am | 673 views

After hosting our 20th newsrewired event at Reuters in London last week, the Journalism.co.uk team is about to start working on the agenda for the next conference, which will take place in London on 7 March.

We will soon be announcing some topics that we plan to discuss on the day – is there anything in particular you’d like to find out more about? You can let us know on Twitter @journalismnews or @newsrewired, or get in touch via email.

In the meantime, we have collected some resources from November’s conference for those of you who couldn’t join us on the day, including speaker presentations, audio from the panels and workshops, and other relevant links.

Reuters’ top tips for newsroom experiments

| November 23, 2017 – 12:17 pm | 630 views

“This does feel like, in many ways, a golden age of journalism,” said Nick Cohen, Reuters’ director of video products, at newsrewired in London yesterday (22 November).
Reuters has evolved to meet the demands placed on …

Shooting 360 video on a budget

| November 22, 2017 – 5:13 pm | 723 views
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Using 360 video offers journalists the potential to transport audiences to new situations and experiences. But can you use the emerging technology to tell stories without a large budget?

Video and photojournalist Mark Ellison, who has been using 360 technology to cover the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, believes it’s possible to use the 360 video to engage the public without having deep pockets.

Tips from The Economist and Bloomberg on how to maximise newsroom experiments

| November 22, 2017 – 4:57 pm | 574 views
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Most journalists appreciate the need to keep abreast of technological changes, but with so many other priorities in the newsroom how do you make sure you’re not wasting time?

Speaking at news:rewired today, The Economist’s Bo Franklin and Bloomberg’s Kevin Young shared advice on how to make newsroom experimentation more productive in the long run, including tips on repackaging archive content and curating newsletters.

As it happened: Experimenting to meet emerging realities

| November 22, 2017 – 4:26 pm | 398 views
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Disrupting your business may be the only way to ward off the threat of extinction. As a seasoned pioneer and trusted partner, Reuters has followed its clients’ journeys of transformation, reallocating resources from old models …

From devices to communities: How tech could transform local news

| November 22, 2017 – 3:50 pm | 751 views

Would you read more local news if you could print your own newspaper at home? Or design your own radio bulletin? What if a story suddenly appeared on your smartphone as you walked past the place where it occurred?

They might sound like distant future concepts but all of these technologies are already being tested by UK news outlets as part of what Stuart Goulden, founder of location-based storytelling startup OtherWorld, called a “living media.” 

As it happened: How to make the most of newsroom experiments

| November 22, 2017 – 3:11 pm | 472 views

By nature, experiments require organisations to take risks and invest time and resources in projects that can have varying degrees of success, and that may or may not be replicated in the future.
So how can …

As it happened: Immersive video workshop

| November 22, 2017 – 3:07 pm | 501 views

Virtual reality and 360-degree video have arrived in newsrooms, transporting audiences to the centre of the story and enabling them to consume the news in a more immersive way than ever before.
In this workshop, we …

As it happened: Open-source tools for journalists and how to use them

| November 22, 2017 – 2:07 pm | 509 views

There are many free resources and open-source tools for journalists out there, made by other journalists, news organisations, civic groups and others. They are ready to be used in your newsroom, and tailored to your …