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HuffPost experiments with ‘listening circles’ in Birmingham to go beyond the London bubble

| January 14, 2019 – 12:44 pm | 306 views

One of the reasons why the public increasingly mistrusts the media is that journalists are spending less time outside of their London offices, losing touch with what interests, inspires and bothers people outside the capital.

To see whether local reporting can bring the media and their audiences closer together, HuffPost made a bold move and transferred its entire newsroom of 45 reporters and editors to Birmingham for a week in the summer of 2018, as part of the ‘HuffPost Listens’ project.

“We wanted to get outside the London bubble and show that, as a news organisation, we’re open, accessible, and committed to reporting on the impact of politics and policy outside of Westminster,” explained Basia Cummings, news editor, HuffPost UK.

Many of those who stopped by the HuffPost newsroom in Birmingham told the journalists they feel increasingly ignored and voiceless.

Jess Brammar, head of news, HuffPost UK, who oversaw this project, will be joining the ‘Local news: breaking out of the London bubble’ panel.

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All you need to know about financing journalism in the digital age, and voice-controlled devices

| January 7, 2019 – 12:26 pm | 306 views

New year, new exciting speakers.

We are pleased to announce three industry experts will be joining our panels on sustainable ways to finance digital journalism, and producing content for voice-controlled devices.

 

Book your place now

Financing journalism in the digital age:

 

Jessica Best, operations lead and engagement editor at The Correspondent
After hitting its crowdfunding target, raising $2.6 million, the English version of the Dutch ‘unbreaking news’ site De Correspondent is planning to launch by mid-2019. Jessica Best will be joining the panel discussing new ways to finance journalism in the digital age.

 

 

Dominic Young, founder, Agate
Micropayment is another business model some publishers use to finance editorial content, allowing audiences to pay a small amount of money for a particular article they want to read instead of committing to a subscription.

Can this model help build a sustainable revenue stream? What about readers’ loyalty? Dominic Young, founder of a micropayment service Agate, will be joining the panel to answer these questions.

 

Alexa, how can we monetise content on smart speakers?

Peter Stewart, journalist and author
Peter Stewart will talk about the latest trends in producing content for voice-controlled devices and how to monetise this technology.

Peter produces two daily Flash Briefings on Alexa devices, one of which is the third highest-rated in the UK. The other, The Smart Speakers, about developments in Voice, is at number 16 and is part of two US podcast-networks about Voice.

 

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Other sessions and workshops we are planning:

Local news: Breaking out of the London bubble

What blockchain is and how it can benefit digital publishers

Who is investing in solutions journalism

… and many more. Click here to view the draft agenda.

 

If you would like to suggest a session or a talk, or sponsor the event, please get in touch by emailing marcela@journalism.co.uk

Four new speakers will be joining us at newsrewired on 6 March 2019

| December 14, 2018 – 3:27 pm | 527 views
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We are pleased to announce more confirmed speakers ahead of our newsrewired conference on 6 March 2019 at Reuters, London, UK.

Rouven Leuener, group head of digital product at Neue Zürcher Zeitung; Jess Brammar, head of news at HuffPost UK; Matthew Barraclough, head of Local News Partnerships at BBC; and Nic Newman, senior research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Five lessons from the Guardian’s membership strategy, three years on

| November 13, 2018 – 3:59 pm | 207 views
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Three years ago, the Guardian decided to re-evaluate its membership scheme, trialling contributions on its website, and building a team within the newsroom to oversee its growth and evolution.
Since 2016, the Guardian has grown from …

How changing a business model can help future-proof news organisations

| November 8, 2018 – 1:31 pm | 487 views
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The decline in advertising revenue was one of the major factors leading to the closure of many local newsrooms. Although the media industry is yet to find a sustainable model for financing local journalism in the digital age, a number of new initiatives suggest that adopting a new business model can help solve some of the challenges.

Going vertical: How Pink News reimagined its content for a completely difference audience on Snapchat

| November 8, 2018 – 1:07 pm | 646 views
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Ellen Stewart, head of content, PinkNews

“When I joined Pink News as head of content in January this year, it was the best and worst time to be in digital journalism”, Ellen Stewart said at newsrewired yesterday (7 November).
Indeed, Facebook’s announcement …

“You need to super-serve the underserved” – Engaging Generation Z with niche content at the ShoutOut Network

| November 8, 2018 – 11:26 am | 537 views

Back in 2014, Efe Jerome, the founder of the ShoutOut Network hoped to create a safe space for young people from under-represented backgrounds to tell their own stories. After sharing the vision with Imriel Morgan, …

Press Association’s news service RADAR has written 50,000 individual local news stories in three months with AI technology

| November 7, 2018 – 4:39 pm | 516 views
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Pete Clifton, editor-in-chief, Press Association

 
The Press Association’s latest news service RADAR — ‘reporters and data and robots’ — uses those three ingredients to write local news stories at a frequency and precision impossible otherwise.
Launched in December 2017 with Urbs …

Panels By Getty Images: The AI technology that suggests images by ‘reading’ your story

| November 7, 2018 – 1:55 pm | 728 views
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Benjamin Beavan, business development manager, Getty Images

Struggling to find the right picture for your piece on deadline? Getty Images have introduced new artificial intelligence technology to save you from trawling through image sites.
Speaking at newsrewired (7 November) Benjamin Beaven, business development …

Cybernetic newsroom: Why Reuters is marrying human and robot journalism

| November 7, 2018 – 1:21 pm | 898 views
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Reuters is driving its journalism with human judgement and machine capability, using AI tools News Tracer and Linx Insight, explained Reg Chua, executive editor, Reuters at newsrewired today (7 November).
The ‘cybernetic newsroom’, as he described …

Top stories straight to your phone’s homepage: How one local news organisation reaches audiences through WhatsApp broadcasts

| November 7, 2018 – 12:53 pm | 588 views
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While Facebook may be depriorisiting news on the News Feed, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is a ‘back to basics’ alternative for news organisations, says Natalie Fahy, digital editor, Nottinghamshire Live speaking at newsrewired (7 November).
Fahy said Nottinghamshire …

How The Telegraph is engaging Generation Z on Snapchat

| November 7, 2018 – 11:55 am | 494 views
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The digitally-savvy Generation Z, made up of 13-24 year olds, have never known life without smartphones.
Snapping, swiping, liking and sharing is second nature to them, meaning news organisations must digitally adapt if they are to …