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Robyn Vinter, editor-in-chief at The Overtake on diversity, business growth and investigative journalism for millennials

| September 10, 2019 – 9:59 am | 156 views

At Newsrewired this coming November, we will hear from four newsrooms that are hiring diverse talent because there are genuinely good business reasons to do so, like bolstering your reporting and being trusted by the public.

One of those practising this idea is Robyn Vinter, editor-in-chief, The Overtake, an investigative journalism website for millennials and Gen-Zers run by a team of reporters based in Leeds, Yorkshire.

In the first two years of running the publication, Vinter has built a part-time team of nine from scratch and created a platform which aspires to be “the opposite of the straight, white, middle-aged, middle-class mainstream media”.

Vinter spoke to Journalism.co.uk about The Overtake, the advantages of forming a diverse newsroom and what delegates can expect from hearing her speak at Newsrewired.

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Subject: Permission to attend Newsrewired conference on 27 November in London

| September 10, 2019 – 2:53 pm | 314 views

Looking to convince your manager to give you permission to attend Newsrewired? Copy/paste the message below, edit as appropriate, and send it to them.

Dear {name},

I would like to attend the Newsrewired conference taking place on 27 November 2019 at Reuters in London, UK. Newsrewired is one of the best digital publishing conferences for journalists and communication professionals who are looking to gain the latest knowledge of digital media trends and enhance their skillsets.

The whole team will benefit from my attendance as I will bring back practical tips and a how-to guide on {keep the most relevant}:

  • using artificial intelligence to grow audience during breaking news
  • the latest tools and techniques to fight misinformation online, including an exclusive research from Reuters on deepfake videos
  • assessing opportunities and driving innovation in our newsroom
  • using diversity as a business strategy to grow our audience and future-proof our organisation

I can also attend workshops to pick up practical skills to help us improve our digital offering. I will learn to {keep the most relevant):

  • create an audience-first strategy with Condé Nast’s internal audience growth training
  • how to host a live podcast help to our audio offering stand out in a crowded market
  • introduce constructive journalism to our newsroom to re-engage our audience (like The New York Times, De Correspondent, Die Zeit or The Guardian)
  • how to visualise data and tell stories with Google Maps

Most importantly, I will have the opportunity to gain insights from the industry’s most valuable experts, including:

  • Blathnaid Healy, director EMEA, CNN Digital International
  • Lyndsey Jones, executive editor and day production section chief, Financial Times
  • Sarah Marshall, head of audience growth, Vogue International
  • Hazel Baker, global head of user-generated content (UGC) newsgathering, Reuters
  • Cathrine Gyldensted, co-founder, Constructive Journalism Network
  • Kirsten Dewar, associate director, news, Dataminr
  • Joanna Webster, deputy global editor for visuals, Reuters
    …and more.

In addition to gaining knowledge at the panels, workshops, and networking breaks, I will receive a document containing key points and a roadmap to implementing new ideas and skills in our newsroom. The delegate pass is £190+VAT and I can book it online.

Many thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

{name}

“Diversity is not about political correctness. It’s about quality journalism”

| August 30, 2019 – 3:07 pm | 300 views
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Lack of diversity in the newsroom, biased reporting and dipping trust in the media have all been hot topics for the past few months.

But how can we ‘unbias’ the news? In a Journalism.co.uk podcast, Tabea Grzeszyk, CEO and co-founder of the collaborative network for journalists Hostwriter, tries to answer that question in a new book called Unbias the News: Why diversity matters for journalism.

US immigration and mass shootings reporter at AP joins debate on diversity in the newsroom

| August 29, 2019 – 2:40 pm | 655 views
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Russell Contreras, reporter with The Associated Press, will be joining Newsrewired panel to bring a US perspective and fresh ideas on how to make your media organisation thrive by attracting diverse talents. He will also speak about the strategies The Associated Press has used in its newsrooms, what has worked and what has not amid changing demographics.

Two new workshops added to the November agenda

| August 23, 2019 – 2:16 pm | 430 views
Live podcasting & Storytelling with maps

You can now join two new workshops at our upcoming Newsrewired conference, taking place on 27 November 2019 at Reuters, London, UK.

Gain new skills at ‘Grow your audience by hosting a live podcast recording’ session and learn how to visualise your data at ‘Storytelling with Maps’ workshop with Google.

What does content verification mean in the age of deepfakes?

| August 15, 2019 – 12:13 pm | 421 views
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Deepfakes – doctored videos fabricating footage of what looks like real people – have been around for years. But the journalism community is now starting to take seriously their potential to damage trust in the media and democracy.

Google and Facebook step up their efforts to revive local journalism

| August 8, 2019 – 11:37 am | 516 views
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Last week we announced that Journalism.co.uk and Google News Initiative have partnered to offer 30 local journalists the opportunity to attend the Newsrewired conference. We have received nearly 50 applications in one week alone, which shows how much demand for support there is from bootstrapped, regional newsrooms.

Newsrewired to welcome 30 local journalists thanks to support from the Google News Initiative

| August 1, 2019 – 11:05 am | 1,036 views
GNI sponsorship

Journalism.co.uk and Google News Initiative have partnered to offer 30 local journalists the opportunity to attend the Newsrewired conference.

Thanks to the support from GNI, 10 local journalists will be able to attend both days, with a further 20 places being offered to local journalists interested in attending the conference only on 27 November 2019.

New speaker joins panel on diversity in the newsroom

| June 4, 2019 – 11:44 am | 938 views
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We are pleased to announce that a new speaker will be joining Marverine Cole on the panel that will be discussing the best practices to build a diversified and sustainable newsroom.

Robyn launched The Overtake, an investigative news website for millennials based in Leeds, in October 2017. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Georgina Henry Award at the Press Awards and this year was nominated for the Paul Foot Award for her investigation into racist London nightclubs.

New speaker announcement: Marverine Cole joins panel on diversity in the newsroom

| May 16, 2019 – 12:14 pm | 1,385 views
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We are pleased to announce that Marverine Cole, journalist, broadcaster and academic at Birmingham City University, will be joining the panel.

Marverine Cole has worked for many of Britain’s most-watched and listened to broadcasters, including Sky News, ITV Central and BBC Midlands Today.

How can diversity help news organisations regain audiences’ trust?

| May 1, 2019 – 1:17 pm | 1,198 views
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Our team at Journalism.co.uk has spent the last few months talking to industry leaders about the challenges they face.

What we have found is that the lack of diversity in the newsroom is one of the most pressing problems for the top players, as well as the B2B publications and local papers.

Newsrewired November 2019: early agenda announced

| April 26, 2019 – 11:19 am | 1,229 views
Newsrewired early bird offer

The next Newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place on 27 November 2019 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

One of the key sessions of the day will be a discussion around diversity in the newsroom.