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Newsrewired+ training (23 Nov) now available: Stories, podcasting, media law

| September 4, 2017 – 3:13 pm | 428 views

A focus on practical, hands-on learning has always been at the heart of newsrewired, and Journalism.co.uk will be hosting a full day of training after the main conference in November. Delegates can register to attend the conference (22 November) and one of the full-day courses during the training day (23 November) by purchasing a newsrewired+ ticket.

Early-bird Newsrewired+ tickets are available for £323+VAT until 15 September, after which you will be able to purchase standard tickets for £368+VAT).

Newsrewired+ tickets represent a 10 per cent discount compared to booking tickets for both days separately.

Both the conference and training day are hosted at the Reuters office in Canary Wharf, London. The conference agenda for the day includes talks and in-depth sessions on storytelling for mobile audiences, collaboration in the newsroom, and the applications of the graphic novel format in journalism. An early-bird ticket for the conference costs just £130+VAT, and can be purchased separately here: sign up to attend newsrewired, 22 November.

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In Norway, four newsrooms are working together to produce and share fact-checks

| September 7, 2017 – 10:16 am | 234 views

Last autumn, VG and Dagbladet, two of Norway’s most-read tabloid newspapers, began exploring the possibility of collaborating on fact-checking.

In December 2016, a small team of journalists, developers and designers from the two organisations started working on the project, called Faktisk. Two more organisations came on board this spring – NRK, Norway’s public broadcaster, and TV 2, the largest commercial television broadcaster in the country.

Faktisk, which launched officially in July, has been set up as an editorially independent, non-profit organisation that fact-checks claims made in public debates and on social media. Its team of eight, led by editor-in-chief Kristoffer Egeberg, come from its four founding media companies, although anyone can apply to join.

Fact-checks are published on Faktisk’s website, as well as through FacebookTwitter and the Norwegian national news agency NTB, which enables newspapers to re-use them by embedding them on their own websites.

“It’s important to not underestimate fake news but at the same time we also need to focus on what builds trust, and fact-checking is the kind of journalism that builds trust,” Helje Solberg, chairman of Faktisk’s board, and editor of VGTV, told Journalism.co.uk.

“Faktisk is run as an open-source software that allows unlimited access for reuse and distribution of its structure and its content.”

On the Faktisk website, verified claims can be filtered by label, such as ‘partially true’ or ‘completely wrong’, by theme, or by the individual who has made a statement. Each article includes elements such as the context in which an assertion was made, the evidence and data that led to the conclusion, and a reaction to the debunk from the public figure who has made the claim.

recent fact-check, which three Faktisk staff members worked on, looked at a claim by the Human Rights Service foundation in Norway that former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland had not paid any tax, deeming it ‘completely wrong’.

Solberg pointed out it was “crucial” to produce a thorough analysis quickly after the assertion was made in a public debate, and that speed will be particularly important going into the upcoming parliamentary elections taking place in September.

However Faktisk has been “built to last” beyond the elections, and its founders have pledged financial support to the project.

So far, the initiative has received 10 million NOK (£975,000) in funding from VG, Dagbladet, NRK, TV 2 and a number of foundations, which will keep the project going for more than a year, said Solberg. The four organisations have also committed to support Faktisk further by contributing one million NOK (£97,500) annually from 2018, and they will be seeking additional external funding.

“We think it’s more likely [Faktisk] will have a long life with a broad alliance behind it.”

The four companies are competitors in Norway’s media landscape, but they have been able to collaborate on a common issue by establishing a set of criteria. Faktisk is a “project of mutual benefit”, which each founder has to contribute to with something distinctive, be it financial resources or certain skills, she added.

The case for collaboration is stronger than ever – it takes a lot of resources to develop new products and penetrate new markets, and we’re not able to do it alone or in every situation.

“But you need to have clear strategic goals and be able to adapt and adjust in the process, and especially in a collaborative project, you need to be transparent and honest about what’s going on.”

Faktisk is in the process of expanding its formats, having so far focused mostly on text. A video reporter is starting later this month, and the team is also looking into other ways to present their work in a visual way that will appeal to mobile audiences, such as including the fact-checks in VG’s Snapchat Discover editions more often.

Another work in progress is coming up with a clear set of goals and metrics for measuring the impact of its fact-checks.

“This teamwork has been inspiring and we haven’t faced any big challenges so far, but it’s still early days.

“Our alliance highlights the fact that the challenges we are facing are so fundamental that we need to work together, and we are confident that we can do both: compete and collaborate.”

This article was originally published on Journalism.co.uk.

Newsrewired in the ‘innovate or die’ era

| September 1, 2017 – 11:05 am | 277 views

In a series on Journalism.co.uk, we take a look at what the key figures in media were saying in the past, based on our archive, and how those issues can be related to the current …

Pop-Up Newsroom aims to unlock best practices for collaboration between news organisations and technology companies

| August 31, 2017 – 11:14 am | 516 views
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How can we make digital editorial collaborations more efficient? Pop-Up Newsroom, a joint initiative from Meedan and Dig Deeper Media, launched in June with the aim of setting up a framework that encourages both editorial and technological innovation.

Storytelling for mobile and graphic novels: First speakers announced for November’s newsrewired

| August 21, 2017 – 2:06 pm | 4,667 views
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The next newsrewired digital journalism conference takes place on 22 November at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London. Newsrewired is powered by a focus on practical learning, with panels, workshops and talk throughout the day highlighting the latest techniques in digital newsgathering and storytelling.

Today, Journalism.co.uk is happy to announce the first speakers who will be joining us on the day to discuss storytelling for mobile audiences, collaboration in the newsroom, and the applications of the graphic novel format in journalism – including experts from The Wall Street Journal and BuzzFeed News.

Albertine Piels’s diary of a journalist surrounded by coders

| July 19, 2017 – 6:31 pm | 609 views
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It doesn’t happen very often that journalists work directly with coders – so when it does happen it could feel, for both sides, a little like stepping into a completely new universe…
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| July 19, 2017 – 6:14 pm | 950 views
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| July 19, 2017 – 5:43 pm | 511 views
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Is there a need for a new approach to political journalism and the we cover elections? After a year of election surprises, a panel at the newsrewired conference, in London today, asked: How should a journalist …

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| July 19, 2017 – 5:02 pm | 553 views
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| July 19, 2017 – 4:51 pm | 759 views
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As it happened: the diary of a journalist surrounded by coders

| July 19, 2017 – 4:30 pm | 579 views

Albertine Piels is the director of Hackastory. Last year she quit her job as an editor in chief at the Dutch national news station RTLZ to focus on Hackastory, where she works with coders every …

Representative media: ‘when you meet people face-to-face, you can do much more’

| July 19, 2017 – 4:00 pm | 461 views
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From the outside local and national news outlets seem like very different organisations – but aren’t their challenges growing ever similar? If so, then what can they do to improve levels of public trust, connect …