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Newsrewired proudly supports PressPad to foster greater diversity in UK newsrooms

| November 18, 2019 – 12:53 pm | 189 views

94 per cent of UK journalists are white. 86 per cent have gone to university. 78 per cent of 18-34- year-olds cannot afford to live in London, away from home, to do unpaid internships and get their foot in the door.

PressPad, a social enterprise that matches young journalists with host-mentors, wants to change that. And so do we. We invited PressPad team to join Newsrewired and we give them – and you – the opportunity to work together towards greater diversity in UK newsrooms.

Since launching in May 2018, PressPad has helped match students with industry professionals to provide housing and mentorship throughout their placements in London. Its aim is to reduce the financial barrier to aspiring journalists and in turn, diversify news organisations.

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From 500k to 80m readers in a year: how The Memo grew its audience after Forbes buyout

| November 14, 2019 – 12:45 pm | 190 views

Audience growth is the aspiration for all news outlets, but for the UK based publication The Memo it was made a reality when it was bought by US business publisher Forbes as part of its European expansion in February 2018.

The acquisition has seen The Memo’s readership rise from 500k to 80 million in the space of a year. Since bringing the publication on board, Forbes has grown its own European team numbers to 400 from just 80.

In a podcast with Journalism.co.uk, Alex Wood, The Memo’s founder and current European editor for Forbes, explained the reasons behind the transatlantic move. Wood will be speaking at Newsrewired about skills journalists will need to succeed in the newsroom of 2020.

“Europe is a key driver of growth. Brexit is on the mind of our readers but the fundamentals in the UK and in London, more specifically, are still there. The UK will still be an important part of the world’s economic growth and needed to cover stories,” he explained.

“The team in the US are eager and excited to see where Europe goes and also the young entrepreneurs making a change, regardless of what’s happening.”

Interviews in the magazine focus on having a social impact. This has been one of the biggest changes to Forbes as it is now reaching a much larger audience. The entrepreneurs say they are happy about the newfound sense of purpose and the impact their businesses are having on the wider clientele.

Gaining so many readers in just a year is impressive. The driving force for this growth, according to Wood, is the company’s ethos and mission from both the UK and US sectors.

He described how both are very similar; when Forbes was first set up, it revolved around the people and personalities behind entrepreneurial capitalism.

The Memo’s mission, on the other hand, was to make the future more human and explore how technology and business were changing the world. But diversity is also important, which shows in hiring practices as well as the range of stories; covering gender, ethnicity and nationality angles helps expand its readership.

The entrepreneurial personality of the people that work and run the company is also important for the business.

“When I joined Forbes I was surprised to see the senior management of the company were former entrepreneurs themselves, there is a real entrepreneurial culture of how we can scale up using the technology and tools we have,” Wood explained.

“We actually built our own content management system (CMS) from scratch and launched it last year. It is built around the essential needs of a writer and uses cutting edge technology. As you write, an artificial intelligence optimises your headline and suggests images that are relevant.

“It’s called Bertie which is named after the original founder of Forbes.”

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

Engage your audience by fulfilling six reader needs

| November 11, 2019 – 3:59 pm | 343 views
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Although covering breaking news and offering analysis has been at the core of the BBC’s output for decades, the broadcaster has spent the past two years creating a better editorial strategy to fulfil the needs of its global audience by responding to six user needs.

Only 21 spaces left for Newsrewired – book your ticket today

| November 7, 2019 – 11:59 am | 272 views
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With less than three weeks to go to our Newsrewired conference, spaces are getting tighter so secure your place today – when they are gone, they are gone.

Keynote speaker Dmitry Shishkin, chief content officer at Culture Trip, joins Newsrewired

| November 4, 2019 – 2:02 pm | 304 views
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We are very excited to announce that Dmitry Shishkin will be joining us at our upcoming Newsrewired conference as keynote speaker on 27 November 2019 at Reuters, London.

Audience engagement is an essential component of success in every news organisation. Figuring out how to produce content that your readers and viewers are genuinely interested in is key to make them come back – and pay – for more.

Newsrewired sneak peek podcast: diversity, artificial intelligence, and future-proofing journalism

| October 25, 2019 – 12:00 pm | 456 views
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Our Newsrewired digital journalism conference is fast approaching and we are excited about the speaker lineup and the topics we have in store.

To offer you a taster of what is coming on 27 November, we caught up with four of our panellists on this week’s Journalism.co.uk podcast.

Hazel Baker, head of UGC newsgathering at Reuters, on deepfakes, misinformation and verification

| October 21, 2019 – 3:13 pm | 421 views
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At Newsrewired next month, we will hear from industry experts about the latest techniques that are adopted to produce misleading and false content, equip you with the tools and advice to tackle misinformation, and best practice for verifying user-generated content online.

Become a mobile journalism pro at Newsrewired

| October 17, 2019 – 1:17 pm | 430 views
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Join us at Newsrewired and learn how to create professional video and audio content using the tool you and your team already have – a smartphone. Whether you want to boost your social media strategy, publish more video or simply produce professionally-looking content with fewer people and resources, Newsrewired has you covered.

Mobile journalism legend Yusuf Omar is joining Newsrewired

| October 10, 2019 – 5:59 pm | 1,675 views
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We are very pleased to announce that Yusuf Omar, a mobile and wearable journalist and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, will join our (already stellar) speaker lineup.

Q&A: Lyndsey Jones, executive editor at the Financial Times on what you will need to succeed in the newsroom of the 2020

| September 30, 2019 – 4:21 pm | 554 views
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We caught up with our speaker Lyndsey Jones to find out more about how the Financial Times is preparing its reporters for the newsroom of the 2020s.

Get ready for the newsroom of 2020

| September 20, 2019 – 11:58 am | 606 views
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As we are entering a new decade, we will explore what skills journalists need to develop to succeed in their careers and help their newsrooms thrive.

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

| September 10, 2019 – 2:53 pm | 1,057 views

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