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How audio journalism can boost engagement

| February 19, 2018 – 11:03 am | 712 views

“One important takeaway for the team since launching NOA is that our users will happily listen at length to stories that provide them with added narrative. In fact, the data indicates that our listeners love opinion and analysis style pieces. (Many of them have also told us as much.)

“Their relationship with news, however, is one of lower engagement. A news-centric headline is unlikely to attract as much traffic on the app. And this is despite the fact that turnaround times during our morning and evening recording sessions are often as low as 30 minutes.

“Today, news has turned into a commodity that competes on both timeliness and cost. While this is a market segment that publishers must serve, the successful players will marry this coverage with stories that go beyond the headline to provide insight and perspective (the ‘oh, wow’ or ‘I never thought of it like that’ factors).”

Gareth Hickey is co-founder and chief executive of NOA, a Dublin based audio-journalism company that transforms articles from some of the world’s leading publishers into professionally narrated, spoken word stories. He will speak at newsrewired on 7 March.

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Speakers from Quartz and NOA join us at newsrewired in March to discuss news on voice devices

| February 16, 2018 – 3:30 pm | 228 views

As more people welcome virtual assistants into their homes, will voice-controlled devices become a key platform for storytelling and news distribution?

We’ll be discussing the potential of these technologies in an afternoon session at our upcoming newsrewired digital journalism conference, taking place on 7 March in London.

Today, Journalism.co.uk is pleased to announce two more speakers joining the panel to talk voice AI.

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Jason Karaian is global finance and economics editor at Quartz, based in London. He previously spent 10 years at The Economist Group, first at the European edition of CFO magazine writing about the financial aspects of business and later, as financial services editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, covering the business aspects of finance. Jason will be sharing some insights into Quartz’s plans for voice-controlled devices such as the Amazon Echo or Google Assistant.

The Quartz Bot Studio is the centre of experimentation with artificial intelligence at Quartz, and Jason will explain more about how it fits within the organisation and about the studio’s work. You can keep up with the latest news from the Quartz Bot Studio here.

Gareth Hickey is the co-founder and chief executive of NOANOA News Limited aggregates, produces, and sells audio-journalism – i.e., spoken-word versions of journalistic articles. These audio articles are delivered to NOA’s subscribers across the company’s mobile, web, and smart speaker platforms, in addition to being supplied back to its partnering publishers.

NOA’s current partners include Amazon, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Independent, and The Irish Times, among others. The company also provides narration services to publishers seeking to deliver high-quality news summaries across popular smart speaker devices. NOA is also a sponsor of newsrewired.

Rob Owers, director of audio and video content at The Telegraph, will also be speaking on the panel, which will be moderated by Miranda McLachlan, senior lecturer in computational journalism at Goldsmiths.

Newsrewired takes place on 7 March at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London, and tickets are still available for £180+VAT.

The day will feature a mix of spotlight talks, panels and workshops discussing the latest trends and techniques in digital journalism, and speakers from CNN, Reuters, The Telegraph, FT, De Correspondent and more will be joining us on the day.

Check out a draft agenda for the conference here.

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 March

Delegates can register to attend the conference (7 March) and one of the full-day courses during the training day (8 March) by purchasing a newsrewired+ ticket.

Newsrewired+ tickets cost £368+VAT. They represent a 10 per cent discount compared to booking tickets for both days separately. Please note the training day on 8 March takes place at The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ.

 

Choose one of the following workshops:

  • Online content strategy for journalists

Should I liveblog a breaking news story? Or do a Facebook Live? Or would a traditional news story be the best path? How should I follow it up? What will reach my audience, and what will get me the best traffic? How do you choose how to spend your precious time or staff resources on the right kinds of coverage for your audience?

This one-day intensive course is designed to help you navigate those questions, and make great decisions on how to use the right style of coverage for the right story. Led by Adam Tinworth, a digital journalism expert for over a decade, and a visiting lecturer at City, University of London, this course will bring you up to speed with the cutting edge of thinking about online content, with plenty of real-world examples and exercises derived from his work with organisations in the UK and overseas.

  • Storytelling with infographics

This course will help you to think creatively about visualising your story and data in the most effective way for your audience across printed and online media. This one-day workshop, led by Nigel Hawtin, who worked as graphics editor at New Scientist for 20 years, is aimed at journalists, writers, PRs and communications teams who are looking to incorporate infographics into their storytelling.

At the end of this course you will: be equipped with the background knowledge and skills needed to produce or commission an effective infographic; understand the role of infographics and data visualisations for storytelling; understand how to translate complex issues into appropriate visual forms; avoid common mistakes; and be able to look at other infographics critically.

New talk and demo at newsrewired: A news game in virtual reality

| February 14, 2018 – 1:50 pm | 484 views
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Have you ever tried a news game in virtual reality? We’ve got you covered!

At newsrewired, Bianca Wright of Coventry University will share insights into the creation of a VR news game about the Coventry Blitz.

The experience places viewers in the shoes of firefighters attempting to extinguish the blaze at Coventry Cathedral during the Blitz.

Bianca and her team will also demo the experience to delegates interested in trying out a VR news game for themselves.

Newsrewired takes place on 7 March at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London, and tickets are still available for £180+VAT.

Newsrewired masterclass: The resurgence of email newsletters 💌

| February 12, 2018 – 3:34 pm | 363 views
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The agenda for the newsrewired conference, taking place on 7 March at Reuters in London, is shaping up quickly and today we are pleased to add a new lunchtime masterclass to the programme.
The workshop is hosted by …

3 tips for news organisations looking to launch membership models

| February 12, 2018 – 12:40 pm | 252 views
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Since launching in May, The Membership Puzzle Project, a year-long initiative from NYU’s Studio 20 programme and De Correspondent, has researched more than 100 news organisations, speaking to members and journalists about their expectations and approaches …

Come and meet Garland, Samson and Winkball at newsrewired in March

| February 9, 2018 – 12:37 pm | 175 views
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When you’re not listening and participating in our panel discussions and workshops at newsrewired, why not check out our exhibitor stands, where you can find out about some of the latest tools, technology and services …

Newsrw spotlight: Fighting disinformation and echo chambers with artificial intelligence

| February 9, 2018 – 11:56 am | 446 views

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already transforming the way we live and its influence on society is only going to grow. In a spotlight at newsrewired on 7 March, we will explore how AI is currently …

Speakers from CNN and Reuters to share insights at newsrewired, 7 March

| February 6, 2018 – 5:19 pm | 735 views

With only a few weeks to go until the next newsrewired digital journalism conference, taking place on 7 March at Reuters in London, the Journalism.co.uk team is pleased to announce two more speakers joining us on the day.

Experts from CNN and Reuters will join other key figures in digital media to discuss the latest trends and techniques in journalism and storytelling, offering practical insights and tips to delegates.

Tickets for the event are still available and cost £180+VAT.

Two new speakers join us at newsrewired, 7 March, to talk mobile reporting and peer-reviewed journalism

| February 1, 2018 – 12:39 pm | 902 views

At Journalism.co.uk we are working on the preparations for our upcoming newsrewired digital journalism conference, taking place on 7 March at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London. We have published a draft agenda which you can see on this site, and which we are constantly updating as we are able to confirm new speakers and sessions.

Today we are pleased to announce two more speakers joining us on the day, discussing the changing relationship between media and audiences, and mobile workflows for journalists respectively.

The Credibility Coalition is working to establish the common elements of trustworthy articles

| January 30, 2018 – 11:26 am | 305 views
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What makes a news article credible? Is it a trusted byline, a particular tone, the number of links, or the range of expert opinions presented?

To identify the credibility indicators in news media, Meedan and Hacks/Hackers set up a working group, currently in the process of developing a framework and mark-up a first round of test articles.

Initially called The Credibility Indicators Working Group and recently renamed as The Credibility Coalition, the initiative builds on existing frameworks such as Google’s way of labelling fact-checked articles in search results in order to build common definitions and a common data schema that all those who are working in this space can use to communicate.

“It’s an effort to develop a standard of third party mark-up of stories to inform platforms and AI initiatives about their credibility,” said An Xiao Mina, director of product at Meedan, who led workshops on credibility indicators at MozFest in London at the end of October.

“The coalition involves journalists, data scientists, librarians, designers and others because we believe that credibility has many different facets.”

The Telegraph takes on audio storytelling, with podcasts and news briefings on Alexa and Google Assistant

| January 22, 2018 – 12:06 pm | 489 views
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The Telegraph’s commitment to video and audio storytelling was further emphasised in 2017 with the hiring of two broadcast journalists.

Its portfolio of podcasts and drive to explore opportunities for news distribution on voice-controlled devices also points to a desire to build a diverse digital offering that places the brand in front of people who might otherwise not interact with The Telegraph, as well as reaching its existing audience on emerging platforms.

Rob Owers, director of video and audio at The Telegraph, joined the title after roles at Twitter and Sky News. His focus is to both improve the quality of the existing output and to explore the possibilities of branching out into different formats such as longform video.

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

| January 18, 2018 – 12:54 pm | 877 views
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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.