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(L-R) IBT Media's Alfred Joyner, Buzzfeed News' Andy Dangerfield, Ultra Social's Sue Llewellyn, and First Draft's Jenni Sargent at news:rewired on February 8, 2017

First speakers announced for July’s newsrewired

| April 12, 2017 – 10:37 am | 1,119 views

Over the past month, the Journalism.co.uk team has been working on the agenda for our upcoming newsrewired conference, and we are pleased to announce our first round of speakers, including experts from The New York Times, BuzzFeed, TBIJ, Condé Nast International, and more.

Newsrewired takes place on 19 July 2017 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London, and as usual, the focus of the event is on practical learning based on the latest trends and techniques in digital journalism.

A limited number of discounted early-bird tickets (40) are available for £130 +VAT until 21 April at 23:59 GMT or until the tickets sell out, whichever comes first – after that, tickets will be available for £180+VAT.

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Yes, you can do media conferences without all-male panels

| March 8, 2017 – 11:08 am | 441 views

Some of the sessions at newsrewired in February 2017, illustrated by Andrew Garthwaite. https://twitter.com/AndGarth

Since September 2015, I have been managing the programme for Journalism.co.uk’s newsrewired digital journalism event.

In that period of time, Journalism.co.uk has organised four full-day conferences, and one-half day event. I have also been involved with the organisation of one event prior to taking the lead (July 2015).

It’s International Women’s Day, and I want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts and some numbers about the gender balance at our events.

From the day I started as the event manager for newsrewired, the editorial team that works on the agenda (and on Journalism.co.uk editorial more widely) has consisted entirely of women.

We also attend many other industry conferences, so we are acutely aware of the gender balance in the programme and of the diversity of speakers on stage.

In the past, we have highlighted women working in a variety of innovative fields in the media, from social media to emerging technology, and spoke against the all male panel, like others in the industry (links here, here and here).

We haven’t had an all-male panel (manel) at newsrewired since before the current team has worked on the event. We were also pleased to hear from a male speaker we reached out to with an invite to one of our events last year that he would not participate if we had no women on the panel.

So to be transparent about where newsrewired stands on this, let’s get to the numbers. The following graph shows the number of women who spoke at our last five full day events, as a percentage of the total number of speakers.


Graph made with Infogram. Click the image to see the numbers behind the graph.

The total number these percentages are calculated from includes speakers who participated as part of panels or individual “spotlight” talks, moderators, and sponsors who spoke in front of our delegates. It excludes any speakers who were only on stage for admin talk (e.g. in which rooms the sessions will take place in the afternoon, what the wifi password is, etc), as well as Journalism.co.uk staff.

I also excluded a half-day event we organised in October 2015, in an effort to compare like for like. We did not have a manel there either.

As the graph shows, we haven’t been very consistent. We have experimented with different formats for sessions, and for events that have fewer panels in the programme in favour of short talks and workshops led by just one speaker, it’s easier to lose track of the bigger picture (see our March event, which focused entirely on video).

It’s not about the topic of the event or panel either. At our last conference in February, we organised a panel about automation in the newsroom with more women than men on stage. We had a workshop on digital security for journalists led by a woman. You can see the agenda for that event here.

Those fields may be predominantly male, but it wasn’t difficult to find women to invite to share their expertise.

The general rule is that if you can’t think of any women to ask to speak at your event on a particular topic off the top of your head, you need to widen your search.

So if you are an event organiser reading this, the diversity of your programme starts with you. If you are a PR for an organisation receiving speaker requests, why not put forward more women to represent your organisation? If you want to avoid manels and have a woman speaking on your panel already, why not invite another? And remember that nothing says “we tried” in a sadder voice than a panel where all the experts are men, moderated by a woman.

Announcing the next newsrewired event: 19 July 2017

| March 7, 2017 – 1:16 pm | 1,128 views

Journalism.co.uk is pleased to announce the next newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place on 19 July 2017 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

This will be our 19th conference, and as usual, we’re aiming to provide delegates with practical skills and ideas they can take home and explore in their own organisations.

The day will feature a mix of workshops and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism.

The big challenges of special projects

| February 16, 2017 – 1:34 pm | 487 views

As audience consumption habits continue to evolve as the digital media industry grows, newsrooms have been experimenting with bold new projects to engage audiences. A selection of these special projects were the topic of discussion …

On Our Radar: 3 challenges of remote storytelling

| February 8, 2017 – 6:27 pm | 586 views

On Our Radar is a non-profit communications agency that focuses on underreported stories from marginalised communities. It has produced a handful of projects in partnership with citizen journalists from various communities, such as “Back in Touch”, …

As it happened: Special projects

| February 8, 2017 – 5:01 pm | 455 views

Some editorial initiatives bring down newsroom walls and get many different teams working together. Our closing session will look at the “special projects” strategies in newsrooms, and the challenges and opportunities they bring, whether it’s …

As it happened: Collaborative storytelling: Using technology to source stories from remote communities

| February 8, 2017 – 4:40 pm | 527 views

On Our Radar trains and supports citizen journalists from marginalised and remote communities. The organisation released an interactive documentary telling the stories of life after Ebola in communities in Sierra Leone. Paul Myles, editorial manager, will give insights …

How journalists can protect themselves against the “snooper’s charter”

| February 8, 2017 – 4:23 pm | 1,111 views

Speaking at news:rewired, Silkie Carlo offered some tips on how journalists should protect themselves against hacks and interceptions.

As it happened: Gaming principles in storytelling

| February 8, 2017 – 4:18 pm | 487 views

Juliana Ruhfus, senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigative and current affairs strand, worked on producing Al Jazeera’s news games, from its first ever project of this kind, Pirate Fishing, to the most recent, …

As it happened: Kickstarting R&D culture in European newsrooms

| February 8, 2017 – 2:57 pm | 498 views

Starting up a new project can be tricky – from funding it to implementing new workflows in the organisation, there are many factors to consider along the way. This session brings together three funding recipients of …

As it happened: Digital security for journalists

| February 8, 2017 – 2:41 pm | 358 views

This workshop will outline the basics of information security for newsrooms, explaining why journalists should be concerned with online privacy in the first place – led by Silkie Carlo, policy officer (technology), Liberty.
There are limited places …

As it happened: Making data visualisations and interactives work on mobile

| February 8, 2017 – 2:03 pm | 522 views

Learn from data teams in newsrooms about the practical ups and downs of making their work more mobile-friendly.
• Colleen McEnaney, graphics editor, The Wall Street Journal
• Martin Stabe, head of interactive news, The Financial Times
Moderated by: John …