Times communities editor Joanna Geary to give keynote at news:rewired is pleased to announce that Joanna Geary, communities editor of the Times, will give the keynote speech to open the news:rewired – beyond the story conference next month.

Geary joined the Times in early 2009 as web development editor, business. In that role and now as communities editor, she has been part of the Times website redesign and move behind a paywall.

She previously worked for the Birmingham Post, where she helped set up a bloggers’ network for the paper, working with local bloggers and community groups to forge better relationships with the Post’s readership.

Joanna GearyAt news:rewired Geary will discuss her work at the Times and give her views on how journalists’ roles are changing as the business models for news organisations shift. She is particularly interested in the development of new online products and how social media and other communications tools can be used to better understand and serve news consumers.

“As a blogger, digital journalist and organiser of events including Hacks/Hackers in London and Brandnew, I can think of no one better than Joanna to open our conference. She has helped bring innovation to the UK media scene and show an understanding of the blurring lines between developers and journalists, news outlets and news brands. Her approach to different audiences and communities, through online and offline communication, and how this ‘customer service’ role has become part of her journalistic work will provide valuable lessons for all of us at news:rewired,” said Laura Oliver, editor of

Geary joins a leading line-up of speakers at the third news:rewired event organised by

Vicky Taylor, commissioning editor at Channel 4, Mary Beth Christie, head of product management at and 1000heads’ Molly Flatt have also been added to the agenda, which now includes a final session on the potential of gaming in journalism. Alastair Dant, lead interactive technologist at Guardian News and Media, Alex Fleetwood, founder and director of Hide&Seek, and Professor Andy Miah are amongst the speakers who will discuss the idea of immersive journalism and ask what the journalism and communications industries can learn from the world of computer and social gaming.

More details of the event are available on the news:rewired event website. Tickets are £100 (+VAT) and can be purchased at this link.

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