Latest news:rewired updates: Heather Bowen, head of social media at the Daily Mirror, joins chat apps panel

By Alvaro Ibanez on Flickr
By Alvaro Ibanez on Flickr

With one week to go until the next news:rewired digital journalism conference (1 December, London), we’re pleased to announce Heather Bowen, head of social media at the Daily Mirror, will be joining the panel on messaging apps in the newsroom.

Alongside Trushar Barot, mobile editor at BBC World Service, and Blathnaid Healy, UK editor at Mashable, Bowen will be discussing the role of chat apps – from WhatsApp to Snapchat and Viber – in journalism and their potential uses in the future.

Bowen is responsible for social media strategy and performance at the Mirror and has a wealth of social media knowledge from running social accounts first hand, to analysing and training others on how to use them.

Mirror Online reported a five-fold increase in page views from social referrals in 2014, and received a string of award nominations this year, including at the AOPs and British Media Awards.

A trained journalist, Bowen joined Trinity Mirror – the Mirror’s parent company – in 2011. Previously she was social media and engagement editor for Trinity Mirror Regionals, in charge of improving news gathering and social engagement techniques, while growing online audiences.

The event takes place on 1 December at the MSN UK offices in London near Victoria, and delegates will hear from expert speakers from the Guardian, The Washington Post, the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Vice News and more. Check out the full programme for the day here.

Tickets cost just £165+VAT and they’re selling fast – with only a week to go, reserve your place now to avoid missing out.

As well as the conference on Tuesday 1 December, is proud to host a full day of training at the same venue on 2 December. A news:rewired+ ticket offers access to both days, and delegates can choose to attend one of the following three courses: social media content strategies, advanced online research techniques, social video crash course. Find out more about news:rewired+ here.

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