First speakers announced for July’s news:rewired

With under three months left until the next news:rewired digital journalism conference, the team at is pleased to announce the first speakers who will be joining us on the day to discuss the latest trends and techniques in online journalism.

The event takes place on 20 July at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London, with a full day of practical training on 21 July hosted at The Bridge in London Bridge.

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Joining us at the conference will be speakers from the BBC, The Economist, CNN and the Guardian, discussing social media newsgathering, engaging communities on closed networks, podcasting and measuring success.


Denise Law oversees social media innovation at The Economist. She currently leads a team of eight journalists focused on adapting and distributing its journalism across social media, chat apps and emerging platforms. She’ll be part of a panel on reaching audiences on chat apps, giving some insights into The Economist’s experience with Line. Read our Q&A with Denise here.



Elinor Shields is head of audience engagement for BBC News in London. She leads a multidisciplinary team that aims to put real-time data at the heart of the newsroom, to increase online performance and innovation. She also works on editorial strategies to connect with new audiences in the UK and internationally. She’ll be joining a panel on using analytics in the newsroom.


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Jason Phipps is head of audio at the Guardian and responsible for all the podcasts published on  He has worked exclusively in podcasting for a decade producing science, tech and culture content for the Guardian and independent production companies. He will take part in a panel discussion about the value of podcasting and how to produce engaging audio.


Rachel Rodriguez is CNN International’s social media producer in London. She directs CNN’s international social media strategy, covers news and features via social media and acts as a social consultant for both TV and digital. Rachel will be part of a panel on social media newsgathering, discussing the ethical and copyright aspects of working with eyewitness media.


JamesMorgan_cropJames Morgan is a social and audience engagement lead at BBC News. He spent 2015 travelling the US and Canada with BBC Pop Up, experimenting with Yik Yak, Snapchat, Meerkat and Facebook Lives. He was the first @BBCBreaking writer and still moonlights occasionally. James will give delegates an insight into the BBC’s work on Yik Yak, joining Denise in our chat apps session.


Tickets for the conference on 20 July cost just £165+VAT – book yours here! You can also purchase a two day ticket, which gives you access to the conference on 20 July and a full day of training on 21 July.

A news:rewired+ ticket to access both days costs £335+VAT, giving delegates an 18 per cent discount on the conference compared to booking tickets separately.

Choose one workshop from: making podcasts and audio packages, advanced online research bootcamp, search engine optimisation for journalists.

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