Social media and data: More speakers announced for July’s newsrewired

Here at we’re busy getting everything ready for the next newsrewired digital journalism conference, which takes place on 20 July at the Reuters offices in Canary Wharf, London.

With less than a month to go until the event, we’re pleased to announce more speakers from Sky News, the Guardian and The Financial Times will be joining our expert line-up on the day.

The agenda for the day includes panel discussions, practical workshops and spotlight talks on trends and techniques in digital journalism, from making the most of analytics to getting to grips with podcasting, audience engagement and social media newsgathering.

Check out the draft programme here.

Also joining us on the day will be:

Martin StabeMartin Stabe, head of interactive news, The Financial Times. Martin leads a team of data journalists, designers and web developers tasked with producing innovative, data-driven forms of online storytelling for FT.comThe team supports FT investigations with data collection and analysis, and produces news applications, interactive graphics and online maps. He will host a data journalism workshop as part of our ‘data hub’ session.


Hazel Baker, digital news editor, Sky News. Hazel leads the newsroom’s efforts to source and verify pictures, video and testimony from witnesses to news events. She also works as a news editor on the home desk at Sky News, and was previously a producer in the Online and Business teams. Hazel will join the final panel of the day, discussing the ethics of social media newsgathering alongside George Sargent, social media producer, Reuters, and Rachel Rodriguez, social media producer, CNN International.


Alan Strange, output editor, Sky News. Alan lead the efforts to launch Sky News on Snapchat Discover over a year ago, and he will give delegates insights into how Sky has used the platform since, and what they have learned in the process. Alan will join the opening panel about reaching younger audiences and new sources on chat apps, alongside Denise Law, community editor, The Economist, and James Morgansocial and audience engagement lead, BBC News.

Helena Bengtsson is editor, data projects, at the Guardian in London, UK. She previously worked as the database editor at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset (Great Journalism Award) for, a website profiling every candidate in that season’s Swedish elections. She will lead a data journalism workshop highlighting key takeaways from her work on the Panama Papers.

Tickets cost just £165+VAT, and a limited number are available here.

Here are some more highlights from the programme:

  • Keynote: Kristen Taylor, audience development specialist and former community editor, Serial Season 2
  • The success and challenges of AJ+, and its new distributed news strategy;
  • How to create engaging podcasts and how to monetise them – A session with The Guardian, ShoutOut Network, Reveal and more;
  • Editorial analytics: How to use metrics in the newsroom efficiently – Insights from BBC News and Trinity Mirror;
  • Why The Times is betting on an editions-based digital strategy;
  • Mobile-first: A workshop analysing the different ways people get news throughout the day, with Nic Newman.

As well as the conference, is also hosting a day of training on 21 July at The Bridge near London Bridge.

Newsrewired+ delegates can choose to attend one of the following courses: advanced online research bootcamp, search engine optimisation for journalists and making podcasts and audio packages. Find out more about newsrewired+ here.


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