More speakers join live social video and special projects sessions

At, we’re counting down the days until the next newsrewired digital journalism conference on 8 February, and we have some updates about the event (keep an eye out for more posts this week as well).

We’re pleased to announce speakers from the FT and First Draft will be joining us on stage to discuss the latest techniques in digital journalism.

Robin Kwong, special projects editor, the Financial Times, helps the FT push the boundaries of digital journalism. He co-ordinates coverage of large-scale topics and experiments with innovative approaches to digital reporting and storytelling, while fostering collaboration between the FT’s editorial, technology and commercial departments. Robin will join the “special projects and newsroom collaboration” panel, alongside Francesca Panetta, special projects editor, the Guardian, and Lauren Brown, special projects editor, Quartz.

Tickets for the conference are available for £180+ VAT.

Jenni Sargent is the managing director of First Draft, an organisation set up in 2015 to provide guidance and training for journalists in social newsgathering and verification. In September 2016, she coordinated and launched the First Draft Partner Network, the first initiative of its kind to bring together global newsrooms and social media companies to collaborate on tackling common issues relating to sourcing, reporting and consuming information that emerges online. Jenni is also a director of Eyewitness Media Hub. She will be taking part in the opening panel discussing techniques and issues around using live broadcasts on social media, alongside Andy Dangerfield, UK social media editor, BuzzFeed News, Sue Llewellyn, founder, Ultra Social, and Alfred Joyner, head of video, IBT Media.

We will also be announcing new speakers joining us to talk automation in the newsroom later this week. Malcolm Coles, the former director of digital media at the Telegraph, was scheduled to discuss the title’s automation efforts for sports liveblogging, but after leaving the Telegraph in December he is unfortunately no longer able to attend.

More updates on the automation panel as well as an entirely new session coming over the next few days!

Newsrewired takes place on 8 February at Reuters in London, and the agenda for the day will also cover online privacy for journalists, news games, collaboration in the newsroom, and how news organisations can tackle the misinformation ecosystem and fake news. View the programme for the day here.

A full day of training on 9 February will follow, with newsrewired+ delegates able to attend one of three hands-on workshops on data journalism, video storytelling and community management.

A newsrewired+ ticket gives you access to the conference on 8 February and a workshop the following day. Newsrewired+ tickets are available for £368 +VAT. They represent a 10 per cent discount compared to booking tickets for both days separately.

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