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New session: Kickstarting R&D culture in European newsrooms

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Discussing trends and innovative techniques for digital journalism has always been at the heart of newsrewired, where the programme’s mix of panels and workshops is designed to help delegates return to their newsrooms with new ideas and practical knowledge to implement in their work.

But starting up a new project can be tricky – from funding it to implementing new workflows in the organisation, there are many factors to consider along the way. At our next newsrewired digital journalism conference on 8 February, we’ll bring together three funding recipients of Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI) to discuss the projects they are currently working on.

Kickstarting R&D culture in European newsrooms

Google’s DNI was launched in 2015 to promote innovation in European newsrooms. Part of the programme is a €150 million (£128m) fund, with grants awarded to successful applicants in several rounds. During the afternoon at newsrewired, we’ll hear from Sarah Hartley, applicants associate manager at Google DNI, and speakers from funding recipients Full Fact, Magnum Photos and The Irish Times, in a session powered by Google.

Mevan Babakar manages digital products and supporter communications at Full Fact, the UK’s leading factchecking charity. Her main focus for the past year has been automated fact-checking, a topic which Full Fact received DNI funding to explore.

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon is the global digital director of Magnum Photos, where she leads the digital publishing and e-commerce strategy. Magnum’s new digital publishing project was the recipient of a Google DNI Fund award, to support photojournalism online and the development of new business models in the field. 

Conor Goodman is features editor of The Irish Times. In 2011, as people emigrated in droves from recession-hit Ireland, he and journalist Ciara Kenny launched the Generation Emigration blog, a forum for Irish people living overseas. In 2016 The Irish Times secured funding from the Google Digital News Initiative to develop this project into the Irish Times Abroad network. 

Newsrewired takes place on 8 February at the Reuters offices in Canary Wharf, London. A small number of tickets to the event is still available for £180+VAT.

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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