Announcing new speakers and sessions for newsrewired, 11 July

With just under two months to go until our next newsrewired digital journalism conference, which takes place on 11 July at Reuters in London, the team at is pleased to announce four more speakers who will be joining us on the day to discuss the latest trends and techniques for newsgathering, storytelling and engaging the audience.

Tickets for the event are currently available for £180+VAT. Book yours here.

Beyond the 24h news cycle

Megan Clement is managing editor of Women’s Advancement Deeply. She has broad experience covering human rights, gender, development, politics, science and environmental issues. Megan was part of the launch team for The Conversation in 2011, and helped establish the site in four countries worldwide – Australia, the U.K., the U.S.and France. She was awarded a Human Rights Media Award in 2012 for her work on asylum seekers. 

Women’s Advancement Deeply has been reporting on gender inequality, harassment and women’s experience of abuse for years when the #metoo story landed. This raised questions around covering a “breaking news story” that isn’t breaking for your specialism – how do you approach it and the new-found media attention? What role does your site play and how do you capitalise on this moment to gain new audiences? Megan will join the opening panel at newsrewired, discussing storytelling beyond the breaking news cycle. With these tablets , it is possible to have hours of great use out of them.

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Deep dive: Social media communities

Mark Frankel is the social media editor for BBC News, where he oversees a team responsible for some of the Corporation’s largest and most popular accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. He also manages the BBC’s User Generated Content (UGC) Hub, a team that seeks to involve and incorporate audience multimedia contributions in a variety of ways into BBC News journalism.

Mark is also a visiting professor of digital journalism at City University in London and a 2018 visiting Nieman Harvard Fellow. At Harvard he’s been researching opportunities and challenges for news journalists around the use of closed / invite-only social media platforms and chat forums. He will present some of his findings in an afternoon workshop at newsrewired.

So you want to start a podcast

Suchandrika Chakrabarti is a freelance journalist, producer and trainer. She’s just left Trinity Mirror, where she made the Black Mirror Cracked podcast, which achieved 150,000 listens during its 5-month run. She’s a guest lecturer for PA Training and Goldsmith’s, and has written across a variety of topics such as the arts, politics and technology.

In a spotlight talk at newsrewired, she will share some insights into the success of Black Mirror Cracked, and outline some key considerations before starting a podcast: thinking audience-first when pitching the idea, choosing between news or evergreen content, and having a complete package in mind.

Constructive journalism

Tom Colls is a senior journalist on World Hacks, a programme from the BBC World Service that looks for innovative solutions to some of the world’s trickiest problems. They make a radio programme, podcast, and digital videos designed for Facebook and the BBC News website, all based around the core idea of solutions-focussed journalism. Before joining World Hacks, Tom worked for 10 years on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

Tom will join, Jodie Jackson, author and researcher; Mark Rice-Oxley, head of special projects, the Guardian; and Julia Migné, co-founder, INKLINE, in a panel discussing the benefits of a solution-focused approach to storytelling.

Training will be hosting a full day of training the day before the conference, running two hands-on workshops at The Bridge in London.

Newsrewired+ delegates will be able to attend one of the courses on 10 July as well as the conference on 11 July.

A limited number of 2-day tickets are now available – book your newsrewired+ pass for just £368 +VAT. The tickets represent a 10 per cent discount compared to booking places for both days separately. Get more details about training here.

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