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Newsrewired March 2019: seven main takeaways

| March 20, 2019 – 3:14 pm | 225 views
7 Newsrewired takeaways

The Newsrewired conference, which took place on 6 March 2019 at Reuters in London, showcased once again the most interesting projects and latest trends in digital journalism.

If you weren’t there, or if you simply want to remind yourself of the topics of the day, check out this editorial selection of the best conference coverage articles.

Looking for speakers’ presentations? Find them here.

The next Newsrewired conference will take place in November 2019. We are currently working on the agenda and will announce the date soon. If you would like to participate as a speaker or a sponsor, please get in touch with our editorial team.

The double-edged sword of blockchain

| March 6, 2019 – 6:26 pm | 650 views
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Many journalists and publishers are struggling to get to grips with blockchain.

To explain it in simple terms, blockchain is a growing list of records  – called blocks – which are encrypted and linked. Each block also contains a timestamp and other information about the origin of data. By design, a blockchain is resistant to modification of the data it contains, which may come in handy when we need to protect news content from tampering or even censorship.

Another advantage of data stored in a blockchain is that it has been recorded and validated by other users, who can be humans or computers, thus helping verification.

Troy Norcross is the co-founder of Blockchain Rookies, a company that advises businesses on using blockchain in their day-to-day work.

To make the concept of blockchain more accessible to the delegates, Norcross used a metaphor of an Excel spreadsheet: it is a way to add data into rows, validate them and link them in columns. This creates a chain that any user can see at any time, with the possibility to verify who and when entered the data and where it came from.

Publishers are experimenting with smart speakers, addressing concerns around monetisation and discoverability

| March 6, 2019 – 5:59 pm | 421 views
Smart Speakers panel

Difficulty to monetise, discover content and issues around privacy are some of the reasons why publishers are reluctant to start producing content for voice-controlled devices, despite their potential to be a new revenue and content stream. At Newsrewired (6 March), a panel of experts discussed how they are tackling these concerns.

BBC Local News Partnerships: collaborating with regional titles strengthens both local and national news agenda

| March 6, 2019 – 2:46 pm | 268 views
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by Hannah Wilson

Journalism and life very much happens outside of the capital. That was the message from Matthew Barraclough, head of BBC Local News Partnerships (LNP), speaking at newsrewired (6 March 2019).
While here in the …

How NZZ increased its conversion rate up to five times with dynamic ‘paygates’

| March 6, 2019 – 12:56 pm | 379 views
Rouven Leuener

Rouven Leuener is group head of digital product at Neue Zürcher Zeitung, one of the oldest German-language newspapers in Switzerland. He took the lead on digital innovation five years ago and shared his experience of experimenting with dynamic ‘paygates.’

Agenda update: new speakers and lunchtime workshop alternative

| March 5, 2019 – 11:46 am | 352 views
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With only one day to go to our Newsrewired conference, taking place tomorrow at Reuters in London, UK, we are pleased to announce two new speakers will be joining us on the day.