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The next news:rewired digital journalism conference is planned for Thursday 16 July at MSN UK’s offices in Victoria, LondonBook Your Place!

The agenda for July will be announced in the near future, but you can still see the agenda from February’s event below.

Have any topics or sessions you would like to see? Email alastair@journalism.co.uk with “news:rewired ideas” in the subject to talk further.


Time Sessions and speakers
8.40-9.10am Registration
9.10-9.20am Welcome
9.20-9.50am Keynote speech

As the Guardian’s executive editor for digital, Pilhofer – who joined the outlet from the New York Times last year – will discuss the importance of visual presentation in modern digital journalism and how the Guardian is exploring this area.

9.50-10.55am Experimenting in the newsroom

This session will look at how three newsrooms are trying new ideas and finding success in innovation.

  • Amanda Farnsworth, head of visual journalism, BBC
  • Pat Long, head of news development, The Times and Sunday Times
  • Alessio Balbi, head of audience engagement and product development, Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso

Moderated by:

Professor Jane Singer, professor of journalism innovation, City University London

10.55-11am Sponsor presentation

An introduction to Paydesk, a marketplace where broadcasters and editors find, hire and pay reputable freelance journalists.

11-11.20am Coffee break
11.20am-12.30pm A: Approaching the elections

With the UK general elections looming, what new approaches can journalists take to analyse results and produce engaging coverage?

Moderated by:

Fergus Bell, co-founder of the UGC ethics initiative, Online News Association

B: Engaging younger audiences

A look at some of the ways news outlets are reaching out to 16-34 year old readers, with a focus on mobile and social strategies.


Moderated by:

Blathnaid Healy, UK editor, Mashable


12.30-2.00pm Networking lunch and optional workshops
A: Exploring and visualising data

A live demo by Tableau data analyst Sophie Sparkes, where delegates will learn how to explore datasets and visualise stories with Tableau Public.

B: Mobile video journalism

Learn how to produce great-looking video with your smartphone in this workshop led by BBC College of Journalism trainer Marc Settle.

C: Essential podcasting skills

Corinne Podger, journalism trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation, will run through some tips and tools for producing compelling podcasts.

2.05-2.55pm A: Measuring success

This workshop will look at how journalists, newsrooms and commercial departments may need to take different approaches to analysing their work.

Moderated by:

Malcolm Coles, director of digital content, The Telegraph

B: Visual storytelling

Multimedia, interactives and visualisations can help stories stand out, but how and where are these elements best used?

Moderated by:

Sue Llewellyn, social media consultant and trainer


A: Online investigations

An in-depth workshop on investigation techniques using open-source information, social media and more.

  • Eliot Higgins, open-source investigations expert, founder of Bellingcat
  • Friedrich Lindenberg, data journalist and Knight International Journalism Fellow

Moderated by:

Gabrielle Laine-Peters, digital media consultant and trainer

B: A new wave in audio

A practical look at how newsrooms are using audio for engagement and social sharing to ensure stories are seen and heard.

  • Anna Doble, assistant editor, BBC Newsbeat
  • Eric Athas, senior digital news specialist, NPR Digital Services
  • Neelay Patel, senior VP of new business incubation and innovation, The Economist

Moderated by:

James Cridland, radio futurologist and managing director, Media.info

3.50-4.10pm Coffee break
4.10-4.40pm Afternoon keynote

Joanna will talk about how to use Twitter’s advanced search operators to discover and monitor breaking news, as well as how journalists can make use of some of the platform’s newer and lesser-known features.

4.40-4.45pm Sponsor presentation

An introduction to Crowdynews, a social media content curation platform that enables publishers to blend traditional news stories with social commentary.

4.45-5.30pm Emerging technology

A panel of experts will demonstrate how newsrooms are harnessing new technology, such as wearables, to tell stories and deliver news, and in the future.

Moderated by:

5.30-5.35pm Closing and thanks
5.35-7.30pm Networking drinks



“A great day with lots of inspiring stories, fresh ideas and new techniques for journalists to embrace. My notebook is full of great stuff from today”Alex Ward, freelancejournalist.co.uk

“news:rewired is great for the latest digital know-how and publishing tips”Jake O’Neill, Cision UK

“The combination of speakers from the cutting edge of journalism and an assembly of people driven to be at the cutting edge makes news:rewired the most electric gathering of journalists in Europe. A must-attend”Markham Nolan, Storyful

“A conference that invests in talking about the future of journalism and social media, rather than simply reacting to changes in practice after they’ve already happened”Richard Moynihan, Metro

“It’s not often you hear Claude Levi Strauss quoted in a presentation at a social media conference. Trust news:rewired to keep the bar extremely high…”Dominique Jackson, Mail Online

“It’s incredibly useful to get out of your own bubble and see what everyone else out there is thinking and doing. We’re all trying to do the same thing – secure the future of journalism”Marek Pruszewicz, BBC