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Our next news:rewired conference will take place on Thursday 16 July 2015, at MSN HQ in London. (Cardinal Place, 100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL).
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The full agenda for the event is below.


Time Sessions and speakers
8.40-9.10am Registration
9.10-9.20am Welcome

  • Alastair Reid, editor, Journalism.co.uk
  • Peter Jackson, managing editor, MSN News
9.20-9.50am Keynote speech

  • Emily Bell, director, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Emily Bell has been director of Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism since 2010 and will open proceedings on the day with the keynote speech

9.50-11am Unheard voices, untold stories

The opening panel will look at how news organisations are using new technology and techniques to give voice to some of the more marginalised members of society, finding new stories and audiences in the process

Moderated by:

Rachael Jolley, editor, Index on Censorship

11-11.20am Coffee break
11.20am-12.30pm A: Building engaged communities

An in-depth look at how media outlets keep their audience engaged with stories, and how readers’ comments can play a positive role.

  • Laura Oliver, social and communities editor, UK, the Guardian
  • Alison Gow, digital innovation editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals
  • Ashley Muddiman, research associate, Engaging News Project

Moderated by:

B: Live news: on the ground and in the newsroom

In a world of livestreaming apps and social media what are some of the best tools and techniques for live and breaking news?

  • Matt Wells, live editor, the Guardian
  • Claire Wardle, research director, Tow Center of Digital Journalism, co-founder, EyeWitness Media Hub
  • Tim Pool, director of media innovation, Fusion

Moderated by:

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

Tableau data analyst Sophie Sparkes, will show delegates how to explore data sets and visualise stories with Tableau Public.

B: Analytics for journalists 

Industry experts continue to debate how analytics should be used in the newsroom. Learn how to intelligently use metrics in this workshop with digital journalism lecturer and trainer Adam Tinworth.

C: New research tips with Google Trends

Google News Lab’s Matt Cooke will introduce delegates to the Google News Lab and show how the new Google Trends website can help journalists research, embed and visualize their stories in new ways.

2.05-2.55pm A: Sourcing stories on social media

Social media has revolutionised the newsgathering process but there is still progress to be made, particularly in finding and verifying sources.

Moderated by:

B: The mobile visual journalist

The best camera is the one you have with you. Find out how you can use your smartphone to produce quality videos in this workshop with:

Moderated by:



A: Social storytelling

As more news organisations bypass their websites and publish straight to social media, this workshop will look at some of the opportunities and challenges such a strategy presents and advice on doing it well

Moderated by

B: Video on the move

For many news outlets, over half of the total audience is now mobile. So what do they like to see when they press play?

Moderated by

  • Miranda McLachlan, senior lecturer in journalism and founder, Goldsmiths Digital Journalism Lab
3.50-4.10pm Coffee break
4.10-4.40pm What newsrooms need to know about smartwatches

A look at the dos and don’ts of news alerts on smartwatches and a glimpse into the future with:

4.40-5.30pm Show, don’t tell: Virtual reality in news

This panel will highlight what is already possible with VR in news and discuss the potential of this immersive technology for journalism.

  • Jessica Yu, global head of visuals, The Wall Street Journal
  • Edward Miller, entrepreneur, and head of visuals, Immersiv.ly
  • Dan Pacheco, chair in journalism innovation, Syracuse University (via video call)

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