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The next newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place on 7 November 2018 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

This will be our 23rd conference, and as usual, we are aiming to provide delegates with practical skills and ideas they can take home and explore in their own organisations.

The day will feature a mix of workshops and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism.

The tickets (£190+VAT) give you access to the full-day conference on Wednesday 7 November 2018, and include lunch and refreshments, as well as after-event networking drinks and a delegate ‘goodie’ bag.


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Time Sessions and speakers
8:50-9:20am Registration and coffee
9:20-9:30am Welcome

  • Marcela Kunova, acting editor, Journalism.co.uk
9:30-10:00am Keynote: Transformation, audience growth and changing algorithms — lessons from Vogue International

Audience growth is the key aim of every news organisation. Figuring out not only who follows your content but who will pay attention to it next is crucial for staying on top of your game.

Sarah Marshall, head of audience growth at Vogue International, will share her best tips on widening your pool of readers and spotting new trends in content sharing.

She will talk data, key performance indicators (KPIs), plans and targets; patterns in traffic and reader behaviour; the Facebook algorithm and the growth of search; and how Vogue is engaging audiences on Instagram and Snapchat.

Marshall will also share case studies on the growth levers in different markets – from China to India to Russia – and what UK and European publishers can learn from less familiar platforms.

10:00-10:50am Getting Generation Z engaged with the news

By 2020, Gen Z is forecasted to make up 40 per cent of consumers in the United States. By that time, the Gen Z population may reach 2.56 billion globally.

This panel will explore what the younger generation (13-24), who never knew life without smartphones, wants from news organisations. Getting them engaged with your brand and making them stay is key to get ahead of your competition. From designing mobile-first, shareable story formats, to publishing on popular and lesser-known social platforms, the panel will discuss how to adapt news content for the swipe-savvy Gen Z.

  • McKenna Grant, Snapchat senior content editor, The Telegraph
  • Imriel Morgan, CEO and co-founder, ShoutOut Network
  • Harriet Oliver, editor of Children’s News, BBC Africa
  • Ellen Stewart, head of content, PinkNews
10:50-11:20am Coffee break
11:20-11:50am Artificial intelligence in the newsroom can become your new best friend

Robots can’t replace journalists quite yet, but AI provides useful tools that expand the boundaries of reporters’ work. We will look at some of the most innovative ways of using AI tools in the newsroom, from processing loads of data to spotting patterns.

  • Reg Chua, executive editor, editorial operations, data and innovation, Reuters
  • Pete Clifton, editor-in-chief, Press Association
  • Benjamin Beavan, business development manager, Getty Images
11:50-12:00pm Automated content tagging for the newsroom

Matt Shearer, director of product innovation at Data Language, will be sharing his expertise in efficient content tagging, as well as introducing a new tool – Tagmatic – that learns how you tag and automatically tags new content using your own editorial style.

12:00-12:10pm Spotlight talk – details will be announced soon
12:10-1:00pm Beyond the Facebook News Feed: New social media strategies for content sharing

Although Facebook demoted news in its feed, appetite for sharing news stories doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. This panel will look at how news organisations are using chat apps and social media groups to share their content.

  • Matt McAlister, CEO, Kaleida
  • Sue Llewellyn, founder, Ultra Social, moderating
1:00pm-2:30pm Networking lunch and lunchtime workshop
2:30-3:25pm Auditorium

Verifying content in the age of fake news

One of the key sessions of the day will be a discussion about fact-checking, verifying user-generated content and fighting disinformation.

Workshop room

Social media storytelling

Learn how to produce eye-catching images and videos for audiences on social media, using the most powerful contention creation tool you already own: your smartphone.

Caroline Scott, video features editor at Journalism.co.uk, will guide you through an array of mobile applications and editing techniques to help you stand out from the crowd.

3:25-3:30pm Room change
3:30-4:20pm Auditorium

What business model should news organisations adopt to survive and thrive?

From having a charity status to functionning like cooperatives or all-freelance outlets, there has been a lot of talking about different business models that could replace traditional limited companies. Speakers will debate pros and cons of each model and how adopting a new business model can help future-proof news organisations.

  • Rachel Oldroyd, managing editor, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism


Workshop room

Connected: how to cultivate thriving online communities through social stories

This workshop will cover the theory of creating online communities in social spaces, including inspiration from top community engagers across multiple social platforms, and unpicking their core values.

Hannah Ray, head of social strategy and storytelling at Vogue International, will cover practical tips on how to identify, design and grow authentic online communities, as well as best practices for feeding and sustaining a community once it’s alive and thriving.

4:20-4:50pm Coffee break

Memberships in news organisations – lessons from the Guardian

The Guardian has grown from 15,000 members in January 2016 to over 570,000 regular paying supporters, members and subscribers in June 2018. It also received an additional 375,000 one-off contributions globally in the past 12 months.

Amanda Michel, the Guardians global contributions director and project manager, will reveal what makes a successful membership strategy and how it can contribute to your organisations’ revenue stream.

5:20-5:30pm Closing remarks
5:30-7:00pm Networking drinks


We will update the agenda with the speakers’ names as soon as we have them confirmed – watch this space.

All topics and speakers are subject to change. If you’d like to contribute as a speaker or sponsor, please get in touch by emailing marcela[at]journalism.co.uk.