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The next newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place on 6 March 2019 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

This will be our 24th 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, talks and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism.

Book your tickets now for £190+VAT. The tickets give you access to the full-day conference on Wednesday 6 March 2019, 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 | ‘Paygates’ not paywalls: changing perspective on audience access to paid news content

Rouven Leuener is group head of digital product at Neue Zürcher Zeitung, one of the oldest German-language newspapers. He took the lead on digital innovation five years ago and, during this time, he launched a number of digital products, such as a text-to-speech audio player feature that converts written articles into audio, to widen audience reach.

NZZ believes in paid journalism, which is why it created ‘dynamic paygate.’ The artificial intelligence-powered system predicts the likelihood of a reader becoming a paying subscriber. This means the number of articles available for free varies from user to user before they are prompted to pay for the content.

10:00-10:50am Local news: breaking out of the London bubble

This panel will look at significant local journalism projects carried out by large news organisations and will discuss why listening to regional audiences is vital for their success.

  • Jess Brammar, head of news, HuffPost UK
  • Matthew Barraclough, head of Local News Partnerships, BBC
  • Gabrielle Laine-Peters, director, X- Digital, moderating

More speakers to be confirmed soon.

10:50-11:20am Coffee break
11:20-11:50am Financing journalism in the digital age

From micropayment and crowdfunding to innovative membership models and crypto-currencies, this panel will look at successful strategies to finance online journalism.

  • Jessica Best, engagement editor, De Correspondent
  • Dominic Young, founder, Agate
  • Sue Llewellyn, founder and CEO, Ultra Social, moderating

More speakers to be confirmed soon

11:50-12:00pm Spotlight talk
Details to be announced soon.
12:00-12:10pm Spotlight talk: Engage your mobile audience

Fifty-six percent of UK news consumers get their news via smartphone. But although technology has changed the distribution of news dramatically, most stories are still told in the same way as they were 100 years ago. Jacob Gjørtz, VP marketing at CCI Europe, will shed light on how to create stories in visual, mobile-friendly formats to engage today’s audiences.

12:10-1:00pm Alexa, how can we monetise content on smart speakers?

Despite the rise in sales of voice-controlled devices, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, the difficulty of monetising content holds publishers back from innovating on voice platforms. This panel will explore projects by early adopters and look at the benefits of investing in smart speaker-friendly content.

    • Nic Newman, senior research associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
    • Peter Stewart, journalist and author
    • Susie Coleman, software developer, Guardian Voice Labs
    • Chris Stone, video executive producer, London Evening Standard
    • Suchandrika Chakrabarti, founder, Freelance Pod, moderating
1:00pm-2:15pm Networking lunch

Lunchtime workshop | The key to successful audience growth

What kind of headline makes a visitor stop and read? What language can cause people to drop off a page? Chartbeat will share research from across the web showing where, how, and why readers engage, covering the implications for audience growth and the future of news.

Workshop led by Ashley Frankino, a senior customer success manager at Chartbeat

2:15-3:10pm Auditorium

Blockchain technology: what is it and why should journalists care?

For many, blockchain is still a just buzzword. However, this technology can help revolutionise how news content is stored and distributed. This panel will shed the light on what blockchain actually is, as well as its benefits and pitfalls for publishers.

  • Daniel Sieberg, co-founder, iO
  • Christian de Vartavan, advisor and global ambassador, PUBLIQ

More speakers to be confirmed soon.

Workshop room

Details to be announced soon

3:10-3:15pm Room change
3:15-4:10pm Auditorium

Who is investing in solutions journalism?

People are switching off from the news cycle gauged by negativity. This session will explore how solutions journalism can re-engage audiences – and help solve newsrooms’ cashflow problems in the process.

  • Jonathan Paterson, editor, Digital Video, BBC News
  • Jerome Whittingham, editor, Hull Is This
  • Sean Dagan Wood, publisher, Positive News

More speakers to be confirmed soon.

Workshop room

How to reinvent your mobile storytelling

How do you create the best stories for today’s mobile news audience? This workshop will provide you with inspiration on how to create mobile-friendly stories using creative visual formats, such as AMP stories, timelines, and more. The session also gives you a chance to get hands-on experience with CCI’s content creation platform, CUE, which rethinks the anatomy of digital stories.

Workshop led by Charlotte Kingo Marvig, solution advisor, CCI Europe

4:10-4:30pm Coffee break
4:30-5:00pm

Keynote: details to be announced soon

5:00-5:10pm Closing remarks
5:10-7:00pm 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.