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Our next Newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place in spring 2020 in Manchester, UK.

It will be our 26th conference, and as usual, we will aim 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.

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We are currently working on the event agenda. To give you a better idea of what to expect, take a look at the programme from the last Newsrewired conference that took place on 27 November in London.

If you would like to suggest a session or a talk, or sponsor the event, please get in touch by emailing marcela@journalism.co.uk.

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

  • Marcela Kunova, editor, Journalism.co.uk
9:30-10:00am Keynote | Content engagement beyond news: leveraging data, automation and machine learning

How do content, product, data, travel, strategy, creativity and monetisation align together?

Dmitry Shishkin, chief content officer at Culture Trip, has joined the UK media startup from BBC World Service where he worked as digital development editor for 41 foreign language news teams. His team now produce hundreds of multi-formatted editorial pieces created by freelance contributors from all over the world.

Their aim is to inspire people to travel across their cultural boundaries and – ultimately – convert them into paying consumers. He will talk about his favourite subject – the intersection of product, content and data – and will share findings around Culture Trip’s full-funnel commissioning process, automation and machine learning.

10:00-10:50am Building a diverse and sustainable newsroom to regain audiences’ trust

This panel will look beyond diversity as a box-ticking exercise and explore why newsrooms should start to consider it a legitimate business strategy to grow their audience. This includes not only gender and ethnicity, but also class, nationality, faith, sexual orientation, age, location, and other aspects of identity, all necessary to better understand and represent our audiences.

  • Marverine Cole, journalist, broadcaster and academic, Birmingham City University
  • Robyn Vinter, founder and editor-in-chief, The Overtake
  • Russell Contreras, reporter, The Associated Press
  • Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams, editor, newsroom diversity, Reuters
  • Alexandra Borchardt, senior research associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, chairing
10:50-11:20am Coffee break
11:20-11:40pm Spotlight talk | Re-engaging communities: lessons from the first year of the Community News Project

Launched a year ago in partnership with the regional press and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Community News Project is a fund from Facebook designed to support local journalism in the UK with a focus on promoting diversity.

We will take a look at some of the learnings from the programme’s first year and will be joined by some of the reporters recruited to the programme to understand how local people have responded to their community roles, what kind of stories they are unearthing, and how the training side of the project complements their on-the-ground reporting.

  • Will Gore, head of partnerships and projects, NCTJ
  • Holly Chant, reporter, Hackney Gazette
  • James Richings, reporter, Bucks Free Press
  • Sian Cox-Brooker, news partnerships manager, Facebook
11:40-11:45pm Room change
11:45-12:35 Auditorium

Using AI to grow audience engagement during breaking news

When a story breaks, newsrooms often face the difficult choice between being the first to report it while compromising on accuracy, or waiting for more developments at the risk of losing the scoop. This panel of experts will discuss how you can use artificial intelligence to beat your competition while engaging and growing your audience with timely, accurate and trustworthy reporting.

    • James Glynn, breaking news lead, Twitter
    • Karyn Fleeting, head of audience engagement, Reach plc
    • Gavin Allen, digital journalism lecturer, Cardiff University’s School of Journalism
    • Tom Berry, Chameleon, chairing
Workshop room

Workshop: Grow your audience by hosting a live podcast recording

Now that everyone seems to have a podcast, how can your organisation make your offering stand out from the crowd?

In this workshop, podcaster Suchandrika Chakrabarti will show you how to promote your event to interest new and current listeners; plan your show to make the audio visual and interactive; and use multimedia from the event to show off what you did. This will help you grow your audience and, as a bonus, your current listeners will feel more engaged with your content than ever.

12:35-12:45pm Spotlight talk | Payments infrastructures and how they shape the world
The internet has always lacked a native payment infrastructure. Current solutions come with high fees and often create a negative experience for the end-user. As news transitioned online, the media industry has suffered from a lack of adequate payment mechanisms to replicate the print models.Andrei Grigorean, COO of Blink, will discuss how its digital wallet can help the newsrooms get incremental revenue and grow subscribers.
12:45-1:15pm The future of media, technology and people

This talk will feature Yusuf Omar, a mobile and wearable journalist and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a global video publisher reaching millions of people daily. He has empowered more than 3,000 people across 140 countries to tell stories with wearable cameras and phones.

Yusuf will unpack how 5G internet, augmented reality and artificial intelligence will impact our lives and take media to a new world. And if he is right about the future, there will be no phones!

1:15pm-2:25pm Networking lunch

Lunchtime workshop with Google: Storytelling with new Google Earth Creation Tools

In this workshop, Abigail Edge will debut the new Google Earth Creation Tools, which allow you to create beautifully compelling interactive stories using Google’s library of satellite and 3D imagery as a canvas. You’ll also learn how to use Google Earth Timelapse, as seen in the recent BBC series Earth from Space, to show how parts of the world have changed over time. Finally, we’ll take a look at using Flourish to produce marker maps to visualise locations at specific coordinates – including the ever-popular emoji map!

The workshop is led by Abigail Edge, Google News Lab’s Teaching Fellow for the UK and Ireland. Before joining Google in 2018, Abigail was a senior social media producer at BBC News.

2:25-3:15pm Auditorium

What skills will journalists need in the newsroom of 2020?

As we are entering a new decade, we will explore what skills journalists need to develop to succeed in their careers and help their newsrooms thrive.
From data skills to foreign languages, the panel of experts with a stellar track record in newsroom innovation will discuss practical tips and give advice on how to drive change in the years to come.

  • Lyndsey Jones, executive editor and day production section chief, Financial Times
  • Blathnaid Healy, director EMEA, CNN Digital International
  • Alex Wood, Europe editor, Forbes
  • Sue Llewellyn, founder and CEO, Ultra Social, chairing
Workshop room

Workshop: Learn to create an audience-first strategy

Have you heard of the Lean Canvas, a template that entrepreneurs use to create a business plan in 45 minutes? In this practical session, you will learn to use the Audience Canvas, a framework for planning an audience growth strategy developed by Condé Nast International for its internal audience growth training. You will leave equipped with fresh skills and tools to attract new audiences and turn fly-by audience members into loyal readers.

The workshop will be led by Sarah Marshall, head of audience growth, Vogue International, Condé Nast International

3:15-3:20pm Room change
3:20-4:05pm Auditorium

How quality journalism can thrive in an age of disinformation

News verification now goes way beyond simple fact-checking. From using images out of context to misleading the viewers with ‘deep fake’ videos, misinformation and disinformation is becoming increasingly sophisticated, thus damaging public trust in the media.

This panel will look at the latest techniques used to produce false news material and discuss the best practices for news verification. Experts will also equip you with practical tips on what to watch out for to make your reporting fake-proof.

  • Hazel Baker, global head of user-generated content (UGC) newsgathering, Reuters
  • Jenni Sargent, managing director, First Draft
  • Jack Goodman, journalist, BBC Reality Check
  • Solomon Elliott, founder, The Student View, chairing
Workshop room

Workshop: Engage your audience with constructive journalism

Constructive journalism helps counter the negativity bias in our news cycle and portray the world more accurately.

The New York Times, De Correspondent, Die Zeit and The Guardian are using constructive journalism to engage and grow their audiences. But where would you start if you wanted to introduce this approach to your newsroom?

In this practical session, the co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Network, Cathrine Gyldensted will help you pick up the skills, values, interviewing techniques and the software you need to apply a constructive approach to your reporting.

4:05-4:40pm Coffee break

Open minds

This session will feature key takeaways from the conference and will allow you to ask any speaker – or a fellow delegate – any last burning question to keep the conversation going.

5:10-5:20pm Closing remarks – Marcela Kunova, editor, Journalism.co.uk
5:20-7:00pm Networking drinks


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

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.