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The next newsrewired event will take place on 8 February 2017 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

Find out more about the speakers who will be joining us on the day here and the sessions we will be running here.

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Below is a draft agenda for the day. Please note that session timings might change in the run-up to the event, and a full version of the programme will be announced closer to the day.

Time Sessions and speakers
8:50-9:20am Registration and coffee
9:20-9:30am Welcome
9:30-10:00am From fake news to misidentifying suspects: Best practices for tackling the misinformation ecosystem

In this keynote, Claire Wardle, who leads strategy and research at First Draft, will consider the whole spectrum of the misinformation ecosystem, and using research about audience behaviour and social psychology, will outline ways that newsrooms can start tackling the issues associated with fake news, hoaxes, misattributed and manipulated content that surfaces online.

10:00-11:15am Live video on social media

Our opening panel will discuss the impact live video on Facebook and other social networks can have on audience engagement, from the formats that work best, to the technology, the workflows and the ethical considerations needed before a successful live stream.

• Andy Dangerfield, UK social media editor, BuzzFeed News

• Sue Llewellyn, founder, Ultra Social

• Alfred Joyner, head of video, IBT Media

• Jenni Sargent, managing director, First Draft

Moderated by: Jane Singer, journalism innovation professor, City, University of London



Increasing viewer engagement with livestreaming content

Despite the rapid growth of livestreaming, it’s never been more difficult for content to stand out. Learn how to leverage industry leading tools from Teradek to maximise your viewer engagement with higher quality production, more compelling storytelling, and wider distribution. From producing a multi-camera live production with an iPad, to streaming in 360-degrees on multiple platforms, Richard Payne will walk you through several simple steps to get the most out of your live content.

11:25-11:40am Cobalt: The CMS strikes back

The CMS doesn’t necessarily have to be a tool to hate. Cobalt has been developed firmly believing in great journalism, creative storytelling, collaboration, and ease of access. Add open source technologies and API and you have the perfect mix ready to support your newsroom in any of today’s challenges. A sponsored talk by: Massimo Barsotti, chief marketing officer, EidosMedia.

11:30-12:00pm  Networking/Coffee break

 Automation in the newsroom

We’ve heard a lot of about robot journalism, including some concerned voices. But how can automation help editorial teams and what resources are required to power these projects? With:

• Reg Chua, executive editor for editorial operations, data & innovation, Reuters

• Susanne Weber, language technology producer, BBC News Labs

• Jill Petzinger, reporter, Quartz

Moderated by: ‎Miranda McLachlan, convenor MA/MSc Digital Journalism programme, Goldsmiths, University of London

1:00-2:00pm Networking lunch

Optional lunchtime workshop (1:15-1:50pm):

Google News Lab – Digital Storytelling

Matt Cooke will present techniques that can enhance your storytelling, illustrated with real examples. You’ll learn how to create your own maps, sample Google Earth for journalists and get a sense of immersive 360/VR technology. Come and see some of the latest digital techniques adopted by publishers across Europe. Session sponsored by Google.

2:00-2:45pm Making data visualisations and interactives work on mobile

Learn from data teams in newsrooms about the practical ups and downs of making their work more mobile-friendly.

• Colleen McEnaney, graphics editor, The Wall Street Journal

• Martin Stabe, head of interactive news, The Financial Times

Moderated by: John Crowley, editor-in-chief, International Business Times UK

Digital security for journalists

This workshop will outline the basics of information security for newsrooms, explaining why journalists should be concerned with online privacy in the first place – led by Silkie Carlo, policy officer (technology), Liberty.

There are limited places available on this workshop. A sign-up form will be sent to delegates closer to the event.

2:45-2:50pm Room change
2:50-3:35pm Kickstarting R&D culture in European newsrooms

Starting up a new project can be tricky – from funding it to implementing new workflows in the organisation, there are many factors to consider along the way. This session brings together three funding recipients of Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI) to discuss the projects they are currently working on. Session sponsored by Google, with:

    • Sarah Hartley, applicants associate manager at Google DNI
    • Mevan Babakar, digital products manager, Full Fact
    • Conor Goodman, features editor, The Irish Times
    • Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, global digital director, Magnum Photos
3:35-4:00pm Networking/Coffee break
4:00-4:20pm Gaming principles in storytelling

Juliana Ruhfus, senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigative and current affairs strand, worked on producing Al Jazeera’s news games, from its first ever project of this kind, Pirate Fishing, to the most recent, #Hacked, which takes players inside the cyberwar in Syria. In a short talk, Juliana will give insights into the process of creating Hacked, and explain the benefits of using gaming techniques for storytelling.


Collaborative storytelling: Using technology to source stories from remote communities

On Our Radar trains and supports citizen journalists from marginalised and remote communities. The organisation released an interactive documentary telling the stories of life after Ebola in communities in Sierra Leone. Paul Myles, editorial manager, will give insights into the production of the documentary, created in collaboration with a group of citizen reporters from Sierra Leone.

4:40-5:40pm Special projects

Some editorial initiatives bring down newsroom walls and get many different teams working together. Our closing session will look at the “special projects” strategies in newsrooms, and the challenges and opportunities they bring, whether it’s about experimenting with new technologies or finding new commercial avenues.

• Francesca Panetta, special projects editor, the Guardian

• Lauren Brown, special projects editor, Quartz

• Robin Kwong, special projects editor, the Financial Times

Moderated by: Federica Cherubini, international head of knowledge sharing, Condé Nast International

5:40-5:45pm Closing remarks
5:35-7:00pm Networking drinks