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The next newsrewired event will take place on 19 July 2017 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

This will be our 19th conference, and as usual, we’re 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.

We are still working on the programme, which will soon be updated with session descriptions and speakers, but in the meantime here’s a draft agenda to give you an idea of what you can expect on the day.

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

  • Catalina Albeanu, international editor, Journalism.co.uk
  • John Pullman, global head of video and pictures, Reuters
9:30-10:00am Keynote: Mobile is dominant in readers’ lives. So why aren’t we talking about it more?

Those of us who spend our lives thinking about the future of news are not talking about mobile as much as we did a few years ago. Instead, we talk about big changes in social platforms, VR, chat bots and artificial intelligence – all of which are important and also have implications on mobile usage. But they are not the same thing as mobile itself.

Sasha Koren, editor, Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab, will share some insights into how mobile continues to shape how people consume news, and the complexities and possibilities it brings.

10:00-11:10am Representative media: Community and local journalism

How are larger media organisations connecting with their audience on a local level, and what can they learn from local media? A panel with:

Moderated by: Emma Meese, manager, the Centre for Community Journalism



Spotlight talk: Supporting and representing community news in the UK

Emma Meese is the manager of the Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ), and director of the newly formed Independent Community News Network (ICNN). In this talk, she will share some insights into the work of the ICNN.

11:20-11:40am Spotlight talk: Refugee Journalism Project

Vivienne Francis is the project lead of the Refugee Journalism Project, an initiative that supports refugee and exiled journalists to re-establish their careers in the UK. In this editorial spotlight talk, Vivienne will share how the project has offered a constructive response to the refugee crisis.

11:40-12:00pm  Coffee break

Ask Facebook your questions.

12:00pm-12:40pm Political journalism and election reflections

Is there a need for new approaches to political journalism and the way we cover elections? After 12 months full of election ‘surprises’ for journalists, this panel takes a look at election coverage and where the media might be going off course.

  • Kate McCann, senior political correspondent, The Telegraph
  • Guy Faulconbridge, UK bureau chief, Reuters
  • Anushka Asthana, political editor, the Guardian

Moderated by: Christian Broughton, editor, the Independent


Spotlight talk: ‘I saw it on Facebook’: RISJ takeaways about brand attribution in social media and search

Who gets credit for content in distributed environments? Do people remember the news brand or does the platform get most of the value? When people say “I saw it on Facebook” do they even notice the brand or the journalist? Which UK brands do best for recognition and why?

Nic Newman, research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, will share the results of a month-long study tracking news attribution, and he will also present some case studies looking at the role of search and social in situations such as the Westminster attacks and the United Airlines leggings row.

The results of the research, by Nic Newman and Antonis Kalogeropoulos, will be exclusively revealed at newsrewired.

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch 

Ask Facebook your questions.

1:30pm-2:00pm Optional lunchtime workshop

What is spatial audio and how can it make your 360-degree videos more immersive?
Catherine Robinson has worked in radio sound for the BBC since 2000. Her specialism is sound design for radio drama, binaural audio and 3D sound for 360 video and VR. Catherine produced the audio for the latest Planet Earth II YouTube 360 video. In this workshop, Catherine will explain why spatial audio plays a more prominent role in immersive storytelling than people think. She will explain how to get started, and give attendees a chance to try it out for themselves.

2:00-3:00pm Audio in the age of social media

Can radio go viral, and how can we make audio more engaging online? A panel with:

    • Charles Ubaghs, head of social media, Global
    • Moeed Ahmad, head of the Innovation & Research Group of the Digital Division at Al Jazeera

Moderated by: Laura Oliver, freelance journalist and digital media consultant

Workshop: Making big things happen on small budgets

Not every media outlet has the resources or the funding to invest in long-term experiments with new technologies, or even to double down on their video or social media strategy. How can smaller teams make it work?

Moderated by: Sarah Marshall, growth editor, Vogue International

3:00-3:05pm Room change
3:05-4:05pm Newsgathering and storytelling tools, powered by Google News Lab 

This newsgathering and visualisation session will equip you with practical research and verification tips, and highlight a fresh way to create compelling audio visual content for your websites. It will highlight the digital tools to help you verify social media content across Google and beyond, with case studies and examples. Then you’ll take a leap into the unique tools that will help journalists bring their imagery and audio alive.

4:05-4:15pm The most engaging Facebook headlines: Insights from 100 million posts

Which phrases in headlines are the most effective in encouraging people to engage with articles on Facebook? To find out, BuzzSumo undertook a major research study. The results will make you think again about crafting engaging headlines.

4:15-4:35pm Coffee break

Ask Facebook your questions.

4:35-4:40pm Spotlight talk: How to get funding for your innovative projects

CosaVostra has had an 85 per cent success rate in obtaining funding for partners in the latest round of Google’s Digital News Initiative. The team will share insights into fostering an R&D culture within your company and getting your innovative projects off the ground.



The diary of a journalist surrounded by coders

Albertine Piels is the director of Hackastory. Last year she quit her job as an editor in chief at the Dutch national news station RTLZ so she can fully focus on Hackastory, where she works with coders every day. This new love story is shocking, at times frustrating, exhilarating and pleasantly mind boggling. In this spotlight talk, Albertine will present her learnings on how to collaborate with coders.

5:00-6:00pm Push alerts

What’s new with the good old push notification, and what are some best practices for engaging with audiences on their home screens? A panel with:

      • Des Shoesenior staff editor, The New York Times, London bureau
      • Subhajit Banerjeeproduct manager, mobile, Condé Nast International
      • Sasha Koren, editor, Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab
      • Matt Wells, senior editor, programming and alerts, CNN Digital Worldwide

Moderated by: Nic Newman, research associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

6:00-6:05pm Closing remarks
6:00-7:30pm Networking drinks


Journalism.co.uk will also be hosting a day of training at Reuters on 20 July 2017.

Delegates can also register for newsrewired+, which will give them access to the conference on 19 July and one hands-on workshop the following day. As a newsrw+ delegate, you can choose between two in-depth courses on 20 July:

Digital storytelling workshop

The internet is a powerful tool in the hands of journalists. With the tools and resources available on DigitalStory.Tools, you’ll explore the new opportunities created by technology and how to use them to tell online stories. In this masterclass, trainer Albertine Piels will show you why and how storytelling in the digital age is different, and you’ll also work on your own story to learn how to tell it in a more engaging way through practical exercises (bring your own story). Albertine is the director of Hackastory. Last year she quit her job as an editor-in-chief at the Dutch national news station RTLZ so she can fully focus on Hackastory. Albertine has 15 years of experience in journalism, always with a strong focus on online media. 

360-degree video bootcamp

What is 360 and what is the difference between IR, AR and VR? Who wants 360? Who should have 360? What is the appetite for 360 and what role does it play? What kit do you need? Find out the answer to these questions and learn how to tell a story, guide the audience, edit the pictures and follow a narrative arc, in our 360-degree video bootcamp with Dean Arnett, award-winning, ex-BBC, independent video and documentary producer.

Newsrewired+ tickets are available for £368 +VAT. They represent a 10 per cent discount compared to booking tickets for both days separately.

Both the conference and training day are hosted at the Reuters office in Canary Wharf, London.

If you’d like to suggest topics of discussion at the conference or if you’d like to get involved as a speaker or sponsor, please get in touch by emailing catalina [at] journalism.co.uk.