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How one broadcaster is reaching the ‘YouTube Generation’

| July 23, 2014 – 6:06 pm | 4,849 views
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Delivering the closing presentation of today’s news:rewired conference, Stijn Lehaen, head of VRT’s ‘start-up’ shared his experiences of working for a large Belgium broadcaster, but in a division using the principles of a small, flexible business …

Three lessons in extracting stories from data and social media

| July 23, 2014 – 4:47 pm | 4,870 views
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Data journalism and sourcing contacts on social media has proven to be a valuable asset to journalists. However, searching through data or twitter for stories can be a daunting task, the news:rewired conference, in London today, was told.

Five techniques for finding data stories in spreadsheets

| July 23, 2014 – 3:04 pm | 3,379 views
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John Burn-Murdoch, data journalist for the Financial Times, used the mid-afternoon session of the news:rewired conference, today in London, to provided a step-by-step masterclass on the crucial skills needed to extract stories from in spreadsheets using …

How investigative journalists collaborate with readers – and each other…

| July 23, 2014 – 1:41 pm | 2,724 views
Collaboration_beyond the newsroom- Antoine Laurent

Regular interaction is the key to establishing a lasting and collaborative relationship with your audience, delegates at the news:rewired conference, today in London, were told.

How news outlets keep audiences engaged: tips from the experts

| July 23, 2014 – 12:01 pm | 3,982 views
New forms of engagement-Bella Hurrell- BBC News

Getting stories in front of audiences is step one, but after that how do you keep them engaged and ensure that they keep coming back to your website? The opening session at the news:rewired conference, in London today, looked at how certain news outlets were attempting to deliver new forms of engagement. Bella Hurrell, assistant editor of visual journalism at BBC News, Ezra Eeman, founder of Journalism Tools, Ben Fogarty, chief executive of Shorthand, provided delegates with a masterclass on creating tailor-made content.

How journalists can get the best from Reddit

| July 21, 2014 – 4:11 pm | 5,977 views
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Reddit has gained widespread popularity over the last few years years, and – as covered in a recent Journalism.co.uk article – is used by many journalists as a news source or a sounding board for ideas, as well as for verification and engagement.

Reddit is a self-gatekeeping community known for the original content posted by its user-base, as well as links to other content on the web, which can be either up or down-voted by other users.

For new users, the platform – which comes with its own quirks and terminology – can initially appear daunting.

However, with a bit of practice, it becomes easy to navigate your way through the vast amount of content posted to the site each day.