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How to lead a media organisation in 2021

“The industry has been on a digital transformation journey for a quarter of a century,” said newsroom strategy expert Lucy Kueng in a podcast with Journalism.co.uk. However, very few media companies have successfully pivoted to digital and those who did had a rather rocky ride. To find out more about challenges newsroom leaders are facing in […]

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Improving mental health in the newsroom

The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on journalists. It is a sad and negative topic to keep reporting on. It is also a lonely time. Lots of us are in constant Zoom meetings but in-person, meaningful interactions are rare.

Decades of newsroom culture have also reinforced the message that it is ‘not cool to talk about your feelings’, that it is part of the job to ‘put up and shut up’. However, when journalists are not well they cannot properly tell the stories that matter to their readers and viewers.

Experts from Sky News, Reuters, Reach Plc and the Ethical Journalism Network share practical tips around taking care of our colleagues and ourselves when we are feeling low.

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Robyn Vinter, editor-in-chief at The Overtake on diversity, business growth and investigative journalism for millennials

At Newsrewired this coming November, we will hear from four newsrooms that are hiring diverse talent because there are genuinely good business reasons to do so, like bolstering your reporting and being trusted by the public.

One of those practising this idea is Robyn Vinter, editor-in-chief, The Overtake, an investigative journalism website for millennials and Gen-Zers run by a team of reporters based in Leeds, Yorkshire.

In the first two years of running the publication, Vinter has built a part-time team of nine from scratch and created a platform which aspires to be “the opposite of the straight, white, middle-aged, middle-class mainstream media”.

Vinter spoke to Journalism.co.uk about The Overtake, the advantages of forming a diverse newsroom and what delegates can expect from hearing her speak at Newsrewired.

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Date for your diary: The next newsrewired event is on 7 November

The next newsrewired digital journalism conference will take place on 7 November 2018 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

This will be our 23rd 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.

We are currently working on the programme, and details about sessions and speakers will be announced soon.

A limited number of early-bird tickets are now available.

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First speakers and training options announced for March’s newsrewired

With two months to go until our next newsrewired digital journalism conference (7 March, London), we are pleased to announce the first round of speakers who will be joining us on the day to discuss the latest trends and techniques in digital journalism.

Speakers from the Financial Times, The Telegraph, BBC, the Credibility Coalition and more will discuss the key skills needed in newsrooms today and the changing shaping the industry today, including mobile journalism, livestreaming, the changing relationship between readers and journalists, and news distribution on voice-controlled devices.

Early-bird tickets to the event are still available until 12 January, so grab yours for just £130+VAT this week.

Two workshops are also available as part of the newsrewired+ training day on 8 March.

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How to get started working with data and Tableau Public

From CNBC (US) to La Nación (Argentina), data visualisation is used to explain complex stories by showing the numbers in an intelligible way. At newsrewired, Tableau’s Jade Le Van led a step-by-step workshop helping a group of delegates get started with Tableau Public. The software is free and can be downloaded here.

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the session, Jade shared some resources you can use to learn at home, as well as communities you can turn to for inspiration or support if you get stuck.

If you are new to Tableau Public and want to ramp up quickly, here are three simple steps you can take.

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15 open-source tools journalists can use to improve their reporting

At today’s news:rewired conference, Leila Haddou, data journalist at The Times and Sunday Times, shared her favourite free and open-source tools to help journalists develop better skills for interactive and visual reporting. The tools range from story gathering to data visualisation and digital storytelling. There’s no technical expertise required here, just a bit of playing around and […]

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LIVE: All hands on deck: Benefits and challenges of collaboration in the newsroom

Many projects now involve staff members from different teams within a media organisation, as well as journalists from other newsrooms altogether. What are some best practices for managing a successful collaboration between journalists, developers, and product teams, or even between journalists at different publications who could be seen as competitors? And what type of projects […]

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Announcing the next newsrewired event: 22-23 November 2017, London

Our next newsrewired digital journalism event will take place on 22-23 November at Reuters HQ in Canary Wharf, London. This will be Journalism.co.uk’s 20th newsrewired conference, featuring a mix of panels, talks and workshops on 22 November, followed by a full day of training for newsrewired+ delegates, who will be able to register to attend one of three full-day, practical training courses.

As usual, newsrewired will look at the latest trends and techniques in digital journalism, in a hands-on, accessible way, highlighting tools, workflows and lessons delegates can then take back to their teams and start applying in their day-to-day work.

Journalism.co.uk has started working on the agenda for the conference on 22 November, as well as the training options for 23 November, and the first speakers will be announced soon. We are now able to reveal some of the topics we plan to include on the agenda, as well as open registration for discounted early-bird tickets.

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