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Day 1


Distributed newsroom: how to thrive during and after the crisis

Fergus Bell
founder and CEO
Fathm | @fergb

Fergus Bell’s experience spans both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He spent eight years at the Associated Press, then headed up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk. He later founded Dig Deeper Media and Pop-Up Newsroom that has seen success with the multi-award winning “Verificado” – an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections.


Workshop: Foster effective communication within your team with DiSC personality test

Len Clark
emerging media specialist
du Lac Leadership | @LenND1

Dr. Len Clark has a background in media, higher education, and sports.  He provides leadership training to individuals and media organisations through his consultancy, du Lac Leadership, where he uses DiSC assessments to improve performance and enhance communication, and covers Notre Dame athletics using emerging media technologies.

Day 3


Reinventing the business model

Mandy Jenkins
general manager
The Compass Experiment | @mjenkins

In her role at The Compass Experiment, a partnership between Google and McClatchy to explore sustainable business models for local news, Mandy has launched two digital-only local news operations in US – Mahoning Matters, in Youngstown, Ohio and The Longmont Leader in Longmont, Colorado. For most of her career, she has worked at the intersection of local news and digital innovation, with roles at newspapers like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Cincinnati Enquirer as well as local news startups TBD.com and Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. Mandy also serves on the board of directors for the Online News Association and News Leaders Association.


George Brock

George Brock is consultant, teacher and writer. He worked for many years for The Times, where among many other posts, he was managing editor. He directed the journalism school at City, University of London and is now a visiting professor. He is the author of “Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age” and co-author of a study published in 2019 by the International News Media Association on “The Evolving Role of Newsrooms in the Reader Revenue Model”. He is co-directing the Newsroom Transformation 2020 programme this year for WAN-IFRA Asia.


Day 4


Looking to the future

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism | @rasmus_kleis

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen also a professor of political communication at the University of Oxford. His work focuses on changes in the news media, on political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond. He serves as a member of the editorial boards of Digital Journalism, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics and Social Media + Society.


John Crowley
editor and consultant

John Crowley has more than two decades of experience working for local, national and international news titles, including The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and The Irish Post among others. As a freelancer he is well versed with distributed working, writing and commissioning content around business, tech, newsroom management, social care, burnout and disinformation. He also advises companies around the ever-changing digital media landscape, pitching journalists and audience insights.




Past speakers


Dmitry Shishkin
chief content officer
Culture Trip | @dmitryshishkin




Marverine Cole
journalist, broadcaster and academic
Birmingham City University | @TVMarv




Robyn Vinter
founder and editor-in-chief
The Overtake | @RobynVinter




Russell Contreras
reporter, race and ethnicity
The Associated Press | @RussContreras




Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams
editor, newsroom diversity
Reuters | @JoyceAAdams




Alexandra Borchardt
senior research associate
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism | @AlexaBorchardt




Will Gore
head of partnerships and projects
NCTJ | @willjgore




Holly Chant
Hackney Gazette




James Richings
Bucks Free Press | @James_BFP



James Glynn
breaking news lead
Twitter | @jamesglynn




Gavin Allen
digital journalism lecturer
Cardiff University’s School of Journalism | @Gavinallen




Karyn Fleeting
head of audience engagement
Reach plc | @KarynFleeting




Suchandrika Chakrabarti
journalist and podcaster
Freelance Pod | @SuchandrikaC




Andrei Grigorean
Blink | @AndreiGrigorean




Yusuf Omar
mobile and wearable journalist
Hashtag Our Stories | @YusufOmarSA




Abigail Edge
teaching fellow for the UK and Ireland
Google News Lab | @abigailedge




Sarah Marshall
head of audience growth
Vogue International | @SarahMarshall




Lyndsey Jones
executive editor and day production section chief
Financial Times | @Lyndsey129




Blathnaid Healy
director EMEA
CNN Digital International | @blathnaidhealy




Alex Wood
Europe editor
Forbes | @alexwoodcreates




Hazel Baker
global head of user-generated content (UGC) newsgathering
Reuters | @HazelBakerNews




Jenni Sargent
managing director
First Draft | @Jennisarge




Jack Goodman
BBC Reality Check | @JackAGoodman




Cathrine Gyldensted
Constructive Journalism Network | @CGyldensted




Rouven Leuener
group head of digital product
Neue Zürcher Zeitung | @roquerrr




Jess Brammar

head of news
HuffPost UK | @jessbrammar




Matthew Barraclough
head of Local News Partnerships
BBC | @M_R_Barra




Jessica Best
operations lead and engagement editor
The Correspondent | @jessicabest87




Dominic Young
Agate | @dominicyoung




Mark Little
Kinzen | @marklittlenews




Des Martin
Brave Software | @dessie_martin




Jacob Gjørtz
CCI Europe | @JGjortz




Nic Newman
senior research associate
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism | @nicnewman




Peter Stewart
journalist and author | @TweeterStewart





Susie Coleman
software developer
Guardian Voice Lab | @susieC20




Chris Stone
video executive producer
London Evening Standard | @ChrisStoneTV




Troy Norcross
co-Founder of Blockchain Rookies and Strategy Consultancy SER Team | @troy_norcross




Christian de Vartavan
advisor and global ambassador
Publiq | @cdevartavan




Mark Devlin
Founder and CEO
NewsBlocks | @sparkzilla




Rebekah Smyth
head of Dataminr for News EMEA
Dataminr | @RebekahASmyth




Jonathan Paterson
editor, digital video
BBC News | @patersonjon





Jerome Whittingham
Hull Is This | @photomoments




Aurore Malval
Nice-Matin | @AMalval




Sean Dagan Wood
Positive News | @SeanDaganWood




Charlotte Kingo Marvig
solution advisor
CCI Europe | @LotteMarvig




Kathryn Geels
Engaged Journalism Accelerator | @girlondon




Sarah Marshall

head of audience growth

Vogue International



McKenna Grant

Snapchat senior content editor

the Telegraph



Imriel Morgan

CEO and co-founder

ShoutOut Network



Ellen Stewart

head of content





Harriet Oliver

editor of Children’s News

BBC Africa



Reg Chua

executive editor, editorial operations, data and innovation





Pete Clifton


Press Association




Benjamin Beavan

data and insights development

Getty Images



Matt McAlister






Alyx Gorman

global engagement lead

Time Out Digital




Natalie Fahy

digital editor

Nottinghamshire Live



Rachel Oldroyd

managing editor

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism




Brian Cathcart

founder of Hacked Off and professor

Kingston University London




Alon Aviram


the Bristol Cable




Fergus Bell


Pop-Up Newsroom




Alistair Coleman

disinformation analyst

BBC Monitoring



Aoife Gallagher

intelligence strategist





Caroline Scott

deputy editor, head of video and lead trainer





Hannah Ray

head of social strategy and storytelling

Vogue International



Amanda Michael

deputy membership editor

the Guardian



Dan Silver, head of digital publishing, the Telegraph




Karyn Fleeting, head of audience engagement, Reach plc




Renée Kaplan, head of audience engagement, Financial Times




Ria Jones, digital and social media picture editor, The Economist




Mun-Keat Looi, commissioning editor, Mosaic




Emily Dugansenior reporter, BuzzFeed News




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




Simon Robinson, EMEA chief, Reuters




Paul Rowland, editor, WalesOnline, and editor-in-chief, Media Wales




Andrew Green, managing editor, Malnutrition Deeply




Albertine Piels, director, Hackastory




Suchandrika Chakrabarti, freelance journalist




Jodie Jackson, author and researcher




Mark Rice-Oxley, head of special projects, the Guardian




Tom Colls, senior journalist, World Hacks, BBC World Service




Lianna Brinded, Europe news editor, Quartz




Marc Settle, smartphone journalism trainer, BBC Academy




Julia Migné, co-founder, INKLINE




Mark Frankel, social media editor, BBC News




Lilah Raptopoulos, community editor, Financial Times




Peter Stewart, author of The Live-Streaming Handbook




Connie Moon Sehat, director, NewsFrames, Global Voices; collaborator, the Credibility Coalition




Rob Owers, director of audio and video content, the Telegraph




Yara Silva, acting head of social media, the Daily Mirror




Jessica Best, engagement editor, De Correspondent




Maaike Goslinga international editor, De Correspondent




Tessa Kaday, senior product manager for video, Reuters




Jason Karaian, global finance and economics editor, Quartz




Sarah Hartley, co-founder and editor,Publish.org




Gareth Hickey, co-founder and chief executive, NOA




Martijn de Kuijper, founder and chief executive, Revue




Kristin Granbo, multimedia journalist, NRK




Eliza Mackintosh, producer, CNN Digital International




Bianca Wright, project lead on Coventry Blitz VR; course director for BA Journalism at Coventry University




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




Robert McKenzie, editor, BBC News Labs




Jane Singer, professor of journalism innovation, City, University of London 




Maggie Day, senior producer, TicToc by Bloomberg 




Rich Evans, strategic partnerships manager,  Facebook and Instagram 




Alan Hunter, head of digital,  the Times and Sunday Times 




Thomas Schultz-Homberg, chief digital officer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung




Benedicte Autret, head of news partnerships, Google




James Webb, group product manager, Financial Times





Peter Bale, launch editor, WikiTribune




Collen McEnaneygraphics editor, the Wall Street Journal




Brianne O’Brien, lead news curation editor, BuzzFeed




Andrew Tuck, editor, Monocle




Alison Gow, editor in chief (digital), Trinity Mirror




Stuart Goulden, founder, Like No Other




Jayisha Patel, independent filmmaker




Benedicte Autret, head of news partnerships, UK, Ireland & Benelux, Google




Leila Haddou, data journalist, the Times and The Sunday Times




Marc Ellison, video- and photojournalist




Nick Cohen, director of video products, Reuters




Olly Grundy, head of Google Surveys for publishers, EMEA, Google




Jade Le Van, product expert, Tableau Public




Nicole Jackson, deputy editor, virtual reality, the Guardian




Fergus Bell, co-founder, Pop-Up Newsroom




Yasmine El-Rafie, project manager, Swedish Radio




Jason Karaian, global finance and economics editor, Quartz




Felix Franz, project manager and editor, hostwriter




Bo Franklin, social media writer, The Economist




Kevin Young, senior social editor, Bloomberg




Jane Singer, professor of journalism innovation, City, University of London 




Matt Cooke, head of international, Google News Lab




Laura Oliver, freelance journalist and digital consultant