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Slides and audio – Building engaged communities

This panel offered an in-depth look at how media outlets keep their audience engaged with stories, and how readers’ comments can play a positive role.

We heard from: Alison Gow, digital innovation editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals; Ashley Muddiman, research associate, Engaging News Project; and Laura Oliver, social and communities editor, UK, the Guardian.

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WATCH: Virtual reality should be approached with ‘cautious enthusiasm’

Edward Miller, entrepreneur and head of visuals at Immersiv.ly, was on the panel discussing virtual reality in news at last week’s events.

In the video below, he explains why news organisations should be cautious when approaching virtual reality, why it might work better for ‘slow’ rather than breaking news and how it differs from 360-degree videos.

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WATCH: How news organisations should approach eyewitness media

Claire Wardle is co-founder of the Eyewitness Media Hub and research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

In this video, she outlines why thinking of eyewitness footage as a type of media produced by a person that has actually been in a traumatic situation, rather than user generated content, influences the way in which journalists approach their sources.

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WATCH: Sourcing and verifying stories on social media

Jochen Spangenberg is innovation manager on the Reveal Project, an initiative co-founded by the European Commission, which aims to develop tools and services that aid news organisations in verifying social media content.

In this video, he talks about the balance journalists should find between using both social media and traditional mediums to source and verify their stories, as well as the common challenges they face.

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WATCH: How journalists should engage with readers in the comments

Ashley Muddiman, research associate on the Engaging News Project, spoke on the panel about building engaged communities at last week’s event.

In this video, she shares some of its findings and tips, such as when should journalists engage with their readers in the comments and how changing the language of these sections can help maintain a civilised conversation.

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Slides and audio – Emily Bell’s keynote speech

Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, discussed the intersection of journalism and technology in her keynote speech at the recent news:rewired conference, and how news organisations are increasingly having to compete with the giants of Silicon Valley.

See her slides and an audio recording of the speech here.

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Slides and audio – Unheard voices, untold stories

The opening panel at news:rewired looked at how news organisations are using new technology and techniques to give voice to some of the more marginalised members of society, finding new stories and audiences in the process

Fabian von der Mark, journalist, Deutsche Welle
Paul Myles, editorial manager, On Our Radar
Yasir Mirza, head of diversity and inclusion, Guardian News & Media
Anne-Marie Tomchak, reporter and presenter, BBC Trending
Moderated by:

Rachael Jolley, editor, Index on Censorship

Check out the presentations slides and audio here

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Slides and audio – Live news: On the ground and in the newsroom

One of the livelier sessions at the recent news:rewired conference looked at new issues and trends in how news organisations and journalist deal with live news.

Matt Wells, live editor at the Guardian, Claire Wardle, co-founder of EyeWitness Media Hub and research director at the Town Center, and Tim Pool, media innovation director at Fusion, all spoke in the session.

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Slides and audio – Sourcing stories on social media

Social media is taking an increasingly central role in how newsrooms find and report on stories, so expert speakers in the field came and gave their advice at last week’s news:rewired conference.

Dhruti Shah, a UGC producer at BBC News, and Jochen Spangenberg, innovation manager at Deutsche Welle and the Reveal project, gave some useful pointers.

Miss out on news:rewired? Check out the speakers slides and accompanying audio tracks from the session on ‘sourcing stories on social media’

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