Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Google to host the Digital Editors Network’s meet-up on understanding the opportunities and challenges offered by distributed content

The next Digital Editors Network (DEN) meeting, tagged as #distributedDEN, is set to be hosted by Google on September 8th at 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH, to discuss how digital publishers and platforms could engage to maximise the opportunities that distributed content offers to them.

The rise of new distribution channels (e.g. search and social) has enabled journalism to reaches larger audiences than ever and in many more ways. This means that readers have a nearly limitless amount of news sources to choose from and limitless amount of digital content to spend time with. Key questions that media organisation should ask themselves are: How to distribute their content so it engages the right audiences in line with their strategy?  How are the specific distributed channels different from each other and what does that mean for publishers?

With this in mind, the autumn meeting, which is co-organised by François Nel of the University of Central Lancashire, will include highlights from the recent Digital News Report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research into news consumption patterns with some confirmation of the importance of social media.

The meeting will also be set to have all parties involved in order to foster a dialogue between platforms and media organisations. “There’s been a lot of talk in and around journalism circles about the role of social media platforms and their relationships with publishers,” says Dr Nel. “What’s rare is a safe space for publishers and platforms to talk with each other. This DEN meeting will aim to do just that.” He adds, “As is customary for DEN events, we’ll be observing the Chatham House Rule.”

Welcoming participants to the event is Benedicte Autret who is leading the Strategic Relationships with News Publishers in the UK, including how to engage with Google within the Digital News Initiative framework. Speakers will also include:
  • Miller Hogg, CEO of the CN Group 
  • Matt McAlister, cofounder of Publish.org and Keleida Networks and Guardian columnist. 
  • Nic Newman, lead author of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s Digital News Report  
  • Luca Forlin, Head of Partnerships at Play Newsstand
  • Ben McOwen Wilson, YouTube Content Partnership Director
Co-sponsored by the editorial management software company Desk-Net, discussions will be chaired by the DEN’s convenors: Nick Turner, Digital Strategy Manager at the CN Group; Lucia Adams, Launch Editor at The Times; and François Nel of UCLan.

The event on Thursday, September 8th, will run from 2pm-6pm at Google UK, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London, with registration opening at 13:30pm and conversations afterwards continuing into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm.

Attendees can sign up at: https://distributedDEN.eventbrite.co.uk

DEN’s networking opportunities are regularly announced on the Network’s Twitter, Facebook page, Linkedin group and here on our blog.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

#distributedDEN Diary Note: We''ll be talking WITH social media tech companies - not simply ABOUT them when we next meet on 8 September 2016

That social media are playing an increasinly important role in the process of making and distributing news is widely acknowledged.

And, not suprisingly, there's lots of talk amongst news publisher about what social media means for their business.

What's rare is a conversation with social media platforms about what a sound, sustainable relationship between those who create news and those who re-aggregate and re-distribute news might look like now - and going forward.

That's precisely what we aim to convene when DEN next meets on 8 September 2016 in London.

We'll soon be announcing our host and the publshers and platforms who will lead the discussion. This is certainly a date to diarise.

If you've not been to DEN meetup before and would like to get advance notices, join our mailing list HERE (We don't pass along contact details, ever!)

#distributedDEN Diary Note: We''ll be talking to social media tech companies not simply about them when we next meet on 8 September 2016

That social media are playing an increasinly important role in the process of making and distributing news is widely acknowledge.

And, not suprisingly, there's lots of talk amongst news publisher about what social media means for their business.

What's rare is a conversation with social media platforms about what a sound, sustainable relationship between those who create news and those who re-aggregate and re-distribute news might look like now - and going forward.

That's precisely what we aim to convene when DEN next meets on 8 September 2016 in London.

We'll soon be announcing our host and the publshers and platforms who will lead the discussion. This is certainly a date to diarise.

If you've not been to DEN meetup before and would like to get advance notices, join our mailing list HERE (We don't pass along contact details, ever!)

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

#communityDEN: BBC News set to host the autumn DEN meetup on engaging news communities

Are you thinking about innovative ways to engage with news communities? 

Then participate in the next Digital Editors Network meeting on November 19th at BBC Broadcasting House, where the discussions will focus on how digital publishers are trying to reach new audiences – on a local, national and global scale.

The term itself is quite complex and includes all sorts of audience sub-groups, defined by gender, age, economic status, race or origin. Yet the mobile and social revolution has unquestionably opened opportunities for news sector growth, provided audience acquisition is approached correctly.

We’ll learn about the latest research into youth news habits around the world, debate the fragmentation of audiences, and discuss the latest techniques that publishers (and other sectors) employ to engage audiences and build communities on digital platforms. Welcoming participants to the event is someone who is thinking about those topics and beyond is James Montgomery, Director of Digital Development for BBC News.

Speakers at the meeting will also include:
  • Dmitry Shishkin, BBC World Service Digital Editor, who will describe how the corporation adapts to changing audience expectations globally;
  • Elizabeth Plank, Senior Correspondent at Mic.coma New York City-based digital-first outlet aimed at covering ‘stories that matter to our generation’;
  • Alec Saelens, a co-founder of The Bristol Cable, the co-operative news publisher that has 450 members and counting;
  • Change.org who will share insights into campaigning communities;
  • Shuiab Khan, Editor of Asian Image newspaper and founder of the Asian Media Awards. 
  • Renee Kaplan, Head of Audience Engagement at the Financial Times.

Discussions will be co-chaired by the DEN’s convenors François Nel, director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire; Nick Turner, Digital Strategy Manager at the CN Group; and Lucia Adams of The Times. 

The event sponsors also include the editorial management software company Desk-Net.


The programme on Thursday, November 19th, will run from 3pm to 7pm at BBC Broadcasting House, with registration opening at 2:30pm and conversations afterwards spilling over into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm. 

Attendees can sign up here.

You may also want to meet up beforehand for an informal lunch at 1:30pm at Carluccio's, or join our host, the convenors, speakers and sponsor afterwards for dinner at Percy & Founders from 8pm. Or both.

DEN is a community, not a conference. Since 2007, the Digital Editors Network has worked to connect media innovators, whether they work inside, outside or alongside mainstream media organisations. You can link into DEN by liking our Facebook page, joining our LinkedIn group, or following us on Twitter @DENupdates, or our blog.

If you'd like to contribute ideas, speak, host, sponsor or collaborate on a future DEN meetup or workshop, contact the convenors François Nel at digitaledtitorsnetwork @ gmail.com or Nick Turner at nick.turner @ cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dates to diarise in the Autumn 2015 - and ways to get involved with DEN

Those who joined in the Spring 2015 Digital Editors Network meetup at the Wall Street Journal know it will be a hard act to follow.

But the DEN convenors have been working at it. And while we can't yet announce the hosts (details, details), we can confirm that we'll be meeting on November 12th 19th in London. Please book the date.

DEN is a community, not a membership association or an events company. So, we welcome (and rely on) contributors. Be in touch if you'd like help by speaking, sponsoring, hosting or helping with arrangements. Our email is digitaleditorsnetwork @ gmail.com.

Also on our minds and in our autumn calendar are:

  • Community and Hyperlocal Event on 9th September 2015 in Cardiff. The School of Journalism’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ), in collaboration with the UK’s innovation foundation Nesta, will hold a one-day event about community and hyperlocal media before the bi-annual Future of Journalism academic conference kicks off. The open event will include contributions from practitioners, academics and policy makers. The keynote speaker is Dan Gilmore. For details contact Hannah Scarbrough at the C4CJ on scarbroughh1@cardiff.ac.uk
  • Monetising Media takes place on 21st -23rd October 2015 at Millenium Gloucester, London. Broadly, the theme is straightforward: how to make in money in media today. Specifically, it looks at the challenges and opportunities to be found in mobile, data, video and digital advertising. The folks at BriefingMedia say, 'Speakers are briefed to tell their stories in depth, foregoing PR pitches and buzzwords to offer genuine insights, data, war stories and ideas for action.' Against the backdrop of the issues raised by Emily Bell recently and the Dutch scenarios for the future of journalism, this should be another lively - and useful - conference. See you there? For more information email: info@monetisingmedia.com.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wall Street Journal set to host DEN's Spring 2015 meetup in London on new formats for news

The next Digital Editors Network meeting on June 9th will look at new digital platforms for news - but will also explore how innovative media organisations are grappling with and rethinking the news experiences they create there. Which new formats work best now? What are innovators planning for next?  Hosting the discussion is just such a forward thinker’: John Crowley, The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Speakers at the meeting on the 17th floor of News Corporation’s UK headquarters at London Bridge will include the BBC World Service's mobile Apps editor Trushar Barot on why his WhatsApp experiment convinced management to develop a formal instant-messaging news strategy; Tom Phillips on what new formats work for Buzzfeed and what ’type' of coders they are looking to hire to build them; why Edward Miller of Immersiv.ly believes that the end of Google Glass is just the start of virtual reality; and how Quartz engages audiences with data (and how you can too use their open-source tool Chartbuilder). 

Participants will also get a sneak preview of the Innovations in Newspapers: World Report 2015 due out the following week.

Discussions will be co-chaired by the DEN’s convenors François Nel, director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire and a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and Nick Turner, Digital Strategy Manager at the CN Group. The event sponsors also include the editorial management software company Desk-Net. Speakers at the Spring meeting, which has been tagged as #formatDEN, are:

Trushar Barot is Mobile Editor for the BBC World Service.
John Earner is the CEO and co-founder of Space Ape Games, a two-year old mobile gaming startup in central London.
Blathaid Healy is the UK editor of Mashable which recently announced the Mashable Collective.
Edward Miller is responsible for the visual content strategy for Immersiv.ly, a startup based around telling the news in virtual reality.
Tom Phillips is Editorial Director for Buzzfeed UK
Juan Senor is a partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group based in London and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.
Inga Thordar is a Senior Editor on BBC World News who worked on the steering group of the BBC’s Future of News project.
Cassie Werber is a London-based reporter for Qz.com

DEN participants are a lively bunch who enjoy robust, frank conversations. For that reason, we'll not be streaming this meetup live and observing the Chatham House Rule.

The programme on Tuesday, June 9th, will run from 2pm to 6pm at The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9GF, with registration opening at 1:30pm and conversations afterwards spilling over into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm. Participants may also want to join the speakers for dinner at Balls Brothers at Hay's Galleria.

REGISTER NOW for one of the 75 spaces at: http://formatden.eventbrite.co.uk .

We aim not to charge for DEN meetups, though a donation of £10 or more is invited to cover expenses. [If money is too tight to mention, give us a shout]. Dinner is £35, which includes wine, and reservations must be confirmed by June 2nd: http://formatdendinner.eventbrite.co.uk 

DEN is a community, not a conference. Since 2007, the Digital Editors Network has worked to link media innovators, whether they work inside, outside or alongside mainstream media organisations. You can connect with DEN by liking our Facebook page, joining our LinkedIn group, or following us on Twitter @DENupdates or this blog.

If you'd like to contribute ideas, speak, host, sponsor or collaborate on a future DEN meetup or workshop, contact the convenors François Nel at digitaledtitorsnetwork @ gmail.com or  Nick Turner at nick.turner @ cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk

Monday, September 08, 2014

#fearlessDEN Delivering bold innovations is on the agenda for the Autumn 2014 meetup to be hosted by Trinity Mirror

At the next Digital Editors Network meetup on November 6th we’re asking innovators not only to show us things that will inspire, but also to share how they overcame the obstacles to make it happen - and how they boldly keep going on.

We're pleased to announce our host is one such fearless innovator: Trinity Mirror Regionals’ digital innovation editor Alison Gow.
Alison Gow of Trinity Mirror
“Back in 2008 we hosted a DEN in our Liverpool Echo offices; since then the network has grown considerably and so it's great to be able to offer a new invitation, this time to our Canary Wharf headquarters,” said Alison, who at the start of the year swapped the editor's chair at the Daily Post Wales, where Trinity Mirror piloted their Newsroom 3.0 concept, for the job of helping to deliver editorial innovation across all the titles in the UK’s largest publishers of regional newspapers. That’s no small challenge. 

“We've been accelerating the pace of change in Trinity Mirror in recent years, and the latest project, Newsroom 3.1, is probably the biggest editorial change in terms of culture and structure we've undertaken. So we're delighted to be the hosts for #fearlessDEN as the theme resonates with our understanding that evolution of the media industry, and development of ideas, is how we can ensure a strong future. 

“This is a theme that will probably speak to many people in the mainstream media; the leaked New York Times' innovation report underlined the undeniable demands of the legacy product and culture can impede the shift towards a more agile, digital future. 

“There is also the fear of failing and, worse, failing in a financially costly manner. Ideas can wind up stuck in the dreaded 'Paralysis by Analysis' stage and, while digital startups and entrepreneurs accept risk as an inherent part of what they do, for some digital editors the challenge is simply: "How do I convince my boss to take a chance on my idea?" 

“I suspect that at #fearlessDEN we'll get some answers that question.” 

To respond - and to examine the practical implications for your organisation, your team and you - we've invited a variety of media innovators, including:
  • Malcolm Coles, the Trinity Mirror digital director who pitched the ideas and built the teams behind  usvth3m and ammp3d. 
  • Matt McAlister is the Co-founder and CEO of Contributoria and the General Manage of  New Digital Businesses for the Guardian Media Group.
  • Bibi van der Zee writes for about the environment and food for The Guardian. She's the author of The Protester's Handbook and led the editorial coverage of the LiveBetterChallenge project sponsored by Unilever. She'll be talking about how to manage editorial-sponsor relationships at a time abuzze with talk  of content marketing and native advertising.
  • Will Guyatt is Instagram's European Communications Manager and will discuss the bold moves that have seen the mobile video and photo sharing service go from startup in 2010 to the fastest growing of all social media sites worldwide. 
Discussion will be chaired by François Nel of the Journalism Leaders Programme at UCLan, Nick Turner of the CN Group and Lucia Adams of The Times.
 
So, clear your diary and register HERE now.  

Over the coming weeks we’ll be working with Alison to finalise the line-up. So, if you'd like to sponsor, contribute ideas, speak or collaborate on the #fearlessDEN event, or host a future DEN meetup or workshop, don’t hesitate to contact any of the other convenors: François Nel at FPNel @ uclan.ac.uk, Nick Turner at nick.turner @ cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk, or Lucia Adams at lucia.adams @ news.co.uk

Also: Did the last DEN meetup inspire you to think or do things differently?If so, here’s your chance to share your story with others in the network in 140 words or less by completing this simple FORM. To thank you, we’ll enter you into a draw for a free lunch before or dinner after the meetup sponsored by Desk-Net.

The Digital Editors Network is a community, not a conference. An initiative supported by the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, DEN  has since 2007 worked to link media innovators, whether they work inside, outside or alongside mainstream media organisations. You can connect with DEN by joining our LinkedIn groupor following us on Twitter @DENupdates or this blog.