Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How criminals can do wonders for your website

Here's one of the ideas that was aired at our Digital Editor's Forum: A gallery of criminals adding 60,000 page impressions a month
See the gallery at the News & Star
See the write of the idea by Laura Oliver at http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/532497.php

Get more ideas like this at the next Digital Editors' Network on February 3rd.


Replay the Leaders Forum

You'll find useful links and a the chance to watch video of the Journalism Leaders Forum here

The event took place on the same day as our Digital Editors Network meeting and featured Steve Yelvington, Stephen Gray, Kevin Anderson, Simon Reynolds, Jane Singer and Fran├žois Nel discussing what hard times are teaching media decision-makers about the way forward.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Legal Briefing update

Thanks to everyone who turned out to our successful meeting on Tuesday.

We had around 30 people for the legal briefing which kicked off the Digital Editors' Network meeting.

Notes and video to follow.

Sarah Hartley has highlighted dangers of linking in her notes on the meeting over on her blog

Next meeitng is Feb 3rd

Monday, September 22, 2008

Oct 7th Digital Editors' Network legal briefing

Digital Editor's Network Legal Briefing Oct 7th

What legal risks are newspapers and media organisations taking as they expand on to an ever increasing array of new media platforms?

Blogs, comment boards, forums, digital archives, links to third party content and the speed of breaking news online are all providing us with fresh legal challenges as we straddle the divide between traditional media and online communities.

I am pleased to say that we will be having some high profile speakers from media law experts Wiggin LLP at our next meeting on October 7th to look at some of these issues.

Caroline Kean, Wiggin’s head of litigation, will lead the discussion at the Digital Editors’ Network meeting at UCLan in Preston.Caroline is a vastly experienced media lawyer who acts for national and regional newspapers, magazines, book publishers, television and film companies.

She has been acclaimed as one of the UK's top female solicitors and is vice president of the Media Society and legal advisor to Women in Journalism.

She will be joined by Phil Gorski, from Wiggin’s litigation team. Phil has extensive experience in advising on pre-publication/compliance matters and is part of the training team.

The Digital Editors’ Network will also include a showcase of new ideas from around the regional media. More details on that to follow. For more details and to book a place email nturner@cngroup.co.uk The meeting will start at 1.30pm.

The Digital Editors’ Network is a free event supported by the journalism department at UCLan, Preston.

Friday, May 23, 2008

June meeting invitation

What happened when a traditional daily newspaper opened up their newsroom decision-making to everyone - customers, collaborators, colleagues and competitors - in real time?
Hear from Alison Gow, deputy editor and one of the forces behind the Liverpool Daily Post LIVE project, at a Trinity Mirror Merseyside open house for Digital Editors Network on 16 June. You’ll also hear from David Higgerson, new Head of Multimedia for Trinity Mirror Regionals, on his plans for the future, and from Business Development Director Mark Dickinson on why he’s bullish about monetising the web.
The afternoon will start with a short walk-about the Merseyside news and will be followed by a (pay-as-you-guzzle) drinks & dinner Net(work)ing event at Piccolino Italian restaurant.
1:45 pm Registration at TM Regionals front desk, Old Hall St , Liverpool. (It's the vast glass-fronted building just up the road from Moorfields train station) NB. the Pall Mall NCP car park is the most convenient for motorists
2:00pm Walk-about the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo shared newsroom with Alison Gow
2:30pm Going boldly in the multimedia future - Dave Higgerson
3:15pm Liverpool Daily Post Liveblog - Alison Gow
4:00pm Break
4:15pm Show me the money! - Mark Dickinson
5:00pm DEN: What next?
5:30pm Drinks & NETWORKING dinner for Digital Editors at Piccolino (It’s pay as you guzzle).
DEN is another industry partnership initiative of the of the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Attendance is free, but space for this event is limited to 25 on a first-come basis.

To book a place email Nick Turner at nturner@cngroup.co.uk

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Thanks for your support

Thanks for your support last week. It's great to see people travelling from far and wide (Ipswich and Dundee!) to take part.
I think this list gives some idea of who attended. Sorry if I've missed anyone out.

Craig McGinty, freelance

Sarah Hartley, MEN

Andy Dickinson, UCLan

Alison White, Reading Evening News

Christian Dunn, Evening Leader

Arup Biswas, Johnston Press

George Hopkin, Johnston Press

Louise Thomas, UCLan

Ian Harvey, Express & Star

Oliver Luft, Journalism UK

Stewart McIntosh

Martin Hamer, LEP

Rod Kiddell, Sirius Media

Richard Rooney, DC Thomson

James Griffin, Evening Star

David Higgerson, Daily Post

Dan Owen, Daily Post

Lee Swettenham, GMWN

Marin Hamer, LEP

Rick Waghorn, myfootballwriter.com

Peter Boler, MEN

Nick Turner, CN Group

Sue Crawford, CN Group

Friday, April 25, 2008

April Programme now also includes open Hitwise workshop

The key question for this month's Digital Editors Network meeting, as well the Journalism Leaders Forum on 29 April, is pretty straightforward: Where's the money?

To help us get some answers (and to phrase some more nuanced questions), we've lined up speakers from inside and outside the mainstream media. Here's un update on the programme:

Venue: Room 273, Greenbank Building, University of Central Lancashire in Preston. (Directions).

Parking: Several car parking spaces have been booked on the visitors' car park in front of the Foster Building. Participants who want to make use of these need to report to the attendant and say they are for the Digital Editors Network - he will show them where to park. (Of course, the venue is only a 10-minute walk from the train station.)


1-45pm - Registration & buffet lunch. (name tags are being provided following feedback from last meeting)
1:45-2:30pm - Peter Boler, head of digital sales at Manchester Evening News
2:30-3:15pm - Rick Waghorm, founder of myfootballwriter.com
break & coffee (15min)
3:30-4:15pm - Update from members, kicked off by Andy Dickison, who was recently invited to speak at DNA2008 in Brussles. If you'd like to contribute here, let me know.
4:45pm - move to Greenbank Lecture Theatre
4:30-5:15pm - Mapping the Digital Media Landscape - Anton Grutzmacher of Hitwise will give an exclusive update on what's happening to regional and national media audiences online. (This session is open and we'll be joined by the Trinity Mirror delegates on the Leaders
Programme and others)
5:15-6pm networking reception in Greenbank foyer
6pm - 9th Journalism Leaders Forum. Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine and author of seminal work "The Long Tail" will be joining the discussion, which will also be webcast live. See the Forum blog for the latest.

There is no cost for the events, which are being sponsored by the Journalism Leaders Programme of the Department of Journalism at UCLan.

Further details about DEN: Nick Turner, nturner@cngroup.co.uk, 07764 657037 .
To RSVP for the Forum & networking reception: leaders@uclan.ac.uk / 01772 894759

To stay in touch, join the DEN network on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

This month's meeting

The audience for media websites continues to grow, but can we make online revenues growing accordingly?

We often hear about the new ideas for increasing audiences and interaction on our sites, but what’s fresh when it comes to increasing the money we earn from those expanding audiences?

This month’s Digital Editors’ Network meeting on April 29th takes a detailed look at what media companies are doing to monetise their web offerings and how advertisers’ expectations are changing.

Digital editors from a wide range of regional newspapers and other media will contribute to the discussion with their own examples of good practice, but the meeting will also benefit from the contributions from three key speakers, each with their own perspective on the issue.

Ruth Spratt, digital and broadcast director for the Manchester Evening News group, will give an insight into how her company’s business model is adapting the challenges and opportunities of digital publishing.

Paul Bradshaw, author of the Online Journalism Blog, will report back on the recent Journalism Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Camp which looked at different revenue models for online journalism.

Rick Waghorn, founder of myfootballwriter.com, will also be on hand to discuss his views on how local journalism can be funded through contextual advertising – either supporting newspaper websites or independent writers.

Organiser Nick Turner, head of digital content for CN Group, said: “I’m really pleased with the speakers we’ve got lined up and when you add into the mix the views and experience from digital editors from all the big newspaper groups and it should be an interesting afternoon.
“It will be a chance to share experience in an informal discussion and in a way that allows us all to improve the commercial sharpness of our websites.”

The Digital Editors’ Network runs from 1pm to 5pm on April 29th at the University of Central Lancashire, starting with a buffet lunch. It is a free event, but to book a place and further details please email Nick Turner on nturner@cngroup.co.uk.

For those of you who want to continue the discussion and take surrounding broader look at the issues will be chance to take a broader view these issues the 9th Journalism Leaders Forum takes place on the same day from 6pm.

Entitled “Why isn't more media translating into more money for mainstream media companies?” confirmed speakers include Karen Swan, marketing head for Trinity Mirror Regionals, Anton Grutzmacher, head of client services at the market intelligence company, Hitwise, and Paul Bradshaw. See the Forum blog for more details.

Also: Link up with the Digital Editors’ Network on Facebook .

Further details: Nick Turner, nturner@cngroup.co.uk, 07764 657037

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


The next meeting of the Digital Editors’ Network on January 29th will focus on maximising the potential of sport on media websites and tips for search engine optimisation.

Robert Hardie, managing editor of Northcliffe Digital Integrated Media, will kick off the discussion about online sports coverage with an update on his group’s strategy of developing websites for major football and rugby clubs covered by its titles.

Websites such as http://www.therams.co.uk/ for Derby County fans (getting 2million pages impressions a month) and http://www.thebluearmy.co.uk/ for Leicester City sit alongside local newspaper sites and will form part of a national network of sports sites aimed at providing a greater appeal to online fans and more advertising opportunities.

Simon Wharton, managing director of PushON Ltd, will initiate a discussion on how media websites can best use search engine optimisation.

He will use his experience in running an award winning online marketing agency in Manchester to reflect on ways to gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive battle for online audiences.

The Digital Editors’ Network meeting will take place at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston from 12.30pm when a buffet lunch will be provided. The meeting will get underway from 1pm and will be attended by members of staff from the journalism department and website managers from across the media industry.

Places are likely to be limited so please email Nick Turner, head of digital content at CN Group at nturner@cngroup.co.uk to book a place and get full event details.

The Digital Editors’ Network meeting coincides with an evening event at UCLan which is hosting a discussion on sports journalism in the digital age. The panel will be chaired by Charlie Lambert, of the BBC.
More details at: http://journalismleadersforum.blogspot.com/