Monday, September 20, 2010

#DEN10 iPads, PCC & ScraperWiki on the agenda for October meeting

Should newspapers be held accountable for tweets by journalists or their blogs? Where should corrections appear online and should there be some kind of standard mark for professionally produced content?

These are some of the questions about online standards that digital editors will be discussing next month when they meet in Manchester.

Will Gore of the Press Complaints Commission will tell the Digital Editors' Network why the PCC has launched a consultation to consider how its remit should extend into the online world.

Also speaking at the October 14th meeting which is being held at MADLab in Manchester is Ben Edwards of PageSuite, creators of perhaps the first regional newspaper iPad app.

He will talk about how integrating new platforms can deliver new revenues. And what publishers need to do make that happen.

And Francis Irving, one of the key forces behind MySociety and now ScraperWiki, will tell the Digital Editors' Network why he's working to build the world's biggest data repository and what opportunities that offers for news organisations.
The programme starts with registration and lunch at 1pm and concludes 5pm with a networking reception that wraps up at 6pm.

Digital Editors' Network organiser Nick Turner said: "We're pleased that we've been able to put together a programme for DEN which touches on three of the biggest issues faced by online publishers.

"The Government is promising to unleash a tsunami of data and how publishers respond to the opportunity will be crucial to the development of online journalism.

"Rumours of a new iPad subscription plan for publishers being prepard by Apple should focus minds on how we make the most of new platforms.

"Finally, we aim to consider how far the self-regulatory framework that upholds newspapers standards should extend in the online world."

There is no charge for the event, but spaces are limited so book your place at http://den10.eventbrite.com

For addtional programme details and updates, contact or follow Nick Turner at @nickincumbria / Nick.Turner@Cumbrian-Newspapers.co.uk , or François Nel @francoisnel / FPNel@uclan.ac.uk .

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Follow #dendatameet live from 13:15-17:00 BST on 12 May

Can't make it to Salford Quays today? Why not join the #DENDATAMEET discussion here from 13:15. The programme is below.



  • 13.15 Welcome and introductions:
  • Maureen Walker, Head of Broadcast, Music and Publishing, will introduce the session and say a few words about Vision+Media.
  • DEN's co-convenors François

  • Nel (UCLan) and
  • Nick Turner (CN Group) will chair the discussions.
  • The Speakers
  • 13.30 Julian Tait is one of the organizers of the FutureEverything conference, that is working to make Manchester the UK’s first OpenData City.
  • 14.00 Paul Bradshaw is the author of the Online Journalism Blog, and convenor of the HelpMeInvestigate project.
  • 14.30 Martin Belam is the information architect in the Guardian’s web development team. He also blogs at Currybetdonet.
  • 15.15 BREAK
  • 15.45 Propublica reporter Olga Pierce and news application developer Jeff Larson will discuss the process of building layered data stories at the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news site.
  • 16.15 Are you and your organisation struggling to respond to the scope and the pace of the challenges? Oscar Westlund, a Swedish mobile researcher, suggests there are lessons to be learned from Jujitsu.
  • 16.45 Wrap up

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

#DENDATAMEET Data Alchemy: new sources, innovative uses,

Ollie Jones might have had a point, but I think there's a case to be made that in the Digital Age it's data, not love, that makes the world go round.

How can news publishers access useful sources of data and how can they put it to use to serve users and to build revenue?

That's the theme for the next Digital Editors Network meeting on May 12th at the offices of Northwest Vision & Media at Media City in Salford Quays.

Speakers are:

  • Julian Tait, an organiser of the FutureEverything conference who's working to make Manchester the UK's first OpenData City.
  • Paul Bradshaw, author of the Online Journalism Blog and convenor of the HelpMeInvestigate project.
  • Martin Bellam, information architect for the the Guardian.co.uk, the information architect in the Guardian's web development team. He blogs at Currybetdonet.
  • Propublica reporter Olga Pierce and news application developer Jeff Larson will discuss the process of building layered data stories at the Pulitzer Prize-winninginvestigative news site.
  • Finally: Are you and your organisation struggling to respond to the scope and the pace of the challenges? Oscar Westlund, a Swedish mobile researcher, suggests there are lessons to be learned from martial arts.

There is no charge for the event, but spaces are limited and must be reserved in advance.

Click to download the pdf for map and directions. To reserve a parking, space contact Northwest Vision and Media at 0844 3950385, or email: info@visionandmedia.co.uk.

The Digital Editors Network is sponsored by Northwest Vision & Media and theSchool of Journalism, Media & Communication at the University of Central Lancashire, home to England's oldest university journalism programme.

For addtional programme details and updates, contact or follow Nick Turner at @nickincumbria / Nick.Turner@Cumbrian-Newspapers.co.uk , or François Nel @francoisnel / FPNel@uclan.ac.uk .

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

#DEN2010 Winter Meeting: Benchmarking Your Website

As we grapple with how to create revenues with our online brands it's obvious that we must understand more about our audiences than just whether the number of unique users is increasing month on month.

How much of our audience are regular visitors or eager participants in our online comemnt forums? How many are based abroad and how many are just dipping in to follow a link to one page?

Our Winter 2010 meeting will allow you to compare notes other digital editors and see how your site measures up to industry trends.

Editors from four of the UK's leading news organisations will "lift the bonnet" on their strategies to engage audiences – and the metrics they use to measure the success of their efforts – in a Chatham House Rule-discussion in Preston.

The programme will run from 1:30-5pm on February 25th, with registration & lunch from 1pm in the Adelphi Conference Room at the University of Central Lancashire.

The session aims to assist you in addressing some linked challenges:

(1) advertisers who seek not just large audiences, but engaged prospective customers; and

(2) executives who are seeking to plug budget shortfalls by introducing paywalls around all or some of their online content and activities.

Participating in the panel discussion will be:

  • Dave Higgerson, head of multimedia of Trinity Mirror regionals
  • Ian Brogden, digital editor at Cumbrian Newspapers
  • Jane McFarlane, assistant news editor Northcliffe Media's Derby Evening Telegraph
  • Martin Hamer, digital editor at Johnston Press' Lancashire Evening Post.

There is no charge for the event, but seating is limited and registration is required. All those attending the event are also asked to contribute to the discussion by completing this survey. Responses will remain anonymous.

The discussion will be chaired by François Nel, director of the Journalism Leaders Programme, who will also present the results of the survey and related findings from a two-year study into the online activities of newspapers in Britain’s 66 cities.

The programme will end with a discussion about ideas to cover the election online led by Nick Turner, Head of Digital Content Development for the CN Group.

The Digital Editors Network is sponsored by Northwest Vision & Media and the School of Journalism, Media & Communication at the University of Central Lancashire, home to England's oldest university journalism programme.

For addtional programme details and updates, contact or follow Nick Turner at @nickincumbria / Nick.Turner@Cumbrian-Newspapers.co.uk , or François Nel @francoisnel / FPNel@uclan.ac.uk .

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