Tuesday, November 27, 2012

#responsiveDEN Responsive design on the agenda for next DEN meetup on 21 Feb 2013

There’s a lot of talk about Responsive Web Design lately.

And, at first glance, it’s not difficult to see why. With the mantra of gather-once-publish-many ringing in their ears, time-poor digital editors are increasingly considering an approach to web design that intends to provide an optimal viewing experience — easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling — across a wide range of devices from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones.

But what is conceptually straightforward is seldom just that in practice. What are the newsroom implications of following a RWD approach? How are news users responding? And commercial partners?

For an in-depth discussion on the issues, join MNA Digital development manager Mark Cadman and electronic editor Abigail Edge  who led team that charted the Express and Star and Shropshire Star’s route to responsive design at the next Digital Editors Network meetup on 21 February 2013  at the Media Factory in Preston.  Why don't you book your place here  now?

Further speakers to be confirmed. And, as always, suggestions are welcome.[Programme updated 07/01/2013]

The discussions will be chaired by DEN co-founders Nick Turner (@nickincumbria), Head of Digital Content  for the CN Group, and François Nel, Director of the Journalism Leaders Programme and the MADE (Media And Digital Enterprise) Project at UCLan.

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 our blog .

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

Friday, August 10, 2012

Two linked data journalism workshops for hacks and hackers

Following on from the sold-out Data Journalism Camp in 2011, DEN has combined forces with the MADE project to offer two linked workshops this autumn.

Download the flyer here
  • DJCAMP2012 with Paul Bradshaw and Megan Knight is aimed journalists who want to turn data into compelling stories and runs from 9:30am on Friday, September 21 to 5pm on Saturday, September 22 in the Media Factory  on the University of Central Lancashire's Preston Campus.
  • If you want to learn how to build your own data scraper and have at least a basic understanding of software development languages Ruby and / or Python, then there's a four-hour Scraping Masterclass with ScraperWiki founder Julian Todd from 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday, September 22, also in the Media Factory. 

Both DJCAMP2012 and the Scraping Masterclass are being co-sponsored by the MADE Project and the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at UCLan,

More information and registration details are available HERE

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Diary notes: Next DEN meetup in Autumn 2012 - and lots more besides


With our spring calendar already bulging (and your co-conveners slightly overwhelmed), we’re decided to push the next Digital Editors' Network meetup to the autumn – and to flag some of the other events you might also want to consider in the meantime:

Spring/Summer

Coming this autumn

  • 21-22 September. Data Journalism Camp 2012  in the Media Factory, Preston.[Following on from the very successful #DJCamp2011) with Paul Bradshaw and Megan Knight .
  • October / November. DEN Autumn meeting (Agenda & speaker suggestions welcome)

Also: DEN is a network of media innovators powered by its participants since 2007; we don't have ‘memberships’. If you want to contribute, please contact the co-conveners, Nick Turner or Francois Nel.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

#SoLoMoDEN Recap

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CEOs from the World Newsmedia Network and Aetopia join the Winter meeting line-up

The great line-up for the Digital Editors Network Winter meeting and Media and Digital Enterpriser (MADE) project launch on Thursday, February 23, just got even better.

World Newsmedia Network CEO Martha Stone  will be also be joining us to present key findings from the just-released World Newsmedia Innovation Study 2012  and Aetopia CEO Aidan McGrath will be speaking on “Making money from your digital assets”. The updated programme is below.

We are also pleased to confirm that we’ve been able to secure a slightly larger venue at the Digital World Centre at The Lowry (MediaCityUK tram stop, parking at Lowry Outlet Mall), so 20 additional spaces for #SoLoMoDEN can now be booked at here  (If you want to know who else has already signed up, scroll down).

The programme of discussions on  Social, Local and Mobile Innovations is:

12:45 Registration and lunch
13:45 Welcome: Nick Turner, Head of Digital Content for the CN Group and a co-founder of DEN.
13:55 MarthaStone  on the key findings of the third annual World Newsmedia Innovation Study (formerly the World News Future & Change Study), conducted in partnership with researchers at the School of Journalism, Media and Communications at UCLan, UK, and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, US.  
14:25 François Nel on the how local newspapers are doing on the 4Cs of mobile news - content, channels, content and commerce – and why they’re in danger of making some grave errors.
14:55 Sarah Hartley on how news innovators can use the Guardian Media Group’s nOtice.com platform for local content, communities and commerce.
15:25 Aidan McGrath on making money from your digital assets.
15:30 Coffee / Tea break
15:50 Paul Bradshaw ) on opportunities for news enterprises to co-create content through new HelpMeInvestigate initiatives.
16:20 Greg Hadfield on how the rise of open-data cities is giving local media a chance to re-invent themselves – and why it could be their last lifeline. 
Wrap up 17:00ish.
Networking reception 
17:30ish Launch of the Media And Digital Enterprise (MADE) project, winner of the International Press Institute's News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google.
Reception continues until 19:00.

This event is co-sponsored by Aetopia, which  specialises in building scalable software solutions for Digital Asset Management, and the University of Central Lancashire, home to the UK's oldest journalism programme.


 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 our blog.

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

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

#SoLoMoDEN Social, Local and Mobile Innovation & MADE project launch on the agenda for next DEN meetup on 23 Feb in Media City, Manchester

Innovations in Social, Local and Mobile news top the agenda for the next Digital Editors Network meeting from 1-5:30pm on Thursday, 23 February2012, at Media City UK in Manchester, followed by a networking reception and launch of the MADE project, the UK winner of the International Press Institute's inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google.

Leading the discussions on Social, Local and Mobile Innovations are:
  • Greg Hadfield (@greghadfield) on how the rise of open-data cities is giving local media a chance to re-invent themselves – and why it could be their last lifeline. Greg, a former Fleet Street journalist and internet entrepreneur, is director of strategic projects with Cogapp, an award-winning digital agency in Brighton and Hove.
  • Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) on opportunities for news enterprises to co-create content through new HelpMeInvestigate initiatives. Paul is author of the Online Journalism Handbook, founder of the Online Journalism Blog, HelpMeInvestigate and Hacks & Hackers Birmingham.
  • Sarah Hartley (@foodiesarah) on how news innovators can use the Guardian Media Group’s nOtice.com platform for local content, communities and commerce. Sarah is Managing Director of TalkAboutLocal and Community Strategist for GMG.
  • François Nel (@francoisnel) on the how local newspapers are doing on the 4Cs of mobile news - content, channels, content and commerce – and why they’re in danger of making some grave errors. François is digital media business researcher and director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at UCLan.
François also recently became the only UK winner of the inaugural International Press Institute’s News Innovation Contest funded by a grant from Google. During the networking reception that will follow the DEN meeting at 5:30, François will briefly explain the Media And Digital Enterprise (MADE) project which aims to equip digital innovators with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills required to start up and sustain innovative new journalistic enterprises in the public interest. The MADE project hopes to support individuals, groups and organisations in- and outside of the mainstream media (To stay in the MADE project loop, see http://bit.ly/thXQiy ) .

The discussion will be chaired by Nick Turner (@nickincumbria)Bold, Head of Digital Content for the CN Group and a co-founder of DEN.
You can register for one of the 50 spaces at the next #SoLoMoDEN or to only join for MADE project launch here.

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. DEN is supported by the School of Journalism, Media & Communication at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK, home to the UK's oldest journalism programme.


 If you'd like to contribute ideas, speak, host or sponsor a future DEN meetup, don't hesitate to contact the convenors Nick Turner nick.turner @cumbrian-newspapers. co.uk or François Nel FPNel @uclan . ac . uk