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 @, Nick Turner at nick.turner @, or Lucia Adams at lucia.adams @

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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A visual reminder of #visualDEN at the Financial Times

If a picture tells a 1,000 words, here's a (short) book on the #visualDEN meetup at the Financial Times on 5 June 2014.

P.S. Mark your diaries: the next Digital Editors Network meetup is on 6 November at Canary Wharf. To keep in the loop, follow @denupdates or pop us a note at digitaleditorsnetwork @ for an invitation. 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Join the #visualDEN discussion LIVE from London, New York, Paris and Johannesburg on 5 June 2014

14:00-15:15 SESSION 1: Why is focusing on visual content a strategic imperative for innovative media companies?
Chair: Lucia Adams @lucia_adams
14:00 Welcome to DEN & intro to hosts: François Nel @francoisnel
14:05 Introduction to VisualDEN & background: Lisa MacLeod, FT @lisataljard
14:20 David Dinsmore, The Sun @davidins
14:35 Amy Webb, Webb Media @webbmedia
15:50 Q & A

15:15 Comfort Break

15:30-16:45 SESSION 2: How to make compelling visual media?
Chair: Nick Turner @nickincumbria
15:35 Adam Westbrook, digital producer on why it's time to rethink visual storytelling from the ground up @AdamWestbrook
15:50 David Ottewell, head of the data journalism unit at Trinity Mirror @davidottewell
16:05 Lulu Pinney, freelance infografista @lulupinney
16:20 Martin Stabe, head of interactive news at the Financial Times @martinstabe
16:35 Q & A

16:45 Comfort Break  

17:00-18:00 SESSION 3: The challenge of implementation: the people, the process, the competition
Chair: François Nel @francoisnel
17:05 Fiona Ryder, MD at Mustard TV and Archant company @fi_ryder
17:15 Sarah Hartley and Will Perrin, Talk About Local @foodiesarah @willperrin
17:30 Alan Hunter, head of digital for The Times and Sunday Times @alanhhunter
17:40 Q & A
17:55 Wrap & thanks: François Nel @francoisnel
18:00 Networking Reception
19:30 Dinner at The Swan at The Globe (21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

#visualDEN: If making, managing and monetizing visual content is on your agenda, register now for the next DEN meetup on 5 June at FT - now also with interactive hookup to JoziHub

 [Update 19/05/2014: Reserve your space at the interactive hookup to JoziHub, South Africa, HERE from 20/05/2014]

Visual content is top of mind in newsrooms and boardrooms. And it's also on the agenda for next Digital Editors Network meetup hosted by the Financial Times on 5 June 2014, with a live, interactive hookup to Johannesburg.

So, who is doing good things? Who is doing it best? What do we need to know? And what do we need to avoid at all costs?

 "The often-repeated claim that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster by the brain than text is probably bollocks," says DEN co-founder François Nel. "But there's no doubt visuals are critical to effective communication. As we struggle to navigate a world awash 24/7 with waves of information, perhaps it has never been more important that today."

Lisa MacLeod 
And if visual media are important to users, its also darn important to those in the business of making media, said Nel who worked with Lisa MacLeod, head of operations for and Financial Times associate editor, and Steve Matthewson, group managing editor for BDFM,  to convene the event that's co-sponsored by Desk-Net , JoziHub and Google Africa.

To help us sift through the hype, share practical lessons learned and consider the way forward, we've invited a variety of media innovators to what is being called #visualDEN, including:

  • David Ottewell, head of the data journalism unit at Trinity Mirror
  • Adam Westbrook, digital producer on why it's time to rethink visual story telling from the ground up. [Updated: 28/04/2014]
  • Sarah Hartley and Will Perrin, Talk About Local on what your competitors could do with access to new, free augmented reality functionality for mobile. [Updated: 13/05/2014]
  • Lulu Pinneyfreelance infografista 
  • Alan Hunter, head of digital at The Times and The Sunday Times
  • Martin Stabehead of interactive news at the Financial Times

Discussion will be chaired by Lucia Adams, deputy head of Digital for The Times and The Sunday Times, Nick Turner, head of digital for the CN Group and François Nel. Additional presenters are to be confirmed. 

The programme on Thursday, June 5th, will run from 2pm to 6pm at the Financial Times offices, with registration opening at 1:30pm and conversations afterwards spilling over into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm. The closest tube stations are Tower Bridge and Mansion House 

We aim not to charge for DEN meetups, though a donation of £10 or more is invited to cover expenses. To reserve one of the 80 places available at the FT, please register HERE.Register for the JoziHub hookup 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 .

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 FPNel @, Nick Turner at nick.turner @ , or Lucia Adams at lucia.adams @ .