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