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#qualityDEN What's the future for quality journalism?

Wed, 03 May 2017 17:42:00 +0000

If the future of quality journalism is on your mind, then you won't want to miss the Spring 2017 meeting of the Digital Editors’ Network meeting on June 20th.Hosted by Twitter's Rob Owers at its London offices in Soho and co-sponsored by the editorial software firm Desk-Net, the meeting will focus on how quality journalism can overcome two of its biggest challenges – the corrosive impact of misinformation, and the continuing search for sustainable business models.Along with Twitter's Global Head of News Peter Greenberger, speakers from Twitter, Facebook, the BBC, Trinity Mirror, Full Fact, the Conversation, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and University of Central Lancashire will lead the discussions that will kick off at 3pm and conclude at 7pm with a networking reception.Confirmed speakers are: Peter Greenberger, Global Head of News at Twitter  Aine Kerr, Head of Journalism Partnership at FacebookCharlie Beckett, Professor & Founding Director of LSE POLISIan Murray,  Deputy Executive Director, Society of Editors Mukul Devichand, Editor of BBC World HacksPhoebe Arnold, Head of Communications and Impact, Full FactEmily Brown, Cities Editor at the ConversationDavid Higgerson, Digital Publishing Director at Trinity Mirror RegionalsFor details about the programme and to purchase tickets, please click here.  A limited number of places are also available for those who want to join the host, speakers, and conveners for dinner afterwards. Digital Editors’ Network co-founder François Nel, said: “Our event will focus on the future of quality journalism and by that we don’t just mean the high-brow or ‘broadsheet’ publishers. Any publisher reporting on the powers-that-be knows that that we face serious challenges from every direction. "Misinformation, lies and hoaxes are posing a serious threat to its credibility and the way journalism is distributed and consumed online makes the search for a viable business model as challenging as ever.“Add to this the problems publishers face in getting access to information from the police, local government and other local bodies and you have something of a perfect storm.“Hopefully the Network will provide some grounds for optimism and some examples of how these problems are being overcome.“And as we will be meeting just a couple of weeks after the general election I am sure everyone attendees will have plenty of experiences to share,” he added.A spokesperson for Twitter states: “Twitter's open and transparent nature is a powerful tool for calling out misinformation and rebutting inaccuracies - for both reporters and the wider public. As such, we're delighted to host the event at the company's offices in the capital and to discuss these significant industry-wide issues.”The Digital Editors’ Network brings together online media managers from all sectors of the industry to discuss best practices and discuss industry trends. It was founded in 2007 by François Nel and Nick Turner who have been joined by Lucia Adams in organising the twice-yearly events. To stay in the loop,  follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or add your contact details to our mailing list. If you'd like to contribute ideas, speak, host, sponsor or collaborate on a future DEN meetup or workshop, contact the conveners François Nel at FPNel@uclan.ac.uk, Nick Turner at nickincumbria@gmail.com and Lucia Adams at me@luciaadams.co.uk[...]



#qualityDEN - Mark 20 June 2017 in your diary! We'll be meeting at Twitter

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:13:00 +0000

This much we have finalized:

1. The time, place & host: Rob Owers of Twitter has stepped up to host the Spring 2017 meeting of the Digital Editors Network in London on 20 June 2017.

2. The theme: Quality News?

"All the concerns about #fakenews raises a key question: How do we get to a working definition of what is quality news?" says DEN co-convener François Nel"This is no small concern. The parameters of 'quality news' will underpin decisions about the news stories, news creators and news brands that get discovered - and rewarded - through social and search. And those deemed to provide quality news are  also likely to get the support of regulators, avoid the wrath of legislators and be foregrounded in public discourse.

"What we do know, is that that quality cannot simply be defined by popularity or progeny, on the one hand. On the other hand, it's not helpful to simply say that quality, like beauty, is in the eye (or click) of the beholder. We need some practical parameters. And we need fresh thinking about what those might be, what they look like - and how the sausage is made."

If you are interesting in participating, recommending a speaker (or speaking yourself), or sponsoring this or a future DEN meeting, please be in touch with any of the conveners, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn  or add your contact details to our mailing list here



Feedback & slides from #distributedDEN meeting at Google, London

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:35:00 +0000


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  The panel - Google, YouTube, FB & Twitter
Our lively #distributedDEN discussion hosted by Benedicte Autret at Google’s London offices around the relationship between publishers and platforms was more than a month ago - but the issue is very much on our minds.

If you're also still thinking about it, then we hope you’ll let us know HERE what you think we might do to move the conversation.

To thank you for your thoughts on that - any other suggestions about speakers, hosts and sponsorship of future DEN meetings - we’d like to offer you the opportunity to download the presentations by the Reuters Institute’s Nic Newman on the Digital News Report and AOL’s Oliver Tobias on their Publishers Outlook 2016 study.

Aside: If you missed the Chatham House Rule-event or want a reminder, check out Catalina Albeanu's takeaways on Journalism.co.uk.

Also: So far, more than 240 editorial, technology, commercial and senior managers at news media companies have told the researchers from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) about their strategic priorities. If you’d like a free copy of the World News Media Outlook report summary, complete the 20-question survey by Friday, October 21st.

Finally, we're planning the Spring 2017 DEN meeting and will certainly keep you in the loop.

If you have any further questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch at digitaleditorsnetwork [at] gmail.com.



Google to host the Digital Editors Network’s meet-up on understanding the opportunities and challenges offered by distributed content

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:28:00 +0000

The next Digital Editors Network (DEN) meeting, tagged as #distributedDEN, is set to be hosted by Google on September 8th at 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH, to discuss how digital publishers and platforms could engage to maximise the opportunities that distributed content offers to them.

The rise of new distribution channels (e.g. search and social) has enabled journalism to reaches larger audiences than ever and in many more ways. This means that readers have a nearly limitless amount of news sources to choose from and limitless amount of digital content to spend time with. Key questions that media organisation should ask themselves are: How to distribute their content so it engages the right audiences in line with their strategy?  How are the specific distributed channels different from each other and what does that mean for publishers?

With this in mind, the autumn meeting, which is co-organised by François Nel of the University of Central Lancashire, will include highlights from the recent Digital News Report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research into news consumption patterns with some confirmation of the importance of social media.

The meeting will also be set to have all parties involved in order to foster a dialogue between platforms and media organisations. “There’s been a lot of talk in and around journalism circles about the role of social media platforms and their relationships with publishers,” says Dr Nel. “What’s rare is a safe space for publishers and platforms to talk with each other. This DEN meeting will aim to do just that.” He adds, “As is customary for DEN events, we’ll be observing the Chatham House Rule.”

Welcoming participants to the event is Benedicte Autret who is leading the Strategic Relationships with News Publishers in the UK, including how to engage with Google within the Digital News Initiative framework. Speakers will also include:
  • Mark Little, Twitter’s Vice-President for Media Partnerships in Europe and Africa, and the Managing Director of Twitter’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin
  • Miller Hogg, CEO of the CN Group 
  • Matt McAlister, co-founder of Publish.org and Keleida Networks and Guardian columnist. 
  • Nic Newman, lead author of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s Digital News Report  
  • Luca Forlin, Head of Partnerships at Play Newsstand
  • Ben McOwen Wilson, YouTube Content Partnership Director
Co-sponsored by the editorial management software company Desk-Net, discussions will be chaired by the DEN’s convenors: Nick Turner, Digital Strategy Manager at the CN Group; Lucia Adams, former Launch Editor at The Times; and François Nel of UCLan.

The event on Thursday, September 8th, will run from 2pm-6pm at Google UK, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London, with registration opening at 13:30pm and conversations afterwards continuing into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm.

Attendees can sign up at: https://distributedDEN.eventbrite.co.uk

DEN’s networking opportunities are regularly announced on the Network’s Twitter, Facebook page, Linkedin group and here on our blog.




#distributedDEN Diary Note: We''ll be talking WITH social media tech companies - not simply ABOUT them when we next meet on 8 September 2016

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:08:00 +0000

That social media are playing an increasinly important role in the process of making and distributing news is widely acknowledged.

And, not suprisingly, there's lots of talk amongst news publisher about what social media means for their business.

What's rare is a conversation with social media platforms about what a sound, sustainable relationship between those who create news and those who re-aggregate and re-distribute news might look like now - and going forward.

That's precisely what we aim to convene when DEN next meets on 8 September 2016 in London.

We'll soon be announcing our host and the publshers and platforms who will lead the discussion. This is certainly a date to diarise.

If you've not been to DEN meetup before and would like to get advance notices, join our mailing list HERE (We don't pass along contact details, ever!)



#distributedDEN Diary Note: We''ll be talking to social media tech companies not simply about them when we next meet on 8 September 2016

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:08:00 +0000

That social media are playing an increasinly important role in the process of making and distributing news is widely acknowledge.

And, not suprisingly, there's lots of talk amongst news publisher about what social media means for their business.

What's rare is a conversation with social media platforms about what a sound, sustainable relationship between those who create news and those who re-aggregate and re-distribute news might look like now - and going forward.

That's precisely what we aim to convene when DEN next meets on 8 September 2016 in London.

We'll soon be announcing our host and the publshers and platforms who will lead the discussion. This is certainly a date to diarise.

If you've not been to DEN meetup before and would like to get advance notices, join our mailing list HERE (We don't pass along contact details, ever!)



#communityDEN: BBC News set to host the autumn DEN meetup on engaging news communities

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:30:00 +0000

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.com, a 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;Steve Anglesey, Digital Content Director of Local World;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 [...]



Dates to diarise in the Autumn 2015 - and ways to get involved with DEN

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:18:00 +0000

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.




Wall Street Journal set to host DEN's Spring 2015 meetup in London on new formats for news

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:33:00 +0000

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 UKJuan 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.comDEN 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 [...]



Live updates: Digital Editors Network from #fearlessDEN

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:33:00 +0000

Follow live updates from the Digital Editors Network meeting on Thursday 6 November 2014

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#fearlessDEN Delivering bold innovations is on the agenda for the Autumn 2014 meetup to be hosted by Trinity Mirror

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:30:00 +0000

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. Jack Riley is Head of Audience Development for HuffingtonPost / @AOL UK, whose mothership was recently said to '...Crush Legacy  Outfits in Audience Growth'. Jack will be sharing how the challenges at the native digital news site differ from those he faced at @Independent & @EveningStandard where he was formerly Head of Digital Audience & Content Development.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. S[...]



A visual reminder of #visualDEN at the Financial Times

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:30:00 +0000

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 @ gmail.com for an invitation. 

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

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:54:00 +0000

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#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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:46:00 +0000

 [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 FT.com 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 Dinsmore, editor of The Sun Amy Webb, founder & CEO of Webbmedia Group and co-founder of Spark CampDavid Ottewell, head of the data journalism unit at Trinity MirrorAdam 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 Pinney, freelance infografista Alan Hunter, head of digital at The Times and The Sunday TimesFiona Ryder, MD at Mustard TV , an Archant companyMartin Stabe, head of interactive news at the Financial TimesDiscussion 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 @ uclan.ac.uk, Nick Turner at nick.turner @ cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk , or Lucia Adams at lucia.adams @ news.co.uk .[...]



Dont miss this Spring date: The business of visual journalism will be under the spotlight at the Spring 2014 DEN meeting to be hosted by The Financial Times

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:25:00 +0000

Mark your diary; you'll definitely not want to miss this one. We’re delighted to announce that the theme for the Spring Digital Editors Network meeting on 5 June 2014 is VisualDEN and that our hosts are The Financial Times, London. The convergence of journalism and technology as we move to a digital world opens up countless rich possibilities for presentation, for innovation and creative display. From web design, to user experience (UX), sharing to navigation; data visualisations to slideshows and interactive. The way we offer our content to readers is richer and more diverse than it ever was on paper, and the speed of digital development is lightning fast.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?  Over the coming months we’ll be working with FT Associate Editor Lisa MacLeod, who is head of Head of Operations of FT.Com, to put together a programme that will aim to answer those questions - and to examine the practical implications for your business, your team and you. If you'd like to contribute ideas, speak, host, sponsor or collaborate on the VisualDEN event, or a future DEN meetup or workshop, don’t hesitate to contact any of the other convenors: François Nel at FPNel @ uclan.ac.uk, Nick Turner at nick.turner @ cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk , or LuciaAdams at lucia.adams @ news.co.ukSince 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 .[...]



Follow the #smartDEN conversation live here on October 15th (or catch up later)

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:51:00 +0000

What a line-up we have for today at 3 Thomas More Street, as the programme below shows!For those who can't join us in person, we'll be showcasing the #smartDEN Twitter conversation here, too.  Today's event is supported by these smart  companies: Ciklum , Byte9, News UK, University of Central Lancashire, and the CN Group.  #smartDEN Programme   13:30 Registration and coffee 14:00 Intro:  François Nel14:05 Welcome: Katie Vanneck Smith, Chief Marketing Officer at News UK 14:15 SESSION 1: Towards a Smart Content Strategy: how publishers are approaching digital at a strategic level (Chair: Lucia Adams)14:15-14:25 Mary Beth Christie of the FT: making a success subscriptions and digital transformation14:25-14:35 Kevin Delaney, disruption and the Quartz journey 14:35-14:45 Julia Hutchison of FMG Group on how brands are getting into the editorial game14:45 Q&A Discussion 15:00: Pause 15:15. SESSION 2: Strategy in motion: case studies of how news publishers are crafting smart content (Chair: François Nel)15:20-15:30 Jo Alicata, ex ESPN, now at Chartbeat on the challenges of data and cultural change  15:30-15:40 Dan Owen, digital editor for Daily Post, Wales, on piloting Trinity Mirror’s Newsroom 3.015:40-15:50 Ola Henriksson of Svenska Dagbladet on experimentation in the newsroom  15:50-16:00 Angus Phillipson of Byte9 on smart content curation16:00-16:10 Tom Whitwell, of The Times and Sunday Times, on paywalls and using CIA-grade tech to better understand reading habits16:15 Q &A Discussion 16:30 BREAK & coffee 17:00 SESSION 3: Roundtable on Implementing SMART / Leading Innovation (Nick Turner, chair)17:05 Alison Gow, editor of Daily Post, Wales 17:15 Lucia Adams, deputy head of digital for The Times and Sunday Times  17:25 Stijn Debrouwere, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow working at the Guardian17:35 Q&A with key lessons for SMART media organisations 17:50 Thanks + what’s next: François18:00 Closing remarks: John Witherow, Editor of The Times & networking receptionPlease  direct questions to the convenors at digitaleditorsnetwork @ gmail.com . [...]



#smartDEN Smart Content (not Smart Data) in the spotlight at the Autumn 2013 DEN meetup in London

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:34:00 +0000

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘Smart Data’ of late, but the focus shifts to ‘Smart Content’ at the next Digital Editors Network meetup on 15 October at News UK, 3 Thomas More Street, London.‘I see Smart Content as Social, Measurable (yes, we need data too), Audience-focussed, Rewarding (for all involved) and Timely,’ says François Nel, a co-founder of DEN and director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, who worked with Lucia Adams, deputy head of Digital for The Times and The Sunday Times, and Nick Turner, head of digital for the CN Group, to convene the event.To help further define the concept, share lessons learned through practice and to consider the way forward, they’ve invited a variety of media innovators to what is being called #smartDEN. John Witherow, acting editor of The Times, will welcome participants and presenters, including:Julia Hutchinson, head of content for the global marketing solutions business Group FMG, whose clients include Net-A-Porter, Associated Newspapers, Asda, John Lewis & IBMMary Beth Christie, online product management director at Financial Times (FT.com)Lucia Adams, deputy head of digital for The Times and The Sunday TimesOla Henriksson, project manager of the pioneering SvD.se (Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden)Alison Gow, editor of Daily Post, Wales, site of Trinity Mirror’s Newsroom 3.0 pilot.Joe Alicata, principal product owner of the real-time data analytics tool, Chartbeat (formerly head of ESPN.com )Kevin Delaney, editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz, which describes itself as ‘a digitally native news outlet, born in 2012, for business people in the new global economy”.Tom Whitwell, head of digital for The Times and The Sunday Times, LondonThe programme will run from 2pm to 6pm on the 13th Floor of NewsUK’s offices near Tower Bridge, where the great views are sure to provide a suitable backdrop for the lively discussions and networking reception that will follow until 7:30pm. There is no charge for DEN meetups, though donations are invited to cover expenses.Additional presenters to be confirmed. And, as always, suggestions for speakers and sponsorship are welcome.Please REGISTER 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 @ uclan.ac.uk, Nick Turner at nick.turner @ cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk , or Lucia Adams at lucia.adams @ news.co.uk .[...]



#smartDEN Mark your diairies: we're off to Wapping in the autumn

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:52:00 +0000

This autumn 2013 meeting of the Digital Editors Network on 15 October will definitely not be one to miss.

We're being hosted by News Corp on the 13th Floor of their offices near Tower Bridge, where the great views are sure to provide a suitable backdrop for the lively discussions on how innovating news media companies are using data to inform smart content and commercial strategies.

Speakers to be confirmed. And, as always, suggestions are welcome.
  
The Digital Editors Network has worked since 2007 to link media innovators, whether they work inside, outside or alongside mainstream media organisations. You can connect with DEN by  joining our Linkedin group , following us on Twitter @DENupdates or this blog .

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



Follow the discussion at Big Ideas, Big Data on 7 June 2013

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 07:32:00 +0000

The Digital Editors Network is partnering with Martha Stone of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University to stage the first Big Ideas, Big Data conference in the UK on 7 June 2013.

Join the conversation here.

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 Amongst the speakers are:
 •Gerd Leonhard, media futurist and Big Data guru
•Jim Roberts, Executive Editor, Reuters Digital, and former Assistant Managing Editor, New York Times
•Neelay Patel, Vice President, The Economist
•Stephen Doig, Pulitzer Prize-winning data journalist & computer-assisted journalism expert and academic
•Andy Mitchell, managing director at ANyMedia network, part of DMGMedia, formerly A&N Media including Daily Mail
•James Ball, Lead data journalist, Guardian •Sanjeevan Bala, Channel 4 Head of Data Planning and Analytics
•Simon Thomas, Strategic Systems Director, Global Analytics and Insight, GroupM EMEA
•Dr. Bernie Hogan, Big Data scientist, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
•Martha Stone, Big Data researcher, Reuters Institute and conference organiser
•Marco Billeter, CEO, Premium Publisher Network Switzerland.



Follow the action at the 20th World Editors Forum in Bangkok

Fri, 31 May 2013 13:49:00 +0000

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For those in the Digital Editors Network who, like me, are too wrapped up to join the 1000+ participants at 20th World Editors Forum in Bangkok from June 2nd to 5th, here's a great way to keep your finger on the pulse.


Regular DEN participant (and JLeaders grad) Steve Matthewson, Managing Editor: News for Business Day and BDLive in South Africa, will be in Thailand and has kindly agreed to keep an ear to ground for issues and opportunities that would be of particular interest to DEN folks.

In addition, we'll be feeding in the Twitter hashtag  #editors2013 - so join the conversation, too.



#responsiveDEN Coming to you live from the Media Factory

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000

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#responsiveDEN Responsive Design isn't just about design or technology

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 09:36:00 +0000

There's little doubt that forward-thinking news publishers big and small will be ramping up their mobile efforts in 2013.But while that may be strategically straightforward, implementing an effective cross-media publishing strategy will continue to present significant technical, organisational and business challenges.With the array of channels and devices increasing, it's probably not surprising that the RWD (Responsive Web Design) vs AWD (Adaptive Web Design) is a hot debateright now. Or that the title for the next Digital Editors Network meetup on 21 Februrary in the Media Factory in Preston is #responsiveDEN.Sure, we'll be taking an indepth look at the various approaches 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 we'll also be thinking more laterally about what Responsive Design means, including the need for content to be in formats that enable innovation in presentation forms (across channels, devices), functions (customisation, curation, repurposed, conversation, etc ) and financing (costs savings, additional income). These obviously have implications not only on operational level, but also for the business. To help us unpick the issues, the #responsiveDEN programme, which kicks off with lunch  at 12:45 and runs until 5pm, followed by a networking reception until 6:30, will include:  Indepth case studies: "Implementing RWD at leading news publishers in the UK and US"MNA Digital development manager Mark Cadmanand electronic editor Abigail Edge who led the team that charted the Express and Star and Shropshire Star’s route to responsive web design will be lifting the lid on that innovative project - and how their efforts have paid off.    [Update: 15/01/2013] Seattle Times managing editor for digital Erik Ulkin will be discussing their responsive-design election app - and lessons learned.[Update: 15/02/2013] Hayden Evans, creative director of the Trinity Mirror-owned digital agency Rippleffect, will be discussing TM's new adaptive design website.  Panel Discussion:  "What now, what next? Designing and Managing Responsive Channels, Content, Communities and Commerce" with:  Aidan McGrath of Aetopia will talking about managing and monetising so-called "digital assets" (images, video, and pdf's etc.) including:  geotagging assets at point of capture to enable the aggregation and delivery of hyper-local content;  "project-based" content acquisition, curation and workflow; and  monetising assets through B2B and B2C channels. Carl Savage of Mobiletech will be giving a Scandanavian  perspective of responsive design. "I’ll be looking beyond the hype of responsive design at the challenges editors face in creating great reader experiences and how to monitise them," said Carl, who has been involved with Internet businesses since the mid-90’s and currently helps Nordic businesses such as MobileTech with their UK sales and marketing.  Grig Davidovitz is CEO of RGB Media and regular workshop presenter for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Grig will be presenting a new concept: Journalistic Responsive Design. Using this methode, the journalistic experience is defragmented into its components: modules and article templates. The dynamic connection of the articl[...]



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

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:20:00 +0000

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 



Two linked data journalism workshops for hacks and hackers

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:39:00 +0000

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.

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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




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

Wed, 02 May 2012 15:44:00 +0000


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.