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

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. 

 "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, to convene the event that's co-sponsored by Desk-Net

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:

  • 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 70 places available, 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 .








Friday, November 22, 2013

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


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.uk

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 .

Monday, October 14, 2013

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

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 Nel
14:05 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 transformation
14:25-14:35 Kevin Delaney, disruption and the Quartz journey
14:35-14:45 Julia Hutchison of FMG Group on how brands are getting into the editorial game
14:45 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 3.0
15:40-15:50 Ola Henriksson of Svenska Dagbladet on experimentation in the newsroom  
15:50-16:00 Angus Phillipson of Byte9 on smart content curation
16:00-16:10 Tom Whitwell, of The Times and Sunday Times, on paywalls and using CIA-grade tech to better understand reading habits
16:15 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 Guardian
17:35 Q&A with key lessons for SMART media organisations


17:50 Thanks + what’s next: François
18:00 Closing remarks: John Witherow, Editor of The Times & networking reception

Please  direct questions to the convenors at digitaleditorsnetwork @ gmail.com .

Monday, September 09, 2013

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

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:
The 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 .

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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

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.

Friday, June 07, 2013

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

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.


 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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

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




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.