Thursday, January 25, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to the Digital Ediors' Network blog which has been created as an online resource and discussion area for media website editors.

It has been created as part of a project supported by the the Department of Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

On this Digital Editors’ Network blog, journalists who create and manage media websites will discuss issues a range of current issues, from the best ways to increase traffic to the pitfalls of running forums and messageboards.

The Network will not aim to deal in the latest product announcements and press releases. Instead, it will get to grips with issues important to the increasing number of journalists who ply their trade online, whether it’s measuring website traffic or making the most of video content online.

It will also allow journalists direct access to the expertise in online journalism on offer at UCLan’s Department of Journalism.

The network will operate on three levels:

  • Members can exchange information and views on the nitty-gritty of digital developments via this blog. We hope this will become a distinct community for journalists leading the digital transformation of the media industry.
  • Exclusive access to special events at UCLan’s Department of Journalism. The first will be an Editor’s Briefing which will include a presentation of a new report on the UK Online News and Information Landscape by Heather Hopkins, vice president for research for the online intelligence company Hitwise. and an examination of online branding by Mark Tungate, author of Media Monoliths: How Great Media Brands Thrive and Survive. Details are attached.
  • Members will also be invited to the popular series of Journalism Leaders Forums at UCLan where issues critical to the media industry are discussed by leading academics and journalists. The next forum and networking reception is also on February 6th at 5:30pm for 6pm is entitled, Media Mashups! How Traditional Media Brands Survive and Thrive in a Widely Wired World.

    To get linked into the Digital Editors’ Network and for further information or suggestions, contact us at:Nick Turner nturner@cngroup.co.uk or Francois Nel FPNel@uclan.ac.uk /01772 894758 .

    Details of the 5th Journalism Leaders Forum on February 6th are at http://journalismleadersforum.blogspot.com/ and you’ll find more about all the the Journalism Leaders Programme activities at: http://www.ukjournalism.org/jleasders.

Nick Turner, Head of Digital Content Development, CN Group

Fran├žois Nel, Director: Journalism Leaders Programme, UCLan