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#leadershipDEN Futureproof author and thought-leaders from BBC, Reuters, Guardian, Sky, Oxford, IO Technologies & UCLan to lead discussions on the challenges of leadership

Leading the change our industry needs to survive today and thrive tomorrow is no small challenge.

At the next meeting of the Digital Editors Network on November 21st at BBC Broadcasting House, forward-thinking news executives from the BBC, Reuters, and Sky, and other thought leaders will discuss the key strategic, operational and personal issues leaders face today.

Opening the discussion will be our host, the BBC News Languages' Digital Development Editor Dmitry Shishkin, and strategy consultant Minter Dial, co-author with Caleb Storkey of Futureproof: How to get your business ready for the next disruption. The book, which recently won the 'Embracing Change' category in The Business Book Awards 2018, explores the three core mindsets and twelve disruptive technologies that you must have in today’s age to help you grow your business, see success and get ready for the next disruption.

Editor in Chief (Digital) of Reach Plc (Regionals) Alison Gow will be the respondent to Minter's presentation and pose the first questions.

Chairing the panel will be DEN convenor François Nel, who is also the editor of the World Association Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA’) World Press Trends 2018.

The opening panel,  The STRATEGIC CHALLENGES  of Leadership, will be followed by:

Panel Two: The PRACTICAL CHALLENGES of Leading the Big D: Diversity in the news mix, in the news products, in news sources, in newsrooms.
  • Mark Rice-Oxley, The Guardian's Special  Projects Editor and creator of the Guardian's series, The Upside
  • Linda Adey, BBC News journalist and Chair of BBC News Under 30's Panel
  • Jon Holmes,  Home Page Editor at Sky Sports Digital and founder of  Sports Media LGBT+ network
  • Den Golotyuk, Co-founder of  IO Technologies, which has helped media companies such as Ringier move from its roots in Switzerland to develop a publishing network in Africa
Panel Three: The PERSONAL CHALLENGES of Leadership
  • Lucy Kueng, Google Digital News Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford
  • Jane Barrett,  Global Head of Multimedia, Reuters
  • Katherine Alexander-Dobrovolskaia, founder of Talent Investors and creator of Best Bosses coaching project  
Reserve your place now at  http:/  for the programme on Wednesday, 21st November, which will run from 2pm to 6:15pm, with registration opening at 1:15pm and conversations afterwards continuing into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm. There are limited seats available for dinner with host and speakers for those who want to continue the discussions in convivial company. 

"#LeadershipDEN is going to be an afternoon when we will share our experiences and strategies dealing with leading change in newsrooms," says Dmitry, who has been at the forefront of the BBC World Services most ambitious expansion since the 1940s, seeing the addition of 12 new language services over the last 18 months.

"What does it take to lead perpetual change (which, frankly speaking, never stops!)? How do people in matrix “bridge” or direct leadership roles deal with stress from working in complex and ever-changing environments? What are the practical implications of driving diversity projects - gender, age, sex, class and many others - in media? How do organisation support their “change agents”? How do they keep developing those whose job it is to develop others? How do we protect ourselves from burn-out as we gradually realise that our tasks never end and the job is really never fully done."

Co-sponsored by IO Technologies,  the Media Innovation Studio and the Innovation Research Group, discussions will be chaired by the DEN’s co-convenors  Lucia Adams, John Crowley and François Nel.

Note: At DEN we follow The Chatham House Rule, so there's only one way to participate in the discussions - and that's to be there in person. 

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 and John Crowley 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, check out this slides deck on how you can get involved. Also, don't hesitate to contact  François Nel at