The next Digital Editors Network (DEN) meeting will 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 UCLan Journalism Leaders Programme, 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.”
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. Confirmed speakers include:
- Aine Kerr, head of journalism partnership Facebook
- Ben McOwen Wilson, YouTube Content Partnership Director
- Luca Forlin, Head of Partnerships at Play Newsstand
- Miller Hogg, CEO of the CN Group
- Nic Newman, lead author of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s Digital News Report
- Oliver Tobias, head of research for AOL UK
- Pete Picton, editorial director of Mirror Online
- Renee Kaplan, the Financial Times' first head of audience engagement
- Rob Owers, Twitter’s UK head of government and regional partnerships, Twitter UK
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 and current President of the Society of Editors; Lucia Adams of The Times and François Nel of UCLan.
The event on Thursday, September 8th, will run from 1:30pm-6:30pm at Google UK, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London, with registration opening at 1:30pm and conversations afterwards continuing into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm.
DEN participants are a lively bunch who enjoy robust, frank conversations. For that reason, we will not be streaming this meetup live and observing the Chatham House Rule, in most instances.
The programme on Thursday, September 8th, will run from 14:00 to 18:00 with registration opening at 13:30pm and conversations afterwards spilling over into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm.
There are also 10 places available for dinner afterwards from with our hosts, the convenors, speakers and sponsor. If you would like to join for the three-course meal at About Thyme Restaurant for £45 (including a glass of wine and service charge), please reserve you place above seperately.
DEN is a learning community, not a conference or professional association. 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, Nick Turner at nick.turner @ cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk , or Lucia Adams at lucia.adams @ news.co.uk .
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