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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.
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 than today."
And if visual content is important to users, its 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, they'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 Camp
- David Ottewell, head of the data journalism unit at Trinity Mirror
- Adam Westbrook, digital producer on why it's time to rethink visual story telling from the ground up.
- Sarah Hartley and Will Perrin, Talk About Local on what your competitors could do with access to new, free augmented reality functionality for mobile.
Lulu Pinney, freelance infografista
- Alan Hunter, head of digital for The Times and Sunday Times.
- Fiona Ryder, MD at Mustard TV , an Archant company
- Martin Stabe, head 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. [If money is too tight to mention, give us a shout] To reserve one of the 50 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 .
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