News Impact Summit - 15 October 2018

Cardiff

Local News & Community Engagement

Local News & Community Engagement

On Monday 15 October, the News Impact Summit will take place in Cardiff, the third location to host News Impact in the UK, after London and Manchester.

The event will focus on Local News & Community Engagement and will explore challenges and opportunities that will define the future of regional, local, and hyperlocal news.

The News Impact Summits are organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Initiative. They can be joined free-of-charge by anyone who's interested in exploring the future of the media industry and learning from leading experts in the field.

Building on the successful 2017 edition in Manchester, the event in Cardiff will also explore how newsrooms understand and engage with their communities. The programme will feature examples of how local newsrooms are trying to innovate products and workflows to better serve and inform their communities, as well as to monetise this relationship.

The Summit will bring together leading editors, journalists and experts from across the UK, including speakers from Reach plc, The Bureau Local, The Bristol Cable, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and many more.

The programme will include inspirational talks and dynamic conversations, along with networking opportunities to meet and learn from local and international media experts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join the debate with the experts during breakout sessions that will facilitate participation and foster collaboration around some of the key areas that will shape the future of local news.

Sign up now for this FREE event to secure your seat. We welcome all curious minds who want to be part of the future of digital journalism!

Programme

09:00 -- 10:00
Registrations & Good Morning Coffee
10:00 -- 10:15
Welcome Remarks & Intro to the Programme
Adam Thomas
European Journalism Centre
Matt Cooke
Google News Lab
UK
Emma Meese
Cardiff University
10:15 -- 10:30
Opening Talk -- Why Do We Need New Models for News?

Trust in news is changing. Business models are in flux. There is more digitised information than ever before.And far more ways to access information and news. This is our industry to protect. Ours to find a future for. In this session, Megan Lucero discusses why we need new models for news.

Megan Lucero
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
10:30 -- 11:20
Conversation -- The Digital Transition of Local News

This panel explores how local news organisations are responding to the movement to a digital-, mobile-, and platform-focused media landscape. Spurred by the findings of a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism report on the challenges and opportunities facing local news organisations in four countries (the U.K., Finland, France, and Germany), this conversation will examine how UK organisations are adapting their production, editorial, and commercial practices in the digital environment.


Session designed in collaboration with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Explore the report: The Digital Transition of Local News

Ian Carter
Kent Messenger Media Group
MaryAnn Astle
StokeonTrentLive
Paul Fisher
Johnston Press
Joy Jenkins
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
11:20 -- 11:50
Coffee Break & Networking
11:50 -- 12:10
Lightning Talks -- Innovation in Local News from Across Europe

Across Europe, innovation in local media has been flourishing in recent years. In this session, we will hear two case-studies from a Flemish public broadcaster and an Italian publishing house that have been experimenting with new ways to distribute local news and engage with their communities.


The two speakers have attended our News Impact Academy on Community Engagement earlier this year in Paris.

12:10 -- 13:00
Breakout Session (1) -- Digital Newsgathering Tools

This session will equip you with practical research tips with examples from across Europe. We’ll highlight the basic tools to help you verify social media content across Google. We'll point to data journalism tools that can help you research and visualise your ideas, including a deep dive on how Google Trends can compliment your storytelling.

Matt Cooke
Google News Lab
UK
12:10 -- 13:00
Breakout Session (2) -- Focus on Hyperlocal: the Welsh Way

In this session Dr Rachel Howells will share the rise, fall and afterlife of the Port Talbot Magnet and Richard Gurner will cover the Caerphilly Observer in print - from web to web offset. The session will be followed by a Q&A with both.


Session designed in collaboration with the Independent Community News Network (ICNN) at Cardiff University. More speakers to be announced soon.

Emma Meese
Cardiff University
Richard Gurner
Caerphilly Observer
Rachel Howells
Port Talbot Magnet
13:00 -- 14:00
Networking Lunch
14:00 -- 14:40
Keynote -- Creating a Brave Space for Civic Engagement

Chicago-based journalism lab City Bureau goes beyond humanising narratives to disrupt information systems. Hear from Co-Founder and Director of Community Engagement Andrea Hart on how this approach can translate across news organisations.

Andrea Faye Hart
City Bureau
14:40 -- 15:00
Lightning Talks Introducing the Breakout Conversations

Choose your own adventure and take part in the conversation. The four lightning talks will introduce the topics that will be discussed in the sessions taking place in parallel after the break. Scroll down to the breakout conversations for more details.

Adam Cantwell-Corn
The Bristol Cable
Rachel Hamada
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
UK
Paul Rowland
Media Wales
Kathryn Geels
Engaged Journalism Accelerator
15:00 -- 15:30
Coffee Break & Networking
15:30 -- 16:30
Breakout Conversation (1) -- Membership-led Media: What Does 'Meaningful Relationship' Actually Mean and Look Like?

It’s a buzzword in new thinking about journalism, but it’s not without ambiguities. In this session we'll aim to explore the opportunities and challenges of defining, unlocking and building on community engagement with journalism.


Session designed in collaboration with The Bristol Cable.

Lucas Batt
The Bristol Cable
Cait Crosse
The Bristol Cable
Adam Cantwell-Corn
The Bristol Cable
15:30 -- 16:30
Breakout Conversation (2) -- Innovative Ways to Get Involved with News Coverage

In this session we will talk about News Clubs: fortnightly discussion event that combine a panel of journalists/writers with an audience of local people to dissect the week’s stories and the media dynamics behind them. Kat and Charlotte have established News Clubs in Manchester and London respectively and will discuss their motivations of wanting to break through social media siloes, boost skills in debate and media literacy and open up local communities to the world of independent journalism.


Session designed in collaboration with Organising the Organisers and News Clubs at The Media Fund.

Charlotte Knowles
News Peeks / Independent Film Trust
Kat Wright
News Club Manchester
Rachel Hamada
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
UK
15:30 -- 16:30
Breakout Conversation (3) -- Learning to Listen: Turning Everyday Life into Compelling Stories

News that's limited to the most extraordinary events and the most powerful people can feel a million miles away from the everyday life of our communities. And yet every day, there are tales of remarkable people, powerful bonds, fascinating heritage, rapid transformations, common problems, and unique situations. But how good are journalists at listening to these stories? In what way do they challenge the way we think about news, and how it's reported? And what can they tell us about the things that really shape our society?


Session designed in collaboration with WalesOnline and Behind Local News.

Paul Rowland
Media Wales
Alison Gow
Reach plc
15:30 -- 16:30
Breakout Conversation (4) -- What Are We Really Trying to Achieve Through Community-Driven Journalism?

Community engagement is great but how can we ensure that it's actually achieving something long-term (both internally for an organisation and for wider society), and be more than a tick-box exercise? What do we really need to change and how do we effectively measure progress towards achieving our long-term objectives and creating impact? This breakout session will go beyond discussion, and participants will take part in some practical exercises to help them create impact for their own organisation and community.


Session designed in collaboration with the Engaged Journalism Accelerator.

Molly de Aguiar
News Integrity Initiative
Kathryn Geels
Engaged Journalism Accelerator
16:30 -- 17:00
Wrap-Up -- Reporting Back from the Breakout Conversations and Pulling the Strings

In this session we will first hear the key takeaways from the four breakout conversations. We will then wrap up the programme reflecting on how all the challenges we have explored throughout the day are intertwined and how the future of local news will be shaped by the new models we will be able to ideate and put into practice.

Cait Crosse
The Bristol Cable
Charlotte Knowles
News Peeks / Independent Film Trust
Alison Gow
Reach plc
Kathryn Geels
Engaged Journalism Accelerator
Adam Thomas
European Journalism Centre
17:00 -- 18:00
End of the Programme & Networking Cocktail

Venue

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Cardiff City Hall

Confirmed Speakers

Megan Lucero

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Paul Rowland

Media Wales

Andrea Faye Hart

City Bureau

Matt Cooke

Google News Lab
UK

Emma Meese

Cardiff University

Adam Cantwell-Corn

The Bristol Cable

Alison Gow

Reach plc

Joy Jenkins

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Lucas Batt

The Bristol Cable

Molly de Aguiar

News Integrity Initiative

Adam Thomas

European Journalism Centre

Marianna Bruschi

GEDI Digital

Charlotte Knowles

News Peeks / Independent Film Trust

Kathryn Geels

Engaged Journalism Accelerator

Rachel Hamada

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
UK

Ian Carter

Kent Messenger Media Group

Kat Wright

News Club Manchester

Paul Fisher

Johnston Press

MaryAnn Astle

StokeonTrentLive

Richard Gurner

Caerphilly Observer

Rachel Howells

Port Talbot Magnet

Mattia Peretti

European Journalism Centre

Cait Crosse

The Bristol Cable
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