24 - 25 October 2023

Newsroom Summit 2023

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Siv Juvik Tveitnes

Executive Vice President, Schibsted News Media, Norway

Siv Juvik Tveitnes was appointed Executive Vice President on 1 January 2019. She comes from the position of COO Schibsted Media. She is also chairman of the Board of Directors of Aftonbladet and Svenska Dagbladet. Previous positions include CEO Bergens Tidende and Stavanger Aftonblad, Finance and Staff Director at Bergens Tidende, Project director at Media Norge, Business Developer at Bergens Tidende AS and Managing Consultant at Bekk Consulting AS. She has been a board member of Sparebank 1 SR-Bank. Tveitnes holds a Master of Science, Business Administration and Management from the University of Bath and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Bergen.

Erik Sønstelie

Editor in Chief and CEO, Oppland Arbeiderblad A/S, Norway

Erik Sønstelie is Editor in Chief and CEO at Oppland Arbeiderblad, a leading regional mediahouse in Innlandet, Norway. He is also a member of the Board Fredriksstad Blad AS, a local/regional newspaper in southeast of Oslo, chairman of Oplandenes Bladeierforening, the regional union of Mediebedriftenes Landsforening in Norway (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association), as well as member of Association of Norwegian Editors.

Erik was former Head of Schibsted Journalism Academy and the team in Dept of Learning and Development in Schibsted Media Company. He has held various positions as journalist and editor in regional and national newspapers, most of them in VG, Aftenposten, Svenska Dagbladet and Aftonbladet. He has experience in change management, coaching and innovation in Norway, Sweden and UK. What triggers Erik the most is the power of journalism. How to use new technology to create quality content in a digital world.

Hannah Sarney

Head of Audience Engagement, Executive Editor, Financial Times, UK

Hannah is Head of Audience Engagement, Executive Editor at the Financial Times in UK. She works as both an editor and advocate for the future of newsrooms, pushing for innovations that will improve reach, relevance and genuine engagement with readers. Hannah helps lead a newsroom team that is focused on creating and implementing audience-first strategies. Her projects aim to drive editorial analytics ever deeper into newsroom practice and bring stakeholders together from the newsroom, product, analytics, marketing and events.

Amalie Kestler

Managing Editor in Chief, Politiken, Denmark

Amalie Kestler is managing editor in chief at the Danish daily Politiken (2022-). Earlier in her carrier at the newspaper she was National Editor (2018-2022) and Head of the Editorial Board. In addition to leading Politikens newsroom transformation she is heading the papers ongoing work to evolve journalism about climate and sustainability issues.

Before coming to Politiken in 2013 Mrs. Kestler worked for several years as a political journalist and editor at various Danish news organizations. From 2010-2012 she was the Head of Press for the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen. Mrs. Kestler graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 2003, has studied as a Sauvé Scholar at McGill University in Montreal (2005-2006) and is also an alumni of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar (class of 2013). In 2023 she completed the Stanford Executive program ‘People, Culture and Performance – strategies from Silicon Valley’.

Eivor Jerpåsen

Editorial Product Director, Amedia, Norway

Eivor Jerpåsen is Editorial Product Director at Amedia. She is responsible for the group’s editorial product development by working very closely with both
the editors and content development. She has also held various professional and managerial roles in Amedia’s content development, including her previous role as director of content development.

Amedia is a foundation-owned media group, and Norway’s largest publisher of editorial media. Their media reaches more than two million readers through over 100 local, regional and national titles.

Markus Knall 

Chief Editor and Director Content, Ippen Digital, Germany
Markus is the Chief Editor of the digital branch of the media group with more than ten years of experience in editorial management, digital content strategies and digital marketing. He established one of the largest digital editorial networks in Germany.
Ippen Digital is Germany’s leading digital publisher with more than 50 news websites in Germany – from tz, Münchner Merkur, HNA and Frankfurter Rundschau to verticals such as BuzzFeed.de, Einfach Tasty, Serienjunkies and ingame.de. The editorial network, known under the brand IPPEN.MEDIA, generates an audience of over 300 million visits per month and reaches half of Germany’s online users. It is also one of the largest regional publisher networks in Europe with many own and twelve partner sites.
Markus is a journalistic and strategic oriented change manager with proven practical success. Highly passionate about leading the structural change in the media industries in a dynamic and agile way for readers and employees alike.
He studied political science and history in Regensburg, Germany, and Washington DC, and holds an Executive-MBA-Degree for the University of St Gallen, Swiss. Chief Editor since 2011.

Irene Halvorsen

Editor In Chief, Nationen, Norway

Irene is Editor in Chief at Nationen, a daily newspaper in Oslo, with specific focus on rural districts and agriculture. Prior to joining Nationen, she held various management positions in Dagsavisen, including  news director, community editor and commentator. Irene is a member of the Board of World Editors Forum.

Oksana Brovko

CEO, Association of Independent Regional Press Publishers of Ukraine, Ukraine

Oksana is CEO of the Association of Independent Regional Press Publishers of Ukraine. She has over 20 years experience as managing director, commercial director and financial director at media organisations. Her work focuses on the development of the independent Ukrainian media, to protect press freedom in Ukraine. She continues her untiring efforts on supporting projects for the regional media.

Lyndsey Jones

Strategic advisor and author, UK / Member of WAN-IFRA Expert Panel

Lyndsey Jones is a publishing consultant, digital transformation expert, strategic advisor and coach, working with media groups in Africa and Europe either independently or via WAN-IFRA, Women in News, FT Strategies and other consultancy agencies.

She coaches European media groups on reader revenue models, business transformation, diversity and audience growth, as part of programmes such as WAN-IFRA’s Table Stakes Europe.

A former executive editor of the Financial Times, she is the author of ‘Going Digital: What it takes for smoother transformations’, named as one of the best business books in 2022 by the FT

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Dmitry Shishkin

Independent digital consultant, C-level advisor, Trustee at YungMash Collective, UK / Member of WAN-IFRA Expert Panel

Dmitry Shishkin is an expert in digital transformation, content strategy, and innovation in publishing; he’s been consulting media and tech companies on how to do digital better, since late 2020. Prior to that, he was Chief Content Officer at Culture Trip, a content-first travel tech startup. Before that, he worked for 21 years at the BBC News in London where he was responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for 41 non-English foreign language news services. Dmitry’s main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Organisational, Strategy, Data and Product disciplines.

Gunn Kari Hegvik

Editor in Chief, Fosna-Folket, Norway

Hegvik took the position of editor at Fosna-Folket in 2020. Previously she worked at VG, primarily as a political reporter and as an investigative journalist specializing in data journalism. Hegvik is one of the founders of Faktisk.no, a fact-checking website run by, among others, VG, Dagbladet and NRK.

Caroline Englund

Head of Editorial Development, NWT Media, Sweden

Caroline Englund is head of editorial development at NWT Media, one of the biggest local mediahouses in Sweden with 16 newsrooms. Her department works with digital transformation together with the local newsrooms and in close collaboration with departments such as marketing, customer service and analytics.

Caroline has been in charge of NWT Media’s young audience project that started in 2021. She has also worked with the podcast NWT Krim (a podcast about local crime stories) that was awarded the prize for Best Podcast by a Newspaper in 2022 by the Swedish Media Publishers’ Association (Tidningsutgivarna). During the last year she has also been acting head of marketing at NWT Media and worked with increasing the number of subscribers. 

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Lisa MacLeod

Director, FT Strategies, UK

Lisa has over 25 years of experience in print to digital transformation, most notably at the Financial Times where she led newsroom operations, was an Assistant Editor and Managing Editor, Associate Editor and Head of Operations for FT.com. She led group-wide digital transformation projects at both of South Africa’s biggest publishers, Tiso Blackstar (now Arena Holdings) and Naspers’s 24.com.

Lisa is former Vice President of the World Association of News Publishers, advisor and coach with Women in News, a board member of the World Editors Forum, Leader in Residence at the University of Lancashire and a mentor with the Journalism Innovation Leaders faculty.

Elena Ledda

Regional research manager- Southern Europe, Project Oasis Europe, Spain

Elena Ledda is a Sardinian independent journalist and journalism professor based in Barcelona, Spain, and one of Project Oasis Europe’s regional research managers.

Elena Ledda has a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese) and is based in Barcelona, Spain. From 2017 to 2020 she was the deputy director of the National Geographic Storica magazine. She now combines freelancing with teaching social issues journalism, journalistic ethics with an intersectional perspective and constructive and solutions journalism for the BCN_NY master’s degree in journalism. The BCN_NY program is a collaboration between the Universitat de Barcelona and Columbia University.

Frida Flodkvist

Project Leader, NWT Media, Sweden

Frida Flodkvist is a project leader at one of Sweden’s leading media houses, NWT Media, and part of the editorial development team. She is a member of the Board of NWT Gruppen with engagement in media, distribution, broadband and estate management.

For the last year, Frida’s been in charge of table stakes working with reader-centric journalism, change management and digital transformation in cross-functional teams. She has a background as a reporter and editor at several local newspapers in Sweden, such as Ystads Allehanda, Sydsvenskan and Värmlands Folkblad.

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Clémence Lemaistre

Digital Editor, Les Echos, France

Since 2015 Clémence Lemaistre has been Digital Editor at Les Echos in charge of digital news and transformation. Before that, she was the Editor-in-chief at BFMTV.com, the website of the TV channel, for three years. She had previously been on the editorial team which launched the daily 20 minutes in France in March 2002, and the website 20minutes.fr in 2007.

Knut Arne Hansen

Frontpage editor, VG, Norway

Knut Arne «Karne» Hansen has been at VG for 12 years – four of them as a frontpage editor, six years as a sports journalist and two years doing night shifts from Sydney, Australia.

Daisy Donald

Principal, FT Strategies, UK

Daisy is a Principal at FT Strategies where she oversees large-scale consultancy projects working across all FT Strategies solutions. Previously, she worked at Reuters where she was Director of Global Customer Experience responsible for their website and reader revenue. Daisy has also spent over eight years at the Financial Times, leading customer research teams in London and New York and working closely with the B2B sales and product teams to define key strategic research initiatives. She has an MBA from the IE Business School, Madrid.

Henning Bulka

Head of Digital Desk, Rheinische Post (RP), Germany

Henning Bulka is Head of Digital Desk at Rheinische Post (RP), the largest newspaper in the Rhineland region and one of Germany’s most respected media publications. Before heading the digital desk, he worked as a site manager, social media editor and podcast host at RP. Henning Bulka holds a B.A. in Sociology and English/American Studies from the University of Münster and completed his journalism training at the local radio station Antenne Düsseldorf, including an internship at the German Press Agency in Berlin. He grew up in Leipzig.

Belenn Rebecka Bekele

Community Researcher, IN/LAB, Schibsted, Sweden

Belenn Rebecka Bekele works as a Community Researcher. She will present how IN/LAB is working to explore more inclusive news experiences. Before joining IN/LAB in 2022, she worked with digital development projects in the field of international development

Mats Grimsæth 

Photographer and Explorer, Norway

At just 15 years old, Mats started his journey as a photographer for the local newspaper in Larvik. He had a police radio in his ear, a camera backpack on his back, and rode his bicycle around, covering all the action. Mats seized every opportunity to acquire more knowledge as a photographer, often devoting his time away from school to pursue his passion.

By the age of 17, he had completed his first assignment for Red Bull Norway, and at 18, he participated in the Red Bull Photographers Academy. Upon returning to Norway, Mats began to chase his dream of working as a freelance photographer from his sailboat along the Norwegian coastline.

At just 22 years old, Mats became the youngest expedition leader to circumnavigate Spitsbergen in the high Arctic. He had been exploring the Norwegian coastline and the remote Arctic waters for years. Through his photography, he shares breathtaking moments from the wilderness and stories from various individuals.

Joan Cañete Bayle

Deputy Editor, El Periódico, Spain

Joan Cañete Bayle is Deputy Editor of El Periódico (Spain), in charge of Audience Analysis and Strategy. Former correspondent in Jerusalem and Washington DC.

Uli Köppen

Head of AI + Automation Lab and Co-Lead of BR Data, German Public Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Germany

Uli Köppen leads the  AI + Automation Lab at the German Public Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)– the public-service radio and television broadcaster of Bavaria, in Germany – and co-leads BR Data, the investigative data journalism team. Uli was also a 2019 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and MIT, where she focused her studies on journalism automation and algorithmic accountability reporting. She oversees a team of journalists, coders, and designers specializing in investigative data stories, interactive storytelling, and experimentation with new research methods such as bots and machine learning. She is a founding member of butterland, a group dedicated to slow journalism whose projects include reporting done with victims of Turkey’s clampdown on press freedom. Together with her colleagues, she has won several awards including two CIVIS Media Prizes and a Philip Meyer Award as part of the first non-American team.

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