26 - 28 April 2022
Virtual

Newsroom Summit 2022

3 days focused on strategy and best practice, including dedicated CMS Day

Register here!

We will be updating the Newsroom Summit programme with new sessions and confirmed speakers in the next days. Stay tuned for updates!

*Simultaneous translation will be provided in Spanish, French, German and Italian

 

*All talks are in Central European Time (CET)*

April 26 Tuesday

11:00

Welcome! A few words about this year’s Summit.

Moderator
Deputy Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA, France
11:05

Digital transformation: ​​discover key projects from the world-leading Schibsted Group

In this Q&A we ask the Senior Vice President Editorial for the Schibsted Group about several key projects he is deploying across the group’s newsrooms. From automation, to translation robots, text 2 speech for audio projects, and of course, where they stand in the personalisation of the news products’ home pages.

Speakers
SVP Editorial (digital transformation) Schibsted, Sweden
11:45

Zawya: a journey towards fast-paced news publishing

Zawya.com is a financial and business news website owned by Refinitiv Limited, an LSEG company.  Zawya.com was founded in 2000 in London and re-located to Dubai in 2002. Zawya.com pioneered the concept of online subscriptions in the Middle East, providing profiles of thousands of companies and projects. The company grew over the years with a large client base before it was acquired by Thomson Reuters in June 2012.  Over the last 20 plus years, Zawya.com has expanded its coverage and is now amongst the leading bi-lingual online news providers in the Middle East. This session will highlight the challenges in digital content management for a fast-moving online news platform, the “build vs buy” dilemma and how Zawya.com has leveraged Atex solutions to upgrade its technology and match its audience expectations.

Speakers
Head of Marketing, Sustainability and Business Development EMEA, Atex, Italy
Head of Editorial Content, Refinitiv, United Arab Emirates
12:15

How to turn a 120-year-old print media company into digital

From newspapers to digital channels, Ilkka’s products and services have been an integral part of the daily lives of the people of Ostrobothnia, Finland, for over 100 years. Discover how Ilkka effectively transformed to digital as their Editor-in-Chief Markku Mantila shares the practical actions and the execution in this session.

Speakers
Editor-in-Chief, I-Mediat, Finland
Group CEO, Fiare, Finland
12:45

A conversation with Michael Taylor from Stibo DX

Speakers
Deputy Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA, France
Sales Director, Stibo DX
15:00

Smart AI Helps Drive Transformation at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares how it’s transforming itself from a legacy publication to a nimble digital newsroom. Key to this transformation is the AJC’s embrace of machine learning and artificial intelligence, including a platform called Sophi.io. Developed by The Globe and Mail, Sophi.io has been helping the AJC unlock the value of its content and drive impressive results.

Speakers
Vice President and General Manager, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA
15:30

Wrap up and practical recommendations

Planning CMS development projects and moving into the procurement phase for a new CMS: what should publishers keep in mind?

Moderator
Deputy Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA, France
Speakers
Publishing platform founder & product management consultant

April 27 Wednesday

13:00

Welcome back! What we want to achieve in these two days.

  • Insights to help organise and optimise the newsroom for remote and hybrid working; 
  • Inspiration and ideas to step up and adapt your leadership for these anxious-ridden and challenging times.
  • Key tactics to improve audience engagement and better coverage of news – essential to drive reader revenue strategies.
Moderator
Cherilyn
Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA, UK
13:10

Meet your fellow participants in smaller groups: What are your priorities this year?

13:20

First key trend: remote working

Discover the results from WAN-IFRA’s first international survey on changes in the workplace.

Have you taken the survey yet? Please take a few minutes now to give us your input! The survey is available in English, French German, Spanish and Portuguese. Click here!

Speakers
Cherilyn
Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA, UK
13:30

Designing remote working practices in the 2022 newsroom

In this session, you will hear how several media organisations are adjusting their daily operations and redefining their working culture around remote or hybrid work. 

  • Is the current organisational setting working?
  • What are some challenges of adapting to hybrid work?
  • What can be done better?
Moderator
Deputy Editor, Irish Times, Ireland
Speakers
Editor in Chief, Archant, United Kingdom
Director of Organization, Verdens Gang (VG), Norway
Editor-in-Chief Digital and Innovation, Ouest-France, France
14:45

Break

15:15

Science in the Newsroom: How to increase the rigour and critical elements of science journalism

Science stories have been at the centre of the newsroom for the past two years – told by accidental science journalists and seasoned specialists. Science journalism is no longer a luxury but a critical theme that cuts across all beats in the newsroom. How can you step up your journalism so that it is rigorous, challenging and accessible?

Moderator
Professor of Journalism, City University of London
Speakers
Senior Editor, Health & Medicine, Scientific American, USA
Forum Manager, International Center for Journalists, Nigeria
15:45

Google News Lab: For journalists

An update from the News Lab, a global team within the Google News Initiative whose mission is to collaborate with journalists to fight misinformation, strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion within news, and support learning and development through digital transformation.
Moderator
Deputy Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA, France
Speakers
Head of Google News Lab, United Kingdom
16:30

Workshop: What are the qualities of an inclusive editor, and why it matters

The drive towards diversity and inclusion is felt across a wide range of industries, and the news media is no exception. What should an editor consider in order to improve diversity and inclusion in the newsroom? What practical steps can they take to promote a more inclusive workplace?

Moderator
Deputy Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA, France
Speakers
Digital Editor and Executive Coach, United Kingdom
Coach, Table Stakes Europe

April 28 Thursday

13:00

Welcome back! Quick recap of first days

Moderator
Cherilyn
Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA, UK
13:10

CMS Solutions Showcase

Do you want to upgrade your workplace’s digital tools? How about hearing about solutions that other publishers use? You’ll get a chance to see the tools and technology others are talking about in the Solutions Showcase session. Each speaker will give a 5-minute presentation, after which you are welcome to talk to them or request further information. If you would like to stay updated on the latest technology that can assist you in your digital transformation journey, please join us.

Moderator
Deputy Sales Director, Global Events, WAN-IFRA
Speakers
Sales Manager, Quintype, India
Marketing Director & Product Manager, Atex
Sales Director, Stibo DX
13:40

TikTok and Newsletters: Diverse but efficient channels to connect with your audiences

One channel is quite new, the other a favourite engagement tool for publishers and a newsroom essential. TikTok is a growing force from Spain, to France, to Kenya and Canada. How are newsrooms embracing it?

WAN-IFRA is conducting a study that looks at how news publishers are using newsletters to reach readers and build revenue. Have you taken the survey yet? If not, please take a few minutes to give us your input! Click here!

Moderator
Head of Online Dept., Zeitungsverlag GmbH, Germany.
Speakers
Co-founder, Ac2ality, Spain
Echo Editor, The Standard Group PLC, Kenya
Editor in Chief, Web Video Department, Le Parisien, France

What makes next-generation newsletters succeed?

Speakers
Head of Programming and Audience, The Globe and Mail, Canada
14:45

Break

15:15

How well do you understand your audience?

The Atlantic spent two years studying their readers’ needs. In this session, Emily will share what they learned and how it has affected the ways journalism is distributed.

Moderator
Digital editor at Decât o Revistă, prev. international editor at Journalism.co.uk
Speakers
Executive Director, Audience Research, The Atlantic, USA
15:45

How newsrooms can leverage automation and AI

AI and automation are clearly on the minds of publishers today. WAN-IFRA, in collaboration with Schickler Consulting, conducted a global survey to gauge how newsrooms are adopting AI and automation to help support not only their reader revenue strategies but other aspects of their newsroom operations.

Moderator
Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany
Speakers
Senior Data Scientist, Schickler Consulting, Germany

Talking Sense: Using machine learning to understand quotes

Quotes are a key element of news articles. In this project, the Guardian’s data scientists joined forces with AFP to build a system that automatically extracts quotes from news articles and accurately attributes them to sources (people or organisations).

Speakers
Lead Data Scientist, Guardian News & Media, United Kingdom
Senior Data Scientist, Guardian News & Media, United Kingdom

Stimulating young people's news consumption with facts

Media City Bergen and four member organisations collaborated with newsrooms worldwide to discover how AI can power storytelling. We will hear how the way journalists write their articles stands in the way of younger audiences engaging with news stories.

Speakers
Senior Project Manager, Media City Bergen AS, Norway
Product Manager, Factiverse AS, Norway

Automatic Storyline Detection to better serve our audience

A storyline is a coherent, chronologically-ordered list of articles covering a sequence of events revolving around a particular phenomenon, with a beginning and eventually an end. We will hear from a team at Tamedia who researched on how we can use AI to automate storylines detection and better serve our audience.

Speakers
Team Leader Sourcing & Automation, Tamedia, Switzerland

17:00

How automated annual report articles are reviving local business journalism

Local business was an underreported segment at Norwegian regional title Bergens Tidende. With the new Business robot now automating company annual reports, the publisher can suddenly cover all industries. Bonus: the business coverage is a smash hit with subscribers – 10,000 of them read this content almost daily.

Speakers
Jan Stian Vold
Project Lead, Bergens Tidende, Norway
cecilia campbell
Chief Marketing Officer, United Robots, Sweden
17:30

Mental health and wellness in your newsroom

Anxiety in the newsroom is a challenge everywhere – whether rooted in the Ukrainian war, general concern for the future, or from the past two years.

This session will incorporate the experiences of those covering the Ukrainian conflict for Gen Z and Millennials, with limited resources, such as the group of experienced reporters reporting from Poland and Ukraine: Outriders.

Moderator
Digital editor at Decât o Revistă, prev. international editor at Journalism.co.uk
Speakers
CEO, Outriders, Poland
Digital editor, trainer and journalist. Director, Headlines Network, United Kingdom

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Virginia Melero

Sr Project Manager - Digital Revenue Network

virginia.melero@wan-ifra.org

Frankfurt am Main

Maria Belém

Dep. Sales Director Global Events

maria.belem@wan-ifra.org