NewsInnovation unconference – who, what, why?

I’m off to Media Standards Trust NewsInnovation unconference tomorrow held at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in London.

It is hoped the event will give journalists the opportunity to discuss possibilities about the future of the troubled news industry by engaging with others from across the technological spectrum, including developers, start-ups, commentators and innovators.

The idea for the event came from MST’s Martin Moore and web developer Mark Ng, who also works with the Trust. Topics set to be discussed include:

Martin Belam (Information Architect at The Guardian):

  • The Tyranny of Chronology – from the Anglo-Saxon chronicle to the browse structures of the 21st century, via the clippings library.

Andrew Walkingshaw (Timetric):

  • What people are doing with computational/database journalism
  • Publishing, sourcing and finding stories in data.

Nicole Green:

  • How quality can be maintained in journalism as turnaround of news, and length of time a story is newsworthy is seriously shortened due to viral way in which news is being communicated
  • Does it force journalists into taking tenuous lines, just to come up with something new?

Jonathan Markwell

  • Non technical people talking about things they’d like to be able to do with the web
  • Twitter applications for news.

Judith Townend

  • Innovative uses of data / media ethics discussion / how journalists and tech people can work better together
  • Implications of ‘beta journalism’ on media ethics and standards.

Hannah Waldram

  • Video, hyper-local news websites.

Cristiano Gerard Betta (Web Developer at Nudge):

  • When does news become something more than just Facts? Is social media able to give us more than just facts and rumors?
  • Show why open data is important and why anyone involved with news should strive to more open data.

Toby Moores

  • Avoiding the speed arms race
  • Different manifestations of the journalistic skillset.

Mike Atherton

  • How the more established news agencies are dealing with social media – as a threat or something to be embraced?
  • The need for more early adopters of emerging and disruptive media to be used as outriders by ‘classic’ media.

Elizabeth Hodgson (

  • Potential collaborative/pro-am news generation (plus ask what are the mutual rewards?)
  • Do we need to explore an industry-wide voluntary civic news code of conduct to help create a level of credibility? Or should it be left to individual sites/organisations?

Sue Greenwood (

  • What other people are doing/thinking about doing – espec. in relation to data mining and archives.
  • Encouraging community engagement in news.

David Jennings

  • Examples of commercial niche news services abundance
  • Discovery, learning, knowing when to stop.

Rob Shepherd

  • What journalists want from PR in the digital age: what do you want, and how, when and where do you want it?
  • Open source news dissemination models (e.g. Guardian Online ) vs ‘make the buggers pay’ models (e.g. Murdoch stated aim for News Int’l). Who can win, how and what does it mean for us all?

Other attendees include:
Charlie Beckett, Polis, London School of Economics
Martin Belam,
Simon Willison, Guardian
Mike Butcher, TechCrunch Europe
Gavin Freeguard, Media Standards Trust
Paul McNally, Press Gazette
Alan Marshall, Press Association
Helia Phoenix, The National Assembly for Wales

I’ll blog my views/experience after the event.


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