Newsgathering In The Digital Age: Why The Newswire Is Dead (Session Preview)

Social Media Week

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On Wednesday of #SMWLDN, join FleishmanHillard Fishburn for a look into how the monumental changes of the digital landscape have changed the way news is gathered by news organisations, and how it impacts the stories that are told.

Attendees will explore how social media in particular has impacted news now that everyone with a mobile device holds the power to take pictures and video, and document premium, self-created content.

We’ll also ask what responsibility should news organisations have for the safety and well-being of social media eye-witnesses who have now become more important in the news gathering process.

In this session, four industry leaders will take the stage to discuss the current state of social media and newsgathering:

Rob Owers (Head Of News and Government Partnerships, Twitter UK) works with Twitter’s key partners in news to help them get the most out of the platform, developing innovative projects involving Twitter, Tweetdeck, Vine and Periscope.

Rachel Rodriguez (CNN International’s social media producer in London) directs CNN’s international social media strategy, covers news and features via social media and acts as a social consultant for both TV and digital.

Hazel Baker (Digital News Editor, Sky News) works with Sky News’s journalism using social media and other digital sources, filtering the news from the noise.

Peter Meikle (Head of News at FleishmanHillard Fishburn) has held senior news desk positions for the past 20 years (GMTV, ITV News, Channel 4 News), and has witnessed first hand how the digital revolution has dramatically changed newsgathering and the news landscape.

What can attendees expect from the session?

  • Deep knowledge into how big news organisations exploit social media when newsgathering and how they check the veracity of digital content.
  • An understanding of how the news media is adapting to digital change and what the future of news looks like.
  • Insight into how corporates and organisations are using the digital media to tell their own stories or react to stories about them.

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SMW Staff

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