Journalism Innovation Summit @ City University London

Summit to Highlight Innovative Content, Business Models in Journalism


Tired of hearing complaints about the challenges facing journalists today? Come to the Journalism Innovation Summit @ City University London on 15 May 2015 for an idea exchange on the way forward, with a focus on innovative content and innovative business models.

You’ll hear from innovators at traditional journalism outlets as well as startups looking to disrupt the news. Breakout groups in the morning and afternoon will enable knowledge sharing and networking. We’ll be inviting editors, reporters, producers, publishers, developers, entrepreneurs, academics and other key players in journalism innovation.

The one-day conference will include a kick-off reception at Wayra on 14 May, as well as a closing reception at Bloomberg on the evening of 15 May.

Register now for the Summit!

The Journalism Innovation Summit is hosted by City University London and produced by PBS MediaShift.

Opening Night Reception

The opening night reception will take place at Wayra, Telefónica’s accelerator space in London, and co-hosted by BBC News Labs. The reception is open to Summit attendees as well as colleagues in the journalism and innovation space.

Please RSVP to save your spot at the reception!

About our sponsors:

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Wayra is Telefónica’s startup accelerator. It helps the best entrepreneurs grow and build successful businesses. The acceleration programme will give startups funding up to $50,000, an incredible place to work, mentors, business partners, access to a BBCNewslabsLogoA0global network of talent and the opportunity to reach millions of Telefónica customers. Learn more here.

BBC News Labs is an incubator powered by BBC Connected Studio, and is charged with driving innovation for BBC News. The Labs work as a multi-discipline incubator, exploring scalable opportunities at the intersection of journalism, technology and data. Goals include harnessing BBC talent and creativity to drive innovation and opening up new opportunities for story-driven journalism. Learn more here.

Key Speakers

Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton is social media editor for BBC News. He leads on strategy and best practice across local, national and international editorial teams, and oversees core brand activity like the BBC News Facebook page and @BBCBreaking Twitter account. He also leads on audience engagement and heads the industry-leading User Generated Content Hub, 10 years old this year, which specialises in the discovery and verification of content from non-professional sources. He previously worked as in a variety of editorial roles for the BBC news website, having joined from the U.K.’s main news agency, the Press Association, in 2000.

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Lyra McKee is a freelance journalist and researcher based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has delivered training and mentoring on online research and investigative journalism for news organisations like the Sunday Times (Ireland) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She’s currently finishing her first book, about Robert Bradford, the only serving Northern Irish member of parliament to be killed during the country’s civil war, known as “The Troubles.”


Jennifer Schwanenberg is the media innovation manager at the German Press Agency (DPA). She also wants to help media-related startups build scalable business models. She has helped to strengthen networking with startups, and has built connection to the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the Institute for Media Development and analysis, and founded the cooperative EDLAB. Her passion lies in the development of new media products that fit the changing information needs of our mobile time.

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Seung-yoon Lee is the CEO and co-founder of Byline, a crowdfunded independent media platform that gives you the personalised news you want. Byline removes barriers between readers and the news, empowering readers to support journalists and their content directly. Lee is a contributing editor to The WorldPost and was the first East Asian President of the Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society.


Matt McAlister is co-founder of Contributoria, an independent journalism community that enables journalists and writers to collaborate on all aspects of the writing process, including commissioning, editing and publication. Matt develops new businesses at Guardian Media Group. He has been involved in various aspects of the digital publishing ecosystem since 1994 – leading digital arms of print businesses, building platform services at large media companies and creating new digital businesses.

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Malachy Browne is Managing Editor and Europe Anchor of, the social media reporting arm of First Look Media launched in January 2015. Malachy joined from news agency Storyful, where, as news editor, he led a global team of journalists reporting on international news stories emerging on social networks. Malachy takes an interest in international politics, conflict, social justice and human rights. He has covered the Arab Spring, conflicts in Ivory Coast, Syria and Ukraine, humanitarian crises from Somalia’s famine to Typhoon Haiyan, global civil rights movements, subhajit banerjeeand the response to Europe’s economic crisis. He has written about eyewitness media and citizen networks for Al Jazeera, Open Democracy and the European Journalism Centre’s Verification Handbook. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Subhajit Banerjee is the Mobile Editor of The Guardian in London and looks after its mobile products including mobile web, apps and emerging technology such as wearables. Subhajit has more than a decade of experience across mobile, online, broadcast and print platforms including at the Telegraph in London and newspapers in India. You can follow him on Twitter @subhajitb.

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Alex Hartman is the Executive Chairman of Newzulu. Hartman has corporate development experience across a wide range of traditional and digital media operations. Hartman is Managing Director and co-founder of Matilda Media, a global digital media investment house. Matilda Media acquired Citizenside from Agence France Presse as the basis of Newzulu’s crowdsourced news operations and established Rightstrade, the online marketplace for entertainment licensing. The Australian Government has appointed Alex as a director of the Industry Research & Development Board,  as chairman of the Youth IT Skills Hub, and as a founding director of Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

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Cassie Werber is a London-based reporter for Quartz, writing about energy, UK politics and society, and the world of work. Previously Cassie was an energy reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and wrote freelance for The Economist and other newspapers the UK and Europe. She is co-organiser of Hacks Hackers, a meet-up group for journalists and technologists. Cassie trained in journalism from 2009-11 in Denmark, Amsterdam and London, and was a News 21 fellow in Berkeley, Calif.

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Now working on all things mobile for BBC News, Nathalie Malinarich has been involved in digital journalism at the BBC for more than 15 years. Before becoming mobile editor, she was the world editor of the BBC’s award-winning news website, with responsibility for its international editions on all platforms. Nathalie began her career in Chile as a magazine reporter. She joined the BBC in 1999, producing radio programmes and working on an early incarnation of its Spanish language website. She has worked in different areas of News, interactivity and online. Follow her on Twitter @nmalinarich.


Björn Rosenthal is the Strategic Product Manager at Deutsche Welle – Germany’s international broadcaster. For the last year he has been the project lead for the new DW News app. Before taking on product management for content via mobile handsets, online and Smart TV, he was involved in the creation of the DW Media Center, the online archive for all of DW’s A/V ann grippercontent. Björn has worked on European research projects and was involved in the evaluation of semantic web projects for the European Commission. He has been involved in the international news business since 1999.

Ann Gripper is Executive Editor of Mirror Online. She joined the Mirror as a graduate trainee in 2004 before joining the online team in April 2008 when Mirror Group Digital Nate Lanxon headshot smalldeclared 4.3m monthly unique users. Her digital roles since then have included Associate editor (community) and Head of live and forward planning. She also covers football on Saturdays for MirrorSport. You can follow her on Twitter @anngripper.

Nate Lanxon is Senior Editor at Bloomberg Media. He is responsible for the digital editorial business on Bloomberg Business in the UK and leads the launch of Bloomberg Business in the UK and EMEA. Before joining Bloomberg in Lanxon was Editor of and concurrently Editor-in-Chief of Ars Technica UK. He previously also held a role as Senior Editor at CNET and founded his own technology website called Tech’s Message. Follow him on Twitter @natelanxon.


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As technology drives the decentralization of news, the need for qualified journalists to bear witness, investigate, analyze and verify information has never been greater. The Department of Journalism at City University London provides students with a solid grounding in journalism ideas and principles, along with the latest multi-channel and digital techniques, to prepare them for careers in traditional and emerging media. Last year, 96 percent of MA graduates found employment within six months, joining a 5,000-strong alumni network worldwide. Graduates include newspaper and magazine editors, broadcast anchors, and reporters across all kinds of outlets. An increasing number work in digital-specific roles, including as data journalists and online community managers.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the Journalism Innovation Summit, contact Kara Murphy at kara [at] mediashift [dot] org.


Registration costs £129 for professionals and £79 for students. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and an opening and closing reception with drinks and appetizers. Cost includes all sessions, including breakouts and workshops.

Please go to this Eventbrite page to register!


Thursday, May 14, 2015
Opening Reception @ Wayra, co-hosted by BBC News Labs
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Friday, May 15, 2015
Summit: 9 am to 5 pm
Closing Reception
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


Opening Reception on 14 May
Shropshire House
2-10 Capper Street
London WC1E 6JA
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Summit on 15 May
City University London, Drysdale Building
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
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Closing Reception on 15 May
Bloomberg News
City Gate House
39-45 Finsbury Square
London EC2A 1PQ
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How It Will Work

The Summit will be equal parts learning, sharing and networking with the brightest minds in the industry. The day will be split into two parts: The morning will highlight innovative content from top journalists, while the afternoon will focus on innovative business models, with breakout groups so attendees can share their own experiences and network.

Agenda for Journalism Innovation Summit in London

Subject to change

Thursday May 14

Opening Reception, hosted by Wayra and BBC News Labs

Shropshire House
2-10 Capper Street
London WC1E 6JA
United Kingdom
Google Map location

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Friday May 15

City University London
Drysdale Building
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
Google Map location

9:00 to 9:30 am: Networking breakfast

9:30 to 9:45 am: Welcoming Remarks

Michael Bromley, City University London
Jane Singer, City University London
Mark Glaser, PBS MediaShift

9:45 to 10:30 am: Morning Keynote: Chris Hamilton, Social Media Editor, BBC News

10:30 to 11:15 am: Morning Panel Discussion

How news organizations are pushing innovative forms of content

Nathalie Malinarich, BBC News Online

Malachy Browne,
Subhajit Banerjee, Guardian
Bjorn Rosenthal, Deutsche Welle
Ann Gripper, Trinity Mirror
Nate Lanxon, Bloomberg Media

11:15 to 11:30 am: Coffee Break

11:30 to 12:30 pm: Morning Breakout Sessions

6 breakouts based on topics from the morning speakers:

1) Chris Hamilton: Posting original content on social media: Room ELG01
2) Nathalie Malinarich: Creating compelling mobile content: Room ELG05
3) Bjorn Rosenthal: WORKSHOP: Designing a news app, including for Apple Watch and creating upload tools for user-generated content: Room ELG09
4) Malachy Browne: Verifying breaking news on social media: Room ELG13
5) Tristan Stewart-Robertson: Innovative British election coverage: Room ELG14
6) Jane Singer: How universities can nurture journalism innovation: Room ELG15

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Networking Lunch

1:30 to 2:15 pm: Afternoon Keynote: Jennifer Schwanenberg, Innovation Manager, DPA

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm: Afternoon Panel Discussion

How journalists can make money through audience engagement and crowdfunding,

Cassie Werber, Quartz

Lyra McKee, The Muckraker
Matt McAlister, Contributoria
Seung-yoon Lee, Byline
Alex Hartman, Newzulu

3:00 to 3:15 pm: Coffee Break

3:15 to 4:30 pm: Afternoon Breakouts

6 breakouts based on topics from the afternoon speakers:

1) Jennifer Schwanenberg: How to pitch your business venture: Room ELG01
2) Matt McAlister: How to deepen audience engagement, collaboration: Room ELG05
3) Lyra McKee: Exploring business models for freelance journalists: Room ELG09
4) Seung-yoon Lee: How to raise money for journalism projects with crowdfunding: Room ELG13
5) Cassie Werber: The challenges and potential for native advertising: Room ELG14
6) Playing Lean, a board game based on “Lean Startup,” and run by Tore Rasmussen: Room ELG15

4:30 to 5:00 pm: Wrap-up Takeaways from Breakouts

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Closing remarks: Mark Glaser and Jane Singer

Closing Reception hosted by Bloomberg News

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Bloomberg Business
City Gate House
39-45 Finsbury Square
London EC2A 1PQ
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