Visual content: Takeaways from the SA-UK Digital Editors Network meetup

The Digital Editors Network has been gathering in the UK roughly every quarter since 2007.

Rather a lot has happened in the media since 2007 (if you think that Twitter had barely been around for a year back then, the tablet as a consumer product didn’t really exist, and the New York Times has had three executive editors in that period).

And along the way, the network has built up a loyal following and a reputation as a space where media professionals can share ideas and reflections about their own operations with a real degree of candour.

Digital editors @Jozihub watching - and interacting - with speakers at the #DEN meetup in London.

Digital editors @Jozihub watching – and interacting with –  speakers at the #visualDEN meetup in London.

It is, to quote one of #DEN’s conveners and founders Francois Nel, a “self help group for media innovators”; less a conference than an ongoing conversation among those preoccupied with devising and driving change inside and outside of newsrooms.

(more…)

Advertisements

The need for speed: Is fast and furious still a winning formula for newsrooms?

Being first is one of those immutable principles of journalism. And as technology has chipped away at, and then smashed the traditional media’s monopoly of the means of distribution, journalists have had to go from not merely being first, but also fast. Not just faster than the next newspaper, but faster than everyone.

Or do they?

(more…)