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BBC News to host next Digital Editors Network meeting

27 October 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan led event to address reach of digital publishers  

The next Digital Editors Network (DEN) meeting, tagged as #communityDEN and co-organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), will take place on Thursday 19 November at BBC Broadcasting House to discuss how digital publishers are trying to reach news audiences – on a local, national and global scale.

News audiences is quite a complex term and includes all sorts of audience sub-groups, defined by gender, age, economic status, race or origin. Yet the mobile and social revolution has unquestionably opened opportunities for news sector growth, provided audience acquisition is approached correctly.

"The autumn meeting, which is co-organised by François Nel of UCLan’s Journalism Leaders Programme, will cover the recent BBC’s research into youth news habits around the world."

With this in mind, the autumn meeting, which is co-organised by François Nel of UCLan’s Journalism Leaders Programme, will cover the recent BBC’s research into youth news habits around the world, debate the fragmentation of audiences, and discuss the latest techniques that publishers (and other sectors) employ to engage audiences and build communities on digital platforms.

Welcoming participants to the event is someone who is thinking about those topics and beyond is James Montgomery, Director of Digital Development for BBC News. Speakers will also include:

  • Dmitry Shishkin, BBC World Service Digital Editor, who will describe how the corporation adapts to changing audience expectations globally;
  • Elisabeth Plank, Senior editor at Mic.com, a New York City-based digital-first outlet aimed at covering ‘stories that matter to our generation’;
  • Alec Saelens, co-founder of The Bristol Cable, the co-operative news publisher that has 450 members and counting;
  • Change.org, who will share insights into campaigning communities.

The event on Thursday 19 November will run from 3pm-7pm at BBC Broadcasting House, with registration opening at 2.30pm.

Co-sponsored by the editorial management software company Desk-Net, discussions will be chaired by the DEN’s convenors: Nick Turner, Digital Strategy Manager at the CN Group; Lucia Adams, Acting head of pictures at The Times; and François Nel, Director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at UCLan.

The event on Thursday 19 November will run from 3pm-7pm at BBC Broadcasting House, with registration opening at 2.30pm and conversations afterwards continuing into a networking reception that wraps at 8pm.

Attendees can sign up here.

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