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Bold innovations on the agenda for the Digital Editors Network

10 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Autumn meet-up to be hosted by Trinity Mirror

This autumn the Digital Editors Network (DEN) is asking industry innovators to not only to show things that will inspire, but also to share how they overcame the obstacles to make it happen at its next gathering in Canary Wharf.

The theme of the next event on Thursday 6 November is fearless innovation and will be hosted by one such bold innovator: Trinity Mirror Regionals’ digital innovation editor Alison Gow. DEN events are open to all those who work inside, outside and alongside the mainstream media.

"We're delighted to be the hosts for #fearlessDEN as the theme resonates with our understanding that evolution of the media industry, and development of ideas, is how we can ensure a strong future," said Alison, who at the start of the year swapped the editor's chair at the Daily Post Wales, where Trinity Mirror piloted their Newsroom 3.1 concept, for the job of driving editorial innovation across all the titles in the UK’s largest publishers of regional newspapers.

"This is a theme that will probably speak to many people in the mainstream media; the leaked New York Times' innovation report underlined the undeniable demands of the legacy product and culture can impede the shift towards a more agile, digital future.

"There is also the fear of failing and, worse, failing in a financially costly manner. Ideas can wind up stuck in the dreaded 'Paralysis by Analysis' stage and, while digital startups and entrepreneurs accept risk as an inherent part of what they do, for some digital editors the challenge is simply: "How do I convince my boss to take a chance on my idea?"

"We're delighted to be the hosts for #fearlessDEN as the theme resonates with our understanding that evolution of the media industry, and development of ideas, is how we can ensure a strong future"

To answer this and related questions the DEN, which is supported by the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Journalism Leaders Programme, has invited a variety of media innovators to the meet-up including Malcolm Coles, the Trinity Mirror digital director who pitched the ideas and built the teams behind usvth3m and ammp3d and Matt McAlister, the general manager of New Digital Businesses for the Guardian Media Group and co-founder and CEO of Contributoria.

Discussion will be chaired by François Nel of the UCLan Journalism Leaders Programme, Nick Turner of the CN Group and Lucia Adams of The Times.

François said: “The Digital Editors Network is a community, not a conference. This meet-up will, once again, give media innovators the chance to meet with kindred spirits to hash over an issue that is critical to our success: overcoming fear.”

"The Digital Editors Network is a community, not a conference. This meet-up will, once again, give media innovators the chance to meet with kindred spirits to hash over an issue that is critical to our success: overcoming fear."

 

The programme on Thursday 6 November will run from 2.00pm – 6.00pm at the Trinity Mirror Headquarters in Canary Wharf. Attendees can sign up at Eventbrite

On the day, registration will open at 1:30pm for the programme that runs from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Conversations afterwards will spill over into a networking reception that wraps at 7:30pm. There is no charge for DEN gatherings though a donation of £10 or more is invited to cover expenses.

People can connect with DEN by liking its Facebook page, joining its LinkedIn group, following it on Twitter @DENupdates or reading the DEN blog.

To contribute ideas, speak, host, sponsor or collaborate on a future DEN meet-up or workshop, contact the organisers François Nel at digitaledtitorsnetwork@gmail.com Nick Turner at nick.turner@cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk or Lucia Adams at lucia.adams@news.co.uk

Since 2007 DEN has worked to link media innovators, whether they work inside, outside or alongside mainstream media organisations.