In Full: Behind Local News conference 2022
Take a look back at all the updates from the Behind Local News’ annual conference 2022 with an agenda-setting programme alongside our Women in Journalism awards.
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In closing our Hybrid Newsroom session, Richard Porritt, Editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News said:
“I’m happy with where we are now and where our teams are, some completely remote, but they can come into the office if they want. I wouldn’t like it anymore to go towards home-working…. I think it’s really important for the trainees and love that we have the flexibility to do this.”
We’re now onto our final session of the day and probably the most lively discussion — The Hybrid Newsroom
Our next session is being led by Nathan Judah from the West Midlands Express and Star takes who talks about innovation to Sport at the Express & Star.
Take a look below at the full list of the winners from the Women in Local News Awards.
Safeguarding Journalists — Sponsored by Viafoura
Watch below at our live stream from the next session
The Women in Local News Awards — Sponsored by Women in Journalism
You can watch back the Women in Local News Awards via the video link below.
We will be live streaming the Women in Local News Awards coming very soon.
Those attending the conference are now taking part in an interactive session with the News Futures 2035 project.
According to those in the room, the Word Cloud below shows the ‘top force shaping the supply of trustworthy, public-interest news in the UK today’
Dr Francois Nel, Reader in Media Innovation at UCLan is now talking about misinformation, anxiety and the news and looking to the future of Public Interest Journalism.
Frank O’Donnell from DC Thomson and Autumn Lewis from Newsquest continue discussions on reaching new audiences.
Autumn Lewis talks about how using newer platforms like Instagram Reels and TikTok to continue “longevity for our brands.” Newsquest now has more than 25 accounts on TikTok including their new UK Today which has over 2.5m views
Lynda Moyo, Head of What’s On & Emerging Content at Reach, is now talking about The Belonging Project, which focuses on creating content for various under-represented communities.
“The aim is to include a variety of voices and perspectives.”
We’re now moving on to our next session of the day, which is a panel discussion chaired by Anna Jeys, from Curiously with panellists Lynda Moyo, Reach; Frank O’Donnell, DC Thomson; Autumn Lewis, Newsquest.
Anna Jeys opens with talking about Reach Plc’s new youth-focused news brand, Curiously.
After a two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day, the conference has resumed as David Higgerson and David Lord take questions from the room.
David Lord, Editor of the Evening Telegraph at DC Thomson continues to talk about insights and how their newsroom uses ‘Content Segments’ to decide how different types of content should either continue, improve or stop altogether.
David Higgerson sums up by saying how analytics helps newsrooms have the confidence to go out and connect with the topics that matter to our communities
“the thing that really excites me about the role of analytics in newsrooms is that we should be more confident at looking at saying what’s wrong with this number and how do we correct it?”
“Journalism only makes its mark if people read it.” Opening words from David Higgerson, Chief Digital Publisher at Reach.
“How do we stand out as those trusted news brands as people need to read?”
We’re underway! Nigel Vincent, Senior Newsroom Engagement Manager from Taboola EMEA is starting with an opening message.
David Bartlett, who has helped organise this year’s conference, is all ready to go and looking very dapper!
First arrivals have made their way into the ICC in Birmingham for the 2022 conference. If you’re heading to the conference today, use #BLN22