Program Agenda


Program is accurate at the time of publishing. Organizer reserves all rights for necessary changes/adjustments in program.


Day One – 11 May 2015 (Monday)


7:45 AM – 8:50 AM

Welcome coffee and registration at pre-foyer


8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome by Organizer

Greetings to everyone and welcome to the 2nd edition of this exciting summit, Digital Journalism World 2015!



State of Industry & Trends Set to Change Journalism Forever


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Chairman’s welcome inspirational address

A sure way to fail at the news

The secret to succeed as a journalist is simple…all you need is to write, edit, shoot, film, code, hack, solve the business model, crack the algorithm, get a drone, produce a podcast, live stream and live Tweet everything. Get the insights, the real story and wise secrets to doing successful digital journalism today and understanding the core values of journalism in a digital age.




9:30 AM – 10:05 AM

Innovations address

Robot journalism – Will robots become future Journalists?

Witness the rise of robots with automated programs to perform complicated algorithms to trawl web wire for facts and statistics reportage. While robots can gather data and interpret them, can they really generate better stories?

Hille will outline the latest developments in the field of automated storytelling or ‘robot journalism’ and an in-depth look at how top news media have used robots to automate news generation, harvested live data sets and collect data in violent scenarios. Here, we look at the key universal rules to be factored into the bot programs…going from ideas to real life practice. Are robots becoming future journalists? How do you integrate some of these new technologies in their daily work? A refreshing look at new possibilities.


HILLE VAN DER KAA, Professor, Future Media, Fontys School of Applied Sciences




10:05 AM – 10:45 AM

Industry Address: Innovations in methodology and technology in reporting – Presenting the “Tim Pool” revolution:

Tim Pool shares valuable experiences from his most recent news coverage using smart glasses and other interactive tools and wearables. Get a real life account on incorporating augmented reality (AR) on how Tim deployed Google Glasses with livestreams (which attracted 750,000 unique viewers in a single day) as part of his coverage in the recent protests in Istanbul, Cairo, Brazil and Occupy Wall Street in New York. As part of what is known as “Mobile first-person” journalism, here is an enlivening talk on “Doing media differently”. A critical review of Innovations in methodology and technology used in reporting. How consumer technology has changed journalism and what technology and methodology is now being pushed toward use in professional journalism. Find out more about the potential of livestream and glean valuable insights from this exciting session.


TIM POOL, Director of Media Innovation & Senior Correspondent, Fusion


10:45 AM – 11:10 AM

Morning refreshments & networking



11:10 AM – 11:45 PM

KEYNOTE panel discussion – Strategic issues impacting journalism today

·     Top tech trends in journalism: Potential of wearable technology, drones, artificial intelligence and virtual reality in Journalism. Going from AR to VR: designing virtual reality journalism for immersive storytelling. How are these impacting the work of journalism?

·     A critical review and discussion on these new tools, technology and platforms, addressing the practical, operational issues as well as ethical considerations for the journalism profession. Industry experts provide their views on where they believe the media industry is heading and what journalists can do to prepare themselves.

·     What framework and guidelines must exist for these new tools and technologies?

·     Innovating and disrupting Journalism – Is traditional Journalism being replaced?

·     The rise of native digital news organizations.

·     New storytelling skills and the mix of legacy and non-legacy journalists.

·     Doing media differently – What are we learning from new media and successful start-ups?

·     The new smart digital newsroom – What are the key success factors?





Keynote Panelists:

HILLE VAN DER KAA, Professor, Future Media, Fontys School of Applied Sciences

TIM POOL, Director of Media Innovation & Senior Correspondent, Fusion




11:45 PM – 12:20 PM

The smartphone newsroom: Trends in mobile-first content

The shift to mobile-first journalism is challenging both the way journalists produce and present interactive news for mobile audiences. A look at new ways of reporting and sharing videos and multimedia content that connects with mobile consumers.  Emerging mobile behaviours are forcing producers to find innovative solutions. Among the challenges are how to best present reports for “tallscreen” mobile users. Also, what does it take to begin to retool news operations into a mobile-first operation by organizing workflows around highly-responsive mobile news production and delivery?


ROBB MONTGOMERY, CEO, Visual Editors & Founder, Smart Film School


12:20 PM – 1:00 PM

When your audience is consuming your journalism primarily on phones and tablets, profound changes are needed in all parts of your news organization to make sure you are best serving your new mobile audience. This session will offer tips on:

·     How to create a mobile first culture in your newsroom complete with new production tools, workflow and processes and staffing plans.

·     How to create editorial content primarily aimed at mobile audiences.

·     How to use data and analytics to understand how your mobile consumption is different from consumption on other platforms and implement plans based on audience patterns and habits.

·     How mobile app push alerts are a key driver of mobile usage that require extreme focus and thought.

·     How mobile apps fit into your overall mobile strategy, especially when you have a responsive website.

This session will offer a case study in what CNN Digital did to prepare for crossing the 50% mobile audience mark, what happened after crossing that mark and what CNN is doing to continue investing in mobile. It will also look at how CNN and other organizations are having success in creating mobile native content and experiences.


ETAN HOROWITZ, Senior Mobile Editor, CNN Digital



1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Networking Luncheon (buffet style)           



Social sharing & social publishing

Updates on social sharing and social publishing, Instagram & Twitter in journalism, going viral, optimizing social, apps & push alerts, mobile audience engagement, social media in reporting & measuring engagements.


2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

How should news organizations and journalists be using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms? What is the best way to use these platforms for reporting purposes, and to promote your work?  

Case study by Huffington Post. Sharing some best practices for using these platforms.                             

·     An overview of how HuffPost uses Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

·     An overview of my favourite news organizations on these platforms and specific best practices that they do.

·     An overview of my favourite journalists on these platforms, especially Twitter and how journalists can use these platforms effectively to report, engage with audiences and get eyes on stories.

·     A brief look at emerging platforms and how journalists are using those.


ETHAN KLAPPER, Global Social Media Editor, The Huffington Post


NEWS apps and push alerts session


Session on strategies for apps and push alerts in engaging mobile audiences  

As mobile and tablets becomes increasingly important to the news industry, and engaging younger audiences becomes critical, how do we best balance the strategy for enhanced audience engagements vs. pushing the limits on user tolerance? What should we be “pushing”? Should we push mainly breaking news or a combination of other news pieces? What are some of the most successful strategies deployed by newsrooms? Reviewing examples of best practices, answering the questions of “to broadcast or to personalize” and to use “predictive alerts or user-prescribed”? Advice on what works and what will not? 


These following 2 sessions will provide a live demonstration of 2 different news apps; give a better understanding of the difference in the technology, the thinking behind the apps, the concept and content.


2:40 PM – 3:05 PM

Case study (by The Economist) on our new daily news app called “Espresso”


MARK JOHNSON, South-East Asia Correspondent, The Economist


3:05 PM – 3:20 PM

Case study (by Yahoo!) on our new daily news app called “News Digest”


MARC LOURDES, Managing Editor, Yahoo News Digest


3:20 PM – 3:35 PM

Questions & answers for above both panel presenters



3:35 PM – 3:50 PM

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking


Data journalism & data mining intelligence

Finding the data stories. Greater insights on data-driven journalism, data scraping, data mining intelligence, open source intelligence, data correlations & accessing data sets


3:50 PM – 4:25 PM

Connected stories. How BBC News Online is using linked data to help cover breaking news events, pull together content for ongoing stories, provide greater personalisation in the BBC News App and give access to the full-breadth of content from BBC coverage on TV, radio and online. But this new approach also has challenges, such as how to balance automation with the editorial curation that people expect from BBC News.


RYAN O’CONNOR, Creative Director, News Online, BBC News


Data science in the digital newsroom

Running the media organization with analytics


4:25 PM – 5:05 PM

Leveraging audience data and using it to build deeper engagements with the user.

Mat will be covering the ways publishers are finding new audiences on various platforms, and leveraging data to form a deeper relationship with site visitors.

A case study on how NYTimes (1) uses data in bringing new users to from other sites and platforms and (2) create a more personalized experience on the Times to deepen the level of engagement with the user (3) Using NYT content to support the commercial side - the subscription and advertising businesses.


MAT YUROW, Associate Director, Audience Development, The New York Times


OPEN SOURCE intelligence

Finding the data stories. Greater insights on data-driven journalism, data scraping, data mining intelligence, open source intelligence, data correlations & accessing data sets


5:05 PM – 5:25 PM (via Skype session)

The man who tweets revolutions - From elections to revolutions to disasters, how one journalist did it”.

Understanding of how open source intelligence helped in covering recent crises stories (OSINT)


ANDY CARVIN, Editor-in-Chief,, First Look Media


5:25 PM – 6:00 PM

Industry panel discussion - Talking Points

·     In a data – driven world, should journalists learn to code? Views and comments.

·     Story mining and data stories – Finding the data stories, where do you start?

·     Discussion on the use of open-source in recent investigative journalism and recent emergencies and crises. Open source intelligence: crime, crises, emergency reporting. A current discussion on the use of data mining intelligence and open source when dealing with crises and emergencies. What data journalism with open source intelligence informed us about the #Ferguson, #Sydneysiege, #MH17, #Airasia #charliehebdo?

·     What advice for those who still struggle in getting a handle on using social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Google and Linkedin for news reporting? Understanding the culture, posture and vernacular of these useful platforms and what you’d need to know when using these.

·     Going viral and promoting your news - As news organizations are looking at ways to have their articles shared widely and present their work on various social media platforms (from Twitter to Facebook), what are the key elements that will get attention for the articles and to get noticed. How best to “seed” your article for it to be shareable? Can / should you really prime your content?

·     Telling stories from a billion tweets

·     Crowdsourced, transnational data-driven investigations cases

·     Algorithmic curation in publishing – ways in which algorithmic curation can help journalists decide how and when to present the content.

·     Community strategies and open source projects- Journalism should be a conversation – why newsrooms can make a successful digital transition when it’s a conversation with its audience. Some insights and discussion on projects for building true community with audiences.






MARTIN STABE, Head, Interactive News, Financial Times

MAT YUROW, Associate Director, Audience Development, The New York Times

RYAN O’CONNOR, Creative Director, News Online, BBC News

GREG BARBER, Director of Digital News Projects, The Washington Post

HAMISH BOLAND-RUDDER, Online Editor, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists


6:00 PM – 6:10 PM

Summary and closing remarks by Chairman. End of day 1 proceedings.


6:10 PM – 7:00 PM

Evening networking casual drinks – mingle further and make more new friends! 


Day Two – 12 May 2015 (Tuesday)

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Morning coffee at pre-foyer


9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Greetings - Welcome back to Day 2!


9:05 AM – 9:20 AM

Chairman’s opening remarks




9:20 AM – 10:00 AM

Industry address

Data visualisation strategies.

How to help journalists identify stories that lend themselves to interactive storytelling and communicate the commissioning priorities for an interactive news team:

·     Five easy-to-remember rules for commissioning interactives

·     Some examples from the UK general elections

A look at how newsrooms should think about developing teams and commissioning their time effectively. Also a discussion on elections visualization by The Financial Times.


MARTIN STABE, Head, Interactive News, Financial Times


10:00 AM – 10:40 AM

Case study: Big leaks and data journalism – insights from ICIJ

·     Big lessons: ICIJ’s data journey from Offshore Leaks to Lux Leaks to Swiss Leaks

·     Big data: How we organized and mined huge datasets for stories

·     Big interactives: Presenting the data for public consumption

·     Big impact: How we aim to achieve big results with data journalism

·     Big debate: Leaks vs public data for data journalists


HAMISH BOLAND-RUDDER, Online Editor, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists


10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

Morning Refreshments & Networking


11:10 AM – 11:45 AM (via Video presentation)

Making interactive visualizations and data journalism when the news is breaking.

How Helsingin Sanomat makes data journalism – both in fast news situations and in long format. Special coverage on their template-driven development model. Helsingin Sanomat is the largest newspaper in Scandinavia.


ESA MÄKINEN, News Editor, Data & Interactives, Helsingin Sanomat



Use of data maps and graphs for better storytelling and making sense of data sets.


11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Google data trends and tools for journalists: How to discover, retrieve, map, and chart data more quickly. Charts aren't just for the art department anymore. They're for anyone who's looking to discover patterns that others have missed while reporting. The session will cover how to quickly answer questions like: "Which countries still prefer CDs to MP3s?" "Is that photo on Twitter what it claims to be?" and "Which country built the most roads per capita over the past decade?"


ROBIN MORONEY, Communications Manager, Google



12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Networking Luncheon (buffet style)           




1:45 PM – 2:25 PM

Case study: By Washington Post

Trolls aren't killing engagement on news sites — our approach is. How news sites can (and should) connect with their most engaged users

·     The problem: Lack of civility in engagement spaces on news sites, particularly comments.

o    Comment horror stories

·      Studies: 

o    Poor commenter behavior connected to poor reader opinion of the news presented

o    Stories that threaten a commenter's world view can cause the user to demean the science

o    Comments can influence readers more than the initial article

·     Why some publishers are turning off comments

o    Stories and quotes

·     The Coral Project

o    Flexible, open-source software aimed at streamlining user engagement

o    Being created by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Mozilla

o    Development is just beginning, and we're eager to hear how we can help publishers, contributors and readers

·     Why direct user engagement is valuable

o    Loyalty

o    Return visits

o    Exchange of ideas/tips -- Brian Williams story was broken by a commenter

o    User data

·     Why some publishers reinstated their comments

o    Stories and quotes

o    What publishers are telling us

·     What some sites are doing to better use and improve comments and user engagement

o    The Guardian/Comment is Free

o    Medium

o    Gawker

·     What publishers can do right now to improve their engagement

o    Choose their engagement spaces carefully, commensurate with staffing

o    Engage with users; ask real questions and reward good behavior with interaction

o    Give even greater rewards — mentions in articles, pull quotes — to your best commenters

o    Solicit and use multimedia from your best contributors


GREG BARBER, Director of Digital News Projects, The Washington Post


2:25 PM – 3:05 PM

What recent crises such as the MH370 has informed us about journalism in the digital age, the news reporting cycle & process, what has been good vs bad news reporting. What can we all learn from it and some thoughts on the way forward?

·     A review of how well newsrooms across Asia handled the story so far?

·     If no further information is coming from country authorities or the airline after the initial big data, in what ways will the story continue to be of interest and value to readers and will it still have good content to go on beyond the first month of breaking the news?

·     Views on doing stories in real time, producing graphics, maps and using data

·     Thoughts on the platform of the story, the audiences you are trying to reach

·     Better use of resources and newsroom capability to cover such crises and emergencies in future

·     How has this crises changed and impacted how digital journalism is perceived and practiced?  

·     As the MH370 story played out, serving the similar, but diverse, needs of readers, viewers and social media/chat followers.

·     The problem of a mystery, or a story without end. While we love that in a novel, how do you deal with that in a newsroom, and how do you allocate resources and handle coverage?


ADAM NAJBERG, Asia Digital Editor, The Wall Street Journal


3:05 PM – 3:35 PM

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

Technology Showcase and demonstrations


3:35 PM – 4:15 PM

Case Study: Digital journalism innovation from a more challenging region

The Cambodia Daily - Leading digital journalism innovation in Southeast Asia

As a case study, this presentation will explore The Cambodia Daily’s innovative digital initiatives, the results witnessed from implementing them and the associated costs. It also will include the challenges. The Cambodia Daily is unique because the newspaper is, at times, ahead of much larger news agencies in the country and the region as well as elsewhere that: (1) are located in less challenging settings and (2) have more financial backing.

·     Background

·     Digital Payments

·     Design

·     Engagement

·     Operations

·     Challenges

Joshua will explain the unique position of The Cambodia Daily in the media market and its experiments (as well as its challenges) with technology and the web. This includes the construction of our paywall to target a mostly cash-only market; the lack of a web presence until 2012 and a responsive design to accommodate a population who skipped the computer era; the transition to a virtual newsroom so reporters and editors can work anywhere; and our website's switch to a secure network in an effort to protect our readers’ data.


JOSHUA WILWOHL, Online Editor, The Cambodia Daily


4:15 PM – 4:55 PM

Success in presenting legitimate news coverage that is responsible, but interesting, compelling that people want to share. Insights on real time coverage and how we could present legitimate news in a dynamic way, and equipping the digital newsroom with the capability of integrating live reporting, live blogging, and live video streaming.


Jim Roberts, Executive Editor & Chief Content Officer, Mashable


4:55 PM – 5:30 PM

Industry panel discussion

Talking Points

·     The Future of Journalism

·     Views on mobile strategies: How do you plan to tackle mobile?

o    Engaging the younger audiences: more emphasis on mobile and social.

o    What is the role of online video in the newsroom of the future?

·     Views on social media

·     Views on Newsroom social media strategy and trade-offs for your consideration

o    Quality vs. more audience

o    Real news vs. puppy stories

o    While pushing for social media engagement and content going viral, how can we also avoid undermining our reporting and journalism skills?

·     Views on strengthening the news media business

o    Strengthening the media business: what makes the media business valuable? Reviewing successful start-ups – what can we learn from these innovators? From blogs to viable media business. (The “Tim Pool revolution”)

o    Monetizing via programmatic and native ads, using data driven business and editorial strategies

·     Views on the future of digital journalism

o    Over the 2 days we have seen discussions on wearables, sensors, AR, VR, mobile and video, the question is: what does it all mean for the media business, journalism and media business?

o    As brands become more like content publishers and publishers are becoming more like agencies, what roles and functions each must fulfil in order for the industry to benefit from it? Are brands a real competition for publishers? How can these organizations work together for the benefit of all?






ETHAN KLAPPER, Global Social Media Editor, The Huffington Post

ETAN HOROWITZ, Senior Mobile Editor, CNN Digital

Jim Roberts, Executive Editor & Chief Content Officer, Mashable

ADAM NAJBERG, Asia Digital Editor, The Wall Street Journal


5:30 PM – 5:40 PM

Summary and closing remarks by Chairman.


5:40 PM

End of Summit. See you again next edition of DJW Summit!


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