DJW 2017 will dive straight into the industry’s hottest issues and will focus strategically on these major themes at the very core of the industry:
Future Tech is Here: New & Accessible Tools for Immersive & Spatial Storytelling. Exploring VR, Wearables and Drones for 360 Degree Immersive Storytelling.
Listen to leaders in these fields and how they are meshing these technologies with the Journalism & news making world.
VR is set to enter the mainstream of storytelling and it is ready to transform news, storytelling, audience engagement and content. What are the trends today? What are some of the pioneering work in VR in news and storytelling? Our speakers in this segment will explore the current developments with the rise of wearables for news making, and also the unique unique perspectives, visual experiences and storytelling potential of drones, 3D reconstructions, 360-degree video, virtual reality, and open-source hardware sensor platforms.
Also, with mobile and social on the rise, it calls for new content formats: Videos & Virtual Reality. Videos allow for greater emotional bond to be built with users especially in the case of seeing a full frame – vertical video – from a first person account, somewhat similar to FaceTime. In fact, this has led to uproar popularity of SnapChat among mobile natives. There is no doubt that Video News is on the rise, as part of Visual News and “infotainment”. The challenge for traditional news media is to strike a tough balance between usual snacking behaviour and providing an immersive continuous experience for such news consumption. This led to the challenge to provide a seamless streaming because of greater complexity involved in supporting the user interface for video consumption. In addition, Virtual Reality is made possible with 360 degree videos to provide a greater immersive storytelling.
Social Media platforms have redefined the news business. From Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, to Snapchat, they are the news spaces for people to read and share stories with. A complex relationship exists between newsrooms and social media platforms such that they can be both partners and rivals. What are the latest trends and development on these Social Media platforms? How can newsrooms today establish themselves as the mother domain for content while also leverage on these social media platforms for new audience and revenue streams?
This segment will explore vast opportunities that the different Social Media platforms provide and the complex relationships between news media, brands and the Social Media platforms so that participants can learn how to do social the right ways.
Social Journalism is all about engaging communities and an outcome based journalism. It is service with relevance and value which requires knowing those (communities) we serve, and to do that would require building relationships with those people. With today’s tools and technology, we are now able to turn the telescope around begin listening to a community, hearing and discerning its needs and then thinking about how best to help it meet those needs. The answer sometimes — often — will be reporting and content. In this session, we will look at sharing data and collaborative tools to help a community to organize itself to take action (community organizing).
The Platform Deliberations & The Solutions
Impact of new age platform publishing and how to manage this disruptive phenomenon without losing control ultimately? The unprecedented rise and popularity of platforms for content and news distribution has caused a great seismic shift in the media industry. How are these platforms (social media platforms, publishing platforms and advertising platforms) performing and the dent they are making on the publishers’ business as they grow mightier in power and strength. How should Publishers reinvent their business in order to survive and circumvent this big movement of democratization of content and technology? Losing control of the distribution of content. Distributed platforms. Snapchat, Facebook instant articles, Apple news, Google Amp. Content providers are rapidly losing the ability to control their publications because the platforms themselves are becoming the publishers. There are all sorts of financial and quality issues that arise from this. In addition, the traditional means of measuring success in the digital market. Page views or unique users become less useful in a world where content is distributed broadly. What are the appropriate metrics to use in such an environment?
How do you partner & collaborate with technology companies – how to tap into current opportunities of the various social and publishing platforms and maintaining a level of independence. A discussion of best strategies moving forward.
Content distribution & off platform consumption:
Data Tools: Understanding Your Audience with New Analytic Tools in the Digital Newsroom. Bring Data into the Newsroom in a Clear, Practical Way.
This segment is about investing in high quality global journalism, specifically in editorial analytics in the digital newsroom, creating and integrating data-focused culture in newsrooms in general and more broadly about using data for editorial audience-targeting.
Newsrooms and brands are now realizing messaging apps is that the place to reach and engage readers these days. People are spending more time messaging than on social networks. What is the impact and implication for news providers? Here’s a look at how forward thinking newsrooms are using AI based news bots to interact with their audience. The new trend enables readers to subscribe to topics that interest them and relevant news get pushed to them, a form of personalisation of news and going to where the people are. Session will provide an overview of the shaping up of news bot applications and the implications for design, programming, realising the benefits, manage man-machine relationships.
Asia has become the epicentre of digital media content consumption with rapidly rising mobile adoption, moving fast to a mobile only trend. Asia’s Internet users are reinventing the Internet around mobile, pushing news publishers to develop new content and innovative ways to monetize their audience. This panel will discuss the approaches to reaching the mobile-first audience and broader set of innovations on mobile platforms and content formats.
2016 Journalism survey – Trajectory of media 5-10 years ahead – Over 2,000 journalists have taken part in this in-depth quantitative and qualitative research piece. Get an in-depth understanding of the directions and industry postulation for the years ahead. “The demands on journalists are high and the industry is undergoing constant change. Today, there is a wider range of skills needed both in understanding digital media and how to collaborate with people from different backgrounds”.
Designing for the News Spectrum of Content – From Dense Text to Immersive Vertical Video and Everything in Between.
Mobile is everywhere. It is no longer just an option but a digital priority for all content providers and distributors – be it established news media or brands and agencies – to provide a great mobile experience for their audience. We are truly moving from the era of mobile first to mobile only.
In response to the growing mobile phenomenon, we have seen innovations from big players such as Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project, Facebook’s Instant Articles, Snapchat’s Discover and Apple’s News. How did the agencies design and develop these rising platforms and services for mobile content distribution? What is the impact on all the industry players? How can industry players leverage on these platforms or create similar successes? These questions are to be discussed in this session.
This session is intended to explore the vast opportunities available to reach mobile audience through active discussions on the impact of mobile consumption on news content design and distribution today, what makes or breaks mobile initiatives by industry players.
Video Based News
The right Formats – the opportunity for greater emotional bond with users.
There’s something very powerful about seeing a full frame – vertical video – of a first person account. It’s a like FaceTime. That’s what the medium can offer provided you get your editorial format right… So the question is how to change TV broadcast video culture to adapt and capitalise on the opportunities afforded here.
Skimming versus immersive
Yes, the trend for video News is on the rise – it’s part of wider trend of Visual News and ‘infotainment’
The Challenge and tension for the UX work is to support both snacking behaviour alongside an immersive continuous experience. It needs to work as seamlessly as reading text or browsing images when there is more complexity at play with video consumption and the UI – from autoplay to stop and start, to returning to the point you let off etc…
Weaving it in as part of the proposition
Video is another means for storytelling, it’s appealing to some users whilst others reject it.
How to make a cohesive well integrated proposition, an IA and a content model that surfaces the appropriate media type that can best tell the story is another problem space we are addressing currently.
Branded content. How can a news media company continue to produce quality independent work and at the same time produce content dedicated to specific brands? What are the best techniques in use in the market and what are the potential costs and pitfalls?
Video. What are the best strategies for a media company trying to produce video products for such a wide variety of platforms, from proprietary players, to YouTube, to Facebook, to Snapchat, to Vine and Instagram…The list is almost endless.
Data & Interactive Data Visualization Tools
Data and Interactive Data Visualization – Online Tools for Time Constrained and Resource Limited Newsrooms.
For newsrooms who face both time and resource constraints, this session will demonstrate the most important tools you’ll ever need to produce successful data journalism and visualization. This session will provide an overview of the data journalist’s essential toolbox of innovative approaches and unique techniques of finding credible data for great stories.
Newsrooms have to evolve to keep up with the ever changing digital trends and developments in the news space amongst intense competition. This includes diversifying their revenue models and rethink workflows and key metrics for success.
This session is intended to identify key online revenue models, workflows and metrics newsrooms can adopt for digital success.
Newsroom Tools & Culture to keep up with the Disruption
Diversifying Revenue models Online
Digital Communities and Tackling Civility Issues
Metrics and Measuring Audience
Digital News Content and Data Science