How local newspapers could reinvent themselves using information that is available for everyone to use and republish will be discussed at a digital editors meet-up next month.
The Digital Editors’ Network will host Social, Local and Mobile Innovation at Media City in Manchester on 23 February, exploring ideas on how the regional media should develop in the digital age.
Speakers will include Greg Hadfield, former head of digital development at the Daily Telegraph and founder of Schoolsnet and Soccernet, Online Journalism Blog founder Paul Bradshaw and Sarah Hartley of the Guardian.
Greg, who is now strategic director with digital agency Cogapp, will look at how open data could give local newspapers a chance to re-invent themselves – and why it could be their last lifeline.
Other speakers will include Paul Bradshaw, author of the Online Journalism Handbook and Sarah Hartley, managing director of TalkAboutLocal and community strategist for GMG.
Sarah will explain how the Guardian Media Group’s nOtice.com platform for local content can be used by the regional media.
Francois Nel, digital media business researcher and director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, will report on his research which has highlighted how local newspapers are in danger of making some grave errors with their mobile strategies.
François will also briefly explain the award winning Media And Digital Enterprise (MADE) project which aims to equip digital innovators with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills required to start up and sustain innovative new journalistic enterprises in the public interest.
The discussion will be chaired by Nick Turner, head of digital content for the CN Group who founded DEN with Francois to link media website managers to other innovators inside and outside the traditional industry.
To register for a place click here.