Reflections on Journalism.co.uk news:rewired event

James Fryer at News Rewired Celebrating Journalism.co.uk’s 10-year anniversary, the
inaugural news:rewired event on Thursday 14 January
2010 saw around 150 journalists, trainees, journalism students and academics
descend on City University London – including SoGlos.com’s co-founders Michelle
Byrne and James Fryer.

While the day – structured around individual sessions,
where delegates could pick ‘n’ mix from topics including everything from social
media for journalists to crowdsourcing – saw plenty of informative talks and
heated debates, James Fryer had the honour of giving a presentation about
SoGlos.com as a media model, during the final ‘new journalism and making money’
session of the day. The session was also filmed by the BBC:

While joining the small but seasoned panel – including online
entrepreneur and (now) former head of digital media at Telegraph.co.uk Greg
Hadfield
, reputed media law lawyer Caroline Kean from Wiggin and CEO of B2B
publishing company Sift Ben Hadfield – was no mean feat, a presentation of five
dos and don’ts of online publishing garnered a good response from the
discerning audience – judging from the flurry of Twitter activity at the time,
and subsequent coverage.

Freelance media, technology and journalism writer Patrick
Smith has produced a rich roundup of James Fryer’s presentation, as has Adam
Tinworth on his blog One Man and His Blog, and Alex Waters on the
Journalism.co.uk site
– with additional commentary also coming from The
(e)Grommet
, Jon Slattery, Iain Hepburn, Freelance Unbound and Alexandre Gamela.

Having attended sessions held throughout the day, James
Fryer and Michelle Byrne’s personal highlights included Adam Westbrook’s
stunning multimedia work, Malcolm Coles’ humourous examples of online
publishing bloopers, and hyperlocal insights from Guardian Local’s Sarah
Hartley
, the Lichfield Blog’s Philip John and times web development editor
Joanna Geary.

While award-winning videojournalist David Dunkley
Gyimah
’s upbeat presentation proved the perfect mid-afternoon pep for
conference delegates.

It was a little disappointing to not hear about more
examples of independent online media launching in the UK, but news:rewired nonetheless packed a good practical journalism
punch for everyone in attendance – with, no doubt, wide scale hopes that the
event will become an annual calendar highlight.

Visit newsrewired.com directly for full information and
commentary, and check out the essential catch-up guide on Journalism.co.uk.