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Raising standards and building trust in quality journalism

Wed 20-Nov-2019
08:30 - 14:00
Google, 1-13 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8AG

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Organised in partnership with the Google News Initiative, this half-day event is designed to provide a fruitful exploration of, and action points for, building journalistic skills in digital publishing, and securing greater consumer trust in quality digital content. Join us to hear from leading digital editors and journalists and to understand what industry-led initiatives there are to support the development of traditional journalistic and digital skills in your team.

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To understand the intention and motivation behind this initiative, download the Green Paper here:

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08:30 Registration


09:00 Welcome: Richard Reeves, Managing Director, AOP


09.05 Why we are here: what the AOP Journalists Advisory Board [JAB] aims to achieve


09.15 Digital Newsgathering and Visualisation

Abigail Edge, Journalist & Teaching Fellow, Google News Lab


09.55 Mentoring in practice


10.15 Skills and Tools for Investigative Journalism

The Centre for Investigative Journalism specialises in practical skills training for investigative research, from Freedom of Information and Company Accounts to Data Journalism, Coding and Web Scraping. This will be a short overview of the skills and tools that can arm journalists to pursue thorough and rigorous investigations in the public interest. You’ll hear how these different techniques can be applied in the newsroom, including a hands-on example of using digital tools to profile public figures.

Tom Sanderson, Project Manager, Centre for Investigative Journalism


10.50 Refreshments


11.20 Understanding and changing public perceptions of journalism

Jess Brammar, Executive Editor, HuffPost


11.50 Round table discussions:

  • What’s needed to drive an improvement in skills in digital journalism?
  • How can publishers collaborate on training and skills development?
  • What steps can publishers and editorial teams take to create a more positive perception of journalism?
  • What are the barriers or challenges that would be better addressed as an industry rather than individually?


12.45 When journalism can make a real difference: a case study from the first winner of the AOP Local Hero Award for Regional Digital Journalism

Aaron Walawalker, News Editor, Rightsinfo


13.00 Lunch & networking


14.00 Close


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