Monday, October 02, 2006

Want to avoid getting drunk on digital?

The Telegraph’s move from Canary Wharf to their new multimedia newsroom in Victoria will make it the UK's first fully integrated multimedia newsroom. Not surprisingly, it has been closely watched and widely – and passionately- discussed.

“I have seen the Telegraph's future, and it works,” gushed GuardianOnline blogger Roy Greenslade recently after a tour of the new facilities. On the other hand, John Carey, NUJ father of the chapel, has railed, “They are tearing the heart out of this paper and each day that goes by they are doing it more and more.”

Under the headline, "The dizzying decline of a great paper," Phillip Delves Broughton, a former Paris correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, today summed up the spectacle this way:

Watching the Telegraph leap into the digital age is like watching a late arrival to a party drinking too much to catch up and then falling over on the dance floor.
The transition from print publishing to multimedia change was never going to be easy. But did it need to be quite this bruising? More than a decade into the 'digital party', are there some things that the Telegraph executives - and other latecomers - could learn from earlier arrivals, such as De Volkskrant in The Netherlands?

Geert-Jan Bogaerts, De Volkskrant's online editor, will speak to the challenges of moving from print to multimedia during the 4th Journalism Leaders Forum in Preston on October 17th.

The panel discussion, 'Leading Innovation: What To Do, How To Do It', will be chaired by Keith Sutton, an award-winning editor and an Industrial Fellow of the Journalism Leaders Programme. Other participants include the person recently described as "the most powerful figure in Britain's £3bn regional newspaper industry," Johnston Press chief executive Tim Bowdler . Tim Porter, an associate director of Tomorrow’s Workforce, a Knight Foundation-sponsored project devoted to professional development in America’s newsrooms, will contribute a pespective from the other side of the Atlantic.

The forum, which forms part of the residential week activities for participants in the Autumn block of the University of Central Lancashire's Journalism Leaders Programme, is also open to the public. To attend this free event at 6pm on Tuesday, October 17th, in Greenbank Lecture Theatre in Preston - as well as the reception from 5:30pm - please RSVP to leaders[at] .

If you can't be there in person, there are other ways to join the discussion.

You can post your questions and comments on this site, or you can view the live Webcast by logging in as a guest at: Better still, do both. And let's get the discussion going.

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