Speakers | The Newsroom Summit 2019

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The Newsroom Summit 2019

05 Nov 2019 to 06 Nov 2019

Speakers | The Newsroom Summit 2019


Editor in Chief and CEO, VG - Verdens Gang AS, Norway

Gard Steiro is a Norwegian journalist and editor. In 2016 Steiro was appointed editor-in-chief and CEO of VG, Norway´s leading digital media house. With 2.5 million daily users cross platforms VG reaches half of the population in Norway.  Steiro started as a reporter. The last ten years he has held several leader positions in different media companies. From 2011 to 2015 Steiro was chief editor of Bergens Tidende, the largest regional newspaper in Norway.  Steiro is a member of the management team in Schibsted Media that owns and runs a large number of newspapers and digital startups in Scandinavia.

EVP, Schibsted Media Division, Norway

Siv Juvik Tveitnes was appointed EVP, News Media on 1 January 2019. She comes from the position of COO Schibsted Media. Previous positions include CEO Bergens Tidende and Stavanger Aftonblad, Finance and Staff Director at Bergens Tidende, Project director at Media Norge, Business Developer at Bergens Tidende AS and Managing Consultant at Bekk Consulting AS. She has been a board member of Sparebank 1 SR-Bank. Tveitnes holds a Master of Science, Business Administration and Management from the University of Bath and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Bergen.

Editor in Chief Digital, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany

Swantje Dake is editor-in-chief digital of the Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten since 1 June 2018. She is responsible for the editorial orientation and strategy of the digital products of the two Stuttgart newspaper brands. Prior to this position, Swantje headed the Digital Unit, the joint online editorial office of Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten. Over the past two years, she has also played a decisive role in the development of cross-media editorial work. Dake will now assume overall editorial responsibility for the digital products of the press house in Stuttgart.

Head of newsroom, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

Iris Mayer is head of newsroom of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germanys leading national newspaper, since April 2019. She is responsible for orchestrating the daily news business for the print and digital edition plus the website. Former positions include deputy editor-in-chief of Süddeutsche Zeitung Online (SZ.de) , head of news at German Press Agency dpa, political editor at news magazine Focus, copy editor at Associated Press  and editor-in-chief of Swiss tabloid Blick and blick.ch

Editorial Development, Aftonbladet, Sweden

Mattias Andersson has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. Since joining Sweden's leading newspaper Aftonbladet in 1998 Mattias has worked mainly for the sports department but also for the news desk and the travel section – for the print edition as well as the digital version. His focus recently has been on digital storytelling and heading up projects for the sports desk. Mattias has been involved with Aftonbladet’s first project with content automation since inception a few years ago. After initially launching in sports the project has expanded to cover several topics and includes a mission to look into what automation can do for all news titles within the Schibsted group.

Editor in Chief and CEO, Agderposten, Norway

Klausen is the editor-in-chief at Agderposten, a regional mediahouse in the southern Norway. He has a background from several mediacompanies the last 20 years and has both a commercial and editorial background.

Head of data journalism, Bayerischer Rundfunk (ARD), Germany

Uli Köppen leads the AI + Automation Lab at Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) – the public-service radio and television broadcaster of Bavaria, in Germany – and co-leads BR Data, the investigative data journalism team. Uli was also a 2019 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and MIT, where she focused
her studies on journalism automation and algorithmic accountability reporting. She oversees a team of journalists, coders, and designers specializing in investigative data stories, interactive storytelling, and experimentation with new research methods such as bots and machine learning. She is a founding member of butterland, a group dedicated to slow journalism whose projects include reporting done with victims of Turkey’s clampdown on press freedom. Together with her colleagues, she has won several awards including two CIVIS Media Prizes and a Philip Meyer Award as part of the first non-American team.

Editor-in-Chief and CEO, ARA, Spain

Esther Vera is editor of the newspaper ARA since January 2016. She is a journalist and political scientist specializing in international relations. Her work as a journalist began on the radio, as a correspondent in Paris for the Catalunya Radio. She was also correspondent in Washington for the newspaper Avui, where she also collaborated with ComRàdio and other written media. From 2000 to 2004 she was TV3 editor and presenter of the informative Món33, and in this same period she was professor of the master in journalism BCNY, at the University of Barcelona and the University of Columbia of New York. In 2004 she was delegate in Catalonia of the 24h CNN+ news channel, and of the Cuatro news programmes, and between 2008 and 2011 she also collaborated in the Catalonia edition of the newspaper El País.

News Editor, VG, Norway

Niklas Plikk is the News Editor for Norway's largest consumer technology site, Tek.no. Tek.no  consists of an editorial team of journalists and technology experts testing and evaluating all things tech. The site was bought by VG in 2017 and has since then been part of the verticals strategy of that Schibsted title. In 2019, Plikk was appointed head of VG's first robot journalism project, the goal of which is to identify areas where automating text and content can work as a supplement to the journalism produced every day by the VG newsroom.

Editor for publishing strategy and visual journalism, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway. WEF Board member.

Ingeborg Volan is editor for publishing strategy and visual journalismat Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s most prominent business newspaper. Previously, she held the position of director of audience engagement. She’s an online news veteran who early saw the possibilities of reaching audiences better online. She’s very passionate about understanding news users and letting their needs shape journalism. Among other roles, Ingeborg has previously worked as the first head of social media at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and lead the NRKbeta innovation crew. She’s also taught digital journalism at the Norwegian Institute for Journalism, been head of newsroom innovation at Adresseavisen and president of the Norwegian Online News Organization.

Vice President for Development, Amedia, Norway

Jostein Larsen Østring is the Vice President for Development in the Norwegian media company Amedia.

Amedia is Norway's largest local media company with 64 newspapers. Østring leads Amedia's editorial development team, which is responsible for readership analysis and developing editorial strategies.

The team of editoral development works with all parts of the editorial process, including journalistic content, organizing the newsroom, data driven journalism, and video.

Østring is a former journalist and News Editor at Nordlys, a regional newspaper based in Tromsø, Norway.

Social Media editor and Digital Product development, Badische Zeitung, Germany

Daniel Laufer (30) is a journalist with Badische Zeitung, a regional newspaper in southwest Germany. Since 2017, he's an editor of social media and digital product development. Prior to that, he spent several years working for local television and fudder.de, a news website for young people. His investigative reporting made him one of the "Top 30 under 30" journalist, selected by German publication Medium Magazin for 2019.

Head of Storytelling, Tortoise Media, UK

Ravin is an innovative executive producer/journalist with 10 years experience working in news and digital media. Previously, he was the executive producer for BBC Stories – the BBC’s first digital current affairs strand, where he built an audience engagement team for Digital Current Affairs. Ravin also worked as a senior broadcast journalist for BBC News and created the first Snapchat documentary for BBC Panorama as well as developed a number of new storytelling formats for BBC News and Current Affairs.

He was identified as an “Emerging Leader” on the first BBC News Leadership programme. Before joining BBC, Ravin led the team behind NewsPoint, a digital newsgathering operation in London. His responsibilities there included finding the best user-generated video and picture content for breaking news stories, reporting on international news using social media content and acquiring and managing rights to content for clients. He also led the team that manages rights for UGC content on YouTube, helping users monetise their video when used for broadcast and across news websites.

He was previously the editor of the award-winning citizen journalism site Blottr.com and has used social media for newsgathering to cover the Arab Spring, the London Riots, the Oslo shootings, the Mumbai bomb attacks, the Syria conflict, the Boston Marathon bombings and various other breaking news events around the world.

Ravin holds an MA in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King's College, London and a bachelor's degree in Politics & Sociology (BSc).

Digital transformation, content strategy and innovation consultant, WEF Board Member, UK

Dmitry is an expert in digital transformation, content strategy, and innovation. He worked for 21 years at the BBC in London where he was responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for 40 non-English foreign language new services. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dmitry worked in various editorial-development roles for the digital section of BBC News. These roles required liaison between editorial, product and strategy teams in order to drive innovation and develop new ways of reaching audiences, increasing engagement across the world and, crucially, driving culture change is newsrooms. He is an experienced digital leader in content creation, specialising in growing audiences across the world, driving editorial changes in newsrooms and adapting the way organisations work in digital space, especially around content innovation and audience engagement.
After his years at the BBC, he joined Culture Trip, a startup operating at the intersection of media and travel. He is now pursuing new adventures. Dmitry's main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Organisational, Strategy and Product sectors.

News Director, NRK (Norwegian public service broadcaster), Norway

Helje Solberg is News Director of NRK, the Norwegian public service broadcaster. Prior to joining NRK, she was CEO/Editor of VGTV and Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian media house on paper and internet combined. Helje is chair of Faktisk.no, Norway's collaborative fact-checking initiative. She is on the advisory board of the World Editors Forum, is the head of the organising committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards and is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association). She is a member of the Oslo Editor Association and is a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and politics. Before becoming editor of VGTV she served as Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994. The following year she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud).

Editor in chief and CEO, Børneavisen, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

The past ten years, Louise Abildgaard Grøn has been running JP/Politikens Hus' award winning CSR-activities aimed at primary schools. The activities have been running across papers Jyllands-Posten, Ekstra Bladet and Politiken. This includes a national media contest once a year and the daily activities for young audiences. Louise has built the business case for Børneavisen. It focuses on parents and grandparents as subscribers – primary inside the base of existing Politiken and Jyllands-Posten subscribers. Preliminary analysis and research have shown surprising trends; the young audience appreciates the printed paper and finds it more professional. Youngsters also see it as more “real” compared to online news. Quoting one respondent: “Online you can just change the headline or anything else. On print, the deadline is final”. When not being around her fantastic team and work, she spends time with her family counting 3 kids and a patient spouse.

Editor, Børneavisen, Denmark

Tommy Zwicky is a multi-award winning journalist from Denmark. He has been in national broadcasting for more than 15 years, both in front and behind the camera. Genres have included news, sports, investigative journalism and documentaries, but mostly content geared towards children and families. In 2013 he started the first daily news broadcast for children in Denmark (Ultra Nyt). And subsequently joined the presidency of the Youth News Exchange in the European Broadcasting Union.  In 2018 he joined the team at Børneavisen (The childrens newspaper) as an editor in time for its launch of September that year. When not working he enjoys music, movies, videogames and pizza.

Partner Solutions team leader for News Partnerships across EMEA, Facebook, UK

Basma Atassi is EMEA’s Partner Solutions Lead for News Partnerships at Facebook, where she and her team focus on developing sustainable solutions for the news industry and help partners make the best out of the platform. Prior to Facebook, Basma was a Senior Producer at CNN. She previously worked as a news producer at Al Jazeera English. She is the recipient of several journalism awards for her coverage of human-centred stories from the Middle East. Basma holds a Master Degree in Human Rights from London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut.

Award-winning journalist, photographer and writer, Switzerland

Jacopo is an award-winning journalist, photographer and writer. His work focuses on environmental and social reporting, with particular expertise on reporting from the field. He reported across Asia, Europe, North and South America, as well as the Arctic and Antarctica. His contributions have been published on National Geographic, GEO, The Huffington Post, Repubblica, Vanity Fair, El Pais, Deutsche Welle, and Science among other publications. He lectures on science and environmental reporting at the Erice International School of Science Journalism, and gives workshops on media skills for scientists since more than a decade. He is now working at the Venice International University within the Quest EU H2020 funded project on science communication. He recently published the workbook "Communicating Science through the Media".

Deputy Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA, France

Since joining WAN-IFRA in 1997, Valérie has accrued more than 20 years of experience as a media journalist. Currently, she is a team member of WAN-IFRA's Global Advisory division where she works with the Advisory Team in leading global consulting projects. She is also the Programme Lead for WAN-IFRA's top global conferences including: World News Media Congress and our Digital Media Event Series. She has contributed to numerous research reports, including  Alternative Revenue Streams for Publishers. As part of her research, Valérie interviewed numerous publishers who had found success discovering new business models - whether its through events, e-commerce, video or marketing services - Valérie has experience taking the pulse on what generates revenue for publishers.

Chief Marketing Officer, United Robots, Sweden

Cecilia Campbell is a Swedish media journalist with over 20 years experience reporting on the news publishing industry internationally. She is the CMO of Swedish tech start-up United Robots, based in Malmö. Her work at United Robots includes advising publishers on how to free up reporter time and drive revenue through newsroom automation. Previously she worked for WAN-IFRA, co-leading the reader revenue group and authoring the 2018 report Engaged Readers Don’t Churn – Retention Lessons for Digital Subcriptions.

Head of Leadership Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

Federica has spent the past decade exploring, learning and working in the news industry, on a global scale. Her career has been focused on understanding the processes and dynamics of journalism, connecting the dots between people, disciplines, departments, projects, cultures, and figuring out new ways of working. She recently rejoined the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford as Head of Leadership Development. She made the move from Hearken, where she was an Engagement Manager. Federica was Audience Projects Editor at Condé Nast International, working on audience growth, best practice and knowledge sharing between editorial, data, product and commercial teams of the CNI's global portfolio. Specifically, she has worked on newsletter strategies and editorial initiatives that drive audience loyalty. Previously, she was part of the Digital News Project team at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford and worked on several projects, exploring the future of journalism and newsrooms around the world the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA, UK

Cherilyn Ireton heads up the World Editors Forum, the global network for editors within WAN-IFRA. She is a seasoned newspaper professional, having spent more than 20 years on South African newspapers, as journalist and editorial manger on the country's leading titles, the Sunday Times and Business Day. She rose to be Chief Operating Officer of BDFM Publishers, the business media joint venture between Pearson, owners of the Financial Times, and Times Media in South Africa which published Business Day newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and Summit TV. She relocated to the UK in 2005 and owned an ran a London-based media consultancy, Presslinks, which advised a variety of international organizations and foreign governments.

Senior Editor of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Storyful, UK

Richard James is the Senior Editor of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Storyful, where he oversees daily news operations and coverage of breaking stories.  Prior to Storyful, Richard was News Director at BuzzFeed Australia, News Editor at BuzzFeed UK and Deputy Online Editor at the Metro newspaper.

Editorial insights administrator, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

Guro Valland is responsible for editorial insights in the Norwegian business daily, Dagens Næringsliv. She is part of the audience engagement team that includes data journalists and programmers, marketers and social media engagers, who all sit in the middle of the newsroom. Guro is a strong believer of data driven insights to execute prioritizations that both safeguard journalistic integrity and increase audience engagement. And further, how this is core in cultural change to reach both editorial and commercial goals. Guro is a trained business journalist and has a master's degree in business marketing from Freie Universität Berlin. She is also a board member of Norwegian Online News Association (NONA).

VP Marketing, Stibo DX, Germany

With 16+ years of experience in strategic marketing planning, Jacob Gjørtz is an expert in converting market and consumer insights into concrete, actionable strategies for brands and media businesses. Jacob is committed to sharing the experience and thought leadership that CCI has built over the years to help brands and publishers adapt and innovate in today’s rapidly evolving media market.

Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Dean is Director of Insights and Editor-in-Chief of WAN-IFRA, he is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the organisation's array of multimedia publications. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the news publishing industry, much of that time spent researching, analysing, identifying and ultimately reporting about global media developments.

Head of Editorial Development, Sydsvenskan, Sweden

Mattias Pehrsson is head of editorial development of Sydsvenskan and Helsingborgs Dagblad, Bonnier News regional and local paper outlets in Southern Sweden. He is responsible for the editorial development and strategy. Mattias has worked within the digital field since the late 90's and started off as a sports writer at Reuters before leaving for online at regional and local papers. He has launched more sites than he can remember and has tried the subscription model twice, at least. The last effort seems to be the most successful by far.

Director, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL), Norway

Randi S. Øgrey is the Director of the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) the leading media trade organization in Norway which counts approximately 324 member businesses, of which 172 are newspapers, 21 printing offices, 26 distribution companies, 24 TV companies, and 13 advertising groups. The Association’s objectives are to help build a diverse, independent and economically healthy industry; to secure editorial independence, and to initiate common initiatives in cases where the members deem it necessary and useful.

Head of Industrial Policy, Norwegian Media Businesses' Association, Norway

Bjørn Wisted is Head of Industrial Policy at the Norwegian Media Businesses' Association, the media trade- and tariff organization in Norway. The organization counts approx. 320 member businesses: Newspapers, TV companies, media groups, magazines, multimedia companies, press agencies, radio stations, printers, distributors, advertising groups and advertising companies. His primary responsibilities are to protect the general interests of association members in political, legal and regulatory matters. He holds a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo.

VP Global Customer Success, Chartbeat, USA

Krista Hoffman is the Vice President of Global Customer Success at Chartbeat, where she and her team provide best-in-class consultative support to publishers across the world. Krista has spent the majority of her career running customer success teams in both the US and Europe. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2009. In her free time, she loves exploring New York City with her husband and baby daughter.

Client Relations Manager, Content Insights, Serbia

Part journalist, part pike-hunter and part stew-making competitor, Milos is also one of our Client Relations Manager, specializing in deep data dives and case studies. Happily represents the Revenue team in every company sports activity – to the huge relief of the rest of his [much lazier] team members.

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