18-20 March 2018, Berlin

with the main Summit 19-20 March


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Preliminary DIS 2018 agenda - Day 1

*Please note the agenda, including all individual sessions, remain subject to speaker, data, time and topic changes


Registration, networking coffee and meetings


Welcome and announcements

James Hewes, FIPP, and Alexander von Reibnitz, VDZ


Opening Keynotes

The Amazonification of media

Troy Young, Global President, Hearst Digital Media, USA

Transforming Hong Kong's newspaper of record to build a digital powerhouse – South China Morning Post

Gary Liu, CEO, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Top media innovation trends from around the world

Juan Señor and/or John Wilpers, Innovation Media Consulting, UK and USA


Networking coffee break

Track sessions

Emerging media formats / Exploring new business

Using emerging media formats to
super-charge audience engagement

Maureen Hoch, Acting Editor,
HBR.org at Harvard Business
Review, USA

From magazine publisher to data

Pauli Aalto-Setälä, CEO,
Aller Media Oy, Finland

Innovation, AI and emerging
media trends

Francesco Marconi, Strategy
Manager and AI Co-lead, Associated Press, USA


Lessons from Schibsted's money-making
video machine

Helje Solberg, CEO and Editor, VGTV
(Schibsted), Norway

Track Sessions

Revenue strategies / Transformation

Panel discussion

The pivot to reader revenues

Stefan Betzold, MD, BILD Group,
Germany, and
Greg Piechota, Google Digital
News Senior Visiting Research
Fellow, Reuters Institute for the
Study of Journalism, University of
Oxford, UK, and Research Associate
at Harvard Business School, USA

Saving Libelle

Hilmar Mulder, Editor in Chief, Libelle,
The Netherlands



Building ALT.dk

Sara Wilkins, Digital editor: ALT,
Egmont Publishing, Denmark


Networking lunch break

Track sessions

Exploring new business / Managing innovation

A new kind of media for a
new generation

Melissa Rosenthal, Executive
Vice President, Cheddar Inc., USA

What newsrooms can learn from fact-
checkers about innovation and collaboration

Mark Stencel, Co-Director, The
Reporter's Lab, Duke University, USA

Track sessions

Blockchain and the media/ Revenue strategies

Blockchain and the future
of media

Ingo Rübe, Chief Technology
Officer, Burda, Germany


How this blockchain startup
plans to save journalism

Daniel Sieberg, Co-Founder and
Head of Journalism Operations,
The Civil Media Company, USA

How to build a deals business

Breton Fischetti, Senior Director of
Commerce, Business Insider, USA



How creating a membership club
drove significant revenues for this
Slovak publisher

Tomas Bella, Executive Board Member
and Head of Online Activities, Dennik N,


Networking coffee break

Track sessions

Audience engagement / Revenue strategies

     How social listening helps BBC
     create and launch new hit shows, and
     what publishers can learn from them

Jenny Woods, Head of Social Media
Listening at BBC, UK and
Will McInnes, CMO, Brandwatch, UK

How traditional media know-how
helped VISUAL STATEMENTS become a
profitable social media publishing business
built on ecommerce and native ads

Kerstin Schiefelbein, CEO, Germany, and
Ben Böckenförde, Founder, Visual Statements


How Condé Nast International
Digital's global social media and
storytelling strategy builds brand
loyalty in local markets

Hannah Ray, Head of visual storytelling
and social strategy, Condé Nast Intl., UK

      Using real-time algorithms for
      data-driven content monetisation

      Dominik Grau, Chief Innovation
      Officer, Ebner Media Group, Germany


How The Economist talks to teens

Lucy Rohr, Snapchat editor and deputy
multi-media editor, The Economist, USA

  More detail to follow soon


The future

More detail to be announced soon




Networking drinks, dinner buffet and meetings

*Note: The programme is subject to change

Coverage of sessions are available at FIPP.com.

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