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What is the future of media business? What changed and emerged in the past years and how have we reacted? Are there mistakes we can learn from and come up with better ways to deal with the disruption? Which emerging media formats and audience engagement strategies are most effective? It’s never been more important than now to understand the current trends and challenges affecting and shaping the media business world.  

CEO’s, CFO’s, Managing Directors, Heads of Marketing and Sales and other senior executives from media businesses are invited to join the forum to collaborate and innovate, to discover hidden opportunities and sustainable business models in this ever-changing media business world.  

Breakthrough ideas and visions, inspirational success stories and recent research findings – Reinventing Media forum is an exclusive, boutique, two-day event in the heart of Riga where top media business professionals meet to shape, create and share the most innovative business models for future media.

SPEAKERS

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Alessio Cornia is Assistant Professor at Dublin City University and Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. His research interest is comparative research on political communication and journalism, with a focus on the relationship between media and politics, news industry developments, digital news, social media platforms, and EU journalism. He was previously Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute and Researcher at the University of Perugia, where he completed a PhD in social and political theory and research. He has published a monograph on EU journalists in Brussels and several articles in academic journals including Media, Culture and Society, the International Journal of Press/Politics, the European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, and the Journal o Risk Research.
ALESSIO CORNIA

Research Associate
Reuters Institute/DCU

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Nicholas Johnston is the editor in chief of Axios, a new media company that through Smart Brevity, gets you smarter faster on the topics that matter most in business, tech, media and politics. He leads the entire Axios newsroom and regularly speaks about politics, policy and business on MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News. Before helping to launch Axios in 2017, Nick was a managing editor at Bloomberg where he oversaw newsletters and breaking news coverage in Washington. Previously as a reporter for Bloomberg he covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the 2008 presidential campaign. Nick began his journalism career at the Washington Post and is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Nicholas Johnston

Editor in chief
AXIOS

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Director of public policy at Schibsted Media Group and chairwoman of WAN-IFRA Media Freedom Board. Formerly she was political editor-in-chief at Aftonbladet, Scandinavia’s biggest daily newspaper. She is a 2017 Nieman and Berkman Klein Fellow at Harvard, and the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Fokus, Sweden’s leading newsmagazine.
Karin Pettersson

Director of public policy
Schibsted

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Barak Ronen is the CEO and Co-Founder of :CRUX Knowledge, a technology start-up dedicated to quantifying users knowledge and increasing user engagement and conversion for premium news publishers. :CRUX measures how much users know about any topic based on what they read, and dynamically recommend the best content to boost their knowledge. :CRUX's live knowledge score experience creates a positive feedback loop around quality content consumption - helping publishers retain and acquire committed users. Before founding :CRUX Barak worked on innovative search applications at Dow Jones, and led Commercial Policy and Business Development for the Reuters News Agency. He started his career as a radio, print and internet journalist and is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University and the INSEAD business school.
Barak Ronen

CEO and Co-Founder
:CRUX Knowledge

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Andrew Rolf is Innovation Media Group's EMEA Director and advises organisations on digital transformation, customer experience and commercial strategy. Andrew has worked with news and magazine publishers from Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe to help them prepare for and implement significant and lasting change to their businesses. He was Head of Commercial Delivery at Guardian News and Media, London and a senior member of the team that relaunched the Guardian's award-winning website and mobile live news apps in 2014. Prior to this Andrew spent 15 years in various consultancies working in Europe and the US. He was Head of Customer Experience at organisational design consultancy KPMG Boxwood where he worked with clients operating in the media, technology and retail sectors.
Andrew Rolf

EMEA Director
Innovation Media Consulting

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Before joining Guardian, Ana was Head of Product Management for news at Sky, with responsibility for creating and managing Sky News’ digital product portfolio. Previously, she was the lead for product proposition and consumer experience on all platforms for BBC Store, and Channel 4’s Product Manager for its digital channels C4 News, Scrapbook, Film4, E4 and 4Now. With her experience in creating digital and editorial strategies for platforms and management of successful digital products development, Anna is now looking after GNM's digital product portfolio at Guardian.
Ana Jakimovska

Director of product management
Guardian

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Ivan Kolpakov (born 1983), cofounder and editor-in-chief at ‘Meduza.io’, Russian media outlet based in Riga, Latvia. He started working as a journalist in 2001 in Perm (industrial city in the center of Russia), where wrote for a number of local political and business newspapers. In 2010 he launched his own project — ‘Salt’, a political and satirical media about Russia, also based in Perm (it closed down 1,5 years later because of problems with investors and officials). In 2012, Ivan moved to Moscow and became the head of the special correspondents department in ‘Lenta.ru’ — the most popular online publication in Russia at that time. He left ‘Lenta.ru’ with the rest of the team following the firing of it’s editor-in-chief — Galina Timchenko. Together with Timchenko moved to Riga to establish Meduza.io.
IVAN KOLPAKOV

Co-founder and editor-in-chief
Meduza.io

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Jeff Jarvis is the Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism in the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. There he created new degrees and programs in Entrepreneurial Journalism, Social Journalism, and News Innovation and Leadership. He also started the News Integrity Initiative and Quality News Signals Aggregator. He is the author of "Geeks Bearing Gifts," "Public Parts," "What Would Google Do?," and "Gutenberg the Geek” and is cohost of the podcast “This Week in Google.” Previously, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications (including Condé Nast and Newhouse Newspapers); creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic of TV Guide and People magazines; a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner; and an editor for the Chicago Tribune.
Jeff Jarvis

Director
Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY

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Riccardo graduated in Economics at Bocconi University in 2004 and earned his Executive MBA at SDA Bocconi in 2015. Always passionate about Internet economy, he has worked in different managerial contexts between media, technology and innovation. He developed a global managerial vision, strongly oriented to performance management and today he mainly supports his partners on the acceleration of their digital transformation process. For five years Riccardo worked in consumer online division at Microsoft. Later he worked as Chief Digital Officer in Viacom. He joined Google in 2013 where he has been working in Strategy and Operation division for 3 years. Today he works in the Strategic Partnership Solutions team of Google, where he takes care of the News & Publishing ecosystem development in Italy and Eastern Europe. As digital ventures passionate and startup-up lover, since 2013 he is an advisor at the IULM Innovation Lab and he is an equity partner and angel investor of iStarter, the Italian accelerator based in London focused on scale-up ventures.
Riccardo Terzi

Strategic Partnerships
Google News Initiative

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20 years of author and editor career in leading Russian magazines – Forbes, GQ, Afisha, PROsport. Founder of Sports.ru – one of the largest Russian independent media working for 15 million sports fans. Founder and CEO of Tribuna.com, global media and community for football fans.
Dmitry Navosha

Founder
Sports.ru

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As Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Washington Post, Jeremy works to identify, create, and execute unique digital products and storytelling experiences. He works closely with The Post’s engineering, product design, graphics, audience, analytics and advertising teams. In this role, Gilbert figured out how to tell the story of the 2016 presidential race with 3D printers, built The Post’s first automated stories, created The Post's first virtual reality project, initiated the use of 360 cameras, oversaw its first augmented reality story, built a freelance network that changes how The Post covers national stories and launched a new leadership vertical. Before joining The Post he helped National Geographic develop and deploy its digital strategy and was an associate professor teaching media product design, interactive storytelling, web and print design tools and techniques for Medill and the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Previously Jeremy led The Poynter Institute in rethinking and redesigning its industry leading website and served as an art director at a couple of newspapers.
Jeremy Gilbert

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Washington Post

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Renée Kaplan is Head of Audience and New Content Strategies at the Financial Times. She heads up a team that helps grow the reach and engagement of FT journalism and pilots innovation in the newsroom. She also directs newsletters and audio, leading content strategies that are transforming and diversifying the FT's journalism. Previously Deputy Editorial Director of news network France 24, and Chief Content Officer at Havas, she is Franco-American and lives in London.
Renée Kaplan

Head of Audience and New Content Strategies
Financial Times

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Before being appointed Art Director of STERN magazine, Frances Uckermann was Art Director for the magazines "Zeit Wissen", "Allegra" and "Max", headed the editorial design team at SPIEGEL Reporter and developed a number of new magazines. She has won numerous awards from highly respected organisations, such as the Art Directors Club Germany and the Lead Awards. Since 2009 she also gives lectures and workshops on editorial design at various design- and journalism academies and creative events in Germany.
Frances Uckermann

Creative Director

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Before founding NBM Sasa co-founded and served as the founding CEO of Media Development Loan Fund, mission-driven investment fund providing debt and equity financing to independent media companies in developing world. During Sasa’s 16 year tenure, MDLF provided USD100 million in different forms of financing. Prior to MDLF, Sasa was a journalist in Yugoslavia, where he served as the first CEO of Radio B-92 in Belgrade and Editor in Chief of magazine “NON”.
Sasa Vucinic

Managing Partner and Co-Founder
North Base Media

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Victoria is a board member of NWT Gruppen AB, and a president of NWT Media, as well as president of the Swedish association of publishers TU and vice president of the Association of European Publishers News Media Europe (NME). Victoria also holds MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and is an honorary doctor at the University of Karlstad. Having worked in the industry for many years, she has gained experience in media industry in various board positions and positions in NWT Media.
Victoria Svanberg

Chairman
NWT Media

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Aija has more than 15 years of experience in journalism and more than 5 years in project management. She has led the development of fact-checking site 4Facts.org and a journalistic study the Baltic Media Health Check.
Aija Krutaine

Researcher & Journalist

MODERATORS

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Drew Sullivan is a social entrepreneur who co-founded in 2007 the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he serves as editor. OCCRP is a global journalism platform comprised of 40 investigative centers and networks that has won over 100 journalism awards for its work. Before that, he founded and edited the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN), the leading investigative center in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 2004. He founded the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide.
Drew Sullivan

Co-founder & editor
OCCRP

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Inga is an award winning investigative journalist, broadcaster and one of the two founders of Re:Baltica. In 2010/2011, Spriņģe was a Fulbright/Humphrey scholar and spent a year in the University of Maryland, working as intern in The Washington Post and The Center for Public Integrity. In 2014 Spriņģe was named as one of the “outstanding challengers from Central and Eastern Europe” in the project NewEurope100 supported by Googleand Financial Times. She has been the head of Latvian Journalists Association and is co-teaching Media literacyclass at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). Springe spent fall of 2018 at Harriman Institute at Columbia University to create a media management program at SSE Riga.
Inga Springe

Co-founder
Re:Baltica

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Adjunct Professor at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, where he is the founding member of the Stakeholder Media Project. He is a founding member and former guiding committee member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. His manuals for investigative reporters, Story-Based Inquiry (UNESCO 2009) and The Global Investigative Journalism Casebook (UNESCO 2012), are the most widely-distributed works in the history of their field.
Mark Lee Hunter

Adjunct Professor
INSEAD Social Innovation Centre

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Chairman of MDF which works with journalists, newsrooms, civil society and public officials in Ukraine and Centraland Eastern Europe to help build stronger civil societies in post-authoritarian and low press freedom states by training journalists, promoting high ethic and professional standards, and supporting the development of a sustainable business ecosystem. Jakub is a former journalist who has written for New Eastern Europe, the Financial Times and the Economist. In 2013-2014 he served as CEO of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s leading English-language publication, during which time it became the first Ukrainian recipient of the University of Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Following an MBA at INSEAD, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey in London in 2015-2018 focusing on digital strategy and transformation.
Jakub Parusinski

Chairman
Media Development Foundation

AGENDA

  • 6TH NOVEMBER
  • 7TH NOVEMBER

9:00 – 10:00  |  REGISTRATION

10:00 – 10:15  |  WELCOME WORDS
Victoria Svanberg

10:15 – 10:40  |  “SCORCHED EARTH: THE NEED FOR RADICALLY RETHINKING JOURNALISM”
Jeff Jarvis

10:40 – 11:15  |  “UNDERSTANDING AUDIENCES: ON BEHAVIOUR, LOYALTY AND PRODUCING AND GETTING VALUE”
Renée Kaplan

11:15 – 11:40  |  “INNOVATION THAT MOVES THE NEEDLE: HOW :CRUX HELPED THE FT DRAMATICALLY INCREASE USER ENGAGEMENT”
Barak Ronen

11:40 – 12:15  |  COFFEE BREAK
12:00 (mini talk: Aija Krutaine @ Re:Baltica – Baltic Media Health Check)

12:15 – 13:00  |  “BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY MEDIA COMPANY: STORY OF AXIOS – PROBLEMS WE SOLVED AND LESSONS WE LEARNED”
Nicholas Johnston

13:00 – 14:00  |  LUNCH BREAK

14:00 – 14:40  |  “ONLY JOURNALISM WILL SAVE JOURNALISM. CREATING NEW REVENUE STREAMS. FINDINGS FROM FIPP INNOVATION IN MEDIA 2019 – 2020 WORLD REPORT”
Andrew Rolf

14:40 – 15:15  |  “MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY, INVESTMENT.”
Sasa Vucinic

15:15 – 15:45  |  COFFEE BREAK
(mini talk: Barak Ronen, :CRUX Knowledge – How can :CRUX help you increase conversion and engagement)

15:45 – 16:30  |  “EXPLORING NEW REVENUE STREAMS VIA TECHNOLOGY: VIRTUAL REALITY, AUTOMATED NEWSROOMS, INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING”
Jeremy Gilbert

16:30 – 18:00  |  PANEL DISCUSSION: ALTERNATIVE REVENUE SOURCES / MONETISATION OPTIONS
Alessio Cornia, Ana Jakimovska and Nicholas Johnston

18:00 – 19:00  |  CLOSING SPEECH
by Drew Sullivan

19:00  |  WELCOME RECEPTION WITH DRINKS, SNACKS AND LIVE MUSIC

9:00 – 09:30  | “CHANGES IN FACEBOOK ALGORITHM – ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF MONETISATION ON PLATFORMS, HOW THEY SPLIT THEIR INVESTMENTS AND THEIR PUBLICATION STRATEGIES”
Alessio Cornia

09:30 – 10:00  | “SHOULD WE COMPETE OR COOPERATE WITH TECH GIANTS? AFTERMATH OF THE GDPR”
Karin Petersson

10:00 – 10:40  | “DIGITALISATION AND TECH IN MEDIA”
Ana Jakimovska

10:40 – 11:10  | “WE’VE CREATED THE MOST POPULAR MEDIA OUTLET IN RUSSIA FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. WHAT’S NEXT?”
Ivan Kolpakov

11:10 – 11:40  |  COFFEE BREAK
mini talk: Andrew Rolf @ Innovation Media, case study

11:45 – 13:00  |  PANEL DISCUSSION: DIGITALISATION AND TECHNOLOGIES
Renée KaplanJeremy Gilbert, Karin Petersson

13:00 – 14:00  |  LUNCH BREAK

14:00 – 14:30  |  “MAGAZINE DESIGN IS A BUSINESS – HOW TO STAND OUT IN A DIGITAL AGE?”
Frances Uckermann

14:30 – 15:15  |  “HOW TO REINVENT MEDIA WITH THE HELP OF COMMUNITY?”
Dmitry Navosha

15:15 – 16:00  |  “GOOGLE NEWS INITIATIVE: WHAT’S BEEN ACHIEVED AND WHAT’S NEXT ?”
Riccardo Terzi

16:00  |  CLOSING SPEECH
by Mark Lee Hunter

Tickets

Early Bird Fee

(purchased before 31st August)

Access to both days of the forum
Lunch (both days)
Coffee, tea during the day
Evening reception
(snacks, music, drinks)

€390
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Regular Fee

(purchased after 31st August)

Access to both days of the forum
Lunch (both days)
Coffee, tea during the day
Evening reception
(snacks, music, drinks)

€450
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Venue

Reinventing Media Forum will take place at the STOCKHOLM SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS IN RIGA, a leading business school in the Baltics. It is located in the heart of the famous historical art-nouveau district in the capital of Latvia.

Surrounded by beautiful architecture, the venue is just a 10-minute walk away from the Old Town, with its charming, narrow cobblestone streets, beautiful canal side walkways and Riga’s cultural heritage waiting to be discovered round every corner.

Address

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga,
Strelnieku Street 4a, Riga (Latvia)

how to get here?

Travel & Accommodation

Flying to Riga

Riga international airport (RIX) is well connected and has direct flights scheduled every day with more than 100 destinations in 80 countries.

Getting to the venue

Located just a 20-minute drive from Stockholm School of Economics, RIX airport has easy access to the city centre by bus (Nr. 20) running every 20 minutes and taxis available at the entrance.

Hotels

There is a beautiful, newly built 4* Marriott Hotel, which is only a 4-minute walk to the venue.

To experience art-nouveau to its fullest, stay at the historical Clarion Hotel Valdemārs or Hestia Hotel Jugend, both only 5-minute walks away.

If you prefer to enjoy a homely atmosphere and experience your stay at  a 19th century neo-gothic cultural heritage setting, choose Monika hotel around the corner from the venue.

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