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Two-day leadership course for senior managers, editors and journalists.

Leading Newsroom Change is a two-day leadership development course for senior media professionals, with discussions and presentations led by industry experts specialising in business models, organisational transformation, audience development, and the latest approaches to storytelling, such as virtual reality and 360° videos.

“Three days of seminar with a small, selected and international audience of colleagues is a challenge to newsroom general wisdom and an antidote to lazy pessimism.”

Carlo Bonini, Senior Investigative Editor and Correspondent at large, La Repubblica, Rome. Participant in Leading Newsroom Change, November 2017

The course aims to apply the latest media research to the newsroom, replacing buzzwords and groupthink with relevant evidence-based input on current challenges and opportunities faced by news organisations, including:

  • Key digital transformation considerations for news media
  • Innovations in audience engagement
  • Cultural change in news organisations
  • Artificial intelligence in the newsroom
  • The misinformation debate
  • How audiences access news online

Reuters Institute directors, associates and experienced practitioners will lead discussions on the most recent media research, tools and innovations, and how they can be applied in the newsroom. Guest speakers include Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist and Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian.  

The course is designed to enable participants to develop strategies for their own organisations, to share experiences and expand their professional networks, inspired by the international yet intimate Oxford environment.

Applications are open for the following dates:

  • 6-8 November 2019 Fully booked
  • 19-21 February 2020
  • 3-5 June 2020

Speakers for May event:

  • Nic Newman, Lead author, Digital News Report, and Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions report; Cofounder, BBC News website; Senior Research Associate, Reuters Institute
  • Lucy Kueng, Senior Research Associate, Reuters Institute; Board Member, NZZ Media Group; Author‚ Going Digital: A Roadmap for Organisational Transformation
  • Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute; Professor of Political Communication, University of Oxford; former Director of Research, Reuters Institute; former Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Press/Politics
  • Polly Curtis, Former Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost UK; former Director of Media, British Red Cross; former Digital Editor and Deputy Editor, the Guardian
  • Zuzanna Ziomecka, Editor-in-Chief,, Europe’s first all-female newsroom; Editor for Digital Innovations, Gazeta Wyborcza; former Editor-in-Chief, Przekrój
  • Amanda Michel, Global Director and Senior Product Manager for Contributions, The Guardian; co-founder, Spark Camp
  • Alexandra Borchardt, Director of Leadership Programmes, Reuters Institute; former Managing Editor, Süeddeutsche Zeitung; author, Mensch 4.0, Frei bleiben in einer digitalen Welt (Freedom in a Digital World)

Cost: £2,500 per participant. This includes two evening dinners in Oxford University colleges and two lunches. Accommodation and travel are not included.

Location: The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PS

Registration: For more information and to register please email

What previous attendees say about Leading Newsroom Change:

“It was very informative of the experience we are going through and I will take away lessons on how other publishers are dealing with it.”
Keith Poole, Head of Digital, The Sun, London.

“Lucy Kueng – so insightful. Alan Rusbridger – brilliant thoughts. Rasmus Nielsen – very helpful to understand the problem.”
Bastian Obermayer, Head of Investigative Team, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich.

“A lot of arguments for my discussions at home.”
Wolfgang Vichtl, Head of BR24, Munich.

“I love the interaction aspect. It makes it easier to discuss when the situation is non-competitive. This was a very supportive and accomplished group all of whom had value to add. Keep the quality high!”
Jo Morrell, Managing Editor, The Telegraph, London.

“It was a great inspiration and gave me new arguments for discussion.”
Adrian Zaugg, Head of Corporate Strategy at Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.

“The session on data and metrics really changed my opinion on the subject.”
Andrea Kister, Head of News, BR (Bavarian Broadcasting), Munich.

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