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Powerpoint, coffee and business cards: Media conference season gets underway

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It’s that time of year when media hacks get up early, head to a hotel, drink too much coffee and find out what the future of the industry is.

There are a few really good ones coming up – including the next from TheMediaBriefing.com – and I thought I’d mention them in the hope of meeting some interesting people by flagging up my attendence in advance.

News:rewired – Friday 27 May

With a focus on social media and data, the third news:rewired from Journalism.co.uk has a good line-up, featuring some of the best thinkers inUK digital media – including occasional TheMediaBriefing contributors Greg Hadfield and Kevin Anderson. (I’m told tickets are available).

These events are focused on the production and distribution of news content and it’s a very useful, practical forum for journalists, particularly those with management roles who are looking for solutions to all the complex problems we all have to deal with.

Mobile Media Strategies 2011 – 14 June

This is Briefing Media’s second full-length major conference, and I think we have an unbeatable lineup. I’m pleased that almost all the people I wanted on board said yes – which I hope shows that we’re providing an independent platform for industry leaders to share what they’re working on and discuss the challenges they face.

There aren’t make conferences that get the likes of Telegraph, Guardian, Sky to appear in one day, for example. Plus I’m really interesting to hear what book publisher Dorlin Kindersley and Swedish mag innovator Bonnier are doing with iPad apps.

Tickets are here (and don’t forget we do group discount) and see who’s signed up so far. Conferences are often as good as the people in the room and there are already some great people coming.

AOP Awards 2011 – June 9

I’ll be at the AOPs this year – nothing unusual there, but this is the first time I’ll be going as an individual nominee, for Digital Editorial Individual, which is very humbling. Briefing Media is also up for Independent Digital Publisher, among some fantastic brands.

SIPA UK Conference – 13 July

The Specialised Information Publishers’ Association kindly asked me to run an editorial breakout session at its annual London get-together, which I’m doing with former colleague and now FT.com data wizard Martin Stabe.

Some really good B2B folk are taking part (I’m hoping someone films the WGSN pres as I’ll be on stage in another room) and it will be interesting to see if David Gilbertson – the former Emap CEO who left the company this month – turns up and does his session as planned. He’s a good speaker and one of the trade publishing biz’s smartest guys so I hope he does.

And, finally, a mini-plug for WAN-IFRA’s Newsroom Summit in Zurich on 9/10 June. I won’t be there but my colleague Neil Thackray from Briefing Media will be and Neil is especially good value on conference panels so watch out for that and by all means have a chat with him about Briefing Media/TheMediaBriefing.com if you’re going.

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