June 9, 2021

Digital Growth Summit 2021 – The Next 10 Years in News

The Digital Growth Summit is a live interactive experience that gathers top media innovators from across the globe to shape the future of the news industry.

This year’s main theme is The Next 10 Years in News – what will news media look like in 2031? Inspired by leading speakers, participants will jointly reflect and exchange during a live streamed event from Leuven, Belgium. Join us during 2 interactive sessions of 3 hours on 27 & 28 September 2021, alongside media and technology experts from leading companies worldwide.


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The next 10 years in news: What will news media look like in 2031?

Through presentations, deep dive sessions and peer-to-peer networking, over 150 participants will share experience and build deep insights in the following topics that will define the news industry in 2031:

  1. Readers – What preferences will readers have? What habits do people develop?
  2. Technology – Which technologies will be around?
  3. News Product – Which news product will best fit in with people’s lives?
  4. People & Leadership – What kind of news organisations will thrive? 
  5. Reimagining the future of news, today – Cases, testimonials, practices of initiatives shaping today the news of tomorrow

Inspiring speakers

Exclusive speakers and special guests will join the sessions in person from our DGS Studio or remotely.

Keynote speaker: Steven Van Belleghem

Steven Van Belleghem is a global thought leader in the field of Customer Experience. His passion is spreading ideas about the future of customer experience.

Steven believes in the combination of common sense, new technologies, an empathic human touch, playing the long-term game and taking your social responsibility to win the hearts and business of customers over and over again.

Steven is the author of multiple international bestselling books including ‘The Conversation Manager’, ‘When Digital Becomes Human’, ‘Customers the Day after Tomorrow’, ‘The Offer You Can’t Refuse’ and a technology thriller called Eternal.

His most recent book ‘The Offer You Can’t Refuse’ has been selected by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Business Books to read in 2020.

Hosted by Alan Hunter

Alan has been a staple of the digital news media industry for many years. He brings along insights and views that can challenge our speakers and provoke our audience as we try to answer together the question: “What will the news media world look like in 2031?”. 

Alan will bring first-hand experience in digital transformation and growth and a critical mindset flavoured with British humour. 


Pre-reading from our speakers

With an exclusive article series, selected speakers and participants will contribute their thoughts and insights as they look forwards to 2031.

Agenda – What will news media look like in 2031?

This year’s summit is organised in 2 sessions of 3 hours. The live event is hosted in Leuven. Participants can join remotely and interact with speakers and other participants on our digital event platform.

Monday 27th September | 16:00 – 19:00 CET | 10:00 – 13:00 ET | 07:00 – 10:00 PT | 15:00 – 18:00 GMT

  • 15:30 CET – Kicking off with a 30 min session of virtual coffee and networking
  • 16:00 CET – Digital Growth Summit Day 1
    • CEO Panel – Strategy & Setting the stage
      • Kristin Skogen Lund – CEO Schibsted
      • Gert Ysebaert – CEO Mediahuis
    • Trends in Digital News & Journalism 
      • Nic Newman (Reuters Institute) – Current state of digital news
      • Thomas Baekdal – Future role of journalism in a changing world
    • Deep Dive sessions 
      • Interactive breakouts with all participants on 4 topics
      • Session 1: How to engage with young readers (moderator: Virginia Stagni – FT)
      • Session 2: Digital storytelling reinvented (moderator: Emma Tucker – Sunday Times)
      • Session 3: The news product of the future, created today (moderator: Sam Guzik – WNYC, former Hearst)
      • Session 4: Re-bundling the unbundled news (Steve Dempsey – Mediahuis Ireland)
    • Newspapers: should they become (like) tech giants?
      • Louise Story (formerly WSJ) – The tech savvy newsroom of the future
      • Markus Schöberl (pv digest) – Will there be enough people to pay for news?
      • Pierre Louette (CEO Les Echos/Le Parisien) – Role of the news industry in a world dominated by Big Tech
  • 19:00 CET – Networking

Tuesday 28th September | 15:00 – 18:00 CET | 09:00 – 12:00 ET | 06:00 – 09:00 PT | 14:00 – 17:00 GMT

  • 14:30 CET – Kicking off with a 30 min session of virtual coffee and networking
  • 15:00 CET – Digital Growth Summit Day 2
    • Will technology provide foundation for sustained growth? 
      • Sacha Morard (CTO Le Monde) – Can technology rebuild trust?
      • Peter Soetens (CDO Mediahuis) – Technological challengesfor newspapers in 2031
      • Daniel Daum (CDO Rheinische Post) – Opportunities for regional publishers in 2031
    • Deep Dive sessions – key takeaways
      • Insights from Day 1 sessions, brought in 3 short presentations
    • Reimagining the future of news, today 
      • Cases, testimonials, practices of initiatives shaping today the news of tomorrow
      • Host: Raju Narisetti (McKinsey Publishing)
      • Case 1: Tortoise Media (Katie Vanneck-Smith)
      • Case 2: Winners of tommorow (The Fix, Jakub Parunski)
      • Case 3: Nyss, a new concept for GenerationZ (Kaya Maraz)
  • 18:00 – Virtual Drinks and Networking

Interactive Deep Dive Sessions

The Digital Growth Summit is all about inspiring, connecting and collaborating. Our Deep Dive Sessions play a key role in enabling you to collaborate with peers from across the news media industry.

During a 20 minute interactive brainstorm, new ideas are gathered, concepts are created and relationships established among participants.

This year, we will be running 4 Deep Dive sessions on Day 1 of the summit:

  • How to engage with young readers (moderator: Virginia Stagni – Financial Times)
  • Digital storytelling reinvented (moderator: Emma Tucker – The Sunday Times)
  • The news product of the future, created today (moderator: Sam Guzik – WNYC)
  • Re-bundling the unbundled news (Steve Dempsey – Mediahuis Ireland)

Highlights from previous Digital Growth Summit

Really great! Very interesting speakers and great panels. I enjoyed the sessions a lot where we worked with people from the newspapers on different problems. Many different inputs that made me learn more than what I expected.

Digital Growth Summit 2019 Participant

Insights from previous speakers

What is the role of personalisation?

Eva-Roa-NY Times

Personalisation is a very interesting topic but we have to remember that people like and seek that editorial insight and curation. We want to steer clear from full personalisation and strike a good balance between content readers are looking for and editorial selection.

Eva Roa, Senior News Product Analytics Manager
The New York Times

What is the biggest challenge for a newspaper publisher?

The biggest challenge will probably be to show the value of being a subscriber. Value creation should be the number one element to mark the difference between paid subscriptions and the free experience.

Tor Marius Espedal, Head of Customer Experience

How can newspapers create a relationship with their audiences?

Newspapers have always been good in building strong relationships, but they have to learn how to do it in a digital way which is challenging. The key will be to generate engagement and create habits in your audience to build that connection and increase subscription revenues.

Mathias Douchet, Director of Product
The Telegraph

Previous Digital Growth Summit guests joined us from:

Questions or Suggestions?

For any questions regarding this year’s Digital Growth Summit, don’t hesitate to contact our team via contact@twipemobile.com.

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