Journalists: Get ideas for stories, insights on how to write them, and inspiration for your career’s future
Editors: Get the latest ideas for formats and the tools and skills to make the most of them
Publishers: See the potential results that longform & narrative journalism can have for your publication
This multimedia live event is not to be missed – it’s your only chance in the UK to hear from, and meet, some of the top experts and pioneers of longform and narrative journalism from the UK and America. Line-up includes ED CAESAR (New Yorker), AMY O’LEARY (Upworthy), Pulitzer-winner TOM FRENCH & MANVEEN RANA (Radio 4). […]Click for more information on 'The Well Told Live Event'
Emma Jane Kirby found a way to make the world take notice of the migrant crisis: she told the story of an man who pulled drowning people from the sea. Her radio reports became The Optician of Lampedusa, described by Tracy Chevalier as “the most important book I read this year”. Emma tells how she found her subject, […]Click for more information on 'Keynote: How I Made the World Listen – Emma Jane Kirby'
Hundreds of stories are reported each day by you and your competitors. How can you stop your best work being overwhelmed in a deluge of content? Slow journalism experts Delayed Gratification reveal how they spot which stories really matter and will last.Click for more information on 'Spotting stories which matter'
You can be your own boss, set your own agenda, follow your passion AND make a living. Iona Craig and Catarina Fernandes Martins are both proving this can be done, by reporting from around the world – often from highly dangerous places. They discuss how to make a successful freelance career.Click for more information on 'Lead the freelance revolution'
The opportunities for longform and narrative journalism have never been greater. But you’ve got to get your story straight – and that means knowing what you’re doing with structure. Author and broadcaster Paul Morley joins Simon Hinde and others to show you how it’s done.Click for more information on 'Get your story straight'
In the right hands, stories about science, finance, crime, business, medicine and other complex areas can be massively successful. But they need to be done right to win over the audience. Mun-Keat Looi, Simon Cox and Mobeen Azhar have wrestled with these challenges – and have awards to show for it.Click for more information on 'Keep it simple'
The most personal stories can be the most compelling. Kelley Benham French and her husband, Pulitzer-winner Tom French, tell the story of how their daughter Juniper arrived at 23 weeks, weighing just over a pound, and “at the threshold of what is possible in science”. Kelley and Tom will tell how their story made it […]Click for more information on 'The story of our 23-week baby'
What makes some podcasts so compelling? How do the most successful podcasters make their stories stand out? Ryan Dilley, managing producer for the Panoply network in London, joins Eleanor McDowall of independent radio producer Falling Tree and the series producer of Radio 4’s Short Cuts, and Jon Manel, the first podcast editor for BBC World Service. Award-winners […]Click for more information on 'Podcasting: The hunt for the ideal story'
Time for a break and a chance to meet and question the Well Told speakers and meet your fellow journalists. There will also be a chance to bring your story ideas and podcasts and get immediate advice from some of the best in the business.Click for more information on 'Networking lunch'
Chartbeat – one of the sponsors of the Well Told conference 2017 – will be demonstrating how their software can give publishers, editor and journalists insights into how people are actually using their websites. Chartbeat has helped changed the way people think about publishing on the web.Click for more information on 'Demo: Chartbeat'
Shorthand – one of the sponsors of Well Told 2017 – will be giving a demonstration of how their immersive publishing tool has enabled publishers all over the world bring a new quality to their articles. With full-page photos, embedded video and interactive elements and the unique Scrollmation techniques, Shorthand has revolutionised the publication of […]Click for more information on 'Demo: Shorthand'
Jamie Bartlett has spent the past few years immersing himself in radical political groups – including techno-freaks, radical environmentalists, neo-Luddites and virtual-worlders. He will talk about how he gained his subjects’ trust, how he found a narrative, and how his book Radicals was made.Click for more information on 'Immersing yourself: Living with radicals'
Your videos need to stand out from hundreds of others on Facebook every day. Two of the finest young video producers talk about their storytelling approaches to making social videos, including one which became the BBC’s most watched video in 2016.Click for more information on 'How to get millions to watch your video'
To write stories people will want to read – especially long ones – you need to know the basic techniques of narrative journalism: scenes, characters, suspense, surprise, twists, and voice. There are few better teachers than Mark Kramer, who for decades has helped writers craft their stories and shown organisations how to strengthen their publications.Click for more information on 'Masterclass: The basics of narrative journalism'
Getting page views just isn’t enough nowadays. Every good journalist must have a view for his or her complete story – and that means knowing how people are consuming it. The founder of the BBC News Magazine, Giles Wilson, and Chartbeat’s Jill Nicholson reveal the approaches and techniques which make for the most engaging stories.Click for more information on 'The secrets of engagement'
Could your story become a pioneering VR experience? You’ll need to change the way you think about your task, says Catherine Allen, virtual reality creator and curator. She’s successfully led the way on VR broadcasts and will reveal what audiences actually want.Click for more information on 'The VR opportunity for storytellers'
Want to create the next 99% Invisible or The Allusionist? You’ll want to brush up your storytelling and technical skills. The Guardian’s master podcaster Ben Green, author of Podcast Master, is here to help you. Ben offers his experience and wisdom for aspiring podcasters from his years of making some of the UK’s most successful shows.Click for more information on 'Masterclass: Make your own podcast'
So you want to write a book? You have stories at your fingertips – so what’s stopping you? Reporters who have made the leap reveal how they did it, and a non-fiction publisher tells aspiring authors how they need to think about the task.Click for more information on 'Write that book'
As we wrap up the first Well Told conference, come and hear the wonderful Tim Radford, science writer and longtime Guardian correspondent, on his celebrated lessons for journalists based on decades of reporting.Click for more information on 'Twenty-five lessons from a lifetime in journalism'
Freshly inspired and armed with insights, contacts, and skills, we will decamp from the college to a nearby venue for food, drinking and talking.Click for more information on 'The Well Told social'