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16 June 2014: The Financial Times kicks off this year’s Digital Learning Week (FT DLW) with a focus on data visualisation, digital leadership and creating news for the next generation. The annual award-winning event aims to inform, educate and inspire the FT’s 2000 employees globally.
Presentations, discussions and interactive workshops for FT staff in London, New York, Hong Kong, Manila and Beijing will take place from 16-20 June and keynotes will be live streamed on the FT’s internal network. The conversation can be found on Twitter at #ftdlw.
Financial Times CEO John Ridding said: “Now in its third year, the FT’s Digital Learning Week has become an important annual event for our people and for the growth of our business. Digital readership is now two-thirds of our total paying audience, digital revenue accounts for 35% of the total, and mobile drives almost half of all traffic to FT.com. The initiative gives staff the opportunity to listen to experts discuss the latest trends and innovations in technology, as well as time to try new tools and attend creative workshops to stimulate new thinking.”
FT Global Communications Director Darcy Keller said: “In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to develop tunnel vision and that can be detrimental to progress. We launched this series three years ago to create more time and headspace for employees across the business to connect, brainstorm and collaborate. Following the success of the series, including record levels of participation, we now hold a variety of events and on-going training opportunities throughout the year.”
FT DLW 2014 speakers include Buzzfeed Vice President of Advertising Will Hayward; LadyGeek CEO Belinda Palmer; NYC Media Lab Executive Director Justin Hendrix; Twitter Head of UK News Joanna Geary; and Vincent Yan, Co-founder & CEO of AdMaster. Others from Chartbeat, Microsoft Mobile, BBC, ABS-CBNnews.com, LinkedIn, MotherApp and Decoded are also participating. FT presenters include editor Lionel Barber; CEO John Ridding; and FT.com MD Rob Grimshaw.
FT Digital Learning Week won the ‘Game Changer’ category at the Institute of Internal Communications 2013 Awards, a European Communications Award and a 2013 DigiAward.
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The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 665,000 (Deloitte assured, Q1, 2014). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 60 per cent of subscriber consumption, 45 per cent of total traffic and 20 per cent of new digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 37 of the world’s top 50 business schools.