Making the headlines! Leeds Digital Festival taps into the changing face of news

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Read all about it – the Leeds Digital Festival will today be taking a switched-on look at how technology is changing the ways in which people get their news.

A panel and discussion event called Are You Plugged In? is being held from 7pm to 8.30pm at Headrow House.

Topics for what is expected to be a vigorous and entertaining debate will include “the impact of technology on news”, “the battle for video” and “the media’s obsession with 16-25s”.

This evening’s panel members are due to include the BBC’s Anna Doble, Buzzfeed’s Tom Philips and Greg Wright, deputy business editor at The Yorkshire Post.

Looking ahead to the free event, Greg said: “Leeds is a thriving digital hub, and The Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post are the dominant media brands here.

“It’s really important to bang the drum about our fast growing digital sector, and stop the talent drain to London.

“Events like the Leeds Digital Festival show you can have a rewarding career in the digital and creative sectors in our region.

“It also shines the light on the host of unsung heroes in our digital sector.”

Running until tomorrow, the Leeds Digital Festival has featured dozens of events in more than 20 venues across Leeds.

The festival has been organised by a steering group that comprises representatives of firms and schemes including Garbutt+Elliott, Berwins Solicitors, Jaywing, Futurelabs and Hebe Works.

It has been timed to coincide with the run-up to this year’s Live At Leeds music extravaganza, which takes place on Saturday.

Today’s pick of the Leeds Digital Festival:

* Share! Social Media Skills For The Third Sector: Talks and workshops on social media use for charities and other members of the third sector. Leeds Trinity University, 10am to 4pm.

* The Digital Ladder: A showcase of career and graduate opportunities in Leeds. Epiphany Search and Rockstar Games are among the participating firms. Dock 29, Leeds Dock, 1pm to 5pm.

* Code In The Dark: Thirty developers compete against each other to show off their coding skills, with an audience deciding who comes out on top. Belgrave Music Hall, 7pm to 10.30pm.

For more information on these and other festival events, visit the www.leedsdigitalfestival.org website.

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