History of Big Data for Media

The Big Data for Media conference was born in 2013, as a part of a fellowship at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Former Reuters Research Associate Martha Stone organised the first two conferences in London in conjunction with the Reuters Institute; the first, in May 2013, was held at the Millbank Towers, and the second, in 2014, at Microsoft Headquarters in Cardinal Place.

The fellowship produced the first Big Data for Media report. link to:


From 2015 to 2017, the Big Data for Media conference has been a product of a partnership between World Newsmedia Network, run by Ms. Stone, and International News Media Association. The international event was held at Google Headquarters in London in 2015, followed by Thomson Reuters headquarters in New York’s Times Square in 2016 and Thomson Reuters headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf in 2017. In 2016, the 2-day event was expanded to the five-day “Big Data for Media Week” events in both cities.

The global expansation of the Big Data for Media events continues. World Newsmedia Network will extend its reach to Asia with a conference in Hong Kong in December 2017, and will again partner with INMA for its annual Big Data for Media Week in March 2018.

For more information on upcoming events, go to BigDataMedia.org/events