We are pleased to welcome Jessica Davies as Digiday’s new London-based UK editor, charged with building the Digiday brand in that market and across Europe.
Jess comes to us after three years at The Drum, where she was a senior reporter and most recently news editor. She helped establish The Drum as a leader in the coverage of media and marketing. Prior to joining The Drum, Jess was a reporter at New Media Age. She has a keen understanding of how to build a team and a differentiated brand. Here’s her take on the opportunity.
The U.K. industry needs a dedicated title focusing purely on digital, which can shine a spotlight on the issues being met by media and marketing businesses. The hole in the market left by the closure of NMA has made space for a specialist title like Digiday to move in, and I look forward to helping the team continue on their course to becoming a global media brand.
The Digiday plan is to add more people to our U.K. operations, in both editorial and sales. Along with our expansion of publishing, we have also extended our events business in Europe. We have to date run two successful publishing summits, one in Barcelona and another in Monaco, along with a programmatic summit in Amsterdam and a WTF Programmatic event in London. Up next: Digiday Publishing Summit Europe returns to Barcelona from Oct. 5-7, and Digiday Programmatic Summit Europe will be held in Rome from Nov. 10-12.
Jess is the latest addition to Digiday’s editorial team. We were also recently joined by Sahil Patel, formerly of VideoInk, who joined us to report on all things video. Jordan Valinsky, who wrote for Mic and The Daily Dot, came aboard as a breaking news reporter. Sahil can be emailed here and followed on Twitter @sizpatel. Jordan’s email is here and is on Twitter @jordan327.
At a time when there’s a lot of navel-gazing over the future of media, we’re proud to be growing — and doing so independently. Our team is now 41 people strong, and we should top 50 by the end of the year. We’re always looking for talented people who want to build a great global media brand, so get in touch.
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