Living rooms all over the country are better lit than ever. If you were to peek into the average Canadian’s living room window come 7:00pm, chances are you’ll find a TV, along with a handful of other devices – from tablets to smartphones – glowing all at once.
Social networks and web technologies have fueled the creation of highly interactive online experiences which are being adopted into the home entertainment ecosystem.
Simply broadcasting a television show is no longer enough – networks are now competing for viewers’ attention across multiple screens, and those connected to the web are winning.
Stephanie Wilson Chapin, the powerhouse behind Bell Media’s digital news properties, will be joining us to talk about how the second screen is beginning to eclipse the first.
She’ll talk about the changing digital media landscape and what this means to designers, developers and content creators.
Stephanie Wilson Chapin, Director, Digital, News
As the Director, Digital, News, Stephanie Wilson Chapin is responsible for the operations, strategy, and growth of Bell Media’s digital news properties which include CTVNews.ca, CTV’s local news sites, BNN.ca and CP24.com. Stephanie began her career in digital, right out of journalism school, at a small Internet agency, surfing the Internet for health links on a brand new web site called Sympatico.ca. Back then, the Internet connection cut out every time the office phone rang.
Fast-forward 17 years and she’s added The Globe and Mail, Hearst Publications, Harlequin Enterprises, Sympatico.ca (again) and Bell Media to her resume. Just before her current gig, Stephanie managed the News and Entertainment channels at Sympatico.ca, driving a 50% increase in news-channel revenue and 185% growth in unique visitors to the news section in 2011. In 2012, she led a re-launch of the CTV News and CP24 digital properties. The change resulted in a 15% increase in the audience visiting Bell Media’s news sites and a 40% increase in video views for CTVNews.ca in the last half of the year. Most recently, her CTVNews.ca team won the Digital Media Award from the RTDNA (The Association of Electronic Journalists) for U.S. election coverage.
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FITC produces design and technology focused conferences and seminars worldwide which inspire, educate and challenge attendees. We'll be giving away two tickets to each of their upcoming events, Spotlight: Freelance (http://fitc.ca/event/spotlight-freelance/) and SCREENS (http://fitc.ca/event/screens/) at our event September 16. Plus, code 'GirlGeeksTO' saves you 10% off tickets to any of their events! Follow FITC on Twitter (https://twitter.com/fitc).
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SYPA (Stuff You'll Probably Ask)
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