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European Journalism Centre and Google News Lab announce new media innovation events

15 March 2017 | PRESS RELEASE


Press release
The European Journalism Centre
15 March 2017

The European Journalism Centre announced today five News Impact Summits will take place in Rome, Hamburg, Budapest, Manchester and Brussels in 2017. A new training initiative - the News Impact Academy - will also take place in each city.

The free-to-attend media innovation events, organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Lab, bring together international experts with local news communities to focus on how new technology, tools and methods can change the way journalists work in the newsroom.

Previously the News Impact Summit series has visited 14 countries with 18 summits in total, and the 260 speakers have included journalism leaders from The New York Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, Le Monde, Financial Times, Sky News, Vice News, Buzzfeed, Politico, ProPublica, Vox, ESPN, The Economist and Al-Jazeera.

2017 also sees the launch of a new initiative: the News Impact Academy. Five intensive workshops will connect, support and develop digital innovators in European newsrooms and start-ups. Invited participants will learn techniques and share best practices for defining new revenue models, building digital products and creating sustainable business initiatives.

Adam Thomas, Director of the European Journalism Centre, said: “News Impact Summits have evolved to become some of the most engaging and essential media events in the calendar. With the addition of the News Impact Academy, the series will inspire and train the next generation of innovative news leaders in everything from advertising to algorithms, and from analytics to artificial intelligence.”

Matt Cooke, from Google News Lab, added: “We’re excited to collaborate again with the European Journalism Centre - the News Impact Summits are a great way to bring journalists together, to share best practice examples and showcase digital experts from newsrooms around the world. The new Academy series will be a great addition to the programme!”

The News Impact Summit and Academy will be organised in the following cities and dates:

Rome, Italy

  • Summit: Tuesday 23 May
  • Academy: Wednesday 24 May

Hamburg, Germany

  • Summit: Thursday 29 June
  • Academy: Friday 30 June

Budapest, Hungary

  • Summit: Tuesday 19 September
  • Academy: Wednesday 20 September

Manchester, UK

  • Summit: Thursday 2 November
  • Academy: Friday 3 November

Brussels, Belgium

  • Summit: Monday 4 December
  • Academy: Tuesday 5 December

The registration for the Summits and Academy will be open at In order to receive updates, subscribe our News Impact newsletter here.


About the partners

The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit that connects journalists with new ideas. Through grants, events, training and media development the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism since 1992.
The Google News Lab empowers the creation of media that improves people’s lives. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs everywhere to build the future of media with Google. We do this through product partnerships, media trainings, and programs that foster the development of the news industry as a whole.


News Impact
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and Google will hold its first News Impact Summit on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 in Vienna, Austria. Journalists, editors, newsroom managers, journalism trainers, and J-school students are invited to attend this free-of-charge public event.