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The EJC Announces Special Focus on Emergency Journalism in Digital Age

5 September 2012 | PRESS RELEASE


At this year’s PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, the European Journalism Centre (EJC) is organising a session entitled “Maps, the Power of the Crowd & Big Data Verification” on 17 September at the EYE Film Institute. The event will investigate the changing ownership in society and media in digital age, the advantages and limitations of crisis mapping, and the role of journalists in verifying crowd sourced information in disaster situation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Charlie Beckett, Director, London School of Economics (LSE) Polis 
  • Matthew Eltringham, Founding Editor, BBC UGC Hub 
  • Patrick Meier, Co-Director, Crisis Mappers 
  • David Clinch, Editorial Director, Storyful 
  • Erik van Heeswijk, Digital Editor-in-Chief, VPRO 
  • Helena Puig Larrauri, Co-founder, The Standby Task Force (SBTF) 
  • Harry Wood, Board of Directors, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

During the PICNIC event, the EJC is launching a new website on Emergency Journalism, which brings together relevant news and resources for media professionals reporting in volatile situations. The website focuses on tools that use up-to-date digital technology, from content curation tools to multi-layered live maps, to support media coverage of emergencies such as natural disasters and political conflicts. The EJC has also launched the fourth round of the CL!CK ABOUT IT Worldwide Photography Competition, which focuses on the theme “Crises & Disasters”.

For more information, please contact Project Manager Rina Tsubaki

Emergency Journalism
The objective of this initiative is to brings together news and resources necessary for media professionals reporting in and about volatile situations. Featuring up-to-date digital tools varying from content curation tools to multi-layered live maps, the initiative supports media coverage of emergencies such as natural disasters and political conflicts.

PICNIC Festival
Since 2006, we’ve been organising the media events of the PICNIC Festival. Together with leading actors in the field of media innovation, we’ve been able to showcase to the public new ideas and developments. PICNIC Festival is also an opportunity for us to bring to light promising media initiatives and give them a platform and a chance to meaningfully contribute to the development of journalistic.