Ongoing projects

PICNIC Festival

since 2006


PICNIC is a non-profit foundation that provides a platform for events that address different global issues, such as media, environment, governance, and business, with an emphasis on innovation and creativity. The EJC has been a partner of PICNIC since 2006, contributing to the then-called PICNIC CrossMedia Week in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. We returned again for the 2011 and 2012 editions of the PICNIC Festival, and are currently preparing the 2013 event.

The main focus of our contribution has always been innovation and new media. PICNIC offers us a platform to showcase new ideas and developments and present them to a big but selective audience.

All EJC contributions to the PICNIC festival have been made possible with the financial support of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. 

  • 2012: Maps, the Power of the Crowd, and Big Data Verification

Following the successful model established with the data journalism initiative, the EJC started a new project focusing on emergency reporting, launched at the 2012 PICNIC Festival (the proceedings of the Emergency Journalism session are published here). In parallel to the conference, we also inaugurated a website dedicated to the presentation of tools and resources relevant to disaster and crises reporting*.


Speakers from the BBC User-Generated Content Hub, the Polis Institute at the London School of Economics, Internews Europe, Storyful, Dutch Broadcaster VPRO, The Standby Task Force, and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap debated how society and media ownership as well as the role of journalists are changing in the digital age, and how crowdsourced information can be used in crisis mapping.  A short summary can be found here.

  • 2011: From Database Cities to Urban Stories
Our panelists Beth Coleman (MIT), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), Mark Shepard (State University of New York), and Mirko Lorenz (Deutsche Welle) readily agreed that the information revolution profoundly changes the way we use our urban spaces. Cities are equipped with more sensors that continuously feed data into increasingly intertwined systems, making them not only modern, but also rather smart. Database technology holds therefore the promise of efficient and effective public services. A summary of the event can be found here

  • 2010: The Future of Journalism
    For this conference, we’ve invited some of the most influential speakers shaping journalism in the 21st century to come and share their ideas. Amongst them: Jeff Jarvis, Howard Finberg from the Poynter Institute, Rafat Ali from "Paid Content", Paul Bradshaw from City University London, and Mark Lee Hunter from Insead Paris, to name but a few.
 Howard Finberg offered one of the most comprehensive insights into the future role of journalism in his closing remarks, focusing on the role journalism will (have to) play in the new century (you can find it here). Click here for the full website.

  • 2008: Bloggers Lab
This session brought together bloggers and civil-society actors from the whole world, with speakers from Holland, the United States, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, and Italy, as well as the Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Syria. 
We have used the conference to widen our international bloggers’ network and to organise other networking and blogging activities, namely TH!NK ABOUT IT and the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network.

  • 2007: European Bloggers (Un)Conference "East meets West"
EJC's (Un)conference started with the keynote speech 'East and West divide – how is it reflected in the blogosphere?' by Evgeny Morozov, followed by presentations from CaféBabel Blogs and (Un)conference subsequently evolved on four parallel tracks:

    • Citizen Journalism: How and When It works;
    • Blogging in Dangerous Places: Security Issues;
    • Blogging and Politics: how does blogging affects society and politics, and vice versa;
    • and Building Successful Web 2.0 applications.

  • 2006: Bloggers Lab

This two-day lab brought innovative best practices and networking opportunities for the PICNIC audience. Among the Lab's speakers were Ethan Zuckerman from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Emin Huseynzade from Transitions Online, and Yaroslav Azhnyuk from Internetinitiatives. 
This event was divided into three tracks, namely:

    • Society & Identities;
    • Business-Models & Strategies;
    • and Creativity & Interfaces. 


See also: Ongoing Projects - Emergency Journalism and Data Driven Journalism.

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