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News Impact Summit: The social impact of digital storytelling
Jun 2015
5 June 2015

News Impact Summit: The social impact of digital storytelling

05 June 2015
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09:00 - 09:30
Opening Remarks
09:30 - 10:00


By Matt Cooke, Charlie Beckett
Panel Debate 1: Looking back #GE2015 – From the leading UK media perspectives
10:00 - 11:00

How well did the UK media convey the story of the UK General Election on digital platforms and how did their impact compare with the ‘traditional’ formats? This session discuss the media coverage in the lead up to the election, which platforms had most influence and how audiences consumed political news.


By Tom Phillips, Steve Herrmann
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30
Panel Debate 2: From data gathering to visual storytelling
11:30 - 12:30

Data driven journalism has become so powerful in telling uncovered, sometimes complex stories in an interactive way. It can tell stories that are important to our society, and allow us to comprehend intricate topics such as natural disasters and climate change. But challenges remain: there are always issues in gathering, analysing, verifying, and visualising data to tell these types of stories. This panel highlights best practices from the media industry and discusses the challenges in the process of producing data-driven stories.


By Megan Lucero, George Arnett
Lunch Break
12:30 - 13:30
Workshop 2: [Research Techniques Track] Google Geo tools for journalists
13:30 - 14:30

Learn how Google Maps technology can help journalists tell breaking news stories, enhance your online features and assist your data journalism. Take a walk through Google Maps, My Maps, Street View, Fusion Tables, Google Earth, Crisis Response and more in this one hour session presented by the Google News Lab.


By Matt Cooke
Workshop 1: [Data Skills Track] Data Journalism with Financial Data
13:30 - 14:30

The workshop will cover the following points:

  • Taking advantage of depth and detail in economic data
  • Allowing the reader to become Finance Minister for the day
  • The importance of a clear narrative


By John Burn-Murdoch
Workshop 3: [Data Skills Track] Engagement through data for better storytelling
14:30 - 15:30

Today digital news consumers are overwhelmed with the choice of what to read and with what to engage. This session explores the way newsrooms can use data to inform the stories the should be investigating and how to make our stories more attractive to readers.

Allison will explore how in Vox’s first year they’ve set up a social newsroom empowering reporters with tools they need to be digital storytellers and lessons they have learned in this year of experimentation

Workshop 4: [Research Techniques Track] War crime investigation: Finding evidence through UGC
14:30 - 15:30

How are common verification techniques and tools used to expose war crimes and human rights violations? This workshop discusses the increasing importance of user-generated content in human rights research and the pursuit of justice for international crimes, and provides insights into real life investigations in Nigeria and other situations of armed conflict.


By Christop Koettl
Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00
Workshop 5: [Data Skills Track] Animating data for visual storytelling
16:00 - 17:00

Big data gives countless opportunities when it comes to visual storytelling for TV. But it’s not about the quantity of the data, it’s the quality of the story that matters. In his workshop about the promises and the pitfalls, the tools and the process, data journalist Frederik talks about the challenges in keeping the information authentic. Because: “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything”.

Workshop 6: [Research Techniques Track] Using Google search tools for journalistic research
16:00 - 17:00

How can one conduct an online research on people by investigating their social footprint? And what would be the best approach to conduct effective online search? This workshop will cover how to use online resources and tools such as social media and Google advanced search for online research, and offer useful tips, tricks, and esoteric investigative skills for more accurate reporting.


By Paul Myers
Panel Debate 3: War investigation and user-generated video verification
17:00 - 18:00

User-generated content (UGC) and verification have become news industry keywords, but how does these play a role in reporting and researching war and conflicts in fragile states? This session discusses how, not only today’s newsrooms but also other stakeholders, are dealing with UCG and verification for their research and addresses some of the ethical questions and risks when dealing with content and sources from conflict zones.


By Gavin Rees, Wendy Betts
GEN Session: Prototyping the Future of News
18:00 - 18:20

Prototyping the Future of News: The Best Hacks of GEN and BBC Editors Lab in London

The GEN Editors Lab programme is a worldwide series of hackdays hosted by leading news organisations such as The New York Times, The Guardian and El País. Editors Lab brings together developers, journalists and designers from top newsrooms to build innovative news prototypes during an intensive two-day competition. The Editors Lab season culminates at the Editors Lab Final where the winning teams from each national hackdays battle it out for the title of Editors Lab Champion.

On June 3-4, BBC and GEN, with the support of Google and The Associated Press, organised a hackathon that gathered together the best media innovators in the UK. The best prototypes created during this competition will be presented to you during this session.

The Global Editors Network is a cross-platform community committed to sustainable, high-quality journalism, empowering newsrooms through a variety of programmes designed to inspire, connect and share. Our online community allows media innovators from around the world to interact and collaborate on projects created through our programmes.


By Evangéline De Bourgoing
Closing Session
18:20 - 18:30


By Rina Tsubaki


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