Over the last two days, The Global Editors Network and Le Nouvel Observateur hosted the GEN Editors’ Lab in Paris, hackdays that brought together seven different media organizations to create new ideas for journalistic tools they could use back in their own newsrooms. Participating teams included Le Nouvel Observateur, Libération, France 24, Play Bac Presse, Ask Media, Citizenside, and OWNI. Google was the sponsor of the event, and contributed several keynote speakers.
The workshop portion ended with each team presenting a five minute pitch of their projects. All the teams came up with valuable concepts which were based in their day to day work in the newsroom. It was an extremely difficult decision for the Editors’ Lab jury (Aurélien Viers from Le Nouvel Observateur, media consultant François Bourboulon, and Antoine Laurent from GEN). The participants awaited the response from the jury at the Silencio, where Google’s Daniel Sieberg gave a keynote speech about the value of innovation in journalism.
The Liberation’s application Qui+, which tags faces in photos, was named the winner of the Editors’ Lab in Paris. Ask Media was the runner up, with an application called InstaLive that effectively organizes streaming photos for editorial use. Both teams are invited to the next level of the Editors’ Lab: The GEN International News Hackathon, which will take place at the GEN News Summit from 19 – 21 June 2013.