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Why news websites are closing their comments sections

As media are trying to improve their engagement with their audience, a paradoxical trend has been emerging in the last three years; many news websites are closing their below-the-line comments sections.

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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A closer look into news consumption in Asia

Bertrand Pecquerie, GEN's CEO, interviewed Google Asia-Pacific's operations president, Karim Temsamani, about the digital media landscape in Asia. The use of chat apps, video consumption changes, millennial behaviours with news, and the potential of immersive journalism with virtual reality were among the discussion topics.

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Marianne Bouchart

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Digital innovation, data storytelling and the Rio Olympics

Leading that effort is Mariana Santos, a well-known figure in the world of news innovation and digital forward-thinkingness. She is Director of Interactive and animation at Fusion Media, Knight Chair of Innovation at FIU and CEO of Chicas Poderosas. In this interview she talks about the future of digital innovation, data-driven storytelling and her new venture Unicorn Interactive (launch 1st…

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Sarah Toporoff

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How to tackle the unstable future of news like a tech startup

While in Manila for the first Philippines Editors Lab to kick off season five, I had the chance to speak with Maria Ressa, founder, CEO and executive editor of Rappler and recently appointed GEN board member. We discussed the secrets behind the success of the online news startup, the Southeast Asian media market and how Buddhism and surfing can help you cope with an unstable digital landscape.

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Hakeem Muhammad

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Onwards and upwards for news innovation as new Editors Lab season launches

In this post we’re talking newsgames, innovation, mind-boggling prototypes that came out of the Editors Lab Final this month and how they set the tone for the new season of hackathons that’s ahead of us.

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Caterina Visco

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Three new board members and a new VP for GEN

The GEN Summit 2016, that took place in Vienna last week, has seen the GEN Board acquire three new members and a new Vice President. The three new members all are prominent figures of today’s news media landscape: Matt Kelly, CCO of Archant Group, Lara Setrakian, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of News Deeply and Maria Ressa, CEO and Founder of Rappler. During the general assembly that saw the election of the new board members, Gerold Riedmann, already a GEN Board member since 2011, was appointed as GEN’s new Vice President, replacing Harald Stanghelle from Aftenposten (Norway).

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Karina Auer

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GEN Summit 2016 – The Rise of Platform-Driven News

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Over 600 editors and media experts started discussions today on the future for digital journalism at the 2016 Global Editors Network (GEN) Summit in Vienna.

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Caterina Visco

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The 2016 Reuters Institute Digital News Report - A sneak peak

Nic Newman is research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism where he writes on changing audience behaviour and the impact of technology on journalism. Together with Institute Director, David Levy, he is presenting the findings of the 2016 Reuters Institute Digital News Report at the GEN summit. in this Interview Nic Newman gives us a little preview of what we can expect from the report...

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Hakeem Muhammad

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LocalFocus brings data journalism to small newsrooms

Make data journalism available to small newsrooms that cannot afford a data team is what LocalFocus does on a daily basis. It is a data management and visualisation platform created by a team based in Amsterdam that is already used by most of newsrooms in the Netherlands. LocalFocus participated in the Nos Editors Lab in Amsterdam in April 2015. They also were featured in the 2016 Startups for…

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Caterina Visco

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How will 5G change the media industry?

Self-driving cars, Internet of Things or Industry 4.0. could all become part of our daily lives thanks to the arrival of 5G. But what does it mean for publishers and for the news industry? First, "it will bring real-time latency down to 1 millisecond", explains Alejandro Plater, CEO & COO of Telekom Austria Group. "I’m optimistic that by reducing loading times the technology will also improve…

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