GEN Summit 2015 Day 2 (Morning) - A New Model for Journalism Has to Be Invented

18 June 2015


Gabriel Mabille is a student at the EFJ School of Journalism in Levallois-Perret, France, and the GEN Summit 2015 blogger in Barcelona. Read his experience of the second morning of the GEN Summit:

The second day at the GEN Summit opened with a presentation by CNN and BBC social media specialists Samantha Barry and Anne-Marie Tomchak. They shared their experiences and their latest projects and spoke about how social media is changing journalism. Snapchat  was mentioned as an opportunity to reach younger generations.

Impressive projects and models from CNN were shown on stage like those that used  Snapchat to cover UK elections. Mobile use and social networks are changing the way people consume news. Analytics in the newsroom is more and more important. 'They make journalists better," according to Samantha Barry. A powerful joint discussion on social media use followed. It was a fantastic insight on social networks and media top open the second day of the GEN Summit. 

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Gilles Raymond, CEO of News Republic, spoke about the key role of applications for smartphone. Then GEN CEO Bertrand Pecquerie, Wolfgang Blau from Guardian News and Patricia Fernandez de Lis from El Pais presented the Climate Publishers Network, which groups together 25 media organizations and focuses on the coverage of climate change before World Climate Summit in December in Paris.

Evangeline de Bourgoing, GEN Director of Programmes, presented the Editors Lab Hackdays, 'the World Cup of Innovation', and the Startups for News Battles. The winning teams of the 15 editions of the Hackdays in newsrooms all over the world are competing to develop a prototype for news. Each team is composed of a journalist, a programmer and a developer. The winners of both programmes will be known in the evening of Friday 19.

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After the coffee break, David Montgomery, Local World CEO, gave a presentation about the importance of striking a balance between print and digital strategies. "A new model for journalism has to be invented," he said. "We need to listen to our readers. There is a need to forget the rules of the past and embrace the liberating nature of the present."

In the next session, about live streaming,  Periscope and Meerkat were discussed as tools for live news coverage. "Broadcasting live from a mobile device has become a massive trend in the recent years," said Lippe Oosterhof, Livestation CEO. Brooke Minters, from AJ+, talked about her experience with Periscope during the Baltimore events and Richard Evans, Head of Social Media at Sky News, about his during the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January. "We are learning as we go," Minters said.

In the last session before lunch, ‘Inside Al-Jazeera: operations of a global media network,' moderated by Carlos de la Vega, El País TV Director, the importance of video and TV was debated. "We do not have commercial pressure," said Imad Musa, Aljazeera.com Director.

CosmoCaixa will host the Data Journalism Awards Ceremony at the second social event tonight. People also have the opportunity to experience virtual reality if they book an immersive journalism demo in the main foyer.