02 October 2013
Following Clarin in Buenos Aires, Media 24 in Cape Town and The Guardian in London, the Global Editors Network (GEN) did it again at Gruppo l' Espresso in Rome, Italy: the Editors Lab hackdays had the Italian media innovators buzzing, during an event aimed at creating innovative methods to cover politics, which saw La Repubblica win.
Organized by GEN in partnership with Gruppo l'Espresso, with support from Google, the two-day event took place on 6th and 7th October and saw eight teams compete to build:
The most innovative news apps to cover politics
Among the participants were teams from L'Espresso, La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, Fatto Quotidiano, Wired Italia, FormicaBlu and Effecinque. A jury, comprised of Sergio Maistrello, renowned Independent Journalist, Michele Mezza, Deputy Director of Rai International and Antoine Laurent, Programmes Manager at GEN, declared La Repubblica (pictured below) winner of these first Italian Editors Lab hackdays for their project "Politeen", which is designed to engage teenagers in politics.
Alessio Sgherza, journalist at La Repubblica: “We want to break the barriers between teenagers and politics giving them at least two quizzes a day, one about politicians' faces ("Do you recognize him?"), the other about politicians' quotation ("Whose quote is that?"). It was a really interesting event, and it allowed us to develop a project we would never have done otherwise!”
La Repubblica is now invited to take part in the Editors' Lab Hackdays Final at the GEN Summit 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. There, they will compete against the winners of the twenty national Hackdays being hosted throughout the world since September 2013.
The Wired Italy team got a special mention by the jury for their project 'My Politics', for the ambition and the elegance of their idea to map the users’ political imprinting.
For Sergio Maistrello, 'The real disruption at #editorslab: journalists, designers and developers working together, side by side. One does not witness this very often, and I think this is the future of media innovation.'