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Posted:
05 June 2015

Author:
@KarenDBurke

The Times Wins The Prize Trip To The GEN Summit In Barcelona!

A team of hackers from The Times will go on to compete in the international Editors Lab Final at the GEN Summit in Barcelona after winning the GEN #EditorsLab BBC #NewsHACK in London. The Times team’s app - One Story - enables users to experience a story across multiple mediums, flowing between audio, visual and text with very little effort.

The One Story user can begin by reading an article on the bus and then switch to audio for the walk home. Each stream is created to support the other so that nothing is missed when the user switches between modes.

Winners of London Ed Lab

Designer Eoin Tunstead, journalist Matt Taylor and developer Pietro Passarelli said that they were delighted to be going to the GEN Summit in Barcelona where they will compete with international hack teams from around the world during the Editors Lab Final 

“It’s incredible,” Matt said. “The Times has now won four Editors Labs in a row. The team was cobbled together at the last minute a couple of days ago and now we are going to the GEN  Summit in Barcelona. In true Times’ confidence, I am excited about winning the Editors Lab Final in Barcelona too.”

There were also runners-up winners of other categories. The Guardian team won the “News in a Social Age” category, the BBC team won the “Connecting the News” category, the Reuters team won the “Live Video” category, the Telegraph team won the “Video in Explanatory Journalism” category, the the Trinity Mirror team won the “Suprises” category and the VRT team and Sunday Times team won special mentions.

The GEN #EditorsLab BBC #NewsHACK gathered the best media innovators in the UK for a two-day competition aimed at developing news prototypes. The London hackdays were supported by Google and The Associated Press.

The theme was “The 2015 News Industry Accelerator”, enabling competing teams to explore ways of connecting the news, using and sharing live video, video in explanatory journalism and journalism in a social age.

The GEN #EditorsLab BBC #newsHACK in London was part of a series of international hackdays hosted by world-renowned media organisations in New York (The New York Times), London (The Guardian), Madrid (El País), Buenos Aires (Clarín), Paris (Le Parisien), and many more. It will bring together teams representing news media outlets from all platforms (broadcast, online, print). The participants benefitted from tech talks given by Sue Brooks, Director of International Products and Platforms for AP, Iain Collins from BBC News Labs and Matt Cooke from Google News Lab.

The GEN #EditorsLab BBC #NewsHACK gathered the best media innovators in the UK for a two-day competition aimed at developing news prototypes. The London hackdays were supported by Google and The Associated Press.

 Participants:

Logos post London Ed Lab 

The Jury:

Evangeline de Bourgoing - Programme Manager, Global Editors Network

Sue Brooks - Director of International Products and Platforms for AP

Iain Collins - Engineer, BBC News Labs

Martin Moore - Director of Media Standards Trust

Robin Pembrooke - General Manager, BBC News Products

Peter Rippon - Editor, BBC Online Archive and Connected Studio

 

About the Global Editors Network: The Global Editors Network is a cross-platform community empowering newsrooms through programmes designed to inspire, connect and share.

About the BBC: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the UK's public-service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London. It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.

Contacts:

Karen Burke, Director of Communications, GEN: kburke@globaleditorsnetwork.org 

Laura Harrison, Event Producer BBC Connected Studio: laura.harrison@bbc.co.uk

Laura Imregi, International Communications Manager for The Associated Press: LImregi@ap.org