27 November 2015
Austria Presse Agentur wins Editors Lab in Vienna
On 23-25 November, ORF, FJUM and GEN, with the support of Google, gathered the best Austrian media innovators in Vienna to develop innovative news prototypes. For the eight teams participating, the theme of the hackdays was: 'How can newsrooms contribute to a constructive dialogue on the topic of refugees?’.
The team for APA (Austria Presse Agentur) won with their project called Vis à Vis, a data visualisation project aiming to put numbers into perspective for a better understanding of the scope of the refugee crisis.
The APA team consists of Erhard Zrust, Christian Haslacher, and Mark Eder. They are all invited to take part in the Editors Lab Final during the GEN Summit 2016 in Vienna from 15-17 June.
Christian Haslacher, a political journalist, explains the project: “What we tried to do with our project was to take the numbers that are floating around the refugee discussion, and put those numbers into perspective. Obviously people are not able to grasp what “one million refugees” mean for the European Union, but we also found out that at a smaller community level, people have the same difficulties to visualise those numbers.”
The Editors Lab in Vienna is 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 brought together teams representing news media outlets from all platforms (broadcast, online, print). The teams are composed of journalists, designers and developers.
Workshops during the event included:
- Isabelle Sonnenfeld, Google News Lab Lead for Germany and Austria,
- Angelika Simma and Waltraud Fastl, of Caritas Austria,
- a design-thinking workshop given by Klaus Weinmaier,
- and a talk on the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime by Livia Wagner, Private Sector Advisor at the Global Initiative.
What is the prize for the winning team?
The winning team will compete against the other winning Editors Lab teams during the Editors Lab Final: the World Cup of Newsroom Innovation. This final stage of the Editors Lab international tournament will occur during the GEN Summit 2016 in Vienna in June. The prize was given by Wolfgang Fasching-Kapfenberger Communications & Public Affairs Manager at Google Austria.
Évangéline de Bourgoing, Director of Programmes, GEN
Gunther Müller, fjum__forum journalism and media Vienna
Angelika Simma, Caritas Austia
Isa Sonnenfeld, Google
Klaus Weinmaier, The Engagement Lab
Waltraud Fastl, Caritas Austria
Angelika Simma, Caritas Austia
Livia Wagner, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
If you are a media journalist and you would like to attend the event in order to report on it, please contact Daniela Kraus, Director of fjum_forum for journalism and media Vienna, or Stefan Ströbitzer, ORF, Head of Project Multimedia and Newsroom / Head of Program Development and Quality Management.
Évangéline de Bourgoing, Director of Programmes, GEN: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniela Kraus, Director of fjum_forum for journalism and media Vienna,
Stefan Ströbitzer, ORF, Head of Project Multimedia and Newsroom / Head of Program Development and Quality Management: email@example.com
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 fjum_forum journalism and media: fjum fosters quality journalism through innovative advanced training and networking on an international level.
About ORF: The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) is Austria’s largest media provider, operating four national television and twelve radio channels, as well as a comprehensive range of websites.