25 February 2016
When we created the Global Editors Network back in 2011, I had in mind to bring together editors-in-chief and senior news executives from all platforms – print, digital, mobile or broadcast – around the common goal of defining the future of journalism. Now in its sixth year, GEN has become one of the most forward-looking organisations in the world tackling and fostering innovation in the newsroom and beyond.
The GEN Summit 2016 is set to be an unmissable event gathering the top of the crop from the world of data journalism, virtual reality, podcasting, from legacy media as well as web native platforms. I especially look forward to our session on Publishers vs Platform, a keynote led by Meredith Artley from CNN and Jan Eric Peters from Axel Springer and the Data Journalism Awards ceremony. If you needed more details to convince you to join me on 15 June, here is a list of 7 reasons why you should come to the GEN Summit 2016…
1. Make the right connections
Connect with the best and brightest minds in the industry at the world’s largest gathering of editors-in-chief and media innovators from over 60 countries. Meet the right people for today’s ever-changing industry.
Join Guy Crevier as he tells all about La Presse's transition to digital and how it impacted their newsroom. Has he cracked the code for the future of print publications?
Frederic Filloux will share his expert opinion on ad-blocking and why he thinks you should not panic.
4. Experience virtual reality first-hand
360° videos are happening now, while virtual reality and immersive journalism are on the horizon. How can they be relevant for journalism? Experience VR first-hand and we’ll let you be the judge.
The DJA are the first international awards recognising outstanding work in the field of data journalism. Simon Rogers (Google News Lab), is director of the DJA for this year's competition, which takes place under the presidency of Paul Steiger (ProPublica).
SFN is an international competition for startups that bring innovative solutions to newsroom challenges. Previous winners include startups Coda and Sourcerise, which both set off to a great start this year. The 2016 winner will be revealed at the summit in June.
7. Get social at our special events in some of Vienna's best locations
Vienna was voted best city in the world for quality of life. It's time to unwind and take in the beauty and power of the historical Klosterneuburg Monastery, City Hall of Vienna, and Aula der Wissenschaften. These unforgettable venues will be the home to the three exceptional must-attend social events.
Hoping to see you in Vienna next June,
Bertrand Pecquerie, CEO of GEN