About Us

The Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) is an international association of over 6,000 editors-in-chief and media executives with the mission of fostering digital innovation in newsrooms all over the world. GEN has three main programmes: Editors Lab, the Data Journalism Awards, Startups for News, as well as the Data Journalism Den (The Den), the global hub for the international data journalism community. The organisation’s flagship event, the GEN Summit, gathers over 750 participants from 70 countries.

We are committed to media innovation and sustainable journalism, empowering newsrooms through a variety of programmes designed to inspire, connect and share. Our online community allows media innovators from around the world to interact and collaborate on projects created through our programmes. The GEN Board Members support this mission and have signed the GEN Manifesto.

We are driven by a journalistic imperative and a common goal: Content and Engagement First. To that end, we support all kinds of organisations and media outlets, to define a vision for the future of journalism and enhance its quality through innovation and cooperation. Freedom of information and independence of the news media are, and will remain, the main credo of the Global Editors Network and we will back all efforts to enhance press freedom worldwide.


GEN Board Members & Advisors

The GEN Board is made up of fourteen leading media professionals, and one advisor. They represent a global community from all platforms and meet regularly to discuss how to help shape the future of journalism.  

GEN Programmes


Data Journalism Awards

The Data Journalism Awards is an annual series of prizes in different categories for outstanding projects in data journalism. Paul Steiger is president of the jury, and Simon Rogers is the programme director. This event is supported by Google and the Knight Foundation. 



The Data Journalism Den is the new global hub solely dedicated to data journalism. It is a place built for journalists, coders, designers, experts, consultants, companies, foundations, volunteers, NGOs, and everyone involved or interested in the use and development of data journalism.



Editors Lab Hackdays

The Editors Lab hackdays are held throughout the year in renowned newsrooms. Journalists, developers and designers work together and teams compete against each other to build prototypes of new media tools.




Study Tours

Study Tours leverage our experiences and those of leaders in the field to help others to navigate this disrupted digital space. Our network gives us access to the leading experts of the industry providing our attendees with unique insight at the heart of newsrooms. Study Tours are organised every year on a specific theme.


Startups for News

Startup for News is a competition rewarding the best emerging startups that provide services to newsrooms. It is the only one of its kind focusing on content and media technology. The competition consists of a series of battles where each startup tries to convince our audience how innovative they are. Our network decides who wins.

GEN Summit

The GEN Summit is our annual conference bringing together the leading minds of the media industry to discuss the future of news. Since our inception in 2011, we have had the pleasure of listening to the opinions of Julian Assange (Wikileaks), Shafqat Islam (Newscred), Roy Sekoff (Huffington Post), Cory Haik (The Washington Post), Andy Carvin (First Look Media) and many more...

The GEN Summit 2019 will be held in Athens 13-15 June, focusing on 'The VVV Challenge: Voice, Visual Journalism, and Verification'.


We're Hiring!

Our programmes and activities are increasingly growing and we are seeking for people to join our small but fast-paced team in Paris.