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Post Kashoggi Affair: What future for Arab journalists?

Following the disparition, then the revelation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul in early October, many are concerned about Arab journalists and their safety. Journalists’ safety is not to be taken lightly, and plenty of Arab media professionals have left their countries, many of whom reside in Turkey.

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Why WhatsApp and Facebook are shaping the political future of Brazil

Pedro Doria, the former executive editor of O Globo, explains how WhatsApp and Facebook have been affecting the country’s political environment and influencing the results of the upcoming election.

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Bloomberg's Mickelthwait: 'Future of news to be more digital, personalised, automated, paid for' (1)

How are personalisation and automation going to influence the work of newsrooms? What is their expected impact on democracy and audiences? Which business model will prove to be sustainable for news organisations? Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait answered our questions on what the future of news is going to be made of, and how Bloomberg is already tackling it.

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Automating BuzzFeed

How are AI and automation used at BuzzFeed to inform publishing decisions across their many, many pages? At a meeting with the GEN Study Tour group in New York City, Gilad Lotan, VP head of data science at BuzzFeed, let us take a peek at some of their internal dashboards, learn about their AB testing process, and find out how to stop a chili dog recipe from getting automatically posted on BuzzFeed Animals.

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Boosting creativity through blockchain

After the wave of blockchain explainers at the end of 2017 lifted (some) of the confusion regarding the workings of the technology, more and more things are happening in the blockchain space this year. One of these includes a project called DAFNE, brought to us by a collaboration of European partners. It aims to boost Europe's collective creative effort by providing a decentralised platform where musicians, journalists, coders, writers, photographers, video producers (and the list goes on) can sell their creativity without a middleman controlling the distribution, pricing and revenue model.

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The Texas Tribune: Audience strategy and business model

The Texas Tribune came into business to solve a problem: the insufficient coverage of public policy and politics in Texas. In a meeting with the GEN Study Tour group in Austin, Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, and Rodney Gibbs, chief product officer, shared some insights about the publisher’s many revenue streams, their decision to go non-partisan, and the importance of meeting the audience where they are.

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Our 2019 challenges: Voice, Video and new Visual Journalism

It's difficult to say what the next hot topics in journalism are going to be, but we believe that our profession will have to overcome a VVV challenge: Voice, Video, and Visual Journalism. How will voice assistants disrupt the way we consume news? How are newsrooms getting ready to work with Facebook Live and Netflix? How will AR experiments help us find new ways of telling stories? The GEN Summit 2019 will focus on tackling these topics, and more, in June 2019 in Lisbon Portugal.

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Email is the product: Insights from Axios, theSkimm, and Quartz

At this year’s ONA conference, Eva Scazzero, product manager at Quartz; Dheerja Kaur, head of product and design at theSkimm; and Roy Schwartz, co-founder and president at Axios took to the stage to discuss email as a driver of innovation and loyalty (yes, Email). We gathered some of the main takeaways from the session.

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How to redesign for user experience and revenue

We talked to Betsy Cole, VP of product and design at the Atlantic, and Christoph Rauscher, art director at Zeit ONLINE, to get an insight into their recent layout changes.

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How automation can help journalists find their next big story

Mike Philips, CEO of Vigilant, created a platform that enables journalists to break into public data in order to carry out investigative work more easily. We spoke with him to find out where he's at since winning Startups for News 2018 at the GEN Summit in June, whether automation makes up for a lack of time and resources in newsrooms, and what you need to keep in mind when you're the CEO of a media startup.

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