Prototyping the Future of News - #EditorsLab in Istanbul

21 April 2015


Paris, France - 21 April  

The media innovation team KAN won the Istanbul #EditorsLab with their online platform creation “From Prison” aimed at giving thousands of detainees a voice. 

Ahmed AbdelHamid, Nazar Salim and Khaled Kadoura were the creators of “From Prison” - an application designed to crowdsource the data of detainees with the possibility of verification from human rights organisations. 

Winners of Istanbul EditorsLab

“Every prisoner is important,” said the team, two of whom were from Qatar University (Khaled Kaddoura and Nazar Salim Salim) while the third was from sasapost.com (Ahmed AbdelHamid). “We are giving each one of them a profile page, with videos, news, articles about him or from him.  Arbitrary detainees can be detained for no reason for periods over a year. As to some constitutional amendments, there is no ceiling for the arbitrary detention period. 

“The UN may process 66 cases per a country, yet a country like Egypt had more than 40,000 reported cases of arbitrary detention over the past year alone. Human rights organisations can process an average of 100 cases per year. This means even fewer cases gets the media exposure, to get their stories to public.”

The #EditorsLab in Istanbul brought together 20 people from Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, Turkey and Bahrain on 16-17 April. The hackdays were organised by the independent international network, The Al Sharq Forumand Global Editors Network (GEN) which gathered the best media innovators from the Arab world to develop innovative news prototypes around the theme “New Forms of Digital Storytelling”. 

The Istanbul #EditorsLab 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 Pais), Buenos Aires (Clarin), Paris (Le Parisien), and many more. The Editors Labs bring together teams representing news media outlets from all platforms (broadcast, online, print). The teams are composed of one journalist, one designer, and one developer. You can follow the liveblog on the GEN website.

The participants benefitted from workshops given by Antoine Laurent, journalist and media innovation strategist running #newsimpact at the European Journalism Centre, and Mohammed Haddad, data journalist at Al Jazeera. 

Organisations represented by the teams:

Press TRT World newsroom



Information Affairs Authority

Top Media for Production

BRANDOO Creative digital agency

Qatar University





AlAyam Newspaper



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 2015 in Barcelona in June. 

About the Global Editors Network: The Global Editors Network is a cross-platform community empowering newsrooms through programmes designed to inspire, connect and share. The Global Editors Network (GEN) is committed to sustainable journalism, empowering newsrooms and media innovators through a variety of programmes designed to inspire, connect and share. The organization is a community of more than 1000 Editors-in-Chief and media professionals from all platforms. It is a non-profit, non-governmental association.   

About Al Sharq Forum: The Al Sharq Forum is an independent international network whose mission is to develop long-term strategies to ensure the political development, social justice and economic prosperity of the people of Al-Sharq. It will do this through promoting the ideals of democratic participation, an informed citizenry, multi-stakeholder dialogue and social justice.