Meet the Innovators Creating the Media of Tomorrow

29 May 2015


London, UK - 29 May

On 3-4 June, the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, and Global Editors Network (GEN) will gather the best media innovators in the UK for a two-day GEN #EditorsLab BBC #newsHACK competition at the Trampery in London aimed at developing news prototypes. The hackdays will be supported by Google and The Associated Press with the Flemish public broadcaster, VRT, and the American newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, competing as special guests among the UK teams.

The theme will be “The 2015 News Industry Accelerator”, enabling competing teams to explore ways of connecting the news, using and sharing live video, video in explanatory journalism and journalism in a social age.

The GEN #EditorsLab BBC #newsHACK in London 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 will bring together teams representing news media outlets from all platforms (broadcast, online, print). The teams will be composed of journalists, designers and developers. You can follow the liveblog on the GEN website.

The participants will benefit from tech talks given by Sue Brooks, Director of International Products and Platforms for AP who will also take on the role of judge in your panel, and Iain Collins from BBC News Labs. On 3 June in the morning, Matt Cooke from Google News Lab will give a Masterclass on Google media tools.

 London Editors Lab Logos

The Jury:

Evangeline de Bourgoing - Programme Manager, Global Editors Network
Sue Brooks - Director of International Products and Platforms for AP
Iain Collins - Engineer, BBC News Labs
Martin Moore - Director of Media Standards Trust
Robin Pembrooke - General Manager, BBC News Products
Peter Rippon - Editor, BBC Online Archive and Connected Studio

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.

About the BBC: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the UK's public-service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London. It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.


If you are a media journalist would like to attend the event in order to report on it, please contact Laura Harrison, Event Producer at BBC Connected Studio (email address below).


Karen Burke, Director of Communications, GEN: kburke@globaleditorsnetwork.org
Laura Harrison, Event Producer BBC Connected Studio: laura.harrison@bbc.co.uk
Laura Imregi, International Communications Manager for The Associated Press: LImregi@ap.org