Editors Lab In Vienna: Refugee Crisis In Focus

20 November 2015

Karen Burke

Vienna, 20 November 2015

On November 23-25, ORF, FJUM and GEN, with the support of Google, will gather the best Austrian media innovators in Vienna to develop innovative news prototypes. The theme of the hackdays is: 'How can newsrooms contribute to a constructive dialogue on the topic of refugees?'. The winning team will be invited to take part in the Editors Lab Final during the GEN Summit 2016 in Vienna from 15-17 June.

The Editors Lab in Vienna 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 ten teams will be composed of journalists, designers and developers. You can follow the event via the liveblog on the GEN website and the hashtag #EditorsLab on Twitter.

The participants will benefit from a tech talk given by Isabelle Sonnenfeld, Google News Lab Lead for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, a workshop given by Klaus Schwertner, General Secretary, of Caritas Austria, a design-thinking workshop given by Klaus Weinmaier, founder and CEO of The Engagement Lab, and a talk on smuggling networks by Livia Wagner, Private Sector Advisor at the Global Initiative. 

Participating Teams:

APA - Austria Presse Agentur


ORF - Two Teams

Der Standard

Vorarlberger Nachrichten


Wiener Zeitung 

Team of Freelancers

Team of Students

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 2016 in Vienna from 15-17 June. The prize will be given by Wolfgang Fasching-Kapfenberger Communications & Public Affairs Manager at Google Austria.

Jury Members:

Evangeline de Bourgoing, Director of Programmes, GEN

Daniela Kraus, fjum__forum journalism and media Vienna

Angelika Simma, Caritas Austia 


Isa Sonnenfeld, Google

Klaus Weinmaier, The Engagement Lab

Klaus Schwertner, Caritas Austria

Livia Wagner, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Media Journalists:

If you are a media journalist would like to attend the event in order to report on it, please contact

Daniela Kraus, Director of fjum_forum for journalism and media Vienna. Details below. 


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 fjum__forum journalism and media:  fjum fosters quality journalism through innovative advanced training and networking on an international level.

About ORF: The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) is Austria’s largest media provider, operating four national television and twelve radio channels, as well as a comprehensive range of websites.


Evangeline de Bourgoing, Director of Programmes, GEN: edebourgoing@globaleditorsnetwork.org

Daniela Kraus, Director of fjum_forum for journalism and media Vienna, daniela.kraus@fjum-wien.at 

Stefan Ströbitzer, ORF, Head of Project Multimedia and Newsroom / Head of Program Development and Quality Management, stefan.stroebitzer@orf.at