Editors Lab Final 2018

Prototyping the Future of News

29 May 2018 - 01 June 2018

From 29 May to 1 June 2018, winning teams from all corners of the world gathered in Lisbon for the culmination of the sixth season of Editors Lab to compete in a three-day hackathon at the GEN Summit 2018. The Editors Lab Final 2018, gathered top teams representing South Africa, Spain, Romania, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Portgual, Nigeria, and Lebanon — one of them took home the title of Editors Lab World Champion.

This winning team was Seven West Media (Australia). Their prototype was Sports Mate.

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Participating media organisations


Speakers & Mentors


Antoine Laurent

ICFJ international Knight Fellow

Jacquipark 200X200

Jacqui Park

Engagement by Design


Nuno Vargas

V Ventures

The Theme

Stay ahead of the game: Covering large sporting competitions

Large sporting events give you a chance to experiment with new formats with a large engaged audience. The sports department has long been fertile ground for innovation. Industry trends in live blogging, audience engagement, data journalism, ‘robot’ journalism, and experimental story formats originated in sports reporting.

Participants at the Editors Lab Final 2018 may consider any of the following questions as they build their prototypes: How can you make your reporting accessible to users with little or no sports knowledge? How can you make your coverage of large sporting events stand out from your competitors? How can the buzz and enthusiasm around this temporary coverage leverage audience loyalty? What might 5G mean for the future of live coverage? What creative solutions can newsrooms achieve if they do not have  the broadcasting rights to these competitions? How can sporting events be used as a springboard to expose readers to related topics (culture, geopolitics, human rights, etc.)? What formats for sports coverage can be scaled to carry over to different types of reporting?

On the eve of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, teams may build prototypes around this or any event they choose: 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, the Ryder Cup, the Tour de France, or another important competition.

What happened last year?

The team from BBC Visual Journalism was crowned the Editors Lab World Champion 2017. Their winning prototype is Appy Helpera conversational interface that will sit within long-running complex stories that can help users catch up with recent developments or learn all about the background to this story in an accessible way, tailored to their needs.  

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Check out Appy Helper here.

Bbc Team Win

Team BBC: Joy Roxas, Alvin Ourrad & Nassos Stylianou

In second place was the team from National Geographic with their prototype Zoom In, a tool to transform "hub" pages via a slider interface that shows more or less content based on the user’s preferences.

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Team National Geographic: Scott Burkhard, Michael Greshko & CY Park.


In third place was the team from La Stampa with their prototype Game of News, a news-learning platform based on quizzes, graphics, videos and short content. 

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Check out Game of News here.