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L'Espresso Editors Lab

Innovate crisis and disaster reporting in Rome

24 February 2017 - 25 February 2017

On 24-25 February, GEN and Gruppo L'Espresso, with the support of the Google News Lab, gathered some of the best Italian media innovators in Rome for an Editors Lab focused on crisis and disaster reporting. With increased seismic activity in the region, this hackathon marked the six-month anniversary of the August 2016 Central Italy earthquake.

The winning team was the team from La Stampa, with their project: News Light

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Special mentions were awarded to the teams from La Repubblica and Rai News.

Public's choice went to Rai News' project.

All the projects developed during the Editors Lab in Rome are listed here.

Theme: Crisis and disaster reporting

How can newsrooms cover disasters accurately and effectively? How can news and humanitarian organisations collaborate with government to help prevent casualties in a crisis situation? What role does prevention and education play in the reporting process? What innovations can teams bring to existing mobile and crowdsourcing tools to improve them? Can these tools serve newsrooms in the event of other types of emergencies (i.e. terrorist attacks)?

Participating Media

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Essential Information

The Jury

Marco Laudonio (1)

Marco Laudonio

Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze - Dipartimento Amministrazione Generale

Maurizio Galluzzo

Maurizio Galluzzo


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Sarah Toporoff

Global Editors Network

Three examples of Editors Lab prototypes

Cover photo credits (L to R): Wikipedia, Google Earth Blog, Google News LabWikimedia Commons