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Mic Editors Lab

Prototyping the Future of News

05 May 2017 - 06 May 2017

Editors Lab in New York

On 5-6 May 2017, the Global Editors Network (GEN) and Mic, with the support of Parse.ly, gathered some of the best media innovators from the region in New York City for a two-day hackathon to develop innovative news prototypes on the theme of audience engagement.

The winning team was the team from National Geographic, with their project: Counting Up.

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Special mentions were awarded to the teams from Vocativ and The New Yorker.

Public's choice went to National Geographic too.

All the projects developed during the Mic Editors Lab in New York are listed here.

Participating Media

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The Speakers

Andrew Haeg

Andrew Haeg



Cory Haik


Mike Sukmanowsky

Mike Sukmanowsky



The Jury


Masuma Ahuja


Mike Sukmanowsky

Mike Sukmanowsky



Nasr ul Hadi

International Center for Journalists

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Nikhil Kanekal

The Printers Mysore

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Sarah Toporoff

Global Editors Network

Essential Information

Theme: Audience engagement

How can we better understand and expand the communities our news serve? In tackling this theme, you might prototype tools to better listen, understand and connect with specific audiences. Perhaps you’re seeking to engage with those left out of mainstream coverage; maybe you'd like to find a way to break through the filter bubble and engage audiences across ideological lines.


You can contact Sarah Toporoff (stoporoff[at]globaleditorsnetwork.org) from GEN with your interest. 

About our partners

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Founded in 2011, Mic’s approach to news is as unique as our generation. Young people will define the future and we deserve a news outlet that offers quality coverage tailored to us. We are hungry for news that keeps us informed and helps us make sense of the world. Learn more.


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Parse.ly partners with digital publishers to provide clear audience insights through an intuitive analytics platform. We believe that the modern equivalent of the Gutenberg Press in the web era isn't a content management system; it is a keen understanding and application of data. Learn more

Previous Editors Lab prototypes related to engagement

Cover photo credit: Laurent PCB via Flickr.