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Walkley Editors Lab

Prototyping the Future of News in Sydney

09 March 2017 - 10 March 2017

Editors Lab in Australia

On 9-10 March 2017, the Global Editors Network (GEN) and The Walkley Foundation, with the support of Google News Lab, gathered some of the best media innovators from the region in Sydney for a two-day hackathon to develop innovative news prototypes on the theme of audience engagement.

The winning team was the team from ABC News, with their project: "Initiate"


A special mention was awarded to the team from Storyful.

Public's choice went to the ABC News project: 'Initiate."

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

Participating Media

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The Speakers


Damien Cave

The New York Times

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Jennifer Brandel


Johnny Richards

Jonathan Richards

Google Creative Lab

Stuart Fagg

Stuart Fagg

The Australian


The Jury


Damien Cave

The New York Times

John Bergin Headshot

John Bergin


Johnny Richards

Jonathan Richards

Google Creative Lab


Kate Golden

The Walkley Foundation

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Sarah Toporoff

Global Editors Network

Essential Information

Previous Editors Lab prototypes related to engagement

About our partners

Walkley Foundation Cmyk

Special thanks to The Walkley Foundation for co-organising Editors Lab in Australia with GEN for the second year in a row. The Walkley Foundation is at the very heart of the Australian media. It has been established to promote excellence in journalism in all its forms including visual arts, literature, film, video, television, photography, documentary and radio. Learn more.


Copy Of Google News Lab

Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google News Lab was created to support the creation and distribution of the information that keeps us all informed about what's happening in our world today—quality journalism.


Isentia Rgb Hori Web

Supporting partner

Starting out as a small Australian family business in the 1980s, Isentia has become a global leader in delivering crucial business intelligence, operating in 18 offices across the Asia-Pacific. Learn more.


Macleay College Logo

Venue partner

Established in 1988, Macleay College is an accredited higher education provider offering one and two-year programmes in media, business and more. Learn more.


Canva Logo

Supporting partner

Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. Learn more.

Cover photo credit: Sjoerd van Oosten via Flickr.