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Walkley Editors Lab

Prototyping the Future of News in Sydney

01 March 2018 - 02 March 2018

Editors Lab in Australia

On 1-2 March 2018, 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 "Connecting with local communities". 

The winning team was from Seven West Media with their prototype: Newsroom Hotline


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 Special mentions go to the Conversation for their prototype On the Ground who also received the Public Choice, and to the Junkee for YarnBot 

Participating Media

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Theme: "Connecting with local communities"

How can newsrooms better understand and serve the needs of local and hyperlocal audiences? What tools can be useful to highlight community-specific reporting or make national or international stories relevant to local audiences?

The Speakers

Danny Teece Johnson

Danny Teece-Johnson

National Indigenous Television (NITV)

Nic Hopkins

Nic Hopkins

Google Australia and New Zealand


Wanning Sun

University of Technology Sydney


The Jury

David Higgins

David Higgins


Irene Jai Liu

Irene Jay Liu

Google News Lab

Isabel Lo

Isabel Lo

Media Diversity Australia

Luke Bacon

Luke Bacon

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Sarah Toporoff

Global Editors Network

Essential Information

About our partners

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Special thanks to The Walkley Foundation for co-organising Editors Lab in Australia with GEN for the third 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.


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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.

Previous Editors Lab prototypes

Editors Lab Prototypes

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Have a look here at some of the prototypes that were developed and implemented after an Editors Lab.

Cover photo credit: Lenny K Photography via Flickr.