GEN Summit 2011 Sessions Highlights
The debut of the GEN Summit, in Hong Kong from 27 – 30 November 2011, attracted more than 200 Editors-in-Chief and news executives from all platforms. They traveled to the Far East to learn about what the Asian market could offer the international community in terms of mobile news and new media.
Keynote speakers included:
- Meredith Artley, Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital (USA)
- Jim Chisholm, Media Consultant (UK)
- Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab
- Wadah Khanfar, former Director General, Al Jazeera Network (Qatar)
- Jimmy Lai Chee Ying, Chairman and Director, Next Media (Taiwan)
- Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ProPublica (USA)
- Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China (Hong Kong)
Notably, Julian Assange gave a keynote speech during the conference entitled "The Wikileaks effect: the rebirth of investigative journalism." A discusiion followed with comments from Sylvie Kaufman, Editor, Le Monde, France & Giannina Segnini, Director of Investigation, La Nacion, Costa Rica & Li Xin, Managing Editor, Caixin Weekly, China: 'The Wikileaks effect: the ‘rebirth of investigative journalism' at the NEWS! Summit 2011 in Hong Kong. Video from European Journalism Centre.
The GEN New Summit 2011 dynamic programme included sessions such as:
- The Future of News: what to learn from Fukushima and the Arab Spring?
- China’s Soft Power Rising Social networks: the world’s new storytellers
- The data-journalism lesson
- Adopt a four screen strategy: mobile, tablet, PC, IPT
The conference took place at the hotel Kowloon Shangri-la, internationally acclaimed for its legendary service and situated right at the heart of the Kowloon peninsula’s shopping and entertainment district.
Overall the conference was a huge success, especially for a young association that only launched a few months earlier. The GEN News Summit 2011 paved the way for the GEN News Summit 2012, held six months later in Paris.