GEN Summit 2012

#Hackthenewsroom, 30 May- 1 June 2012

From 30 May - 1 June 2012, over 400 participants attended the GEN News Summit in Paris at Hotel de Ville. The theme of the conference was #HackTheNewsroom, a concept which urged media professionals on all platforms to drop conventional, and sometimes outdated, practices in favour of innovation and sustainable journalism models. 

GEN Summit 2012 Sessions Highlights

The Global Editors Network delivered on its promise to bring the top media professionals in the industry to discuss the best practices in journalism. Over 50 speakers came to the GEN News Summit in 2012. 

The conference started with The Cross-Media Idea Generator, a series of short 20 minute presentations on the most cutting-edge trends in the media. Topics included:

  • Visual Journalism
  • Sports journalism
  • Interactive journalism at the Guardian
  • Renewing storytelling on global development
  • Best of responsive web design
  • Crowdsourcing and Citizen journalism
  • Fact Checking
  • Ethical issues in journalism

Here are two of the exceptional keynote presentations given: 

Obituary: the death of the traditional news story by Peter Bale (Vice President Digital, CNN International) and Jim Roberts (in his previous as Assistant Managing Editor, New York Times)



Technology + Journalism: Imagining the future of Digital News by Krishna Bharat (Founder of Google News)



Other keynote speakers included: 

  • Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief, Digital First Media, USA 
  • Leonard Brody, President, Clarity Digital Group (Canada / USA) 
  • Jim Chisholm, Media Consultant (UK)
  • Phil Fearnley, General Manager, News & Knowledge, BBC (UK)
  • Per Mikael Jensen, President & CEO, Metro International (Denmark)
  • Bruno Patino, Head of the Digital Strategy, France Télévisions (France)
  • Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and President, ProPublica (USA) 


GEN Summit 2012 Programmes Highlights

The Data Journalism Awards, sponsored by Google, is the international competition recognizing outstanding work in the growing field of data journalism. A total of 45,000 euros was awarded to six winning projects. Media organisations from 60 countries submitted their best data journalism works, with over 300 applications. A prestigious jury consisting of the best data experts reviewed the shortlisted applications, and announced the winners at the GEN News Summit on the evening of 20 June 2012. The President of the Jury was Paul Steiger founder and CEO of ProPublica.   

GEN Summit 2012 Expo

In Hotel de Ville's Salon de Bertrand, companies providing services for the news industry showcased their products at the GEN News Summit Expo. Participants were able to browse and network in the Expo during coffee breaks. Thanks to Scribble Live, The New York Times Syndicate, Universal UClick, Newscred, Visual Revenue, and Spark News for participating in the Expo.