Study Tours

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New York City & Austin | 9–15 September 2018

Making Room for Artificial Intelligence

Tips, trends, and best practices on AI, voice AI, and machine learning


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The Global Editors Network (GEN) frequently arranges study tours on topics related to media innovation, as the best way to observe the newest phenomena in media and to learn the best practices from both industry giants and up-and-coming startups. 

This year, our 'Making Room for Artificial Intelligence’ Study Tour takes you to the US. In New York, you will meet the top executives of major news agencies and media houses who developed the first AI services for news, either on the content side (voice AI, storytelling, investigative journalism) or on the business side (newsletters, personalisation, monetisation). In Austin, Texas, we will visit the Texas Tribune, a pure online player and a pioneer in the US. We will also attend the Online News Association Conference (ONA18), where we will discover the latest news trends: How will journalists use AI during the reporting process? Which newsroom job positions might AI replace? How can a journalist become AI literate? The ONA18 Conference shouldn’t be missed by news executives who want to follow the latest trends in our industry.

Seats on the Study Tour are limited, so be sure to reserve yours today.

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Schedule overview

Sunday 9 September

Arrival in New York, welcome dinner and drinks

Monday 10 September 

Reuters (Reginald Chua, Chief Operating Officer)

The New York Times (Speaker TBA)

Wall Street Journal (Francesco Marconi, Research and Development Chief)

Automated Insights 

ProPublica (Speaker TBA)

Dinner at Mic with Cory Haik, Publisher

Tuesday 11 September 

Associated Press (Lisa Gibbs, Director of News Partnerships and Newsroom Leader)

Money.net (Morgan Downey, CEO)

Forbes (Speaker TBA)

Matter, Startup Accelerator (Speaker TBA)

Narrative Science (Larry Birnbaum, Chief Scientific Advisor)

Dinner at Cheddar with Jim Roberts, Editor-in-Chief

Wednesday 12 September

Columbia University (Emily Bell, Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Jonathan Albright, Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism)

BuzzFeed (Speaker TBA)

Flight to Austin, Texas in the afternoon

Thursday 13 September

Texas Tribune (Speakers TBA)

Shuttle to ONA Conference

ONA Reception: Networking and appetizers/dinner 

Friday 14 September

De-mystifying Machine Learning: Concrete uses of ML in the newsroom and how it can empower better journalism, with Juan Melano, CEO of Croma.io

Meeting with Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute

ONA Conference

Saturday 15 September

ONA conference

Departure from Austin in the afternoon

Optional: Online Journalism Awards Banquet (Saturday night)

Please note that this program is subject to changes. 


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Practical information

Working language

Presentations will be held in English.


Some of the companies visited will present sensitive or private material that is not meant to be shared publicly.


How much does it cost? 

Frst-time participants: €6,500

Previous GEN Study Tour participants: €5,850

Special rate for GEN Summit 2018 participants: €5,200

Interested in coming with a colleague? Receive a 30% discount on the price of the second ticket.

The ticket price covers all expenses, including the Sunday dinner in New York, accommodation, meals, transportation, and travel from New York to Austin. 

Cancelation policy: GEN will reimburse 50 percent of the fee if a participant cancels three weeks before the study tour. Any participant can be replaced by another member of the same media group.  


Who should attend?

The study tour can welcome up to 15 participants and is geared toward editors-in-chief, group editors, senior news executives, and top managers who want to understand how media organisations can take advantage of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and new immersive storytelling methods – from a content and business perspective. 


General Inquiries

Bertrand Pecquerie

Chief Executive Officer

Email: bpecquerie@globaleditorsnetwork.org

Telephone (France): + 33 9 67 73 06 97



Sarah Toporoff

Programme Manager, Study Tour

Email: stoporoff@globaleditorsnetwork.org

Telephone (France): + 33 (0)1 48 04 06 97

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